Two stages are set up in the middle of downtown Reno and the music starts at mid-morning each day. You will find brewers from ... More
Great Eldorado BBQ, Blues & Brews Festival
Two stages are set up in the middle of downtown Reno and the music starts at mid-morning each day. You will find brewers from Nevada, California and Oregon gathered to display their sudsy concoctions, and to tempt you with a taste. You can top off the day with more blues music in the Eldorado Convention Center. Outdoor events are free, while you need to pay entry fees for the Evening entertainment in the Convention Center. Also, you must be over 21 to be admitted.
We've been going to the El Dorado Blues & Brews festival for the last 8 years and we love it. First, we love blues music and it's free on, not one, but two stages. 2nd we love beer and the libations and food are great. 3rd - people watching is fantastic.
If you enjoy having a grownup weekend - this is a must - at least once.
If you are a beer efficianado or even a newcomer who is interested in trying microbrews from across the globe you've got to check this event out. It costs between 5-20 dollars for some good beer and bbq a person, but in combination with the top notch live blues performances all day... you can't go wrong!
For a very modest fee, you get a cool beer mug (even though it's plastic) and a stack of beer tokens that you can take to any of the beer tasting booths that are laid out up and down Virginia street.
Almost every vendor pours you more been than the "taster" line indicates on your mug and you can get good and "loose" with the amount tokena provided (I think it was either 5 or 7). If not, you can always buy more tokens for a reduced rate since you already have the mug.
Last year, my girlfriend and I were handed a mug full of tokens from someone who had consumed their fill and was heading home. Apparently this is somewhat common from what I have heard... as it's so cheap to get more, people often buy more than they need up front... and then just give away their extra when they get hammered... LOL
We live in Reno and have gone the past three years in a row, and plan on going this year (July 8th 2006) also.
The food is also great. Everything from Bratwurst to BBQ pork sandwiches and ribs... If you leave hungry... you did something wrong. It is all reasonably priced, and very good.
Finally, the music is top notch. If you enjoy good live music, this is a great event to go to. You don't have to have "preferred" seating at all... in fact you don't even have to be anywhere near the stage, as this event is Downtown, amongst the tall buildings, and the music travels very well down the concrete hallways that the highrises create.
Hope to see you there!!!
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