FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.95/5
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
Ratings:
5,518
Reviews:
1,180
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
5.73%
 
 
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of LXIXME
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.

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Photo of John_M
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BillRoth
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
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.

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of South2NW
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of PittBeerGirl
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.

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Photo of CJNAPS
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Retsinis
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.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A relatively new brewpub located in Truckee. The atmosphere is a bit upscale. A bar, a few tall tables near the bar, and then a few booths and tables in the other half of the restaurant. They had about 8 beers on tap. A porter, IPA, DIPA, stout, blonde, and a few belgian styles. I had the DIPA and it was very tasty, a very good beer. The food is a bit on the pricy side but everything we ordered was very good. A very good brewpub and a great addition to the Tahoe beer scene. Definitely a must stop if you are lucky enough to be in the area.

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Photo of Drift
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Fatehunter
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.

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Photo of colonelforbin
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.

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Photo of mjl21
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of largadeer
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.

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,518 ratings.
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