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03 February, 2023

Brewing news USA, NV: Fox Brewery & Pub opening its first Reno location later this year

A brewpub in Nevada's capital city is opening its first Reno location later this year, the Reno Gazette Journal reported on February 3.

Carson City-based Fox Brewery & Pub is moving into the former Silver Peak Restaurant & Brewery property at 124 Wonder St. in the Midtown area.

Fox operations manager Jim Phalan confirmed to the RGJ that the brewpub plans to open sometime this summer.

The Wonder Street building where Silver Peak operated for two decades was most recently home to Huntsman Brewing, which was open from September 2021 to May 2022. The Huntsman crew, headed by Tim Turner of Huntsman Tavern in Sparks, renovated much of the two-story building themselves during the summer of 2021.

Phalan said there's more work to be done before the place feels like Fox's new home.

"We plan on renovating the space to match the look and feel of The Fox Brewery & Pub. So when you walk in, you don’t see the previous tenants, you see The Fox," Phalan told the RGJ. "Also, we will be updating the draft beer system and brewery to meet our needs and standards."

Some of Fox's signature brews include the Seamus O’Faolain Irish-style red ale, Hazy Street New England-style IPA and Buzzed Bee honey blonde ale.

The Fox Brewpub started life as the Firkin and Fox, but Phalan ended the franchise agreement with the Canadian-based Firkin Group in 2017, according to Carson Now. Another Firkin property, the Firkin and Wolf in Reno's Summit shopping center, had a run of a few years before closing in 2016. Skipolini's Italian restaurant now occupies the site.

In May 2019, Silver Peak owners David Silverman and Trent Schmidt listed the Wonder Street property for sale at $1.8 million, including more than $300,000 in restaurant and brewery equipment. Huntsman Brewing leased the property with a view to purchase it from Silverman and Schmidt.

Phalan told the RGJ that Fox will be renting the Silver Peak space.

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