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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.

252 W 1st St
Reno,
NV
US

In 1933, the United States Constitution’s 21st Amendment was ratified, and Prohibition ended. To celebrate this landmark—and their own 21st beer release—The Brewer’s Cabinet crafted Twenty One, a West Coast Imperial IPA that blends bittering hops with rare amarillo hops. The light result is just one of the small-batch beers the nanobrewery is known for. The pub places no limits on its brewers’ creativity and style, encouraging funky flavors rather than relying on the most basic beer, a mug of wheat stalks.

To complement brews, the culinary team whips up fresh, local plates in the small onsite kitchen, ranging from lunchtime’s lamb burger with goat cheese to dinnertime’s polenta lasagna. Though customers always benefit from the hearty pub-style meals, The Brewer’s Cabinet also benefits the surrounding community. The team strives to collaborate with other area breweries, and 5 cents from every item purchased at The Brewer’s Cabinet goes to benefit The Reno Rebuild Project.

475 S Arlingtion Ave.
Reno,
NV
US

Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.

Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.

1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,
NV
US

The beers at Ole Bridge Pub range from the intimidatingly named Birra Demon Hunter to the adorable-sounding Reindeer Droppings. And in that spectrum, the pub has all of its other bases covered: IPAs, stouts, ciders, and even a few wines. More than 10 specialty beers fill mugs from the tap, and a single brew steals the spotlight as the beer of the day. As for non-liquid entertainment, the venue boasts a shuffleboard and 5 HD televisions, as well as scenic seats on its riverside patio.

50 N Sierra St
Reno,
NV
US

The atmosphere in which one tastes a wine can be just as important as the wine's actual taste. Knowing this, the owners of Naggiar Vineyards and Winery housed their tasting room inside a picturesque Tuscan-style stucco building on the shores of a small pond, accenting its interiors with heavy wood ceiling beams, polished tile floors, and long tables surrounded by ornately upholstered chairs. Outside on the patio, servers ferry appetizers and tapas between wrought-iron café tables and around a monolithic stone fireplace. In this outdoor space, live bands play every weekend, and warm-weather wine festivals spill out onto the lawn when mom kicks them out of the basement.

With three KCRA-3 A-List Best Winery awards from 2010 to 2012, it's no surprise that Naggiar Vineyards and Winery puts even more care into its wines. Aided by in-house wine consultant and U.C. Davis graduate Derek Irwin, the staff cultivates more than 160 acres of vineyards. They harvest the grapes by hand and only at night, ensuring the fruits are packed when it’s cool, arrive at the cellar for pressing early in the day, and don't fall prey to vegetarian hawks. This painstaking process results in a spectrum of small-batch wines, each made from the estate's best grapes—which include varietals native to Italy, Rhone, and Bordeaux. The winery also hosts an annual winefest.

18125 Rosemary Ln
Grass Valley,
CA
US

Montoliva Vineyard and Winery owner and winemaker Mark Henry is a man who takes the traditions of Italian winemaking seriously. Right down to the imported Tuscan yeasts and long fermentation processes, he's true to the age-old art. Along with his wife, Julianne?who proudly wears the title of "wine muse"?he oversees a collection of award-winning varietals, including the 2007 Sangiovese that won gold at the 2012 Orange Country Wine Competition. Inside a picturesque tasting room, or out by the grill?where Mark prefers to share his wines with others?guests can sip samples of his complex, organic pinot grigio, or the silver medal-winning Sangiovese, a rich and earthy red.

15629 Mount Olive Road
Chicago Park,
CA
US