Photos by Chris Ewing / Mind Widget Creative
Editor’s Note: The patio is closed for the season, but it’ll reopen next spring.
A rooftop is a coveted spot when it comes to nightlife in Reno. With just a few such establishments within city limits, we’re always happy to hear when a new one debuts. When the Silver Peak location in Midtown went up for sale, many worried we’d be losing one of those hard-to-find spots. Luckily, with the opening of Huntsman Brewing in early September, residents of Reno have gained that valuable real estate back.
Huntsman Brewing is a new venture connected to Huntsman Tavern in Sparks. With Nick Taylor in charge of brewing creative beers for the bar room (and for take-home in 64 oz. growlers) including milkshake brews, cream ales and even a pink guava sour, the spot is reimagined but still reminiscent of its predecessor.
Beer is brewed on site and you may even be able to convince the bartender to give you a quick tour of production if it’s not too busy inside. Choose between a seat at the bar downstairs where it’s easy to read the taps against the wall, or head upstairs where those beers can be ordered alongside other drinks from a full bar while watching the game on TV or catching a glimpse of Reno from the sky.
In addition to the flavorful combinations dreamed up at Huntsman, the monikers get the special treatment, as well. If you like a good pun, the Cream Me Up Scotty coffee ale will give you a jolt.
Perhaps the most popular, when it isn’t sold out, is the Misty Mountains Milkshake, a strawberry-vanilla flavor combo coming in at 6.3% ABV.
While most of the brews available are Huntsman originals, you may be able to grab a couple of mainstays off the guest taps, including a Guinness Draught or signature cider.
The beer here is so good that Huntsman has trouble keeping some of the kegs full. It’s not uncommon to come in and order a brew before being told it won’t be back until the next batch comes out of the back room. Luckily, there are many beers on tap so when choice number one falls through, choice number two should be just as good. And the team is always dreaming up new flavors and even seasonal sellers.
If you’re not a beer drinker, the full bar caters to your other needs, which may include shots with new friends under a full moon on the rooftop deck or a classic cocktail ordered just the way you like it from the upstairs bartender.
Regardless of what your poison is, the atmosphere is a can’t-miss and—for those who like a cold one after a long day at work or mid-afternoon on a Saturday—the brews rival the views.