Nugget’s Brew HaHa puts beer at center stage 

Although raising money for the arts while enjoying delicious beers from 35 breweries all in one night sounds too good to be true, John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Reno, Nev., is hosting the 16th annual Sierra Arts Brew HaHa to the Rose Ballroom today at 8 p.m.

The event will also feature live music to keep the party hopping throughout the evening.

The Brew HaHa has helped generate funding for the Sierra Arts Foundation, which provides support for area artists and community arts programs, such as Arts in Education, the Elder Care Concert Series and Concerts in the Gallery. A longtime area favorite, the 2011 event will shake things up with music from Bay Area favorites the Cheeseballs and a VIP Brewers’ Reception beginning at 7 p.m.

Guests who purchase VIP tickets will have the opportunity to speak with those who brew the drafts in a private setting. A special area will be set up for this pre-event opportunity to sample beverages and speak to the brewers directly.

The featured breweries this year are Silver Peak, Great Basin, New Belgium, Newcastle, Pyramid, Crown Imports, Rogue, Unibroue, Merchant du Vin Import, Knee Deep, Grant Teton, North Coast, Miller/Coors, Blackstar, Mammoth, Heineken, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Stone, Deschutes, Big Sky, Buckbean, Sierra Nevada, Alaskan, Green Mountain, Lost Coast, Smithwicks, Anderson Valley, Widmere, Anheuser Busch, Kona, Red Hook, Sam Adams, Ale House (Rail City) and BJ’s (of BJ’s Brewhouse). Select brewers will also feature beer and cheese pairings with cheeses provided by Cabot Creamery.

Raffle prizes from Eagle Ridge Outfitters Snowmobile Adventure Tours, Granlibakken Lodge, Scheels, Reno Mountain Sports and others will offer guests entertainment of another sort. A no-host bar and light snacks will also be available for those wanting a momentary distraction from malted barley and hops.

Tickets for the Sierra Arts Brew HaHa are $50 for general admission, or $60 for VIP tickets, 50 percent of which is tax deductible. Cost of entry will include entertainment, a commemorative beer pint tumbler and all the beer one can responsibly drink.

VIP tickets also include entrance to the private Brewers’ Reception at 7 p.m., and a seat in the exclusive VIP section, with a private dance floor directly in front of the stage. Sierra Arts members will receive a $5 discount per ticket.

John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Where: Sparks, Nev.
On the Web: www.janugget.com
Phone: (800) 648-1177
Tickets: Call Sierra Arts at (775) 329-2787
On the Web: www.sierra-arts.org
About Sierra Arts: Sierra Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization dedicated to nurturing, teaching and supporting all artistic mediums in Reno-Sparks and the surrounding areas. Providing leadership, support, programming and education since 1971, Sierra Arts is committed to encouraging and enabling creativity throughout the community in order to create a better quality of life for all residents.

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