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.

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Thanksgiving Day and weekend in Reno and Sparks are coming up and we have a variety of family friendly events and activities from which to choose. A couple of these include visiting the Reno ice skating rink at Greater Nevada Field and participating in the annual Scheels Turkey Trot fun run on Thanksgiving Day morning.

If you don’t want to or don’t have a need to cook up a big Thanksgiving dinner, you can eat out for Thanksgiving at one of our local hotel/casinos or restaurants.

You probably don’t need reminding, but the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday shopping. Some of it actually starts on Thanksgiving evening. In my opinion, the best alternative is to go do something else on Friday and avoid the madness altogether. However, if you must, try to spend your dollars by shopping local, thereby supporting your friends and neighbors and keeping your dollars circulating right here rather than leaving town. Better yet, wait until Small Business Saturday (November 25, 2017) and enjoy a shopping spree at many participating local businesses.

Starting on April 1, 2017, the Washoe County sales tax rate will increase from 7.725 percent to 8.265 percent. That will make it the highest sales tax rate in Nevada, surpassing previous front runner Clark County.

Proceeds from this increase are specifically restricted to only fund Washoe County School District projects for the acquisition, construction, renovation and repair of school facilities.

This sales tax increase was presented to the voters as Washoe Question 1 on the 2016 General Election ballot and passed by almost 57 percent. There is no sunset clause – the tax is permanent unless voters decided to get rid of it at a future election.

For more information about taxes in Washoe County and Nevada, refer to “Reno and Nevada Taxes.”