Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Grapes in the desert? Wine not. In a state that’s mastered defying expectations, taste your way around Nevada at dozens of breweries, wineries, and distilleries—each with their own sterling Silver State distinction. Bringing in some of the world’s highest ranking and most coveted awards, Nevada is home to one of the only estate distilleries in the United States (and world), pouring gins, vodkas, and bourbons a cork’s throw from where they were grown and made, some spirited enough to have brought home coveted double gold awards.

Meanwhile, all Nevada wineries produce estate-bottled vino. And it’s only in Nevada where you can get to know some our fave icons and official state symbols through our craft beer scene. (“Icky,” anyone?) It doesn’t get more “drink local” than our “farm-to-flask” and ranch-brewed beer mentality around here. Come thirsty—the Silver State will surely fill your cup in more ways than one.

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Silver State Distilleries

In a state where making (and, OK, consuming) a whole lotta liquor has always been part of the story, expect to sip on some seriously superb gins, vodkas, whiskeys and bourbons during your time in the Silver State. Back when water was unsafe to drink, some miners whipped up Comstock cocktails consisting of one part water and two parts booze. Because they were drinking it faster than they could make it, quicker-to-make spirits like gin and vodka became Nevada faves, as opposed to whiskeys and bourbons, which take longer to age and refine.

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Frey Ranch Farmers + Distillers
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Frey Ranch Farmers + Distillers

Frey Ranch Farmers + Distillers‘ reputation for its masterful elixirs is cemented by a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition—the distillery world’s most prestigious award. Everything they make is grown, distilled, and bottled right there on their Fallon ranch. Hit up the free tasting room and sip your way through their newly debuted, perfectly aged whiskey and bourbon.

Other amazing Nevada distilleries you ought to add to your Places to Sip List include:

  • Las Vegas Distilling Company
  • Verdi Local Distillery
  • Seven Troughs Distilling
  • 10 Torr Vacuum Distillery
  • Forsaken River
  • Branded Hearts
  • The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery

Nevada Wineries

Wine not here? Leave it to us trend-buckers to develop desert-hardy grapes that need a fraction of the water that their Napa cousins guzzle. Which is almost as cool as the fact that they actually taste great, too. Looking to check out wineries near Vegas? Search no further than the vineyard-veiled town of Pahrump—about an hour west of the Strip. The area’s two wineries—Sanders Family Winery and Artesian Cellars—will have you feeling like you left the Mojave Desert and stepped into wine country with acres of lush vines, on-site steakhouses, and free tasting rooms (OK, well maybe that last one won’t remind you of certain parts of neighboring states… but we think that’s a good thing!)

Breweries in Nevada

The Nevada craft beer scene has been brewing since Great Basin Brewing Co. opened in Sparks nearly 30 years ago—you know, back when we all called it “microbrew”—helping kick off the West Coast’s craft brew movement. With beers inspired by Nevada itself, get to know the Silver State one sip at a time with Wild Horse Amber Ale, Outlaw Milk Stout, and, of course, the beloved Ichthyosaur India Pale Ale (but just call it an “Icky”). 

In the years since both craft breweries pioneered our scene, brewing companies have bubbled up over the Silver State in the years since. “Pour” over more than a dozen breweries in Reno and nearby Sparks, like internationally renowned Revision Brewing Company and local faves like Lead Dog, Imbīb, and Pigeon Head.

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Virginia City Brewery & Taphouse
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Tonopah Brewing Co.

Head up the hill to Virginia City Brewery & Taphouse, hop down to Carson City’s Shoe Tree Brewing Company, or refuel with a Reno-to-Vegas pitstop at Tonopah Brewing Company. Down south, Las Vegas breweries abound, especially with several in the Artisan Booze District like CraftHaus and Bad Beat Brewing, as well as at plenty of casino-based breweries, and even more around town.

#NVEats

Whether you’re sipping desert-grown meads and wines or getting into estate-grown spirits, as you sip your way around the Silver State, be sure to tag #NVEats and #TravelNevada. If your pic really wets our whistle, look for it here!

Friday the 13th? Sounds like a good reason to drink some Cemetery Gin. 🍸
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With such a variety of drafts - Why wouldn’t you want to grab a beer flight? 🍻 Open until 9!
Supporting local 🍷 It’s been a long time since I’ve spent this much time in one place but at least Nevada has good wine - yup! you heard that right. We make wine in NV (bet you never would have guessed!) and it’s delicious. Check out Basin + Range if you’re local. #wanderlust #backtowine #thisiswhatyourehereforanyway #basinandrange basinandrangecellars #redwine #drinkdrankdrunk #quarantine #stayhome #drinkwine #wine #drinklocal visitreno travelnevada
So happy to see that Shoetree is selling their beer at Sassafras, curbside. Brightens the day all the more! ☀️ #shoetree #nevada #travelnevada #washoevalley #lake #lakelife #beer #beerstagram #microbrew #sourbeer #getoutside
Fall colors + sunset + wine = 🙌🏼 #winetasting #vineyard #sunset
A vineyard in the middle of the desert: Sanders Family Winery in Pahrump, Nevada. I have been studying the phenomenon of wine tourism lately, and I noticed that in the past few years it experienced an unexpected growth worldwide. Hopefully, local wineries will have a fast recovery, especially the ones that promote sustainable practices. #sociologyoftourism #winetourism #nevada
Read between the wines. 📷: local.livin
We are thrilled to announce the release of our inaugural Rye Whiskey - “bottled-in-bond” and 100 Proof with a mash bill of 100% Winter Cereal Rye. Available starting next week throughout our home state of Nevada!⁠
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The first two batches will be released in extremely limited quantities, but if you’re close by stop in next weekend! We’ll have special extended hours so you can taste the new release, celebrate with us and pick yourself up a bottle!⁠
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Saturday 7/18 12pm-4pm ⁠
Sunday 7/19  12pm-4pm⁠
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To support social distancing curbside pick will be available
Check out our new wine list for the 2020 season. The wine list at Kerouac’s focuses on terroir driven wine from small production growers. Most of the wines are from vineyards farmed sustainably often biodynamically or organically.  Here is a photo of  some of our Italian reds. Scroll over to see the entire list. Cheers and Happy 4th of July everyone!
We all look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when we can enjoy an Alien Amber Ale littlealeinn in Rachel. In the meantime, please celebrate #NationalBeerDay safely at home! 🍻 (📸: travelnevada)
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