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.
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.
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.