So it’s looking a lot like it’s patio season. Nothing beats sitting outside enjoying your favorite beverage. Do you have a favorite patio in town? If so, pop on over to our FB PAGE and comment on where that may be. Do we need an official “Patio Opening Day” around here? Y’know, another reason to drink. I love those special “reason to drink” holidays. Like Groundhog Day. Two more RTD holidays coming up…May the Fourth (be with you) and Cinco de Mayo.

Lots going on so read on for details about events, releases and news for local craft beverage scene for the upcoming week in the Northern Nevada region. Cheers!

Upcoming Events

26th Annual Young Alumni Beer Fest – Beer Fest is Reno’s oldest tasting event and will feature nearly 120 different brews and spirits from more than 50 regional breweries and distilleries, as well as live entertainment. Help raise scholarship funds for deserving students of the University of Nevada, Reno. All Beer Fest attendees will receive a commemorative pint glass and all the brews you can responsibly taste from our many vendors. This event is open to the public – you do not need to be a University of Nevada graduate to attend.

TICKET PRICES:  $35 General Admission – 7 p.m. entry
$35 Standard Entry, $50 Early Entry – 6 p.m. entry
$20 YAC Member – 6 p.m. entry (Pre-sale price only)
**Ticket prices will increase by $15 at the door/day of event**
Details & Tickets HERE.
Friday, May 3 from 7 PM – 11 PM
Reno Ballroom – 401 N Center St, Reno

Great Basin Brewing presents a Cerveza Chilibeso 6-Pack Release Party. The hottest release of the year! Join GB for this year’s Cerveza Chilebeso 6-pack Release Party at Great Basin Taps & Tanks. They’ll have the freshest Cerveza Chilebeso (along with their other great beers) on tap and available to take home in 6-packs, dance to a live Mariachi music, Mexican-inspired bites, Brewmaster games, a jalapeño eating contest and prizes!
Friday, May 3, from 5 PM – 10 PM
Great Basin Taps & Tanks – 1155 South Rock Blvd #490, Reno

Have you ever wanted to homebrew? Saturday is a nation-wide Big Brew Day. Locally, BrewChatter is teaming up with Odell Brewing to up the ante on the AHA’s Big Brew Day by brewing with them. Odell will take over the taps, hand out swag and they’ll even be brewing a homebrew version of Odell New Dawn Hazy IPA. BC will also have multiple local homebrewers on-hand brewing and showing off their systems, and Nomnivore will be there from 12 to 3 to provide some crazy delicious food for everyone.  This Big Brew Day is free attend!
Saturday, May 4 the 4th, from 11 AM – 5 PM
1275 Kleppe Ln Ste 21, Sparks

Final Draught is hosting a May the 4th be with you! celebration featuring Brewer’s Cabinet beers. A day filled with all things Star Wars & Dirty Wookies including multiple Dirty Wookie beers to choose from. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and receive a free flight of Wookie brews. If your kiddos come dressed up they’ll enjoy a free lemonade.
A best dressed competition along with many raffles for awesome swag. The winner will be announced at 6 PM.
Saturday, May 4 the 4th, from starting at 1 PM.
5318 Sparks Blvd., Ste #104, Sparks

Revision Brewing Co is hosting a Pinata Bash and free concert with Silver and Failure Machine. Music starts at 6 PM and they will have 2 special beer releases in a mixed 4-pack. Themed, so you know what that means…they will be dressing up and welcome you to do the same.
Saturday, May the 4th from 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
380 S. Rock Blvd., Sparks

We have added a couple of new happenings to our EVENTS page! Just in case you wanted to plan ahead…


Alibi Ale Works recently tapped their first ever American Wheat beer is made with 100% Idaho-grown Comet hops and both malted and raw wheat. Notes of grapefruit zest, fresh baguettes and lemon verbena with a pillowy mouthfeel and a crisp, refreshing finish. And at 4.7% ABV, it just might be the perfect spring drinking beer. Draft only at both locations.

Pigeon Head Brewery has released Working A Double IPA a NEDIPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops. Tropical fruit, orange citrus and pine with a soft graham cracker body. Available on draft and in cans to go. 65 IBU’s, 8% ABV.

Revision Brewing has a couple of releases to coincide with their bash on Saturday…

Island Waves is a crisp refreshing hoppy beer that you can enjoy a lot of without having to take a nap in the sun. With a round, full body to support the hops, this beer satisfies the hop craving with flavors and aromas reminiscent of a tropical fruit basket, all while keeping you super chill as you bathe in the sun. 35 IBU’s, 4% ABV.

Abyss Bliss is a tasty DIPA that maintains that island vibe. A potent and punchy blend of Sabro, Citra, Nelson Sauvin and Mosaic hops brings to mind ripe mango, juicy oranges and coconut with aroma so thick you could almost sink your jaws into it. 60 IBU’s, 8% ABV.

IMBĪB Custom Brews has released StrataSpheric Dust a brand new double dusty IPA. This hazy is packed with Strata, NZ Enigma, and finished with Citra. Fermented in their specialized fermenter to promote ester production. The nose is full of tropical citrus mixed with white currants. There is also a cold press mango variant on tap too if you want even more tropical goodness. 42 IBU’s, 7.4% ABV.

Can/Bottle Releases


Mammoth Brewing Company has reached an asset purchase agreement with Great Basin Brewing Company. Mammoth co-owner Sean Turner said that he would acquire a “100 percent” ownership stake in the 26-year-old Great Basin. The transaction is expected to close in early August, following the transfer of licenses and regulatory approvals. The breweries will retain their own names and operate as wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Vines & Wines, a northern Nevada non-profit devoted to promoting Nevada wine recently held The Nevada Vinny Awards Show to provide public recognition for the winners of their annual competition.
Best in Commercial Division winners: Joe Bernardo (Basin and Range Cellars); Mike SchoenBaechler (Vegas Valley Winery); Alynn Delisle and Mike Steedman (Nevada Sunset Winery).
Vegas Valley also took Best of Show for its 2017 Sauvignon Blanc.
Jim Phelan’s 2016 Zinfandel captured double gold in the home winemaker competition.
Best of Show award for the commercial category went to Vegas Valley Winery for its 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. Mike Schoenbaechler is Vegas Valley’s winemaker.
Jason and Debra Schultz got the home winemaker Best of Show award for their 2018 Twin Mustang Frontenac Gris.

A complete list of commercial and home winemaker awards along with more details are posted on the Nevada Vines & Wines website HERE.

We also have an EVENTS page!

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