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Great Basin Brewing Company Expanding... Again

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A local business that's seen lots of past success is expanding again. Great Basin Brewing Company opened its third location Tuesday. It's called Taps and Tanks.

Bonda Young, co-owner of Great Basin Brewing Company said they are expanding because they needed more room to brew beer and store it, in order to keep up with demand. 

However, this third location is a little different than the other two. For one, it doesn't have a restaurant.

"The taproom is meant to be strictly a taproom, where you can come in, taste the beer, buy pints of beer. You can sit around and play games and hang out with your friends," Young told us.

Young says the craft beer industry has been growing every year, despite a recession. She also told me they are even planning on distributing their beer to southern Nevada and northern California sometime next year.

She said when they opened their second location in 2010, they thought it would be the last one for awhile, but they are already running dry.

So I asked Young, what is the key to being successful in the midst of a struggling economy. She said good customer service and of course, a great product. "We give them a reason to come to our place, enjoy comradery with their friends and just give them great places to hang out. We are Nevada's oldest and most award winning brewery."

They are great with the community which helps too. Over the next couple of weeks they are giving a free pint of beer to anybody who brings two cans of food for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

If you want to come check it out, Taps and Tanks is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. And Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

As we've reported in recent months, Reno really has seen lots of growth in the microbrewing industry. Along with Great Basin's expansion, places like Saint James Brasserie and the Brewer's Cabinet have also opened.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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