In 1901, while miners and others were scrambling to extract silver from the generous ore around Tonopah, living conditions were almost exclusively tents.Â
The first permanent stone structure in town was the Wieland Brewery, shown above the way it looks today. The building served as a warehouse and brewhouse to supply the saloons and ultimately the thirsty miners seeking fortunes in the high desert.Â
Beer continued to play a big role in Tonopah, as the population grew to over 10,000 and hotels and saloons prospered. When production slowed in the 1940s, the nearby airbase kept beer sales brisk, though local production had ceased.Â
Fred and Nancy Cline brought brewing back to Tonopah in August of 2014. Brewmaster Lance Jergensen makes pale ales, a pilzner and hefeweizer, many of the same brews the original miners enjoyed a century ago.
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