FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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...
12-31-2009 19:05:49 | More by stoad
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
10-29-2009 01:12:28 | More by wspscott
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I just returned from a brief trip to Tahoe and ended up having lunch here twice. Definitely worthy of a BeerFly review.
FiftyFifty is located a mile or two away from downtown Truckee and is right next to Ponderosa Golf Course. It is somewhat hidden due to all of the turnabouts in the area. Look for the silo in the front. There is plenty of parking available in their lot.
When you walk into the space the bar is located to the right. There is plenty of seating inside and there is also a really nice patio with a fire pit. There is a beer board to the right of the bar and one is located above the four Jack Daniel's barrels that have beer aging in them.
When I was there they had a good number of beers on tap. They had Blonde #3, a gold, Foggy Goggle Wit, Manifesto Pale Ale, Concentrated Evil strong dark Belgian, RyePA, Rockslide IPA, and Landslide DIPA. They serve the beers as pints and also offer 21 ounce glasses. Pints range in price from $4-$7. The Blonde, Landslide, and RyePA were all tried when I was there and all 3 were very good. I filled my gowler with the RyePA and it cost $16 for a refill.
The food is very good. They have the usual standards such as burgers, sandos, and salds. I went wit the buffalo chicken wrap and it was excellent. My wife also liked her burger.
The service at the bar was excellent, while the food service seemed a little slow. Everything came as ordered, but if I was in a rush it would have been more of an annoyance.
This is definitely a great brewery and worth a stop in if you are in the northern Tahoe area. I look forward to coming back.
08-24-2009 23:43:01 | More by mjl21
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
07-14-2009 03:02:26 | More by willjschmidt
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
As usual I try to scout out good beer locales when out of town and this was the third on the agenda for the Reno/Tahoe area we hit. Nice somewhat upscale decor with a lot of reddish woods that created a nice blend of modern and natural. Very reminiscent of other apres ski brewpubs I've visited in the Rockies. The food and decor were nice, but the star of this place is the beer! Mostly lighter spring/summer beers on tap, but I had to have their Donner Party Porter and it was just awesome. Tons of flavor and substance not to mention it packed a pretty good punch @ 6.7% abv. The wife absolutely loved the Rockslide IPA which was so citrusy you'd almost think it was grapefruit infused. Service was good on our first visit, sat at a bartop and waitress was fine. Stopped by on our last day in the area after driving to Chico to sample SN's fare and the bartenders were just great. As we were married on Lake Tahoe just a couple of days prior, they both bought us rounds on the house, and were very friendly and accommodating. An absolute must place to seek out if in the Tahoe area.
05-20-2009 14:26:37 | More by veech
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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?!).
03-11-2009 21:11:22 | More by DousedInStout
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
On a whim my husband and I decided to drive from Tahoe to Truckee, CA to see what brewpubs were in the area. He couldn't remember any names, so he ran into a bar and they told him to go to Fifty Fifty. OH MY GOSH! Turns out it was the best brewpub of our trip. It was very clean and lively. The service was great and our waitress really knew the beer. There were a couple of questions she didn't know the answer to, so she wrote them down and asked the brewmaster (who was sitting at the bar). They had a nice, large chalkboard hanging that listed all the beers with ABV & IBUs for all the beer geeks. After having a sampler, I had a 1/2 pint of the Donner Party Porter. I highly recommend this place if you are in the area.
11-12-2008 20:56:28 | More by ToniBailey
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-10-2008 19:29:53 | More by Butch
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Good menu variety. I tried what my friends got and it was also solid. The service was good, and it was a great place to have a conversation.
Most places in Truckee tend to be soulless and targeted towards tourists. This place seems to go the other route: have a quality place and the locals and tourists will come.
Last time I went to get my growlers filled, the bartender talked to me a bit about barrel conditioning one of their current brews, and took genuine interest in beer (even though they've got a full bar). Seriously good beer guys there.
Their beers are solid and they experiment a bit.
07-09-2008 16:37:58 | More by mlaroche
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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).
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.
05-30-2008 04:25:43 | More by radicalsubversiv
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA
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