Brewing company

Shoe Tree Brewing Company named second best brewer in the United States

Shoe Tree Brewing Company opened last year in Minden. The brewery is located next to the Ironwood Cinemas. Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

On September 15, 1876, the Carson Valley News reported Genoa’s first bakery, which would set up right next to an already established brewery.

Nearly 146 years later, operators of Shoe Tree Brewing Co. in Minden and Carson City have been recognized as the nation’s second-best brewers at the US Open Beer Championship in Oxford, Ohio.

Minden Brewery has received half a dozen medals, including three golds for their Coco Burrito Porter, Coco Taquito Porter and Lahontan Brown Ale. Their Gingerbread Brown Ale won a silver medal.

“We are very honored to be considered one of the top two breweries in the country during the US Open Beer Championship,” said owner and brewmaster Jeff Young. “We’ve had success in this competition in the past, but it was great to break into the top 10 of the leaderboard. We’ve always aimed to produce a world-class beer for Northern Nevada, and that helps validate this quest.

The brewery celebrates the anniversary of its opening in Minden this month.

On Sunday, Main Street Gardnerville is hosting an Oktoberfest at Heritage Park with several companies including CV Flyte, Corcoran Global Living, Main Street Gardnerville, Cook’d, Chrissi’s Farmhouse Bakery, Carson Valley Kids, Sage, C Interiors NV, CrossCountry Mortage , Blanhir’s Bakery, Carson Valley Golf Course, Guild Mortgage, Heritage Co-op, Nova Tile, Battle Born Woodworking and Nature’s Candy Co.

The event will include live music and beer tasting featuring nearby breweries. There will be live music from Daniel Gaughan and food trucks 1851 and Valley Eats.

Tickets can be purchased from CV Flyte, Cook’d, Carson Valley Kids and Sage or online at

The event is the first in a series of Sundays by the group which organizes Wind Down Wednesdays, which have been very popular.

It’s not all about the foam, as Main Street Gardnerville’s Third Thursday Wine Walk returns this week with a red, white and blue theme.

Manager Jen Nalder says there are over 100 businesses, food vendors and live entertainment for the 4:30-7:30 p.m. event

New this summer is a wine walk in Genoa from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on August 5th. Tickets are available at the Genoa Art Gallery.