Great Basin Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 30
Beer Ratings: 255
Beer Avg: 3.65
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited for 1st time April 12, 2014 around 3 pm, needed an alt/atitude adjustment before landing at the El Dorado for a bday party. Casual vibe, roomy place, sat at the bar. Young barman friendly and knowledgeable, about the beer he was serving and music too! Started with a pint of the Hop Head Strong Ale, 100 IBU's handled nicely in this smooth, dry-hopped brew. Felt it would go perfectly with the salmon and chip, special of the day. Very generous portion of perfectly fried fish, great with the garlic fries that the barman recommended. Started getting busy so he got some help from a friendly young woman who started offering me samples based on the discussions we had. This is just a big plus for me in terms of a brewpub offering good service, got me to try some of their 'different' brews that I wouldn't normally try. Finished up my fish with a shorty of the Wild Horse Ale....5% ABV was a good choice after the stronger first selection. I like a good German style altbier and this didn't disappoint with a good combo of strong malts and noble hops. After some further good convo, with other patrons too (explaining the joys of RRV Brewery), decided to finish off this stop with a 10oz Deathwish (based on the mention of handcrafted skiis...) Really enjoyed this pale ale, good finish that had just a touch of carael malt flavors. Looking forward to coming back, with a group of friend next time.
04-18-2014 17:57:39 | More by humlet_oel_elsker
4.71/5 rDev +22%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
The Great Basin Brewing Co. is absolutely the best (only) local brew pub in town. The beer is great, regardless of who you are and what you like (college kids need not comment, but they do have many low abv beers for the UNR twerps). These guys make, what is probably, the best barley wine I have ever had - the Bourbon barrel barley wine. The food is great, the beer is better. If you dig beer and are in Reno, check one of their 3 locations out, you will not be disappointed. Grade A and I'm proud to say it.
01-19-2013 09:25:09 | More by Dear_Abbey
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, this is the original Great Basin location. It's small but has enough room for you to eat.
The food is good to great (try the cheese soup, it's amazing), but the star of the show is definitely the beer. I've never been disappointed with the beers on tap, either. The Icky IPA is the most popular but I prefer most of their seasonals, including bourbon-barrel aged barleywines and stouts, as well as the occasional DIPA or spiced beer (try the chili beer that's on tap during the rib cookoff).
Overall, it's one of my favorite hangouts.
02-04-2012 02:17:05 | More by Cinderbike
3.43/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in Victorian Square, across from the Nugget. This place's atmosphere can really depend on the event going on outside. Sometimes when its rib cook off, farmer's market, a-hole biker vibrations, hot august nights, it will definitely be a non craft beer crowd.
But then sometimes its a cool evening of bands and a variety of beers. Its not some Mecca type of brewery where you will be driving 500 miles to check it out, world renowned etc. . . but it is the best thing in Sparks hands down. This place is an institution, while many knock it and dream of migrating from homebrewing in their garage or whatnot, this is the place that has made it happen. A rotating specialty list is really the draw here. You can pretty much get their flagship Ichy IPA, which owes more to English IPA's than west coast, just about anywhere.
But if you wanna check out their high gravity beers, the taphouse is where its at. Big open area with tons of wood all over the place. Really nothing atmosphere wise you haven't seen elsewhere in a brewery/bar scene. Bartenders don't seem to have the greatest amount of enthusiasm or knowledge. They will cater to the bar scene more than the craft beer scene when faced with a choice on a busy night.
10-24-2010 16:00:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
Love this place, when in Reno for more than a few days we attend happy hour without fail. Pints are only two bucks and change. Food is decent. A simple layout but ver homey and comfortable. Icky IPA is a solid beer. Getting served by the lovely Andrea is always a pleasure and the other staff members are nice too. My only complaint is their pours often lack a head. We now are sure to request it and all is well. A must visit when in the Reno area. Easy to reach via 80 east to Sparks. Get of at the Pyramid Lake exit. Make a left at the next light. Great beer awaits in what is generally macroville.
10-03-2010 04:01:19 | More by Mark
3.75/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
For a hot traveler, this place is a good stop on your schedule. I am not familiar with any other watering holes in the are so I cannot draw contrast. I found it welcoming, busy, crowded & loud.
As other reviewers have pointed out, parking is a bit of a problem but I got that out of the way quickly. I started by quenching my thirst with a double IPA. Now, I ordered food and a second beer for my hunger.
The double IPA was very satisfying. Not overly hoppy flavored with a smooth taste & easy to swallow. The jalepeño won ton are superb! The jalapeño sauce is not spicey but has a smooth sweet taste. The maibock is what I like with my food & is the way I gauge the beer quality. The chips & salsa are a good chew with a litely pepper taste. I liked it very much.
I usally finish with a stout or porter, however, a lively conversation with the fellow next to me who is considering beginning his own brewery, convinced me to try the "Icky" IPA. So, I did. It is a very good IPA without the hoppy taste to finish. I had trouble telling the difference between the IPA & the double IPA at this point.
The atmosphere is typical but nothing exceptional. Four televisions with sports games. At least no HSN or QVC.
It is a stop I would make again but before I do, I would try their competitor the Silver Peak.
This establishment will fill, refill anyone's growlers provided it has the government required warning concerning the consumption of alcoholic beverages. They also sell their own silk screened growlers.
06-23-2010 16:32:06 | More by RLaurel
Great Basin Brewing Co. in Sparks, NV
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.