Home > news > press releases > The People of Nevada Want More Beer


CONTACT: Don Darue 775.335.9980 dondo@greatbasinbrewingco.com

<< Back to press releases

The People of Nevada Want More Beer

June 26, 2012

Great Basin Brewing Company Expands Production with New Facility

RENO, Nev. (June 26, 2012) – Thanks to northern Nevada’s unquenchable thirst, Great Basin Brewing Company, Nevada’s oldest operating brewery, is running out of beer! In an effort to meet increasing demand, Great Basin Brewing Company has acquired the old Buckbean Brewing Company facility, located at 1155 South Rock Blvd. in Reno. Securing both the space and the brewing equipment, Great Basin Brewing Company will produce their signature brews and develop new brews after some modifications and additions to enhance production. 

Great Basin Brewing Company began bottling and distributing its flagship Ichthyosaur (A.K.A. “ICKY”) IPA in 2011, which has successfully moved off the shelves in northern Nevada and surrounding areas since its launch—growing in popularity to a point where the current brewing capacity cannot meet demand. Great Basin has other brews scheduled for bottling and distribution, but has lacked the brewing capacity to rollout an expanded product line. 

"We’ve maxed out capacity at both of our Sparks and Reno brewing facilities,” said Tom Young, owner of Great Basin Brewing Company. “Acquiring this new space is a great opportunity at the right time. It will allow us to do what we do best: brew great, local, and exciting craft beer to satisfy the discerning palates of fine folks of northern Nevada and the surrounding areas. We believe award-winning, handcrafted brews made right here in northern Nevada, by Nevadans, are a great way to represent our state to the rest of the nation.”

Great Basin beer, distributed by Southern Wine and Spirits, is currently available at both Great Basin brewery-restaurant locations and at over 400 restaurants, bars and retail stores in northern Nevada.

The new brewing facility is expected to employ an additional 4-10 people and will begin product rollout by late summer or early fall, including bottling, and possibly canning, for local and regional distribution. Great Basin Brewing Company also plans to eventually upgrade the facility’s current 30-barrel system to a 60-barrel system. When the new brewery, known as Great Basin Brewing Co. Taps and Tanks, is fully operational, Great Basin plans to open the taproom for convenient access to fresh beer enjoyed right from the source.

About The Great American Beer Festival

The Great American Beer Festival is hosted by The Brewers Association – a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. More than 520 brewers participate in the competition, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011. For more information about The Great American Beer Festival, visit greatamericanbeerfestival.com.

About Great Basin Brewing Company

Great Basin Brewing Company, Nevada’s oldest and most award-winning brewery, has two restaurant/ brewery locations in Reno and Sparks, Nevada.  Great Basin also features a tasting room at the Taps and Tanks production brewery in Reno. The brewery offers a full menu and a wide variety of beers — four flagship beers and many seasonal brewmaster specials, many having won awards at the most prestigious Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. For more information about Great Basin Brewing Company, visit greatbasinbrewingco.com.