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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.98/5
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

11197 Brockway Rd
SPC 1
Truckee, California, 96161-3352
United States

(530) 587-2337 | map
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

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

Added by Todd on 11-01-2006

BEER STATS
Beers:
54
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
5,228
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
77
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
5.74%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 77
Reviews by colonelforbin:
Photo of colonelforbin
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of South2NW
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of CJNAPS
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Super chill place, food was great and their beer has always been good stuff. Cheers

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Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of rand
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of dmk82
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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...

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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of joe_sf
4.68/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of outoffocus
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mikeb8
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of -NESTO-
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Drift
3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA
3.98 out of 5 based on 5,228 ratings.
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