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From Reno to Lake Tahoe, there are many locally-owned options to get a tasty cocktail or beer. Reno, in particular, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of local breweries and distilleries, many of which have gained acclaim on the West Coast and around the world.

Reno Breweries and Lake Tahoe Breweries


Midtown, one of Reno’s flourishing districts and the darling of the Reno Renaissance, features unique shops, locally sourced eateries and a variety of craft breweries. When you head to this area, you can spend time sampling a flight at a single Reno brewery or appreciate a variety of brews on a bar crawl.

The Brewer’s Cabinet, sitting on the edge of Midtown, is the perfect place for some house-made tater tots and one of their signature “Tahoe” brand beer. As you work your way into what is more traditionally known as Midtown, The Brasserie Saint James offers a lively atmosphere, European-style menu and award-winning craft brews. Looking to keep the crawl going? Downtown Reno is just a short walk from Midtown and is home to a growing number of breweries and taprooms.

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From locally-farmed elements to our craft cocktail culture, the Reno Tahoe area provides the perfect ingredients for distilleries to be born and bred. Seven Troughs Distilling Co. is an example of a craft distillery that is standing out with its mid-century process of open fermentation in wooden hogshead barrels. A number of other Reno distilleries are also adding local flavor to traditional spirits, such as Yeti Jackalope Gin from Verdi Local Distillery and Biggest Little Bourbon from The Depot.

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Cocktail from a Reno distillery
The Biggest Little City Sign near a Reno brewery

If you are a craft spirit connoisseur, or you are just looking to try something new, Nevada has some hidden gems. In Minden, about an hour drive south of Reno is the Bently Ranch Heritage Distillery. Built in a 100-year-old flour mill, this distillery uses grains and materials grown on the ranch to create their spirits. If this is all sounding great to you, Bently Ranch hosts distillery tours Thursday through Sunday, and there’s a tasting room. Secondly, located east of Reno on a charming ranch in Fallon, Nevada, you will find a distillery with roots dating back more than a hundred years – Frey Ranch Estate Distillery. If Frey Ranch has you intrigued, they host tours every Saturday afternoon.

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