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Great Basin launches first retail bottling
by Tribune Staff
Aug 19, 2011 | 947 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SPARKS — Northern Nevada beer lovers can say “gimme an Icky” at more than 40 local grocery stores, craft beer and wine retailers and retrieve a six pack of the award-winning Ichthyosaur India Pale Ale to call their own.

Named after Nevada’s official state fossil, Icky is made in the India pale ale style and was one of the original pours when Great Basin Brewing Co. opened its doors in 1993 at Victorian Square in Sparks. Icky garnered a silver medal at the 2006 World Beer Championships.

The northern Nevada office of Southern Wine & Spirits Co. of America distributes the beer to 178 bars, restaurants and tasting rooms that carry Icky on tap.

“Icky is a craft beer that has a reputation as an excellent product with a tremendously loyal following,” said Bruce O’Brien, director of beer for Southern Wines in northern Nevada. “It’s been out here for more than 17 years. People know it and love it.”

Great Basin co-owner and brewmaster Tom Young said the brewery crew was able to increase brewing capacity and build a small bottling line at the Reno brewing outpost to keep up with the volume needed for local retail distribution.

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