Underneath Sierra Tap House's metal-banded glass lamps, between its yellow walls and exposed brick, patrons gather around polished wood tables. In warm weather, they also spill outside onto a patio overlooking the Truckee River, which grants views of the river walk. The small pub first opened its doors in the midst of the 2006 Reno River Festival. Since then, its staff has poured imported and American beers, as well as rotating draft beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company—such as Torpedo Extra IPA, Knightro stout, and Celebration ale. Servers pair these pints with simple bar food such as pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, and chicken wings.
Buckbean Brewing Company pours out a flavorful cascade of canned craft beers to the Reno area, their eclectic sampler showcasing a four-pack of each of their three year-round brews and one seasonal beer. The Original Orange Blossom Ale blooms with a unique blend of real orange flowers and light caramel, and the robust Tule Duck Red Ale tickles taste buds with its caramel malt and oat-touched tail feathers. The Black Noddy Lager was ranked second in Bon Appétit's list of Top 10 Artisanal Canned Beers, its mild, roasted flavor and hints of coffee helping drinkers stay awake through seventh-inning stretches and physically taxing marathons of Hungry Hungry Hippos.
The Grape and The Grain fills flagons with a comprehensive selection of quality beers, wines, and cocktails in conjunction with a menu of refined tavern dishes. Combine cocktails with a crunch with the bruschetta, used as a pita bread elevator for mouth-bound garlic-roasted herb hummus ($9), or the mediterranean cracker bread topped with cheese and a choice of toppings, including pepperoni and the Michael Angelo, a smattering of leek, pancetta, and basil named for the less-famous painter of the Sixteen Chapel ($9–$11). Two Danish-style hot dogs satisfy tubular tastes, doused in rémoulade and spicy red sauce and sprinkled with pickled cucumbers and fried onions ($9).
Vino 100's wine tastings are available every day, featuring a palate-pampering lineup of three red and three white vinos (two ounces each; tasters can also opt for three four-ounce glasses). Flight wines are chosen weekly by Vino 100's knowledgeable staff, allowing neophyte and full-fledged oenophiles to swirl, sniff, and sip wines before committing to an entire bottle. Call ahead to discover current and upcoming varietals, or step through a temporal anomaly to drink the wines of the past.