Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant

Auburn Alehouse Brewery & RestaurantAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

289 Washington St
Auburn, California, 95603
United States

(530) 885-2537 | map

Here at the Auburn Alehouse, creating good beer is a passion, a science, and an art. Since opening in June 2007 in the heart of Auburn, California, Brian Ford has been creating one spectacular beer after another. Each beer is brewed with the freshest ingredients to ensure the best flavor profiles and purest colors. Our Hop Donkey Imperial Red Ale currently holds the Silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado and our Gold Country Pilsner has taken home the Gold and Bronze medals in previous years. The Alehouse strives to keep the integrity of the beer styles as well as offering something new to keep you guessing what's next.

Added by 1Paradisebrew on 09-01-2007

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 32
Photo of Mothergoose03
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was stop #5 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. This brewery visit was to have dinner and to try their beers. The pub is situated in a quaint downtown area with an address that did not translate well in our GPS. We ended up a block away, but a few minutes walking allowed us to find the building.

We were seated in a booth in the dining area, and we promptly ordered a flight of samplers of all 9 of the beers that were available, as well as ordering our dinner choices from the numerous selections on the menu. The place was not busy so we received very good service.

The beers were all brewed very well to style, and some were noted as being above average in their category. Overall, we rated the beers at a grade that was just short of a B minus. Our food was also above the average that is found in most brewpubs, so this place does a very good job overall.

We didn’t have time to explore the quaint downtown area after our brewery visit, so if we’re ever back in this town again to do that, we’ll definitely stop in this pub again.

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Fun little brewpub in Old Auburn. Very nice atmosphere and great selection of their own brews. I got a sampler flight of everything they had on draft, was an amazing value and i got to try 10 of their brews. I had an appetizer from them, some sweet potato fries which were great, wish I had some food from them. Ive heard goods things about their food and all the stuff I saw looked great. They cater to the craft beer crowd with cask nights and beer club thats gets rewards. I would recommend getting a reservation if your going on the weekend because it can be very busy. Overall, great place to stop by, eat, and a grab a beer.

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Photo of scot959
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Around 10 beers on tap, all very hoppy. Make reservations if you plan on eating there at dinner time we had a 45 minute wait, but that gives you time to hit the bar socialize with the other patrons. Very good beer, but expect some hops.

I had the Black and Bleu burger and fries, which was outstanding. My wife had a salad and an order of seasoned sweet potato fries that I could those every day.

Right off I-80, don't miss out!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Great location in the heart of Auburn Old Town. Inside a cramped dining area and narrow bar, but it works. There's a more spacious patio area outside though. With my group of four we had about seven different beers of theirs, all of them great to excellent. The service was good with a knowledgeable and timely server. The food and beer selection was about average for a brewpub. On the food side all the servings were large. I had the Ruben, which was huge and delicious. My friends had the andouille, fish and chips and a salad. Everyone agreed that the food was good but not worth the higher prices. The beer was priced reasonable at around $4-6 pint.

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Photo of colonelforbin
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Auburn Alehouse has been around for a few years now. I remember visiting when they first opened and it seems that the quality of the brews has been kicked up a notch.

Long bar and a separate sort of area for the tables in the restaurant. It always seems to be pretty crowded when I'm here, probably because I usually stop in on weekend afternoons and evenings. The bar is nice, lots of various growlers from many different brewpubs to look at behind the bar, along with a couple TVs to watch games. The interior is pretty nice all the way around, and there's a little deck out in the back and to the side as well. Lots of wood and the brewing area is kind of hidden in back along the walk back to the restrooms.

Beer has been getting better and, in particular, their hoppy offerings (Gold Digger, Fool's Gold, PU 240) have been improving in quality and in selection as well. I usually try to order something new every time I'm here if they have new beers on tap, and often they do. Otherwise, the hoppier beers are their go to beers, at least for me.

Service has always been just fine, competent and relatively quick. No complaints whatsoever.

Right off the freeway (I-80) and definitely recommended if you're driving between Tahoe and Sacramento, or vice versa. Growlers available as well. Very solid spot.

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Photo of bbb099
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My friends and I stopped by on the way back from Tahoe. Took awhile for us to find it since apparently there's a downtown and old town Auburn, and this brewpub is in old town. Inside the restaurant is quite nice, wood & brick combination on the wall with tanks in the back. Well designed posters of the different beer logos are everywhere. I had the IPA and the independence day ale while my friends got the imperial IPA and the pale ale. The beers range from average to good. The food was fantastic though. The fries are supposedly beer battered but what makes them great is that I taste garlic powder in it. They also have the option to upgrade to sweet potato fries for only a $1. Price-wise is about average for a brewpub. Not bad at all, I would definitely visit this place again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A mix of touristy people and locals, has all the usual motifs in a microbrewpub, wood, metal tanks etc. . . there usually is a long wait despite tables visibly open and nobody claiming alleged reservations. Seems to be an issue with understaffing from the naked eye.

A good mix of the hoppy beers, their rye was about as underwhelming as anything I've ever had. Don't really see a lot of unique type brews here. Mostly stuff for the masses, very few one offs. Don't miss the gold digger or pu240 if you're a hophead, its their best stuff. Food was decent enough bar food, maybe better than average. Parking sucks around this place.

A neat place to stop in if you're traveling up I-80, I'd recommend waiting until you hit Truckee and check out FiftyFifty, but this place is definitely worth stopping by and checking out at least once if you're in the area.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A new brewpub located in Old Town Auburn. The interior of it is very nice. Lots of brick and high ceilings. They have 8-10 or so of their own beers on-tap along with 4 guest taps. I had the IPA, my Dad had the brown. They were both very good. We did not have any food but it looked good and is a typical brew-pub menu. They do growlers to go as well as kegs. They recently bottled 250 cases of their DIPA so look for this in your better beer shops. I highly recommend this place if you find yourself in Auburn of passing through on the way to Tahoe.

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Photo of bosco7
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place popped up right as I was leaving California for Pennsylvania so I never got a chance to check it out until this visit. beautiful setting in downtown Auburn with a view of the courthouse.

The interior was immaculate and very tastefully decorated. Brick walls and high ceilings. The air is filled with aromas coming off the wort that was being brewed at the time.

They had about 10 beers ontap with a 3 being limited releases or aeasonals. Sincei was in California I was craving hops and had the goldigger IPA, Californium, and the Fools Gold. The goldigger was a straight forward IPA with nice balance of hops and malt and was very good. The Californium was my favorite with out a doubt, it was an Ipa with obscene amounts of what I think were centennial hops added to the end of the boil giving it a big fruity flavor. Fools gold is like an DIPA with European hop varieties and is stealthy as hell. I first thought that they got me a pilsner but the waitress corrected me and told me what hops were used. Nice beers for sure.

The food was damn good I had a turkey sandwhich and home made kettle chips and it has been probably the best meal on the trip so far.

The help was awesome and very friendly. I would reccomend this place to anyone especialy of you want an elevated brewpub experience.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We just happened to stop by Auburn today looking for some food, and we were pleasantly surprised to find a brew pub with very friendly, informative service, a decent menu with good food, and decent beer. The place is very clean and comfortable with some big tvs above the bar for sports watching, and you can see the brewing equipment through windows at the far end. We got to sit next to the front window looking out at the town, and our food was very good. We both had a different soup and salad, and I would recommend the gorgonzola walnut. They had 7 or 8 regular beers on tap plus their seasonal, which is currently a barley wine. We tried the IPA and Brown and were impressed with the IPA but felt the brown was a little weak (at 3.8% I think that is what they are going for). The waitress told us a little about the place, its owner, and the beers. She also told us that they grown their own hops in Penryn, CA, which I think is cool. Overall, definitely worth a stop on your way to the mountains.

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Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a nice place in downtown Auburn, but the beer quality, based on what I have, is a little weak.

The beer range is pretty standard, but good. The few beers I had ranged from utterly terrible to pretty good, but I hope to try more the next time I go through Auburn.

The food is good, with a pretty varied menu that's a bit abiove the usual, and the food is generally done very well.

The atmosphere is very nice in an old historic building that for a long, long time housed an old chinese restaurant which I was actually surprised to find replaced as until this year I hadn't visited Auburn since about 2000. It has nice big windows along the front, looking out into beuatiful, historic Old Town Auburn, the older, lower part of downtown below the courthosue and the "new" downtown. Auburn, of course, is a fascinating historical Gold Rush town full of history and great buildings.

Service is good, friendly, and pretty fast.

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Photo of HARRIS44
4.43/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My family and I were on our way up to Lake Tahoe from Sacramento and stumbled upon the Auburn Alehouse. I just happened to pull into a parking space right in front of their building as we were driving into town. What a great place!

My 10 year old daughter walked through the door and says to me "Whoa..smell those hops!" She actually was refering to the wort that must have been brewing at the time, but none the less, her reaction to the wonderful aroma inside this establishment was priceless.

I thought the Gold Digger IPA was pretty good. The food was excellent and the restaurant is spotless! We had the Walnut Gorganzola Salad and the BBQ Pork Sandwich. I wish we could have spent more time and sampled more of their beers, but we still had to make the drive up to Tahoe.

I hightly recommend this place when you are in the area.

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Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First stop on a weekend of beer tasting, historical site seeing, camping, and hiking in the gold country.

Brewery is smack dab in the middle of Old Town Auburn. In a nice old brick building, a bit tough to park on a Friday night, but not bad. Atmosphere was pretty good. Big bar, a few tv's, and pretty lively.

Quality was quite good. Sampled a couple of beers, an IPA that was above average, and a barleywine that was quite tasty.

I was happy with the selection, there were 10 beers on tap.

Food was good as well. Both myself and my friend were happy with our meals.

Value was about right. A touch more expensive than other breweries I have been to, but not bad.

Overall... a very nice place that is worth a stop.

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Photo of m1ked
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I liked this place, but did not love it. Their beer was OK, their fried Pickle Chips were awesome! If you have never been to Auburn, you are usually passing it to/from Tahoe. It has the appearance of an old mining town with all kinds of boutique shops that my wife (not I) would describe as "cute". Personally I like reading all the historic plaques. Anyways, this place is an upscale restaurant with a brewery in the back. The beer is alright, not bad, but not great....meh! We still ended up buying a growler of Fool's Gold, a hoppy pale ale. Most of their beers have a prospector-ish connotation. One cool thing that I did notice was that they had a bunch of growlers on display, I saw Stone, Alpine, and CBC among many others. Maybe they don't make great beer, but they do appreciate it. The fried pickles are the most memorable aspect of this place, their beer wasn't. If I am in the area again, I will probably stop by if I am thirsty. Otherwise, I am not making any efforts to return here.

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Photo of rsvlbrwr
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a great place. The beers are all very good with the Miner's Wheat, Old Town Brown and Gold Digger IPA leading the way. The IPA is especially good with a significant hop aroma and a definite citrus hop flavor. The hops are prominent but it is actually well balanced with a solid malt backbone.

The food is also excellent here as they have done a great job of creating a varied but high quality menu. I;ve had the pulled pork sandwich, fish tacos, Shanghai chicken salad, and the ribs. Much better than most pubs. This place is definitley worth the trip!

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Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant in Auburn, CA
3.56 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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