Seasonal Brew Continues Holiday Tradition

RENO, NV - Breweries traditionally release special seasonal beers at this time of year. Great Basin Brewery's offering is traditional and rare.

The northern Nevada brewery, the area's oldest, has released a new holiday beer each year, usually including some unusual spices and additives in the recipe.

"In times past we've used everything from rose hips to licorice roots," says Great Basin Production Manager Ryan Quinlan.

"This year we've used cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, as well as some local honey."

Quinlan says its a unique interpretation of a traditional Wassail, a brew produced during the holidays in southern England.

The resulting brew is called Red Nose Holiday Ale and boasts an alcohol content of 6.9%. "It's a holiday warmer," Quinlan says.

It's also going to be rare. Don't expect to pick up a six pack at the supermarket.

For one thing, it's a limited edition, just 500 bottles, each hand labeled, numbered and signed by the brewmaster.

For another, it's not cheap. A bottle will cost you ten bucks.

It's available at Great Basin's Reno and Sparks locations.

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