Virginia City’s deep, rich history is a perfect setting for this Brewery and opens in the same town that originated brewpubs in the state of Nevada.
The Virginia City Brewery and Taphouse follows a long line of historical brewers in this city. 1860 saw the first brewery in the state, Carson City Brewing Company. After this Brewery opened, it was followed by several local Virginia City Breweries, such as: The Pacific, the Californian, Washington, Bavaria, Virginia City Brewery, The Philadelphia, The Nevada, The Union Brewery, and several more, all during the mid-1860s thru early 1900’s the breweries slowly dissolved, as the mining industry was about played out, and the population dwindled.
The Union Brewery survived into the 1930s until prohibition. That was the last operational brewery in Virginia City during this period. As larger nationwide breweries started taking over many areas, the smaller breweries started to close. Carson City Brewery closed in 1948, and the Reno Brewery closed in 1957. There were no more breweries in the state.
It wasn’t until around 1985, a local Virginia City resident and owner of the Union Brewery Saloon, Rick Hoover, worked with the state to pass a new law to allow Brewpubs. In 1987 the Union Brewery started beer production again, Brewpubs were legalized in 1993, thanks to Mr. Hoover, and the first brewpub in Nevada was in Virginia City at the Union Brewery Saloon, open again.
The Union operated as a brewery until around 1995, where it again went dormant. The Union Brewery and Virginia City became the father and leader for all brewpubs to start in the state of Nevada.
The Virginia City Brewery and Taphouse is the first brewery to operate in this historical town since 1995 and is proud to be operational in the area where the first Brewery/ Brewpubs originated in the state.
Our building was built after the great fire of 1875. It was first a restaurant-bakery in the 1880s and eventually a grocery store in the 1930s-1960s and was a gift shop when we acquired it in 2014. We cleaned up the entire interior and modified the entire inside of the building to accommodate a 15 BBL brewing system, and a Bar. The original brick interior and structure remained, as did the original cooler from the 1930s that we now use to store kegs. We have 4 – 15 BBL fermenters, 1–15 BBL Brite, 1–15 BBL Brewhouse system that runs on steam, in our 1,300 sq. ft. facility.
We look forward to operating a public house that is open, unique and welcoming to all. Please visit us to enjoy fresh locally made cold draft beers.
Team Virginia City
Brewery & Taphouse
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Taproom Open Monday thru Saturday 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 10 pm
Located in the heart of Livermore’s exploding wine country. Our newly expanded 4,500 sq/ft Taproom has been a labor of love. Locally built and handcrafted, our taproom is one of our pride and joys.
At Altamont Beer Works, we pride ourselves on fresh beer. All our beers are produced on site. We have 30 rotating taps pouring the freshest beer in the area. On Friday Saturday, and Sunday we open our Brewing Lounge.
We offer light snacks for purchase and encourage you to bring some outside food if you’re really hungry. Also, check out weekly Taproom Happenings posted above for updates on food trucks and live music events happening in our taproom
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Tuesday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Friday: Noon – 9:00 PM
Saturday: Noon – 9:00 PM
Sunday: Noon – 8:00 PM