Must-Sip Seasonal Craft Beers in Reno Tahoe

The leaves are changing and greatness is brewing this fall in Reno Tahoe. Check out four breweries with must-try seasonal brews. There are dozens of local brewers and taverns offering established favorites and seasonal specialties. For an interactive map of these libation locations, go to

Great Basin Brewing Company

For Nevada’s oldest brewery, Great Basin Brewing Company, the start of fall means that it’s pumpkin beer time. Their version, The Great Pumpkin Ale, is on tap now at their Reno and Sparks locations. It not only won the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival last year, but it won the hearts of pumpkin beer enthusiasts as well.

Their Harvest Ale will be available later on in the fall season. This ale is unique because they require help cracking the pine nuts for this seasonal brew. For all your hard work, Great Basin “pays” you back with a free pint. The pine nut cracking party is coming up on October 25 and 26, so join in on this fall tradition!

FiftyFifty Brewing Company

Visit Fifty Fifty Brewing Company in Truckee to taste their quality craft beers and the award-winning Eclipse barrel-aged stout, aged in different Bourbon barrels. Their 2016 Apple Brandy Eclipse will be available in December. If you can’t wait that long, they have a great Session IPA, Session 267 on tap at their beautiful restaurant/brewery location. Cheers!


Under the Rose Brewing Company

Under the Rose Brewing Company is a Reno-based microbrewery specializing in German & Belgian brews. Head into their tasting room (with a bocce ball court!) to try seasonal favorites including their pumpkinpiebeer and a porterbeer aged in whiskey barrels from the local distillery, Branded Hearts.

Don’t miss the November 1st release of their pumpkinbeer, a pumpkin saison aged in Bourbon barrels; and a sour pumpkinbeer, a sour pumpkin saison aged in Merlot barrels.



Pigeon Head Brewery

Pigeon Head Brewery, Reno’s first lager brewery, offers a traditional Oktoberfest style lager this fall as well as a Nevada brown ale brewed using coffee beans from the local small-batch artisanal coffee roaster, Magpie Coffee Roasters.

Come in to their tasting room to enjoy their selection of 12 beers on tap, including the seasonal brews. While visiting, don’t forget to grab one of their 32oz. growlers (or you’re welcome to bring in your own to fill!) so you can take the Pigeon Head party home with you.




The Brewer’s Cabinet

The Brewer’s Cabinet presented the Roaster’s Imperial Stout this fall, their collaboration brew with Hub Coffee Roasters and Imperial Bar & Lounge. Brewed with Hub Columbian blend coffee and specialty malts, it is slightly sweet and will satisfy both beer and coffee lovers. Available at Brewer’s Cabinet and Imperial Bar and Lounge in downtown Reno, you can support three local businesses in one drink. Now that’s delicious!


Photo: Imperial Bar and Lounge


StoneyHead Brewery

Black Friday just got hoppier. While others are sleeping off their turkey coma or fighting over a 2 for 1 television deal, StoneyHead Brewery is releasing their 7 Troughs Oakheart Porter at their Tasting Room in Reno, right around the corner from Meadowood Mall. Can’t wait until November 25 for a seasonal StoneyHead brew? Try their newly-released Autumn Brown Spiced Ale and enjoy the taste of fall.


Photo: StoneyHead Brewery

The Depot

To celebrate Halloween, The Depot in downtown Reno released a Pumpkin Brown Ale, The Pilgrim. They used roasted pumpkin to add a smooth mouthfeel to their American Brown Ale. Bonus points goes to this local craft brewery and distillery for sourcing their autumn spices from MidTown’s Salty-Savory-Sweet spice shop.


Photo: The Depot | Cover photo by Pigeon Head Brewery

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