Reno breweries, brew pubs, distilleries, Nevada, NV
It wasn’t long ago that your choices among locally produced beer, ale and spirits was mighty slim. However, that was then and this is now, when the number of Reno area breweries and distillers of more potent liquor has proliferated. Virtually every drinker will find a variety of brews and hard liquor to wet their whistle, all made right here in our region.

Good beer has always been available in Reno, if you knew where to look. A couple of breweries have been around for years, pre-dating the recent growth spurt – Silver Peak and Great Basin Brewing. Newer establishments are spread across the Truckee Meadows, including both Reno and Sparks. Chances are you live within easy range of a great place to enjoy a fine micro-brew and perhaps even some tasty food to accompany your drink.

Get a good look at what’s out there and where they are located with my “Breweries, Brew Pubs and Distilleries in Reno and Sparks” article.

For readers who live outside of the immediate Reno / Sparks area, I’ve included some breweries and brew pubs in the greater region, including Carson City, Virginia City, Incline Village, Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.


January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Ski areas around Reno / Lake Tahoe are offering deals designed to get new skiers and snowboarders on the slopes and to help veterans improve their technique during the ski season. Ski resorts are offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, giving you incentives to try a new sport.

Not every ski area officially participates in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, but even those that don’t have pretty good beginner packages for first-timers on the slopes. Check out “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” for some of the available offerings.

Of course, not everyone wants to slide down a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Learn more about just plain fun in the snow and perhaps some sledding or tubing from “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”

On New Year’s Eve, there will be no problem finding places to celebrate and bring in 2018 in the Reno / Lake Tahoe area.

New Year's fireworks in downtown Reno, Nevada

Happy New Year! Photo © Stan White

New Year’s Eve will feature numerous big parties in Reno and Sparks, in the casinos, nightclubs and just about every other nightlife establishment. Downtown Reno will feature a midnight fireworks show to bring in 2018. I’ve seen this before and it’s a spectacular display. It’s also fun to get down with all the people around the Reno Arch and cheer for a better year to come. Count on it being chilly and be sure to dress for a cold temperatures.

Up at Lake Tahoe, several of the ski resorts will be putting on parties and other events to celebrate the New Year. For example, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will be having fireworks and a torchlight parade to bring in the New Year. The weather will be similar to the Reno area, possibly even colder. Brrrr! You can also party in the New Year at South Lake Tahoe casinos.

All that celebrating is sure to stimulate an appetite. When you get hungry, there are several choices to where to dine on New Year’s Eve and Day. Learn where the eating is good at “New Year’s Eve Dining Around Reno and Sparks.”