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 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. Aged for six months in a brandy barrel from Frey Ranch in Fallon, then blended with tart cherries, the VSOP Barrel Aged Red Rye Lager is another unique seasonal beer to try while supplies last.
New on tap this fall at the Brewer’s Cabinet is The Sword of Destiny, a tart kettle sour balanced out with lemon zest and green tea from Too Soul Tea Co. in Reno. 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.
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