This year, the official Munich Oktoberfest starts on September 22 and runs through October 7. Oktoberfest is now an international celebration because of its good nature, fun times, food, music and of course, BEER! We have a handful of local Oktoberfest celebrations happening around here so grab your lederhosen and go have some fun. Read on for details about events, releases and news for our local craft beverage scene for the upcoming week in the Northern Nevada region. Cheers!

Upcoming Events

Beer NV presents  Beer & Cheesecake. There will be samples of different cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory to pair with the 5 barrel aged beers from Anderson Valley Brewing. This event is while supplies last, so you’ll want to arrive sooner than later. Here’s the beer lineup you have to look forward to. *All beers are barrel aged. – Huge Arker,  Wild Turkey Old Fashioned, Salted Caramel, Rosy Barl, Bourbon Barrel Stout.
Thursday September 20 starting at 5 PM.
15 Foothill Rd., Reno

The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery invites you to celebrate Oktoberfest with some of the best breweries in town. All you can responsibly drink Depot Oktoberfest and Ranch Hand beer. Limited pours of Oktoberfest/German inspired beers from Lead Dog, Under the Rose, IMBIB, Alibi, 10 Torr Pigeon Head, Brewer’s Cabinet and FiftyFifty. Commemorative stein, raffle prizes, AYCE schnitzel, brats, pretzels along with all your favorite Oktoberfest faire. Tickets start at $60.
Friday, September 21 starting at 5 PM
325 E 4th St, Reno
Tickets HERE.

The Reno South Rotary Club Oktoberfest is the hallmark fundraising event for Achievement Beyond Obstacles scholarship program. Great Food, Tasty Beers, Smooth Wine, Fun Music, Amazing Friends. Fun for entire family. More details HERE.
Saturday, September 22 from 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Flying B Pavillion, Reno

Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley – North Lake Tahoe’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is returning to The Village at Squaw Valley complete with Bavarian Music, authentic German beer and food, the ever-popular Oktoberfest Games, and plenty of family fun. Squaw’s annual Oktoberfest will transform The Village at Squaw Valley into a miniature Bavaria modeled after the original Oktoberfest. Entry is FREE. A $20 donation gets you a .5 liter stein and 2 beer tickets. Additional beer tickets $5. All of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation. More details HERE.
Saturday, September 22nd from 12 PM – 6 PM
The Village at Squaw Valley

Pinon Bottle is excited to partner with Alibi Ale Works to bring you a very special kick off to the second season of Ladies Beer Tasting events. Alibi will provide the beers for two very special flights including a traditional Berlinerweisse and the possibility of a special appearance of Contradiction! Alibi will be present to provide a little beer education and answer questions, and talk about beer and food parings. They will dabble in food pairings, and talk Oktoberfest beers. And we heard there may even be some Alibi swag…
This event is limited to 20 ladies. $30 to save your spot. Go HERE for more details and reservations.
Sunday, September 23 from 12 PM – 2 PM
777 S Center St., Reno

Lead Dog Brewing presents Pints for Pups. $1 from every beer sold will be donated to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) to support Dog Fest Reno taking place Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Dick Taylor Park. Food truck, Canine Companions for Independence Kisses & Hugs booth, a raffle with great prizes/swag, and service dogs! Drink beer, support a great cause, win prizes! Canine Companions for Independence provides highly-trained assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities FREE of charge.
Wednesday, September 26 from 6 PM – 9 PM
415 E. 4th Street, Reno

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


Brasserie Saint James has released three beers…

Maggie’s Peach Pale  – Hazy Farmhouse-style Peach Pale Ale. This experimental mixed cultured Juicy NE-Style Pale Ale was fermented with a blend of organisms including Belgian and domestic yeasts, Brettanomyces, and Lactobacillus. It was brewed with two types of wheat and two types of oats for maximum mouthfeel, as well as Australian Summer and New Zealand Cascade hops for a softer hop impression. It was re-fermented with peach puree before being dry-hopped with Motueka and Azacca. The result is a soft and expressive beer that is lower in abv yet not comprising in body. It is dry and slightly estery and is still perceived juicy with loads of stone fruit, fresh cut grass, and tropical notes including mango and lemongrass. 5% ABV.

3 Horns – Dry-Hopped Brett beer with Herbs/Spices and Indian Mango. 3 Horns pays homage to the late great jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk and showcases three of our favorite strains of Brettanomyces playing their separate parts but together in harmony. We’ve accompanied the three separate “parts” with an adjunct to pair to each. Herbs/spices (chamomile, coriander, orange peel, grains of paradise, & peppercorns), mango puree from India (exotic and delish), and mosaic hops were chosen to further extenuate the expression of yeasts and provide a dynamic beer that is rustic, earthy, dry, and still mildly tart, tropical, and herbaceous. It’s drinkable and soft with nice minerality and depth of flavor to explore. It is inspired from expressive farmhouse-style beers, Belgian pales, and juicy pales. 6% ABV.

Dunkel – Dark Bavarian-style Wheat Ale. Dunkelweizen is a classic beer style from southern Germany which is brewed with at least 50% wheat, noble hops, and traditional Bavarian yeast. It is essentially a dark Hefenweizen as dunkel means dark in German. We also used specialty caramel malts to impart a balanced sweetness with dry toasty qualities. It has phenolic notes of subtle spice and banana while the wheat provides a soft bread-like component to compliment and emulate the composition of sweet and savory banana bread. It is a great beer to transition into fall flavors with. 5% ABV.


FiftyFifty Brewing‘s 2018 Eclipse Release Party tickets go on sale at pub, September, 22 at 11 am. ECLIPSE RELEASE PARTY date is 12/6/18.

Great Basin Brewing is turning 25 years old this fall. We sat down with founder Tom Young for a chat. You can read about that conversation HERE.

Directions to all the local craft establishments can be found on our CRAFT MAP.

We also have an EVENTS page!

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