FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
4.01/5
Based on:
48 Beers
3,749 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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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1.24/5  rDev -70.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of dougnboston
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of radicalsubversiv
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
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).

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.

Photo of Inflames
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of mszuch
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DousedInStout
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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?!).

Photo of Retsinis
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of JWD
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of mlaroche
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of mjl21
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.16/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tmitch75
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA
94 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.