from the editor
It's time to put the car on cruise control and rack up hundreds of miles of asphalt under your wheels, all without leaving the garage. We are taking you on a journey to some of Nevada's most iconic rural bars. The Silver State's backcountry watering holes offer history and a whole lot of local flavor. Read our story about Nevada's oldest bar — the 163-year-old Genoa Bar & Saloon in Genoa — as well as Zach's Lucky Spur in Kingston and Middlegate Station in Fallon on page 24. Bars open and close all the time, but few have staying power. At some of these durable community meeting places, the environment and regulars are as important as the drinks, adding color and character to the locale. Here you are forced to unplug and happily engage in conversation.
I don't take many long-distance car rides (I'm usually tethered to my computer producing this magazine), but when I do, they are memorable. About 10 years ago, I embarked upon an adventure down the Loneliest Highway in America (Highway 50) from Reno to Ely and back again. Six of us packed in the car and, for hours, whizzed past sagebrush-covered plains, pine-studded mountain ranges, sand dunes, Burning Man-effigy-like power lines, and lots of wispy-cloud-filled sky. We stopped at charmingly funky restaurants, hot springs, and bars on the long sojourn. Our treks from Reno to Elko for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Jan. 30 – Feb. 4 this year) are similar experiences. I have a deep appreciation for Nevada's mind-clearing open space and Old West character.
In addition to our homage to interesting drinking establishments, this issue is a love letter to tantalizing local drinks, drinks artisans, growers of drinks ingredients, and drinking vessels. We'll take you from hops to glass in a feature on Reno-Tahoe's fledging hops enterprise on page 30. Meet the owners of The Depot, Nevada's first brewery-distillery situated in a beautifully restored historic building, on page 34. Before you pick up another bottle of vodka, rum, or bourbon, open your mind to some alternative spirits when you read the story on page 38. What are mezcal and matcha? We tracked down local experts who tell us all about them on pages 42 and 50. Do you like to make cocktails at home? Get some great recipes and tips in a roundup of classic bartending books on page 67.
Whatever your refresher of choice, we hope you enjoy this edition of edible Reno-Tahoe.
Now, we are celebrating more than the release of a new issue. We have brought edible Sacramento under our wing. At 14 years old, it is one of the longest-standing magazines in the edible family (edible Reno-Tahoe is half that age). We are thrilled to continue the tradition of telling local food and drink movement stories of the greater Sacramento region, which is not only America's farm-to-fork capital but also is part of Reno-Tahoe's foodshed.