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Post-COVID Energy Fuels Lively Wine Events Calendar: A Spring and Summer Preview

By Samantha Stone | February 28, 2022

Nevada’s wine community is again buzzing with special events, after two years of roller coaster COVID restrictions. Raise your glass to a full schedule of pairings, parties, classes, awards, and more, throughout 2022. Some upcoming events are previewed here. Photo: Grape Basin News

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Local Oenophiles (And Friends) Blend a Wine for University of Nevada

By Samantha Stone | February 23, 2022

It was a party, and a contest. The winning team would combine three Nevada Sunset wines to create a blend for the University of Nevada’s private label. It was also a commitment ceremony of sorts – formal recognition of a new partnership between Nevada’s wine producers and the university.

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Bulk Wine Sales to Estate Distilleries Approved by Nevada Lawmakers

By Samantha Stone | May 31, 2019

A new Nevada law will permit estate distilleries to purchase bulk alcohol products from the state’s wineries or craft brewers, for the purpose of distilling or blending. Winemakers are weighing whether the new law creates a good business opportunity.

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Beer from ‘the Middle of Everywhere’: Tonopah and Virginia City Breweries Take Off with Statewide Distribution Deal

By Samantha Stone | November 7, 2018

Tonopah Brewing Company and its northern sibling, The Virginia City Brewery recently signed with mega-distributor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The two locations produce two distinct brands.

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Mill Street Still & Brew a Triumph of Craftsmanship

By Samantha Stone | August 25, 2017

If nerdliness is next to Godliness for brewers and distillers, Reno may be the site of their most awe-inspiring temple. Mill Street Still & Brew features custom metal work on the building’s exterior, and in its tap room and brewing facility. The company is making an array of “precision beers” and cold-distilled spirits using hand-crafted equipment, and an unusual process. Click headline for the full story and more photos.

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Craft Brew Barrelage Headed for Increase; Business Practices Mandate Roils Big Beer

By Samantha Stone | May 8, 2017

It seems fairly certain Nevada craft brewers will get the green light to legally produce more beer. Big beer brands Anheuser Busch InBev and Miller Coors have put aside earlier objections to raising the production cap. But they’ve refocused their opposition on a legislative proposal aimed at preventing them from hindering craft beer sales with perverse incentives to distributors. Click headline for full story.

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Nevada Alcohol Tax Hike Passes Senate Committee

By Samantha Stone | April 5, 2017

Updated 8:00 p.m. — A bill that would fund government-assisted heroin injection clinics passed its first hurdle today in the Nevada legislature. Senate Bill 181 would also boost drug courts and prison substance abuse treatment programs. A package of sin taxes would support the programs, including excise tax hikes of 50 percent on liquor, beer, and wine. Click headline for full story.

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Nevada Craft Brewers Introduce App

By Samantha Stone | February 28, 2017

With dozens of craft breweries dotting the Silver State map, new brews could go undiscovered for months – or forever. The Nevada Craft Brewers Association has a way to “connect”  beer lovers with experiences they might not stumble over in the ordinary course of things. The new Nevada Brewers app makes recommendations, and points the…

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Beer and Wine, Mighty Fine

By hthrower | January 22, 2017

In December, Matt Robison whipped up a dopplebock, in preparation for an upcoming beer festival. Then he added muscat juice. The five-gallon batch is still fermenting, but he can tell you what he thinks it will taste like. CLICK HEADLINE TO READ MORE.

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