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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 10
4.38/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Shitty part of town (between strip club/borderline illegal brothel and Wells ave = homeless, criminals etc. . . ).
Inside the building, basically just an open space with a bar and a cooler full of beer. I think they have two taps going. Lots of wine laying around on the floor.
American beer selection is ever rotating, could use some upgrade in that department variety wise, its pretty standard. Now, the 'foreign' selection is top notch and better than anywhere I've ever seen in Nevada. Usually almost a half dozen Cantillon's available, need I say more? Picked up some rare Panil there that I loved too. Mikkeller as well.
Pretty much only one guy has been helpful there (Ty), but he is damn helpful, knowledgeable. Craft lets you drink on premises w/ no corkage fee. Definitely the best option for high end beer in Nevada. Not for 7-11 beer drinkers or your local beer fanboys, they carry the best here, not so much the rest.
EDIT: Deducted a half point on service, don't tell me you are going to call me when a beer comes in, and then fail to call me (abacus).
EDITx2: Well, they've redeemed theirselves. After getting the call on Parabola, then hooking my dad and myself up w/ St. Lamvinus, we're all good here again. And the french blonde ale for Bastille days, nice touch guys.
03-24-2011 20:35:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Thanks to Beerandraiderfan for the suggestion.
Had a wedding in Gardnerville,NV this weekend and went to visit some friends in West Reno, so convinced the wife to head to the shitty part of town.
Atm- Large industrial space with wine dominating the front part of the store. Large walk in (freezing as shit) cooler. Great long wooden bar with a couple taps. I like the front of the building with the blacked out windows and the 1970's gold writing just saying CRAFT on the front.
Quality- A lot of great imports is what makes this place unqiue for the shithole known as Reno. A lot of great items from Drie, De Dolle, Mikkeller, De Struise and Fantome. Needed to have more American Craft and more local & regional. Was advised they do have a rotating policy to keep things fresh.
Service- Wasnt sure the guys name, but gave me a tour of the cooler and how things work in there. Was very knowledgeable on freshness and stock.
Selection- Refering to the quality section above, this keeps the high ratings because of rarity items and also for the different countries represented in the cooler, Belgium, Germany, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, Dutch.
Value- Prices were in line for what they should be. Hell, I found Cuir there for 2 dollars less than what I pay almost next to the Bruery. Good prices and good selection.
10-03-2011 16:14:36 | More by FosterJM
4.24/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
If not for a suggestion, I may have not found this place. Little background...
While on vacation in south lake Tahoe, I posted a thread asking where to go to find good craft beer, and received a few great tips. (Yes, I should have, could have ,searched the site long before I arrived, but alas...) anyhow, one of the several great and helpful suggestions was from Tashbrew (which if I'm not mistaken is Todd Ashman of Fifty, Fifty) and he recommended to check out Craft Beer and Wine Reno. Since I was traveling with a group, and we already had plans to visit Reno (as well as Virginia City along the way) then it was reasonable to make a stop here, and our group was glad that we did.
The space is fairly large for a bottle shop, with a large butcher block bar on your left upon entering, and few other area's for tastings as well towards the back. Clean and sparse, no bells and whistles (i.e. signable, neon lights, posters, etc.) just a large clean space, and the product. (Refreshing actually)
You can drink your wine and or beer you purchase on site, and they did have I believe 2 taps of beer as well. The wine is laid out in boxes across the floor on your right, with a large walk in cooler in the middle of the store. (Yes, All of the beer sold here is refrigerated) and well away from sunlight.
A young slender gentleman, who I would assume is the owner was thoroughly assisting someone else at the time, and he certainly knew the product in the store. I was content to mostly browse on my own, but it would appear from my visit and observation, one could expect good personable service here.
Now selection, Some great bottles to be found on the shelf while I was there... Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek, Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, Stoic, Bruery Cuir, nearly the full Mikeller lineup, several other Bruery offerings, great lineup for regular Deschutes offerings, North Coast, Maui, and other various Belgian, and German beers as well, just to name a FEW.
Only slight dings (in general, not points) are that with the space, and assuming it is possible, even more American craft beer could be offered. What is offered is certainly excellent, but to me, overall, the European stock was well represented, and the American, while great quality, was just a little, under represented, but only in my humble opinion, so please judge for yourself.
However, it's possible it may be the intent of the owner to not have more in stock that can be sold in a reasonable time, thereby maintaining mostly fresh stock, or that this place is still new, and there are plans to fill some of the empty space, or that it is a distributor issue, and the owner is already doing a great job just getting what he already has.
While I would NOT go as far as to say it is the most impressive selection I've personally seen, but I WILl say that it may be the best in Reno from what I hear, and perhaps even the North Nevada, Lake Tahoe region. From the few places I checked, in my short time on vacation there, I found no better.
09-29-2011 22:55:33 | More by Retsinis
4.14/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in on my way to Tahoe. It's a hybrid bottle shop/sipping bar. Basically what you purchase in store can also be opened and consumed on premise. Plenty of seating with about 10 stools at bar plus tables by street window and even some picnic tables outside on sidewalk.
Selection is very nice. Though it wasn't as heavy on the Belgians as the reviews from early 2012 state there is still quite a good selection to be browsed. Would agree that more American could be present but for what is available it's really some of the better end stuff.
Service was great. Helpful but not pushy. Talkative at the bar but not overbearing. And very friendly. Felt more like they were there to guide you if you need it then simply just to serve you.
If I was ever in Reno I would certainly make the effort to stop back.
09-16-2012 15:16:09 | More by JosephThompson
4.94/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Craft Reno changes the game of beer stores in the Reno area. Every beer is stored in a large walk in cooler. An amazing selection of Imports(belgian,English, Scottish, New Zeland)you name it and Ty will try to get it. A nice selection of regional/national craft brewers(Dogfish head, Maui, Mammoth, Sierra Nevada). 2-4 beers on draft to enjoy on site. My last visit had Mikeller To/From and 1000 IBU. If in Reno this is the one place to stop. If they don't have it, it probably isn't available in the Area. I can't say enough good about this store.
04-01-2011 04:34:42 | More by NVbeer
4.86/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went into Craft Wine & Beer not knowing what to expect. Walked in and there were crates of wine neatly arranged and a walk-in cooler for beer. Ty asked us to walk in the cooler and even shut off the fan. What did I find: Bottles of Cantillon and lots of imports! Only problem, limit one Cantillon per customer. Ty was concerned that people would sell the beers on E-Bay with a significant mark-up. I couldn’t disagree with him and left with my one bottle limit.
Craft also had three beers on tap and three wines by the glass. Had an Evil Twin Biscotti Break (Imperial Porter/Imperial Stout, call it what you want) and the lady had a Moscato. The Evil Twin was one of the best beers Imperial Stouts I’ve ever had. The Moscato was light and refreshing as well.
Thanks Ty! Definitely visit if you are in Reno. Would highly recommend this place over Total What's their name.
05-03-2012 19:36:41 | More by MisterClean
5/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Newest bottle shop in town and wow, the game is changed! Cantillons, de Struisse, Germans, Belgians, British, all kinds of beer Reno hasn't seen before! And of course, the American craft youd expect to find, special releases, etc.
Great old building, the owner is quite friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about beer. Prices totally fair and often cheaper than the main chain of liquor stores in town.
My favorite place to buy bottles in Reno! I hope Ty keeps it going for a real long time!
01-17-2011 05:36:58 | More by marct
4.34/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Newest bottle shop in town.
It's in a run-down part of Reno (lock your car), but once inside there are picnic benches are a few barrels for ambiance. The centerpiece of Craft is the HUGE walk-in cooler packed full of beer. There is a decent selection of American beer, including harder to find seasonals like Parabola, Abyss, some Bruery beers, etc., but the import selection is the real star.
All of the Trappist beers, a lot of sours (Cantillon!) and a good British/German section.
Ty (the owner) is friendly and knows his beer.
02-01-2012 22:19:56 | More by Cinderbike
4.86/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Place is great. The owner, Ty, is very knowledgable and very helpful. Even helped my mom buy some christmas gift beers!
Glad to see such a great import section in Reno. He should bulk up his american craft beer section though, lots of good stuff on this side of the pond.
He usually has a three beers on tap of equal quality to his expansive import bottle section.
Wine and scotch is also avaliable, but I'm not the reviewer to be a good judge of those bottles.
Also, you can open your bottles in store and drink at the bar. All bottles are stored in a maximum security prison chiller!
05-18-2012 00:47:34 | More by Lagerboy
4/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Cool little spot in Reno. They have really interesting international beers including some usual stuff from Germany that really impressed my father who pretty much only likes German beer.
Had Tilquin Gueuze on tap, which was pretty cool. However, I was disappointed by their lack of Cantillion, as many reviewers from 2012 stated that they used to stock this. Also, the beer cooler was really disorganized. They had boxes everywhere, including in front of shelves, making it difficult to see some of the beer. Also, some of the beer in boxes wasn't on the shelves...I poked around a bit, but I felt a little ridiculous doing so.
Would probably be a good spot to pick up limited Bruery and FW beers. Unfortunately, the selection just wasn't that great when I was there. Did grab a bottle of Tilquin though :)
02-18-2013 03:39:36 | More by Petcha
Craft Wine & Beer in Reno, NV
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