Great Basin Brewing Company Celebrates 20 Years

SPARKS, Nev. -- Nevada's oldest brewery celebrated a milestone Saturday. Great Basin Brewing Company has been in business for 20 years, paving the way for brewing entrepreneurs in Nevada.

Whether it's the savory meals or the unique taste of its specialty brews, there's a reason Great Basin has lasted two decades in the Silver State.

"I grew out of Bud Light because of this brewery," Kyle George, a customer of five years said.

"You know you have a good business when this many people come out to support it," customer Sara Casey said.

Beer enthusiasts and foodies love taking advantage of its 43 craft beers and friendly atmosphere.

"It's a good place, great for families, it's great for 20-year-olds," Casey said. "It's got a really nice range of ability for any kind of people to go."

However, it wasn't always this popular. Before opening in 1993, the brewery faced several obstacles that would have nipped a brewing dream in the bud.

"We got turned down by every single bank in the state of Nevada," Tom Young, owner and brewmaster, said. "They said, 'you guys, this is just a fad,' I think 20 years later, it's more than a fad."

It has become the oldest brewery in the state and now serves at two locations. So what is the secret to its success?

"One pint at a time, we're trying to make this world a better place," he added.

The celebration also helped a good cause. Great Basin held a raffle to benefit Sparks Middle School. Proceeds from the tickets will go toward major projects at the school. Young says victim of the tragedy, Michael Landsberry was a loyal customer and friend.

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