Historic building to become state's first ever combined brewery and distillery

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Updated: 11/07/2013 12:58 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) – An historic building in downtown Reno will be getting a facelift and will become the state's first ever combined brewery and distillery.

The concept is something Brandon Wright and Chris Shanks have been dreaming up since they were in college and they started brewing beer in their garage.

"We couldn't be happier the ultimate goal was to always get here and now as you look around it's really surreal," Wright says.

Now their dreams are coming to fruition.

The Depot Craft Provisions Company will be moving into the historic Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad Passenger Depot located on East Fourth St. across from Louis' Basque Corner.

The Depot first opened in 1910 and served as headquarters for the Nevada, California, and Oregon railroad.

The building sits on an historical stretch of the Lincoln Highway Corridor. The building is three stories and 11,000 sq. ft. which owners believe is the perfect space for the creation of their hand-crafted beers, spirits, and food.

"The inspiration on an old building like this is kind of what our whole mission statement is as a company is kind of do things the old fashioned way, the right way not skip any steps," Shanks says. "We want to take that same approach to all of our products."

The two co-founders come from generations of Nevadans and say staying local is a part of their mission. They plan to use locally sourced ingredients for their brews and spirits.

Wright is the brewing master between the two and has gone to school in Chicago and in Germany to perfect his craftsmanship.

"I've always been fascinated with the science and craft of brewing," Wright says. "You have to take pride in what you do to create a good product."

Shanks and Wright hope to have the brewery and distillery open by summer 2014.

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