With Expanded Production Capability, Great Basin Brewing Company Blazes A Trail To California

May 13, 2014

RENO, Nev. (May. 13, 2014) – A towering, stainless steel fermentation tank means only one thing—beer. And as evidence of Great Basin Brewing Company’s dominance in Nevada’s craft brewing market, it now boasts the three largest such tanks in the state.

The company launched a high-speed bottling line in April 2013 capable of topping off at least 10 six-packs a minute. The new fermenters will keep that production line churning, more than doubling Great Basin’s brewing and bottling capability. The changes are necessary to keep up with exponentially growing popularity. “Great Basin beer is now sold in over 400 venues in Nevada, from the Reno Aces ballpark to restaurants and stores,” owner and brewmaster Tom Young said. “The demand certainly isn’t getting any smaller.”

Since the locally owned and operated brewery poured its first pint in 1993, craft beers like Ichthyosaur IPA (“Icky”), Wild Horse Ale and Outlaw Milk Stout have reached iconic status across northern Nevada. But Young has always dreamed of expanding horizons for his brews, further than the fading mountain peaks of one of the company’s early logos suggested. “We have reached the pinnacle of the local craft brew market,” Young said. “It’s time to climb the next mountain and see what’s on the other side.”

That next mountain leads straight to California, where Great Basin is poised to stake a claim in the booming craft beer industry. The company’s production facility can now package and ship up to 5.3 million bottles annually. These bottles are now being distributed to California liquor stores, restaurants and bars as far west as Roseville, south to Mono County and north to the Oregon border.

Young is excited to send his award-winning beers into such a broad new territory. “This has really been a lifelong dream,” he said. “We are ready to share what Nevadans have known for decades—Great Basin beer is among the best in the West.”

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