October brings the brews in Reno, from the Brewery District to the Truckee River to the Elks Lodge and beyond. Here are the highlights:
International pours on the ranch
The Biggest Little Invitational beer festival runs 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road. The festival features beers from all over the world, food trucks, lawn games and dancing. Tickets: $20 designated driver, $60 general admission, $80 noon early entry. Purchase/details.
Deutschland comes to The Depot
Beginning 2 p.m. Oct. 2, The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery, 325 E. Fourth St., is presenting its Oktoberfest gathering with German-inspired food, 2 steins of beer (you keep the stein) and a T-shirt. Cost: $75. Purchase/details. The Depot occupies a beautifully renovated 1910 railroad building.
Beer to chili: Meet me at the pool
Grand Sierra Beer & Chili Festival runs noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the pool at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. Second St. The event features more than two dozen craft beers, chili cookers, voting for a favorite chili in the people’s choice contest and live music.
Tickets and tasting packages: $18.47-55.42 before Oct 1; prices increase Oct. 1. Purchase/details.
Riparian pleasures at The Eddy
The Eddy alfresco beer garden and community space, 16 S. Sierra St., on the Truckee River, presents its Third Annual Taptopia & The Garden of Eddy from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 16. The event features 25+ breweries and distilleries, plus full bar, raffle and Wyld Market showcasing local makers. Tickets: $40. Purchase/details.
Have a beer, help the children
The event features beer garden, Oktoberfest buffet, prize for best Oktoberfest costume, a raffle of prizes, and a “reverse” raffle in which ticket numbers drawn are eliminated from the raffle until three numbers remain. The holder of the ticket drawn from the final three wins a $3,000 Costco gift card. Tickets: $100-1,000. Purchase/details.
Johnathan L. Wright is the food and drink writer for Reno News & Review. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsJLW or on Facebook personally or at @FoodNevada. Sign up here for the Reno News & Review free weekly newsletter highlighting our most recent storie