FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 2,899
Beer Avg: 4.04
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
4.63/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
A must stop on my honeymoon. We were there the end of April.
The location of this place is absolutely beautiful. Its just of I-80 in the Donner Pass and a really short drive from both Reno and Lake Tahoe-so there's a lot to do around here for a weekend trip if you live in CA or are driving to CA (as we were). It is set in a plaza of log lodge-style buildings-all commercial. The interior is as you would expect-log cabin style. Not really much else to say there.
Selection and Quality- FiftyFifty is most well known for their eclipse bourbon barrel stout series of which they had one on tap- old FItzgerald. Fantastic. Other beers they had on tap included a old conundrum barleywine, barrel aged barleywine, imperial stout, donner party porter, their regular line-up, plus rye pale ale, summit pale ale and maybe 4 wheat. My husband really enjoyed the entire selection only finding the blonde ale to be lackluster (but I guess that's the point.) After sampling all their brews we ordered the old fitzgerald, the barleywine, the BA barleywine, and the summit pale ale. We grabbed a growler of the Donner Party Porter to go plus bought a few bottles of totality imperial stout.
Service- We got their when the place opened on a Wednesday morning in late april and sat at the bar. The bartender treated us very well plus we got a little history about how the brewmaster is a Chicago guy. I think they were impressed we drove all the way out there from the PA/OH border and made it a point to stop here on our honeymoon.
Food- My husband likes his burgers rare-and that was not a problem here! I ordered the bourbon shrimp-which was also delicious.
Overall- This is a fantastic brewpub that makes great, but pretty traditional beers.
12-14-2013 18:09:25 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
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!
07-08-2013 22:08:52 | More by jmdrpi
3.84/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in for a couple beers: Highland Session and Charles on the rye. They were fine. I just had some fries, which were good, but I’m not going to rate food off of a plate of fries. The service was prompt and good. The value pretty standard. They had 14 of their own on tap with some interesting looking barrel aged versions. Worth stopping in if you’re trucking through Truckee.
02-26-2013 04:11:46 | More by Fatehunter
4.47/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
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.
02-08-2013 06:20:55 | More by Hamburgers
4.95/5 rDev +15.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place for the Eclipse release. The actual restaurant itself is a touch small with the bar area being in my opinion the right size. Needless to say the atmosphere for the party was absolutely insane. I did stop in earlier in the day to check the place out and it was filled with locals and had a good vibe. The service was second to none. I pretty much hung out at the bar all night and chatted with the bartenders Justin and Tiffany were both awesome and very helpful. The selection of food and were beer were just right. Not to much to point where you just get uninterested and not too little to the point where you really can't find what you are looking for. The food was tasty and worth the price. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone and hopefully I will be able to land another ticket for next years release
12-14-2011 06:12:34 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
10-20-2011 05:36:15 | More by colonelforbin
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
10-05-2011 23:13:06 | More by Retsinis
4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
06-29-2011 23:28:08 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I finally made it to FiftyFifty this year, lured by their Eclipse pre-release party. Special events aside, the brewpub itself is a cool spot. It has a lodge-like appearance with a small grain silo outside that adds a nice touch. The interior is largely wooden, though quite modern. Seating is ample, a medium-sized bar sits probably 20 people and there are plenty of tables.
Beer is the reason I went, and it didn't disappoint. House beers ranged from good to excellent, and Eclipse, of course, is otherworldly. The brewpub serves good albeit fairly expensive food, as well. The menu is diverse, offering more than just typical pub fare.
Service was consistently good, especially at the Eclipse pre-release party, which was one of the most organized and fun beer events I've been to. The brewers were on hand to chat and answer questions about their beers, a nice touch.
A great little brewpub overall, well worth visiting for the beer alone.
12-22-2010 18:32:59 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
08-29-2010 03:36:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA
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