Time flies when you’re having fun making beer, and it’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since Lead Dog Brewing opened on 4th street in Reno. Back then, I wrote about how the owner, Ryan Gaumer was youngest brewery owner/brewer in Northern Nevada… yada, yada yada.  (Read the article HERE)  Well, I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter if you are 23 or 63, good beer is good beer, and this place has been putting out some really good beers for the short time they have been open.

I stopped in at Lead Dog and had a beer with Ryan and chatted about their first year. “We’re really happy about the way the first year turned out and we are very excited about 2018”, said Ryan.

2017 Milestones include:
Over 1,000 barrels of beer produced
Local distribution started in July (via New West)
Added two – 75 barrel fermenters and a canning line
New assistant brewer, Andy Gwerter
Construction of an outdoor patio

Gaumer hopes to double production to 2,000 barrels in 2018 and, with the added equipment, they now have a capacity of around 3,300 barrels. A new 30,000 lb. grain silo will also be erected soon. “The additional capacity will allow us to do some small tap releases and we’re increasing our barrel program”, said Gaumer. There are also a handful of collaborations in the works. One with BJ’s and another with Pigeon Head.

Distribution also grows in 2018 with the addition of northern California in a few weeks (via Saccani Dist., Sacramento) and Las Vegas beginning in March (via Bonanza Beverage Co.).

The anniversary celebration is Saturday, January 27 from noon to 11 PM with 13 beers on tap and two can releases. New releases include: Jack Daniels barrel-aged of Choconilla Stout. 9.5% ABV
Intergalactic NE DIPA (Galaxy/Citra) 8.2% ABV- 40 IBU in cans
The Dankster DIPA 8.8% ABV (Colombus, Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade) in cans
$12.00 gets you tacos and a special glass of the barrel aged Choconilla Stout and you get to keep the glass.

Congratulations, Lead Dog! I’m so glad we have this brewery as part of the local scene and i’m excited to see what comes next.

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