Sample Local Brews and Spirits at the Nevada Small Farm Conference

The Nevada Small Farm Conference will feature a Farm to Flask workshop at the 2018 conference. Speakers from Bentley Heritage in Minden and Seven Troughs Distilling in Sparks will discuss harvesting and malting. Ron Godin from the University of Colorado will share a decade of experience working with hops growers. Local products will be available for sampling.

The conference is at the Nugget on February 2-3. Earlybird registration fee is $95 per person, or $105 after January 12. Full conference schedule and registration here.

December 2017 marks 84 years since the end of Prohibition

The federal prohibition amendment banned the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.” This month, we celebrate the anniversary of its repeal. Americans are free to make, sell, transport (and consume) alcohol, with the regulatory authority assumed by the states. Reason Magazine celebrates, but also points out the many ways prohibition is alive and well. Examples include the nation’s 200 dry counties, bans on Happy Hour specials, and don’t forget case limits — Nevada’s own restriction on beer, wine, and spirits producers.

Surviving California Wineries Need Visitors — Most Tasting Rooms Open for Business
October 23

California Wine Country tourism officials are working hard to spread the word — recovery involves more than rebuilding the fire-ravaged communities. Financial survival for the wineries depends on getting back to business. San Francisco Chronicle reports that while international tourism is important, regional visits are bread-and-butter. In business terms, the industry may have more to fear from a dearth of regional traffic than from fire-related destruction, some say.

Ferrari-Carano Mourns Patriarch
October 9

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery mourns the passing of Don Carano, winery founder and a Nevada powerhouse in business and law. Read the winery’s obituary and salute to his life and business success here.


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