I am writing this post from my balcony of my apartment in Reno, Nevada. It’s 8:00 pm, the sun is still up and it’s 88 degrees with zero humidity.
A year ago at this time, I was settling in to my wonderful apartment in the Village, where I lived for the summer. Now, I live on the other side of the country. My life is completely different, in a good way. Since I moved to Reno, I feel as if I’m myself again. I’m constantly reading, I re-discovered my love for discovering music, I’m working in a field I love. Some new things: I volunteer at my local food co-op, I say ‘super’ a lot, and once caught myself saying ‘hella’, I own a pair of overalls(not denim). And I totally made myself seem like a hippie nerd.
As for Reno itself, it has some ups and downs. I’ve met some great people. Some of my stories have aired on national NPR, I got to interview Joe Biden, and I’ve really gotten to know the community through my job. Like all jobs, it isn’t perfect, but I know I’ll look back even 5 years from know and know it was probably one of the best jobs I’ll ever have.
With all of these changes and transitions, one thing hasn’t changed: I still drink a lot of beer. And I missed trying new beers and writing about them. So I thought I’d wipe the dust off of this old blog and get back to business.
And what better beer to re-ignite the fire of News and Brews than Reno’s most popular local beer, the ‘Icky’ IPA.
The Icky is brewed by the local Great Basin Brewing Company. Great Basin is a great brewery/restaurant. They support local farmers and a range of earth-friendly practices. You can check them out here. They have two locations, but the one in Sparks is my favorite.
Great Basin brews a variety of different beers, but the Icky is the most popular. It’s named after the Ichthyosaur, Nevada’s state fossil. Yea, Nevada has a state fossil. It’s an IPA that is ‘accented by a blast of Cascade hops,’ according to Great Basin’s website.
I love Icky. I love its name, I love that you can say ‘I’ll have an Icky,’ at a bar and people know what you’re talking about, and I love the taste. It’s a sweeter IPA and the bitterness isn’t overpowering, which usually turns me away from most IPAs. I could definitely have more than one, or two. It’s a smooth beer and while I wouldn’t call it my favorite IPA(I really don’t even know what I’d call my favorite IPA), it’s still worth a trip out west to come try (hint, hint friends).