Lance Jergensen loves making beer. That love took him to the newest beer oasis in the middle of Nevada. The head brewer of Pigeon Head Brewery and owner of Rebel Malting took a third job as head brewer at the new Tonopah Brewing Company in Tonopah making beers that represent Nevada’s early immigrant cultures.
“I’m a brewer, maltster, I love this stuff, I don’t care where I’m at,” Lance said. “I can start bouncing around and do different beers. Here we want to focus mostly on beers that are more in honor of the original workers who founded Tonopah and worked the mines.”
The brewhouse is a custom-made system from Bavaria, Germany that allows decoction and step infusion used in traditional German brewing. The kettles resemble large copper pots instead of more modern cylinders.
For the near future, Tonopah Brewing Co. will not distribute outside of the brewpub. Eventually they want to start bottling the beers but it may be a while before the Reno area receives any bottles or kegs. With the Mizpah and brewery now in full swing, a weekend trip to the middle of the state for the latest and greatest brew is only four hours away.
Tonopah Brewing Co. Where: 315 Main Street, Tonopah, NV 89049
Hours: 11 a.m. 9 p.m.
Online: Website with menu and Facebook
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