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 two of the United State’s three (and one of the world’s only) estate distilleries, 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.

Frey Ranch Estate Distillery’s 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 all their varieties of gin, vodka, and their newly debuted, perfectly aged bourbon. Try that gin! It’s made with sagebrush—Nevada’s state flower—plucked from right outside their doors, and tastes just like Nevada’s sea of sage smells after a fresh rain.

Bently Heritage Estate Distillery
Frey Ranch Estate Distillery

Bently Heritage Estate Distillery serves up the spirit of Nevada history mixed with modern vision at their century-old, LEED-certified flour-mill-turned-distillery in Minden. There, in one of the country’s first planned communities, these alchemists convert sustainably grown, heirloom Carson Valley winter grains into fine vodkas, gins, and more. Take a guided tour of their impressive old-meets-new facilities with a hand-crafted signature cocktail in hand.

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—the Pahrump Valley Winery and Sanders Family Winery—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”). 

Ruby Mountain Brewing Company

Ranch-brewed beer, anyone? Forget touristy tasting rooms and the seen-one-seen-’em-all tours. Show up to the Saffords’ working ranch at Ruby Mountain Brewing Company—a rustic beer lover’s oasis for more than 20 years, and one of the first Nevada microbreweries—and enjoy some small-but-mighty, award-winning beers, possibly till the cows literally come home. Look for their Bristlecone Brown Porter, Angel Creek Amber, and Buckaroo Brew Pale Ales on tap at your favorite Sagebrush Saloons.

Tonopah Brewing Co.

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.

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 ranch-brewed suds ‘til the cows literally come home, or getting into the spirit of estate-grown sagebrush-infused gins, 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!

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We’re pretty proud of this one, the first sparkling wine made in Nevada! Not just any sparkling wine either, this is a Petillant Naturale, commonly referred to as a Pet Nat, made using Methode Traditionale, the oldest method for producing sparkling wines. These wines are bottled as a young and wild wine and finishes primary fermentation in the bottle, producing the effervescence and a cloudy wine with yeasty lees (sediment) in bottom of the bottle. No sulfur, no filtration, no additions of any kind. And made as always with fruit from our estate vineyard where we use organic farming practices. 
Known as the Russian Roulette of wine making due to their unpredictable nature and often funky profile, Pet Nat has experienced a resurgence in popularity among niche natural wine crowds and lovers of unique wine experiences who appreciate a more honest and authentic breed of bubbly.

Tasting Notes: unfiltered, light bottle lees and cloudiness true to the style, pale golden color. Bouquet of ripe pear, fennel, and clover honey. Round and full in the mouth, vibrant acidity, soft frothy bubbles and a honeyed finish. 
This wine is brand new so for now it’s only available in the tasting room. $27/bottle
Preparing for Labor Day weekend!
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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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Friday 7/17  2pm-6pm ⁠
Saturday 7/18 12pm-4pm ⁠
Sunday 7/19  12pm-4pm⁠
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To support social distancing curbside pick will be available
With such a variety of drafts - Why wouldn’t you want to grab a beer flight? 🍻 Open until 9!
Let the holiday weekend be-GIN! There’s still time to pick up a bottle of @JuniperGroveGin American Dry for the weekend and try this delicious cocktail creation from @thebartendersfable.
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‘Freedom & Tonic’ is a summer spin on a classic. This drink incorporates fresh fruits with a traditional tonic bite:
1.5 oz Juniper Grove American Dry Gin 
0.5oz Grenadine 
Tonic water 
Fresh white peach 
Fresh blueberries 
Chamomile flower garnish
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Line the bottom of your glass with 0.5oz top shelf grenadine (the real pomegranate stuff!) and then fill with ice.
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Take 1/4 of the white peach and drop it into a shaker tin with the gin and muddle. Gently strain over your ice filled goblet and top with tonic water and fresh blueberries.
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Curbside pickup is available Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Public House. See link in bio to place your online order today. 👆
Did you know, Las Vegas has its very own whiskey distillery right here in town ?  How ‘bout that 🥃 !! .
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📷 from @pourmanmike
It’s Sunday, come raise an ancient brew to the sun, the days, or just dang good brews. Pouring mead from 12-6 pm.
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