The leaves are changing and greatness is brewing this fall in Reno Tahoe. Check out these local breweries with must-try, fall-inspired beers. There are dozens of local breweries and distilleries offering established favorites and seasonal specialties.
For Nevada’s oldest brewery, Great Basin Brewing Company, the start of fall means it’s time for beers inspired by the changing seasons. Their Oktoberfest is a lager that’s full-bodied, malty and smooth with gentle hop accents. A returning seasonal favorite is the Deathwish APA, a collaboration with Moment Skis that pays homage to Moment’s skis of the same name. Both the beer and the skis claim to be light and nimble, yet deceptively powerful. We suggest you try it for yourself to see if you agree! Try these at either of their locations in Reno or Sparks.
Pigeon Head Brewery, Reno’s first lager brewery, offers several year-round favorites as well as a regular rotation of seasonal beers. This fall, we recommend the Red Rye Lager, a hybrid German rye lager, or the India Pale Lager (IPL) brewed with jalapeno and habanero peppers, delivering a little extra kick to one of the brewery’s more popular beers. For a true autumnal beer drinking experience, check out their Oktoberfest while supplies last.
Among their year-round favorites is the Dirty Wookie, an Imperial American brown ale with notes of chocolate, coffee and raisin, and the namesake of the popular Dirty Wookie 10K that begins at the brewpub near downtown and ends at their production facility. For cider fans, the Incline Cider Co. ‘Explorer’ Dry Hopped Cider is a tasty option.
Taste all the flavors of fall with Stoneyhead Brewery‘s Autumn Brown, a spiced wheat IPA. Also on tap in limited quantities at their tasting room is the Oakheart Porter and the OA 187, aged in barrels from Seven Troughs Distilling in Reno.
To celebrate October and all things fall, The Depot has released a Pumpkin Brown Ale, The Pilgrim. They roasted locally-grown pumpkin to add a smooth mouthfeel to their American Brown Ale. Bonus points go to this local craft brewery and distillery for sourcing their autumn spices from the locally-owned and operated spice shop, Salty-Savory-Sweet. Other fall seasonal beers on tap include The Wild 49er, a Belgian-style wild ale; The Trekker, an India Pale Lager; and The Pistolero, a smoked pilsner.
Take in the flavors of fall at 10 Torr where they are brewing up their newly-released Hazemania Devil, a Double NE IPA made with hops straight from Tazmania. This fall beer delivers a super juicy flavor and a potent pineapple aroma, so come see what the haze craze is about. Or grab a Fight Milk, their Coffee White Stout set to be released in October.
Nothing says fall like an Oktoberfest brew. Stop by either of Lead Dog Brewing’s locations in Reno or Sparks for their 2019 Oktoberfest, Festbier. This malty brew is smooth and easy to drink, perfect for an autumn afternoon. If you’re already waxing your skis and praying for powder days, pick up a pack of Gnar Gnar, a West Coast DIPA made with Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra hops.
In addition to these seasonal brews, check out the year-round favorites on tap at Reno Tahoe’s many breweries and distilleries. Craving more seasonal treats? Click here to find the best spots to grab coffee, sweets and more.