FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

FiftyFifty Brewing Co.FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

11197 Brockway Rd
Truckee, California, 96161-3352
United States

(530) 587-2337 | map

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
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Sigmund from Norway

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Decent brewery tap, I had a flight of their beers + 1 pint, all beers were nice. Ample seating indoors and outdoors. Friendly staff, but to nitpick, the waiter / waitress could have been more attentive, as we were the only guests at lunchtime. No big deal though. Good food. Well worth a visit.

Dec 20, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located in a new but rustic mountain-hut-style development, FiftyFifty’s Truckee Pub is inviting and cozy. There is seating indoors and outdoors.
Indoors, there is a low divider between the dining area and small bar area, with the “pilot” brewery in view through glass beyond the bar.

The gastro pub food is excellent and welcome, and the menu is huge.

Unfortunately, the vibe is tipped toward dining rather than drinking, but it’s tough to get the British pub balance right.

There are about 15 FiftyFifty beers on tap, with nice variety, including an Eclipse variation and a Brewers’ Intent Specialty. Cans and bottles are available for takeaway.

Parking is available, but kind of scattered around the development.

Aug 26, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Vibe: I stopped in around lunchtime on a Saturday afternoon. The place was quite busy, but seating was available both inside and outside.

Quality: Beers were served in glassware at the proper temperature.

Service: Our server was friendly and made it a point to check in on a regular basis to see how we were doing.

Selection: The brewery had about 15 beers on-tap as well as three barrel-aged beer selections, the latter of which were available as a flight on their own. They also had a menu of beers available to go, which included most of last year's Eclipse series.

Food: I had an elk burger for lunch and it was pretty tasty. My wife had the bourbon shrimp appetizer and it was big enough to serve as a lunch entree. All of the food appeared to be very high quality.

Aug 17, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

ive been wanting to check this place out for a really long time, being such a huge fan of eclipse and all. they have a beautiful little pub thats set back in a woodsy feeling little plaza with some businesses and restaurants, got a ski lodge aspen or vail sort of look from the outside, small and cozy and clean inside, quite humble for how far the eclipse has gone in the world really. mellow energy inside, relaxed as can be, small bar with the brewery in the back, and seating around the place, nothing overdone, but a up scale pub feel to it. they had a cool selection of beers, including an eclipse variant on tap, i didnt know they covered so much ground here, but they had some nice hoppy beers, of which i liked their capa and their brut the best, as well as a really solid dry hopped lager offering, a simple but well refined porter, and an absurd collection of bottles to go, eclipse editions i didnt even know existed, still expensive, but really thoughtful stuff here, i wish i could afford to try them all! its neat that they dont seem too focused on it, for all its acclaim, its just another beer in here, which is neat. none of the others really blew me away, but all were technically solid and very drinkable. service was attentive, folks were friendly, and time just flew by in here. the food coming out looked and smelled good too, but i did not eat at all. it was cool to see the origins of one of my favorite series of beers, and to see what these guys are all about. highly recommended. looking forward to my next visit here, i have a ton of respect for these guys!

Dec 01, 2018
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped here for a late lunch with Da Boss after visiting the nearby Donner State Park. I was famished after the park visit LOL!

Vibe was very cool, literally. Cooler inside than out yesterday. Very dark on the inside, maybe 2500-3000 square feet with seating for 50-75 maybe. Ample outdoor patio seating as well.

Quality of the beers were good. Da Boss had the Kolsch and i enjoyed sampling the barrel aged stuff. Other brews are rated so-so to good but did not try any.

Service was adequate. Jack was pleasant but not really interested in a couple of tourists, did not attempt to engage us and was not overly quick.

Selection was pretty good with approximately 15-20 beers available.

Food was solid. Da Boss had a salad with Salmon and i had the Turkey Melt with a side of the house beans.

Overall a pleasant visit, glad we came!

Sep 15, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I happened to be driving by when I stopped here and it seemed like it was full of skiers having a last brew before heading back to where they were from.

Mar 27, 2017
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

Great brew pub... ambience /vibe; people and food .
Terrible beer selection.
Mediocre house beers (except Totality); mediocre guest drafts... and NO ... again NO BARREL AGED beers.
Oh and website lists multiple BA selections.
Sorry... they kicked their BA keg... and this Fifty-Fifty?!!
I mean... why else come??
Come for nice place...nice people and very good food...
But call ahead if coming for beers that make them famous.

Oct 30, 2016
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.73/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Sorry, I didn't try the food, I'm not to the point yet where I'll pay $9.00 for a bowl of chicken soup or $16.00 for a burger or $8.00 for onion rings. But, on the upside, the beers were worth trying. It's at least 2 miles further up the road than TomTom would want you to believe.

May 02, 2016
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CJNAPS from California

4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Super chill place, food was great. Bartender talked with us about beer forever it seemed like. Their beer has always been good stuff and the big fridge of Eclipse beers before you leave is awesome.

Mar 21, 2016
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John_M from France

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Love the barrel aged eclipse beers, but unless you go here for some special event, I'm not sure this is such a hot destination. The pub does have a pretty cool alpine vibe, with fairly dark colors inside, high ceilings and a nice fire place. The day I was here, I think they had around 11 of their own beers on tap, with a cider and a couple of guest beers (lagunitas IPA and trumer pils). Got the regular RIS (decent) and the cognac barrel aged BART (outstanding of course), plus also tried the golden ale (it is what it is). So my impression is that the beers are pretty decent here, but hardly mind blowing (other than the eclipse beers). Service was serviceable. The folks working here were pleasant in a TGIF or Applebee's kind of way. As for food, got the tortilla soup and I thought it was more than adequate.

If you're in the Truckee area, this is definitely a place worth visiting. I wouldn't go out of my way otherwise, unless you want to pick up some bottles of eclipse (they had a VERY nice selection the day I stopped by). That being said, both the beer and food are quite decent, so this is very much a good place to drop in for a brewski and a bite.

Mar 07, 2016
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rand from California

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Been to all of their Eclipse release parties, they're about as well put together as it gets. Alicia is a force to be reckoned with. Someday I'll get up there outside of their release.

Dec 15, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

4.19/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice drive into Truckee unless it is snowing. Has the silo outside, wooden exterior, total mountain vibe @ 7000'. Cool long bar. Sometimes people pass out in the bathrooms (Eclipse party).

A lot of variation in their hoppy beers. Everything barrel aged is excellent. Pricing is high, but hey, look at the real estate. 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, but then again, you gotta spoil yourself, so order some Eclipse if its on!

Always something different available there. Never the same old selection. 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. I can almost find a reason.

Its my favorite place within 200 miles of my home. St James coming close lately though.

Sep 23, 2015
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Awesome place. Not far from south Lake Tahoe or Reno. Great beers, maybe 8-10 to choose from. No Eclipse while I was there, but they did have a great BA Barleywine on the barrel-aged tap. Sampled a few flights, ate some great wings and pizza for beer drinking. Grabbed a couple nice bottles to go. A great spot in one of the greatest regions on earth. I'll go back any time I'm close.

Apr 29, 2015
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QuakeAttack from California

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

We stopped for dinner on our way to Reno. It's a small mall and may be a little hard to find (look for the Fifty Fifty water tank). Nice atmosphere with a mix of locals and travelers. For those interested in growlers, you can bring your own growler (2l only) and they will fill it and add a Fifty-Fifty sticker. Also, you can purchase bottles ($15-$30 dollars).

I will cover the food and service quickly as the reason to come is for the beer. We entered and was seated originally near the bar, but I asked to be seated in a different table (the hostess did comply). We ordered nachos (crispy chips and very good) and we both had sausage and pasta. Other than a little too much sauce on the pasta, we both enjoyed the food. Above average. Our server was friendly, but may have been a little slow for some people. No problem for me as I it gave me more time to enjoy my beer.

Ok. On to the beer. Fifty Fifty is known for their barrel aged beers (Eclipse), and if they were closer to a population center, they would be extremely popular. If you prefer IPA, sours, or amber, they make them and are good, but the stars are their darker beers and BA. I started off with a sampler of five beers (of your choosing):

Charlie Brown (Brown)
Darkslide IPA (Dark IPA)
Donner Party Porter (Porter)
BART (Strong Ale - mix of stout and barrleywine)
Cherry Annularity (Barleywine)

Best sampler ever. Amazing. I proceed at having two 8oz glasses of the Cherry Anularity and BART. OMG. Proceed to order a growler of the Donner Party Porter and a bottle of their Old Conundrum.

Must stop here for the beer. Really. You must...

Apr 13, 2015
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was there in the winter and the place had the look and feel of a mountain ski chalet, except for the snow-covered bourbon barrels aging along the side of the building . Truckee struck me as a bit of a tourist trap. Large dining area was invitingly warm and packed for late lunch. There was also a small bar off to the back left. 16 well assorted beers on tap, the 2 I had were very nice. Wait staff was friendly and professional. The food was excellent, although on the pricey side. All in all a very pleasant stop.

Jun 20, 2014
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Dec 14, 2013
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Jul 08, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Feb 26, 2013
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Hamburgers from California

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Feb 08, 2013
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DarthKostrizer from California

4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
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

Dec 14, 2011
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colonelforbin from California

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Oct 20, 2011
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Retsinis from Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Oct 06, 2011
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PaulStoneAnchor from California

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Jun 30, 2011
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largadeer from California

4.65/5  rDev +11%
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.

Dec 22, 2010
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Aug 29, 2010
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA
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