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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
3.97/5
Very Good
6,190 Ratings
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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:
60
Reviews:
1,369
Ratings:
6,190
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.21/5
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
80
pDev:
11.88%
 
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Photo of Vincev27
1.24/5  rDev -70.5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of dougnboston
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
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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Photo of TwoBeers
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of radicalsubversiv
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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).

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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Inflames
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
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 arizcards
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of mszuch
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of brothasandbeer88
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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

Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BobbyDigitali
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of outoffocus
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of DousedInStout
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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?!).

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

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 6,190 ratings
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