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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Active Beers: 53
Beer Ratings: 3,919
Beer Avg: 3.99
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

11197 Brockway Rd SPC 1
Truckee, California, 96161-3352
United States
phone: (530) 587-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @5050brewing

Notes:
Monday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

(Place added by: Todd on 11-01-2006)
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Photo of wesside89
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

wesside89, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%

A must stop on my honeymoon. We were there the end of April.

The location of this place is absolutely beautiful. Its just of I-80 in the Donner Pass and a really short drive from both Reno and Lake Tahoe-so there's a lot to do around here for a weekend trip if you live in CA or are driving to CA (as we were). It is set in a plaza of log lodge-style buildings-all commercial. The interior is as you would expect-log cabin style. Not really much else to say there.

Selection and Quality- FiftyFifty is most well known for their eclipse bourbon barrel stout series of which they had one on tap- old FItzgerald. Fantastic. Other beers they had on tap included a old conundrum barleywine, barrel aged barleywine, imperial stout, donner party porter, their regular line-up, plus rye pale ale, summit pale ale and maybe 4 wheat. My husband really enjoyed the entire selection only finding the blonde ale to be lackluster (but I guess that's the point.) After sampling all their brews we ordered the old fitzgerald, the barleywine, the BA barleywine, and the summit pale ale. We grabbed a growler of the Donner Party Porter to go plus bought a few bottles of totality imperial stout.

Service- We got their when the place opened on a Wednesday morning in late april and sat at the bar. The bartender treated us very well plus we got a little history about how the brewmaster is a Chicago guy. I think they were impressed we drove all the way out there from the PA/OH border and made it a point to stop here on our honeymoon.

Food- My husband likes his burgers rare-and that was not a problem here! I ordered the bourbon shrimp-which was also delicious.

Overall- This is a fantastic brewpub that makes great, but pretty traditional beers.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev -6.8%

sansho, Oct 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Goobastic, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

Stopped by here for lunch and some beers on our drive from Lake Tahoe to San Francisco.

Atmosphere is about what you'd expect for a brewpub. A nice bar, along with restaurant seating, and a nice outdoor patio area where we sat. clean, nice interior. Waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable, and food came quickly.

Selection and quality was top notch. They had about a dozen "standard" beers on tap, then some barrel aged specials. You could definitely find a style for your liking. All of the beers I tried were excellent. Any if someone in your party doesn't like beer they had a cocktail list. Food was very good - I had a blue cheese bacon burger with sweet potato fries and my wife had mussels.

Definitely recommend if you are in the area!

jmdrpi, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%

Stopped in for a couple beers: Highland Session and Charles on the rye. They were fine. I just had some fries, which were good, but I’m not going to rate food off of a plate of fries. The service was prompt and good. The value pretty standard. They had 14 of their own on tap with some interesting looking barrel aged versions. Worth stopping in if you’re trucking through Truckee.

Fatehunter, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Hamburgers
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Nice little pizza joint in a beautiful mountain town. Super friendly staff. Good tap selection, plus bottles of Eclipse's to go. Had some Old Fitzgerald on tap. Kinda pricey but well worth it. Didn't get a chance to try the food but from what I saw it looked good. Definetly going back.

Hamburgers, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%

Visited this place for the Eclipse release. The actual restaurant itself is a touch small with the bar area being in my opinion the right size. Needless to say the atmosphere for the party was absolutely insane. I did stop in earlier in the day to check the place out and it was filled with locals and had a good vibe. The service was second to none. I pretty much hung out at the bar all night and chatted with the bartenders Justin and Tiffany were both awesome and very helpful. The selection of food and were beer were just right. Not to much to point where you just get uninterested and not too little to the point where you really can't find what you are looking for. The food was tasty and worth the price. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone and hopefully I will be able to land another ticket for next years release

DarthKostrizer, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of colonelforbin
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Great place up in North Lake Tahoe. The inside is well thought out with numerous tables and a nice bar. Outside eating area as well, which is covered in the winter/colder months.

Service has always been good, no problems there. Food is not bad but a bit pricey. Beer is a bit pricey comparable to other brewpubs as well, but the quality is certainly there. They generally have a stout or two (usually Totality and sometimes Eclipse, the barrel aged version of Totality), 1-2 IPAs and a few lighter brews on tap (generally between 6-8 house brews on at once).

Their stouts are outstanding, particularly Eclipse and I enjoy the IPAs as well (Rockslide, Landslide, RyePA, Red is the new black IPA). Growlers are available.

By far one of the best spots to stop off at in the area and highly recommended if you're in the area. Very nice atmosphere and well worth a visit.

colonelforbin, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%

A: Beautiful drive up the east edge of Lake Tahoe to get there from south Lake Tahoe, worth it alone. Fifty, Fifty itself is in a stretch of all wood, lodge type establishments, which fit right in the area of tall mountains, ponds, (Lake Tahoe) and 5 story tall pine trees. Inside, the large 20+ feet vaulted ceilings, dark wood work, clean post modern lines, and just a clean place all around.

Q: Good food, good beer, clean plates, clean glasses, reasonable prices, so good quality.

S: We made two stops in while visting, once for lunch, and once for dinner on a Tuesday. During lunch, there was not even 12 people in there, so service was quick. Dinner, probably 50 people in there, and service was still very solid.

S: They had most of their beers on tap (no Eclipse, but I didn’t expect any either) Black Butte as a guest tap, as well as SN pale ale. I kind of expected a few more taps, but the selection was adequate.

F: We had a Margherita pizza, and it was very tasty, as were our salads & appetizers. Portions were good, not enormous, and not tiny.

V: In no way wallet busting, but not a dirt cheap pub either. It's a middle to upper middle class restaurant basically, so the prices fit accordingly, as do the product(s)

Overall, worth the trek if your in the area, as to my knowledge it is the only craft brewery within at least 100 miles, if not more. They didn't have ANY bottles for sale to go, which was a downer while there, but I did fill a growler of Totality for a friend, and got a taster flight (twice). My wife made the comment that this reminded her of what she always felt BJ's should/could be, and perhaps that's as ample a description as any (as far a quality in houss pizza's & fresh made craft beer) I did say that perhaps that's true of BJ's, 25+ years ago!

No idea what Todd & crew long term plans are, but I doubt restaurant chain is one, but since the place is a pretty good restaurant & bar, and not just some brewery in an industrial warehouse, I can see the analogy.

Retsinis, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%

My first time coming was for the Eclipse pre-release party last December, and what an amazing party and atmosphere. I have been back since then and their service continues to amaze me. I was most recently at FiftyFifty for their 4th Anniversary party, and from the time My friends and I(abellcal98, porkinator, and loki83) walked in we were treated like royalty. Todd and Kyle made our time amazing by letting us sample some upcoming brews and also City Beer Baril Rouge Baltique. I could not believe we were getting such amazing hospitality. The food is pretty amazing as well, and not too expensive. I really enjoy coming here because I know I will be treated like they actually want my patronage. What I would say is, if someone is ever near, coming through, or in, Truckee, FiftyFifty is one of the best places to stop. And not to mention they brew some of the most amazing Barrel aged stouts around, Eclipse; and also there IPAs are amazing too.

PaulStoneAnchor, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%

I finally made it to FiftyFifty this year, lured by their Eclipse pre-release party. Special events aside, the brewpub itself is a cool spot. It has a lodge-like appearance with a small grain silo outside that adds a nice touch. The interior is largely wooden, though quite modern. Seating is ample, a medium-sized bar sits probably 20 people and there are plenty of tables.

Beer is the reason I went, and it didn't disappoint. House beers ranged from good to excellent, and Eclipse, of course, is otherworldly. The brewpub serves good albeit fairly expensive food, as well. The menu is diverse, offering more than just typical pub fare.

Service was consistently good, especially at the Eclipse pre-release party, which was one of the most organized and fun beer events I've been to. The brewers were on hand to chat and answer questions about their beers, a nice touch.

A great little brewpub overall, well worth visiting for the beer alone.

largadeer, Dec 22, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

Located right in the heart of Truckee, wooden appearance, grain holder out front. Patio seating when there is good weather. Good long bar, lots of tables, clean bathrooms.

They make some good, if not great beers. Easily the best thing within reach of Northern Nevada. Ryepa, all the imperial stout variations, rockslide, landslide. These are all excellent and outstanding. If I may, I would say get the non barrel versions of their stouts, far less costly. I mean, its just not worth it from a cost benefit analysis. $6 for Totality, $22+ for the other varieties.

Always something different available there. Never the same old selection. Good prices too. Pizza is usually pretty decent. Nothing fabulous, but compliments the excellent beer. Some high end milf tail usually up in this place, sometimes as the servers. This is a great place to hit up after a good day on the slopes, or after the Truckee beer fest, or when coming home from the Bay Area.

Its my favorite place within 200 miles of my home.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of heywhileyourup
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%

The place is modern, but yet somehow down home comfortable. Indoor/outdoor seating.

No problem with the service, they paid as much attention to me, as they did the locals, wich I loved.

Food and beer were of great quality. Very impressive, as it was not their head chef in the kitchen that day. Nice selection on the menu.

Loved the beer. Got a growler of their porter, it was fantastic, and I am not even a porter drinker. Also got a few bottles of their concentrated evil. Amazing taste at 11 abv.

Only complaint on this place is the cost of refilling/filling a growler. average price is around $16. Although it is worth that, it is much higher than the average of other places. Lame complaint, but felt I should come up with something bad about 50/50.

Currently finding a reason to make it back to Truckee.

heywhileyourup, Aug 02, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

Short road trip with the family from Granite Bay to Truckee to visit this brewpub.

I was very impressed with how nice this place was, it was a family friendly. I ordered the Philly which was OK and my wife ordered a burger which was very good, the best part is they have a kids menu with crayons and coloring placemats which adds to the very family friendly atmosphere.

Beer- Great selection, there were several beers outside of their normal line up including the JD Eclipse which is what i stuck to mostly. My wife had one of their regular brews and was very impressed as well. I purchased a growler of JD eclipse which was cool and not expected.

Overall- Very nice brewpub to visit with good food, brews, and family friendly.

JWD, May 01, 2010
Photo of stoad
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

We were in Sacramento visiting the in-laws & made the 180 mile round trip to try their beer & pick up a few bottles of the barrel aged Eclipse. That 30% chance of precipitation turned into a *little* snow storm - wifey was not happy about that...
But I digress... nice looking place, just what one would hope for in a mountain town - cozy, comfy, folks shaking off the chill. nice little 10-12 seat bar with 15-20 tables sprinkled around. the brewing tanks were set up on two levels at the back of the place, excellent utilization of the space. It was about 1/2 full, not too noisy, some families around - good vibe. I ran into Andy, the owner & a very nice guy, he told me about their plans for more barrel storage in his very limited space (e.g. "tucking six over there once we move the Christmas tree"). that's good news for all, I believe.
So we sat at the bar, initially the tender seemed a little short with us & I thought this was gonna be one of those days struggling to get service, but all was well. Guess she was a little stressed when we sat, but turned out to be very nice & did a great job. We tried a few samplers & decided on pints of the two Belgians to start - the Trifecta triple & Concentrated Evil, a dark brown. Both were great. We finished with a couple of 8 oz snifters the Elijah Craig Eclipse - excellent.
We ordered the bleu cheese & applewood bacon burger with shoestring onion rings and the french dip with sweet potato fries. we also had a bowl of their shiitake mushroom soup which was really well done. the burger came med rare, as ordered, and had so much bleu cheese & bacon that my wife kept off-loading it onto my plate (happily it worked quite well with the French dip). My sandwich had a very tasty horseradish sauce - nicely balanced with a little heat, not overpowering at all - it was pretty good sized portion (the sandwich, not the horseradish). the fries & rings were both great and served in Claim Jumper sized piles.
With the snow, we didn't want to drive over the pass once the temp got too low (remember the last "party" that tried to do that...) so unfortunately we had to cut the visit short. I'll definitely make a return trip - maybe next time in the summer...

stoad, Dec 31, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

Drove over to Truckee from Reno for a beer trip, very glad I did. The beers are reasonably priced and the food I saw at the bar looked pretty good.

The restaurant appears to be small with a bar along one side. The bartender was very friendly and seemed to know the beers. One of the locals told me about her favorite hiking spot, but I ended up leaving too late to try to find it.

I started with a RyePA, which the bartender made clear was an IPA with rye not a rye pale ale. It was a very good beer, nicely hopped with a bit of creaminess from the rye.

I next had the regular IPA, which had a grainy malt backbone and lots of hops. I liked this, but liked the RyePA better.

I finished with a snifter of the RIS. Damn, that is a very good beer. They also had 4 barrels ageing in the middle of the restaurant that they were going to bottle in December(?). I would love to try the barrel version of this.

Long story short, when I am back in the area, I will definitely stop back. Well worth the trip if you are in the tahoe area.

wspscott, Oct 29, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

I just returned from a brief trip to Tahoe and ended up having lunch here twice. Definitely worthy of a BeerFly review.

FiftyFifty is located a mile or two away from downtown Truckee and is right next to Ponderosa Golf Course. It is somewhat hidden due to all of the turnabouts in the area. Look for the silo in the front. There is plenty of parking available in their lot.

When you walk into the space the bar is located to the right. There is plenty of seating inside and there is also a really nice patio with a fire pit. There is a beer board to the right of the bar and one is located above the four Jack Daniel's barrels that have beer aging in them.

When I was there they had a good number of beers on tap. They had Blonde #3, a gold, Foggy Goggle Wit, Manifesto Pale Ale, Concentrated Evil strong dark Belgian, RyePA, Rockslide IPA, and Landslide DIPA. They serve the beers as pints and also offer 21 ounce glasses. Pints range in price from $4-$7. The Blonde, Landslide, and RyePA were all tried when I was there and all 3 were very good. I filled my gowler with the RyePA and it cost $16 for a refill.

The food is very good. They have the usual standards such as burgers, sandos, and salds. I went wit the buffalo chicken wrap and it was excellent. My wife also liked her burger.

The service at the bar was excellent, while the food service seemed a little slow. Everything came as ordered, but if I was in a rush it would have been more of an annoyance.

This is definitely a great brewery and worth a stop in if you are in the northern Tahoe area. I look forward to coming back.

mjl21, Aug 25, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

A relatively new brewpub located in Truckee. The atmosphere is a bit upscale. A bar, a few tall tables near the bar, and then a few booths and tables in the other half of the restaurant. They had about 8 beers on tap. A porter, IPA, DIPA, stout, blonde, and a few belgian styles. I had the DIPA and it was very tasty, a very good beer. The food is a bit on the pricy side but everything we ordered was very good. A very good brewpub and a great addition to the Tahoe beer scene. Definitely a must stop if you are lucky enough to be in the area.

willjschmidt, Jul 14, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

As usual I try to scout out good beer locales when out of town and this was the third on the agenda for the Reno/Tahoe area we hit. Nice somewhat upscale decor with a lot of reddish woods that created a nice blend of modern and natural. Very reminiscent of other apres ski brewpubs I've visited in the Rockies. The food and decor were nice, but the star of this place is the beer! Mostly lighter spring/summer beers on tap, but I had to have their Donner Party Porter and it was just awesome. Tons of flavor and substance not to mention it packed a pretty good punch @ 6.7% abv. The wife absolutely loved the Rockslide IPA which was so citrusy you'd almost think it was grapefruit infused. Service was good on our first visit, sat at a bartop and waitress was fine. Stopped by on our last day in the area after driving to Chico to sample SN's fare and the bartenders were just great. As we were married on Lake Tahoe just a couple of days prior, they both bought us rounds on the house, and were very friendly and accommodating. An absolute must place to seek out if in the Tahoe area.

veech, May 20, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%

Recently visited the area, and what a find! It is a beautiful little brewpub, very clean and unique, california-esque interior. The food was kind of pricey, but very high quality for brewpub food. And the beers were exceptional! My table tried nearly everything on tap, which was a great selection - gold, blonde, pale ale, ipa, porter, double ipa, and a bourbon barrel imperial stout. All beers were crafted excellently and to style - the bourbon barrel imperial stout was phenomenal, a beer one should seek out if visiting the area. Overall, it was a great spot...the one negative was the bud light tap handle I saw behind the bar(this pains me everytime I see this in brewpubs: why have a BMC line when your beers are sooo good?! and your gold is so light and drinkable?!).

DousedInStout, Mar 11, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

On a whim my husband and I decided to drive from Tahoe to Truckee, CA to see what brewpubs were in the area. He couldn't remember any names, so he ran into a bar and they told him to go to Fifty Fifty. OH MY GOSH! Turns out it was the best brewpub of our trip. It was very clean and lively. The service was great and our waitress really knew the beer. There were a couple of questions she didn't know the answer to, so she wrote them down and asked the brewmaster (who was sitting at the bar). They had a nice, large chalkboard hanging that listed all the beers with ABV & IBUs for all the beer geeks. After having a sampler, I had a 1/2 pint of the Donner Party Porter. I highly recommend this place if you are in the area.

ToniBailey, Nov 12, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

Loved it! The Wife and I visited five brewpubs in the Reno/Tahoe area recently and this one was the best. Best beer of the trip, best service, and the food was pretty good. The Kolsch was my favorite while The Wife liked the Donner Party Porter the best. However she loved the Manifesto Pale Ale and being that she doesn't normally like Pales I consider that high praise.

The only complaint was their award winning Imperial Stout was still sitting in the whiskey barrels right next to our table and wouldn't be tapped for a couple of weeks so we had to sit there staring at them.

If you're in the area I highly recommend the place and it will be the first place I go if I ever get back.

Butch, Nov 10, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%

Good menu variety. I tried what my friends got and it was also solid. The service was good, and it was a great place to have a conversation.

Most places in Truckee tend to be soulless and targeted towards tourists. This place seems to go the other route: have a quality place and the locals and tourists will come.

Last time I went to get my growlers filled, the bartender talked to me a bit about barrel conditioning one of their current brews, and took genuine interest in beer (even though they've got a full bar). Seriously good beer guys there.

Their beers are solid and they experiment a bit.

mlaroche, Jul 09, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev -15.4%

Was in Truckee on business a couple weeks ago, and stopped in a couple times. The town's otherwise lacking in craft brew, so it's definitely worth a stop (especially if you like imperial stouts).

Beers:

Tripel: Nice, but lacked the complexity I would expect from a Belgian style. Almost doubted whether it was actually fermented with a Belgian yeast, as it was suspiciously 'crisp' tasting.

Imperial Stout: Truly delicious. Aged in bourbon barrels, which really came through in the nose. Rich in mouthfeel and taste, with notes of vanilla and port.

Porter: Good, but not remarkable enough for me to remember much detail.

Food: I had a pulled pork sandwich and an order of nachos. Both were fine, but nothing to write home about.

Service: Prompt and reasonably attentive. Had a brief conversation with the bartender about the imperial stout (he wanted to make sure I knew what I was ordering) -- very friendly, but didn't seem to know all that much about the brewing process.

radicalsubversiv, May 30, 2008
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FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.