Taste of the Town: August brings rib, beer fests; No. 731 opens; and more!


The Best in the West Rib Cook Off returns to the Nugget Casino Resort in Victorian Square from Aug. 30-Sept. 4. The Labor Day Weekend rib-stravaganza is open to the public, with food for purchase from more than two-dozen vendors. Learn more at nuggetribcookoff.com.

The Truckee Optimist Club is hosting the 16th Annual Truckee Brewfest on Saturday, Aug. 5, featuring award-winning craft breweries and homebrews, live music and festival food. The Truckee Optimist Club is a nonprofit that donates $100,000 annually to Truckee youth programs and scholarships. The fest takes place at Truckee River Regional Park, 10500 Brockway Road, and advance tickets are $45 (or $5 for designated drivers); find said tickets on Eventbrite.

The Tahoe Brewfest returns to Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday, Aug. 26. The event will have 40-plus beer, cider and kombucha vendors, as well as DJs spinning different music genres on every block. For tickets, which are $55, as well as information, head to tahoebrewfest.com.

Northern Nevada took home some impressive team wins at the 2023 U.S. Open Beer Championship in Oxford, Ohio—one of the top-three beer championships in the U.S. Lead Dog Brewing took gold with their Fade to Orange in the American Berry/Fruit Beer category; Carson City’s Shoe Tree Brewing took gold for their Coco Burrito in the Specialty/Anything Goes category; and Great Basin Brewing Company took bronze with their Icky IPA in the English India Pale Ale category. Congrats!

Openings, Closings and Shifts

Fox Brewery and Pub is officially open for business at 124 Wonder St., replacing what was once Huntsman Brewing and previously Silver Peak Brewing. The Carson City original is serving a selection of craft beers and pub fare like wings, burgers and sandwiches. For more information, head to foxpubs.com.

No. 731, a new bar located in the carriage house behind Calafuria, is opening at 731 S. Center St. The concept will serve Italian spritzes, domestic and imported beers, nonalcoholic cocktails and a selection of small bites provided by Calafuria. For more information, head to www.instagram.com/no731reno.

Ownership has changed at Washoe Public House, at 275 Hill St. Brent Ross has come to the table with Rodrigo Sanchez as head chef. While the menu will remain similar, keep an eye out for specials and updates along the way; www.washoepublichouse.com.

Midtown brewpub Wonder Ale Works has closed. Shuttering on July 17, the brewery made an announcement on Instagram, noting they “hope to be flying again soon!”

Friends Dinner Club, a local restaurant-grade meal-kit service, is open for business. The kit changes weekly (with past kits featuring carnitas tacos, Bolognese pasta and barbecue pork ribs), and guests can pre-order the kit online for pick up at Archive Wine Bar at 148 West St., or get home delivery. For more information, head to www.friendsdinnerclub.com.

Revision Brewing and Great Basin Brewing Company, two of Nevada’s most celebrated breweries, are merging under the name Nevada Beverage Alliance (NBA). Spearheaded by Jeremy Warren, brewmaster, CEO and co-founder of Revision Brewing Company, and Mark Estee, CEO, chef and co-owner of Great Basin Brewing Company, the integration aims to expand the distribution of GBBC beers into new territory while fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation, with an expanded range of high-quality products. “The creation of NBA represents a tremendous opportunity for growth and advancement,” Warren said. “By joining forces, we can leverage our respective strengths to push the boundaries of craft brewing in Nevada and deliver exceptional experiences to our customers.”