Current State of Reno Breweries

Current State of Reno Breweries


Reno has a great assortment of local breweries each with their own unique offerings.  Six Four Growlers aims to be Northern Nevada’s one stop shop for the great craft beer produced by local breweries. Fill up a growler of a longtime favorite or try something new.  The constantly changing selection makes Six Four Growlers a unique place to experience a variety of local and regional selected beers.


For more than a decade, Northern Nevada breweries have been steadily building reputations and finding their niche. Today there is a great assemblage of breweries in Reno’s backyard brewing up top shelf beer. Some produce staple IPAs while others are delving into the most obscure corners of the beer universe.


Brewing since 1993 Great Basin ( has blazed the trail for others to follow. Propelled by the successes of their Icky IPA, Great Basin has been able to expand their operations as well as their beer offerings. Today they are collaborating with other large craft breweries as well as distilleries to drive Reno’s craft brew scene even further.  Be on the lookout for their 808 Scytale–to be released September 22nd. This barrel aged imperial stout is their third installment of aged beers resting for 808 days in whiskey casks.


Since the beginning, Pigeon Head Brewery ( has bucked trends. In a time where IPAs dominate the craft brew scene, Pigeon Head has dedicated their brewery to producing lagers. From their classic Pilsner, to their Black and Red Rye lagers this brewery is redefining a somewhat abandoned technique. They now offer an IPL as well as their Adversary IPA to please the hopheads who aren’t going back to laid back lagers.


One of Reno’s younger breweries, IMBĪB Custom Brews ( has taken a different approach to providing the city with diverse beer selections. Their production has hit its stride with their sour ales. They also offer a monthly membership program for locals who plan to return regularly.


With one of their ales named Nevadabeer, Under the Rose Brewing ( has been fighting for statewide recognition since day one. They’ve done well to get their beer on shelves in local grocery stores—an impressive feat for a brewery of their size.  Be sure to check out their 3 year anniversary celebration October 1st.


As these breweries continue to grow, people are encouraged to stop by and checkout their operations. Keep in mind however, that it’s unnecessary to drive all over town to find fresh beer. Six Four Growlers always has, and always will, be the place to go for great locally brewed beer on tap.

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SixFour Growlers Going Green

Growlers Go Green

When people hear the term ‘growler’ the first word they think to associate it with is perhaps not ‘green’. People are probably more likely to think of ‘beer’, or ‘filling station’ or even animal noises rather than ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’.

Nevertheless, the owners of SixFour Growlers, Rich Taylor and Bret Schaeffer, are trying to change those thoughts in their business practice. When returning patrons and new customers hear of SixFour Growlers, Bret and Rich want ‘green business’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ to come to mind.

Green examples: when customers come in for the first time before they’ve had a chance to purchase their own glass refillable growler, they can sip from sample cups that they are encouraged to use as much as possible. This eliminates waste and cuts down on garbage production. Once the customer is satisfied with their beer decision they can choose to fill a new full stainless steel growler (that is not only reusable, but also recyclable) or glass, then they will not receive a printed receipt because every transaction is handled on the IPad. Bret and Rich are doing their part to save trees and all.

The green habits are not just in the front-of-house; they’re also behind the scenes that many people might not realize. For example, the kegs are returnable, the beer hoses are recyclable, and the trash is only emptied once a week (mostly because of what others bring in to throw away). On top of that, SixFour Growlers uses LED lights, Edison lamps, and the TV’s that are there for your viewing pleasure is power saving.

So the next time you are out and thirsty for some local brew, stop into SixFour Growlers. You will be supporting local and doing your part to reduce the carbon footprint in your beer consumption.



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Growler to go to Burning Man

SixFour Growlers Goes to Burning Man

This year’s Burning Man festival is no longer around the corner, it’s finally here! Prep time is down to the wire, projects are being finished and plans are being finalized. Your ride situation has been figured out and the last hair wig has been added to your costume box. All that is left is grocery shopping. Obviously water is a necessity, but so is beer! One question remains, what is the best way to carry your beverage(s) of choice and keep it as cold as long as possible?

We all know that drinking warm beer is amateur hour at its finest and Sixfour Growlers has the solution to beat the desert heat… stainless-steel growlers!

What is a growler you ask? A growler is 64 ounces of beer- that’s half a gallon. I repeat, a growler is a container that holds HALF A GALLON OF BEER. Besides the fact a growler holds that much libation, here are some other Playa perks of using growlers:

  1. Growlers are refillable and reusable.
  2. You can fill up bar after bar, all week long, without adding to your carbon footprint. Leave no trace after all!
  3. Growlers protect your beer from excessive sunlight and UV, which breaks down the beer’s integrity. Conditions on the Playa are harsh enough you shouldn’t have to comprise your beer quality as well.
  4. Growlers have caps. Caps make sure none of your beer is spilled when you are biking and hit those dreadful soft spots, but they also make sure your beer stays fresh all day.
  5. One growler fill can last about two days after opening.  Unopened and stored in a cold, dark spot a growler can last up to two weeks!

SixFour Growlers is here to make sure all our Burners have a fantastic 2015 Burn. Stop in before you head out. We are located at 555 S. Virginia Street #105, Reno, NV 89501

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We’ve all seen the movie Horrible Bosses. The subject matter resonated so much that a second film was created, to which we all laughed hysterically at the thing we all have in common: horrible bosses. Or maybe it’s not the boss per se; it’s just the work or simply the day-in-day-out monotony, week in and week out.

The old saying is that if you are fortunate enough to find a career you love, you will never work another day in your life. This is exactly what the owners of SixFour Growlers aspired to and the saying is spot on, they love their new careers serving up local brews in their own growler fill station located in the heart of midtown. And while the hours are long the times are good, and they never have to dread Monday or checking in with the boss. Inspiring, isn’t it?

It wasn’t always fun and brews for SixFour Growler owners Bret Schaeffer and Rich Taylor. They used to work in jobs that are impressive-sounding; the kind your mom is proud to brag to her friends about. Taylor was previously a metallurgical engineer which means he studied the physical and chemical behavior of metallic elements and their mixtures for area gold mines, and Schaeffer was a business analyst and database administrator for area companies. While these are incredible careers, they don’t quite sing to your soul the way working in the beer industry might, and nothing beats working for the world’s best boss – yourself.

But why beer? They discovered their dream of owning their own business, when Bret was out drinking and he spotted a 32 oz. growler at a local restaurant. Never seeing a small 32oz growler before, they did some asking around and discovered that this size of bottle is sold at growler fill stations, which are a booming business in the Bend, Oregon area. With Reno the next beer Mecca, Taylor and Schaeffer made a trip to the Bend area where the beer experts were proud to share their knowledge with the up-and-comers. There they learned about Kombucha, the fermented tea they now serve at SixFour Growlers, and how to successfully run a growler-filling station, bringing Reno it’s very first.  And SixFour Growlers was born.

The beer industry can be a fickle one. The popularity of growler-filling depends on what is happening during Reno’s busy event season, but every patron that comes in is treated like a friend and given a solid pour from a variety of area brews, some of which are exclusively provided to SixFour Growlers for distribution. But business is growing and the ultimate goal is to expand into having at least three SixFour Growlers growler-filling stations in the northern Nevada area. Sparks residents rejoice, you might up next!

In business since April of 2015, the guys at SixFour Growlers are working long hours and putting their hearts and souls into making the business a success. Owning your own business isn’t easy, but the guys at SixFour wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, they have the world’s best bosses.

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Father’s Day

SFG-Father's Day Package

Give Dad some Jugs for Father’s Day

Let’s face it, dad’s work hard; don’t give him another ‘tie’ to hang on that Pinterest inspired tie rack – instead, give him some full jugs; that’s what he really wants!

Enter, SixFour Growlers – Reno’s only one stop fill it up growler shop!

SixFour Growlers understands men… well, because we are men. We sat down, put our heads together and asked ourselves, “What would I really want for Father’s Day? Besides the ability to run around with a super hero cape on and socks all day?”

This is where inspiration struck! A SixFour Growler Father’s Day gift box featuring local craft beer served in a 64-ounce growler, two pint glasses, a SixFour Growler baseball cap and $5 off Dads next growler fill for only $40! It’s the best way to give dad that ‘super hero’ cape – just in the liquid form.

And why not give the ‘gift that keeps on giving’? With a growler from SixFour Growlers Dad can bring it back for a fill-up whenever he’s ready. Think of us as the Baskin Robins of Reno’s beer community – but with 28 craft beers on tap plus 3 ciders! So let’s raise a glass to all the hard working Dad’s out there who deserve full, delicious jugs for Father’s Day!

When you support SixFour Growlers, you’re supporting Reno and the Buy Local Movement as we gather our beers from local breweries with the best seasonal beers. Cheers to all the great local brewers in the area.



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