Strange Brew Festival set for beginning of Reno Craft Beer Week


Get your pint glasses ready for the strangest beer festival in Reno

If regular craft beer bores you then the second year of Strange Brew Festival is your kind of event. Hosted by Brewers Cabinet during the first weekend of Reno Craft Beer Week on April 19, the festival features once-only strange beers like Bourbon Bacon Maple Stout, Red Eye Coffee IPA and Chipotle Lime Pineapple Ale. Normal brews are strictly prohibited.

The event gives local and regional brewers a chance to break out of their normal routine to make something wildly creative and weird. In the second year, Strange Brew Festival grew from 10 breweries to 18 with the addition of breweries that didn’t exist last year and new regional players like Ninkasi Brewing, Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas.

“This is a celebration of uniquely crafted brews from local breweries,” wrote Brewer’s Cabinet. “Expect the unexpected! Most of the offerings from our local breweries will only be available at this festival. These brews will challenge your taste buds, your ideas of beers and your sensibilities.”

Strange Brew Fest will include live music from local bands and food trucks. Here’s the current list of breweries and their beers:

Brewer’s Cabinet

  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch Saison
  • Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
  • Mint Berry Sour
  • Banana Nutella
  • Tobassco IPA

Brasserie St. James

  • Organic Juice Blend Nitro ESB
  • PEZ Saison

Stoneyhead Brewing Co.

  • Raspberry Rye Spring Ale
  • Joshua Tree Ale

Great Basin Brewing Co.

Under the Rose Brewing Co.

High Sierra Brewing Co.

  • Chocolate Milk Shake Stout
  • Angry Irishman – Habanero Irish Red

The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery

  • Lavender & Honey Sour Wheat
  • Bourbon Bacon Maple Stout

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

BJ’S Restaurant and Brewhouse

Silverpeak Restaurant & Brewery

Mammoth Brewing Co.

  • Raspberry Lambic
  • Coffee Nitro Epic IPA

Joseph James Brewing Co.

  • Red Eye Coffee IPA
  • Fox Says Wee (Bourbon Barrel Stout/Smoke Wee Blend)
  • Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong with Cherries

Brew Brothers

  • Double Stout – Danish Salty Black Licorice
  • Beet Down! – Belgian Triple Aged in Wine Barrels with Roasted Beets

Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co.

Big Dogs Brewing Co.

  • “Alex” Graham Cracker Porter
  • Chipotle Lime Pinealle Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • Coffee IPA
  • Torpedo IPA Grapefruit Cask
  • Stout with Cherries & Cocoa Nibs Cask

Ninkasi Brewing

  • Sacramentale – Equinox Hops, Lemon Peel and Japanese Yuzu Juice
  • Ground Control – Space Beer with Oregon Hazelnuts, Star Anise, Cocoa Nibs and ale yeast that’s been in outer space.

Pigeon Head Brewing Co.


We’ll update this list as new beers are released, so check back!

Strange Brew Festival

Where: The Brewer’s Cabinet (back parking lot)
When: April 19, 2015 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets: $40 pre-sale and $50 at the door for all you can drink. Purchase tickets here.

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Mike Higdon

Editor & Publisher at Drinkable Reno
Mike Higdon is a journalist passionate about beer and cocktails. He started the site because no one else covered Reno's growing craft scene at the level of detail required to stay in the know about all things drinkable in Reno.

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