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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 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
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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
Photo of JWD
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
Photo of wspscott
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
Photo of mjl21
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
Photo of willjschmidt
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
Photo of veech
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
Photo of DousedInStout
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
Photo of ToniBailey
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
Photo of Butch
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
Photo of mlaroche
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
Photo of radicalsubversiv
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
Photo of tmitch75
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Just a couple minutes from downtown Truckee. We were in the area and my wife has a friend who relocated there so we made a trip to the brewery. Worked out pretty good as far as I was concerned.

It was a Friday lunch in April so there were only a few people there. Atmosphere was about what you'd expect for a brewpub in ski country.

Quality and service were very good. Food was good pub fare and selection was varied.

Food and beer were quite good. I had a calzone that was huge and overflowing with toppings. They could've given me half as much and I would've been happy. Two people with me also liked their food although I can't remember what they had.

To drink, I had the Manifesto Pale Ale (solid Pale Ale, not spectacular) and the Concentrated Evil (Belgian Strong Dark Ale would be my guess), it was quite tasty and at 11% that was the end of me since it was only lunch. Luckily I wasn't driving. My wife had Base Camp Golden Ale and Foggy Goggle Wit and enjoyed both as well.

If I'm ever lucky enough to get back to the area (it's absolutely beautiful), I would definitely go out of the way to revisit this place. I also bought a couple bombers to bring home and both were awesome. Thumbs up for FiftyFifty.

tmitch75, May 22, 2008
Photo of dougnboston
3.23/5  rDev -24.7%

It is the only craft beer place in town, so if you are thirsty, this is the place to go to.

The beers were good not great. It's a brew pub built to fit lots of people. My guess is it's hopping during the ski season, I was there for Spring skiing. It was full for dinner, but not a big crowd.

I didn't think it was that far out of the center of Truckee. Maybe a couple miles, but not real far.

I will say the Nachos use real chunks of steak and that made the plate. Most of the menu was pub fare. The beers were brewed on site except for one guest tap which is always nice to have.

I'd go back as it's a good place with good beer and good service ... but not a top bar by any stretch.

dougnboston, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Inflames
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%

On the other side of the tracks and keep going, if you are looking for this place. Not in the cool downtown area like I would like to see. Conical out front tells you where to stop.

Enter pub and find yourself a seat if you can(evenings are busy). Took a spot at the bar and ordered up a sampler set of brews. Golden,Pale,Trippel,IPA,Borbon Stout,Porter and another beligan. Pale better than IPA, Trippel better than Pale, Porter better than Trippel, Stout the best. Overall I thought this was a pretty very good showing for a newish place.

I ordered a pizza, took there word that it was good, I'm a sucker. Maybe next time I will try another dish. I gave food a 2.5 but I think thats a bit unfair since everyone else seemed to enjoy their food.

I really enjoyed the bourbon barrell stout and would have taken some home but at 15 a bomber no thanks.

Inflames, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of mszuch
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%

Visited June 17th, 2007.

Just recently opened, and typical decor for a brewpub. Menu is not extensive, but the fish tacos and sweet potato fries ( included with shrimp appetizer ) were true standouts!

Beer selection is good, with the Trippel and Porter being the best bets, but the IPA, Golden, and Pale Ale lacking in depth and just the basic representation of these styles. The White was dispappointing with too much citrus coming through, and the Stout was "thin".

All in all, a good experience for a new establishment, and although open only 3 weeks, hopefully the beer will improve with time

mszuch, Jun 18, 2007
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FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.