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Great Basin Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.72/5
BEER STATS
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107
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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
87
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
41
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
10.29%
 
 
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Great Basin Brewing Co.Great Basin Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

846 Victorian Ave
Sparks, Nevada, 89431-5275
United States

(775) 355-7711 | map
www.greatbasinbrewingco.com

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 41
Reviews by willjschmidt:
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A brewpub located in downtown Sparks. Standard brewpub atmosphere, some outside seating. They have a large selection of house brewed beers on-tap, probably around a dozen. Pretty good range in the beer selection as well; IPA, DIPA, pilsner, stout, porter, RIS, chile beer, witbier, etc. I sampled the Hop Head DIPA and it was pretty good. The food menu was standard brewpub fare; burgers, sandwiches, etc. The food was decent but nothing to write home about. If you find yourself in Sparks and are looking for a decent brewpub meal and a good beer, I would recommend this place.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great staff, great food, awesome beers. Only wish the special offerings on the website were current. Best brewery in Nevada.

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Photo of Smak_Hermann
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Place is an institution in Reno. Not really a destination place for a brewery, but if you're stuck in the area, head on over. Quality of the beer is average, there's some good stuff, especially the barrel aged ones, but nothing out of the ordinary. I still can't figure out how Icky is so loved, its a total meh beer.

Service is decent, selection is deep, about a dozen beers, usually something I've never had here. Food is standard pub fare.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped in at the Reno location on a Saturday evening after the air races. Staff was very friendly and accommodating even though it was pretty busy. There were beer and food options aplenty to satisfy just about any taste imaginable. We left full and happy. I'll be looking for an excuse to return.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Located in shithole Sparks, NV, which is right next to shithole Reno, NV. Now if you're looking for skanks, this place often has them. Depending on the event going on outside, you'll see a different crowd at this place. Rib cook off, farmer's meat/meet market, street vibrations, balloon and air races etc. . . . or you could just have the normal day where underqualified wanna be nurses from Renown are meeting up with Tindr and Zoosk "dates". Either way, the patronage is usually less than to be desired, but at times unintentionally hilarious.

The quality here is pretty run of the mill. I will say, their barrel aged and stout/barleywine offerings are the shit. Their flagship ipa is as east coast of an ipa calling itself west coast gets.

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Photo of mjstern70
5/5  rDev +31.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love this place. A brewpub with great beers, great food. A wonderful oasis in the high desert.

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Photo of mmilyko
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Joe1224
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of xdvop86
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great place to grab a bite to eat and a great selection of locally brewed beers. A must visit while in the Reno area. They now have two locations. One in Sparks and one in Reno.

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Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of T_type231
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of humlet_oel_elsker
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Dear_Abbey
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of Cinderbike
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Mark
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of RLaurel
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Great Basin Brewing Co. in Sparks, NV
87 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.