Nevada Insider: Ruby Mountain Brewing Co.

Nevada Insider: Ruby Mountain Brewing Co.


It doesn’t take that much more effort to get
it done right, whether it’s ranching, or brewing beer, or life in general. My philosophy is if it’s worth doing, it’s
worth doing right. [Music] We’re on Angel Creek Ranch in Clover
Valley. We raise Angus Beef Cattle and speciality
hay for horses, and then we’re proud to brew one of Nevada’s best beers. We always kind of jokingly say we’re bales,
beef, and beer – is what we do here and they all have their place. We brewed our first batch in April of 1995. We built the building ourselves and did all
of the plumbing and interior work. The first year we went to the Great American
Beer Fest – our amber ale won the silver medal in the biggest category at the biggest beer
judging in the world. There’s a lot that goes on in the brewery
behind the scenes. Mario has been on the ranch and working in
the brewery for 14 of the 21 years we’ve been open He’s my right-hand man. The beer doesn’t know if I’m brewing it or
he’s brewing it. [Music] If I have time to relax, I’ll get
on my mountain bike and head up the canyon and cut across and go up where those quakies
are and come back and crack a nice Ruby Mountain Beer and hang out in the yard – it’s not bad. Ruby Mountain’s one of the harder breweries
to find. It’s unique. There aren’t any other breweries that I know
of that are on working ranches. No formal tasting room. No restaurant. But, it’s a great place to sit down and taste
our beers. I still think that the Ruby Mountains and
Elko County are kind of the crown jewels of the state. [Music] There are a lot of places you can
go and see beautiful mountains, but there are very few that are as unspoiled as this
portion of northeastern Nevada. Beer has always been a part of my life. I really think it’s something that’s been
around for centuries that brought people together and it’s rewarding to be able to produce a
high quality beer that people enjoy. If I’m on my death bed, and I’m looking back
on my life, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have lived where I lived and lucky to have met
the people that connected me to this part of Nevada and this part of the world. It’s been a great place to live. There’s very few places like it, and as time
goes on – fewer and fewer.

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