Don’t settle for the same old mass-produced brew this winter. The microbrew movement is taking hold across the nation and Tahoe brewers have joined the frenzy.
“The microbrew movement is taking hold across the nation and Tahoe brewers have joined the frenzy.”
The Brewery at Lake Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe
The longest standing brewery on the lake, The Brewery at Lake Tahoe has been pouring pints since 1992. Their signature brew, the Bad Ass Ale is a careful balance between malted barley and choice hops featuring a bold flavor and high alcohol content. A rotation selection of seasonal flavors keeps things fresh. They also incorporate the beer into their cooking using the Bad Ass Ale in their pizza dough and beer battered recipes.
Alibi Ale Works | Incline Village
Although Alibi Ale Works is relatively new to the craft beer scene in Tahoe, founders Rich Romo and Kevin Drake are no strangers to fermenting suds. Roughly 15 years of home brewing experience earns these guys the status of official beer geeks and they’re excited to share their knowledge with the Tahoe community.
Ten rotating taps feature a variety of beers ranging from session beers, celebrated for their light body and low alcohol content, to bold, experimental beers that will challenge your knowledge of good beer. Alibi Ale Works often hosts guest brews on tap, so locals have the chance to try beers from out of town and for those who don’t like beer a seasonal Kombucha is offered.
Cold Water Brewery | South Lake Tahoe
Paying homage to iconic South Lake Tahoe locations including Tahoe Cross IPA, named for the cross of snow seen on Mount Tallac, and Mr. Toads Wild Rye, named after the ass-kicker bike trail, Cold Water Brewery features eight rotating taps carefully crafted by brewmaster Ryan Parker.
Fond of West Coast-style beer and German-style lagers, Parker gives back to the craft beer community through the Cold Water Home Brew Club. The winter series of the CW Home Brew club culminates with a Best Brew Contest. The winner has the honors of having their creating served in the brew house.
Cutthroat’s Saloon | Incline Village
Craft beer fans have a new reason to raise their steins with Cutthroat’s Saloon’s members-only beer club, Craftheads United in Lake Tahoe (CULT). In addition to Cutthroat’s curated collection of more than 20 craft, local and rare beers, CULT members will enjoy an array of exclusive benefits and access to the best beer programming in the region, including a tasting card program, a members-only beer menu, first access to brewer events and limited edition beers and more. Located at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
FiftyFifty Brewery | Truckee
The brew crew at FiftyFifty knows that patience is key to making the best beer they can. They’re known for their barrel-aged brews that take as long as six months to perfect. Their Eclipse series begins with their award-winning Totality Imperial Stout, which is aged in an oak barrel and released once a year in December.
The result is a complex flavor that begins with hints of chocolate and oak flavor and ends with a lingering dry finish. Their regular lineup includes a range of goldens and wheats to hoppy ales and warm porters. Their Leg Lifter Ale benefits the local Truckee-Tahoe Humane Society.
Great Basin Brewing Co. | Sparks & Reno
It’s not technically in Tahoe, but we had to give a shout out to Great Basin Brewing Co. for their ongoing support of Tahoe ski culture. Mt. Rose Ski-Tahoe celebrated its 50th anniversary with First Chair ale brewed for the occasion. The Belgian-Style White IPA was exclusively served at Great Basin’s brewpubs and at Mt. Rose Ski-Tahoe.
In the past, Great Basin has partnered with the Moment Ski Factory to create a special collaboration of beer and skiing.
Lake Tahoe Brewing Company | Truckee, Reno, Carson City & Fernley
The new kids on the block, Lake Tahoe Brewing Company plans to open the doors of its Truckee location soon. Each of the company’s four locations caters to the local neighborhood with a different menu and featured beer. The Crowler, a 32-ounce can of locally brewed beer, is the perfect grab-and-go accessory for your next adventure.
Mellow Fellow GastroPub | Kings Beach, Truckee & Reno
It’s not a brewery, but it is a beer connoisseur’s paradise. Forty rotating taps per location means you can visit over and over without ever sampling the same beer. Mellow Fellow has been known to feature rare, limited edition beers such as Pliney the Elder next to an array of lagers, IPAs, ciders and gluten-free options. If you’re looking for a mass-produced domestic beer, go somewhere else.
Stateline Brewery | Stateline
Located near the base of the Heavenly Gondola, Stateline Brewery is the perfect stop for an après drink. They keep it simple with a menu of beers made in house including an IPA, pale ale, wit and blond ale along with a rotation of microbrews from favorite West Coast Breweries. For those looking for a bite to eat, as well, the menu features traditional pub food such as burgers and pizza but also keeps things interesting with dishes such as duck and bacon macaroni and cheese.
Tahoe Mountain Brewery| Truckee & Tahoe City
With a penchant for experimentation, Tahoe Mountain Brewery’s brews border on culinary creations. From a coffee porter that incorporates locally roasted beans to a rotation of saisons that incorporate fresh fruity flavors, the Higashino Farmhouse uses Szechuan peppercorns, Asian pear juice, green tea and toasted brown rice to accent the character of the Sorachi Ace hops and yeast blend. Head to the Brew Pub in Tahoe City for a chance to pair beers with a full meal or sample the beers a la carte at the tasting room in Truckee.