The Brewery At Lake Tahoe

The Brewery At Lake TahoeThe Brewery At Lake Tahoe
The Brewery At Lake TahoeThe Brewery At Lake Tahoe
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3542 S. Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, California, 96150-8900
United States

(530) 544-2739 | map

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metter98 from New York

3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Vibe: The place had a combination of indoor and outdoor seating. It seemed like two houses were put together with one being the bar and the living room being the dining room for the restaurant.

Quality: Beers were served in pint glasses at the proper temperature.

Service: The place wasn't that crowded when we came (around 5 pm on a Monday night) but sometimes it took awhile for beers to be served after ordering them from the waitress.

Selection: The place had seven of the brewery's beers on-tap. Beers were available in three sizes: pints, half-pints, and pitchers.

Food: I had their Keep Tahoe Bleu burger, which came with bacon and blue cheese. It was OK, but nothing compared to the other burgers that I have recently had in the area.

Aug 20, 2019
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I stopped in for a couple pints since our place for the vacation we were on was only about 2/10's of a mile away. The place is not huge but I found two entrances and took the one leading to the bar area. There is brewing and fermentation equipment behind the bar to give you an idea of the size -there was an area for lagering with fermenters at the end. You get the impression the place has been there for a while based on the décor and the beers I tried were good or very good. The service was friendly and attentive and I would have been back except it was my first trip to Tahoe and had lots of places to check out, I did not try the food but the pizza looked tasty.

Jul 27, 2016
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DRTBrewster from Arizona

2.88/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I am not a fan, actually really disappointed. The beer was sub par, especially for northern California standards and the food was poor, if I wanted a Toni's microwavable pizza I would have brought one with me. Nice location and friendly staff, the beer and food need some work however.

Nov 27, 2013
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JackDempsy from Arizona

3.96/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The place looks like my grandmothers house, and elevator music playing for atmosphere. Who would have thought it was a brewery? The funny thing is - the beer is fantastic!! The service was great, the price was very inexpensive, the food is better than average. This place is not in the tourist area and does have a small outside seating area, parking is good in back. My favorite place to go in South Lake Tahoe. Don't let the décor or the music selection scare you - the place is a winner - make it a destination spot.

Sep 08, 2013
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jeffjeff1 from California

3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Yesterday I went here for lunch with my family. The host was very rude to my wife implying that she couldn't count to 8 when he pointed at the large table to seat us. We got seated at the 4 person table that was next to the 8 person table. Our waiter came by and my mom asked if we could have a bigger table and he immediately gave us a six person table. There were 4 of us by the way. Our waiter was great. His name was Chris in case you go there. You want him as your waiter. The ultimate nachos were 17 dollars but they were very good. We also had the spicy ranchero pizza chips which was also very good. I chowed down on the pizza chips and my Indian Pale Ale while they chowed down on the nachos. My dad had the Washoe Wheat which is the summer seasonal. He really enjoyed the Washoe Wheat. It was a great experience. The only problem was the host who I didn't like and neither did my wife.

Aug 12, 2013
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Visited for dinner and beers since it was within walking distance of our hotel, the Days Inn.

Basically it's a generic casual dining / sports bar that brews some of their own beers. Which is cool, but don't expect anything earth shattering. They have about 6 or 7 beers, fairly standard styles. I had pints of their flagship beer, the Bad Ass Ale, and also the porter. The Bad Ass was decent, nothing extreme like the name implies. I'd describe it as a hoppy red ale.

Our waitress was friendly and service was fine. The waitress didn't even care when the table of 10 guys next to us asked her to split the bill across 10 credit cards.

Food was a wide mix of American casual dining, with some specialty pizzas also. It was okay.

Jul 08, 2013
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.25

I'm only giving this place a 3/5 for atmosphere because of the beautiful scenery around Lake Tahoe. Of course, South Lake Tahoe is the worst part of the lake, because thats where all the people tend to flock to. But nonetheless, I'm feeling generous. Its easy to find, as its on the highway, and it often has bad traffic, so you can be creeping by at 4mph sometimes.

Quality is poor. This is beer made for tourists who don't like beer. This is not a beer destination. Ingredients are lacking. I have no idea where they actually make the beer, it does not appear to be at this location. Every beer style is average or below average. Probably the same yeast in every ale style.

Service is slow at times when its busy. Uninformed about beer is the norm.

The most interesting thing about this place is smelling the different kinds of weed people have on them, because many reek of Otto's jacket while you're there.

Jun 17, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The place was a nice stop after a day on the mountain hiking. Well ok.. a few hours.. still the beer was nice and cold. We had a sampler to make sure we tasted everything on tap.. I'm not big on over hoppy bears as much as my bf, but i have to say it did taste great, i believe it was the Bad Ass that i enjoyed most, besides their Pilsner. It was earlier on a Friday afternoon, so we were surrounded by a few locals, had the hot wings and they were very tasty! The two darkest beers did not do much for me, however they both had a great aroma and color. They have a logo sticker that is super awesome.. "Drink Tahoe Brew" just like the "keep Tahoe Blue" pretty cool. All in all it was a great selection. I'd recommend going if you on the hill.

Oct 25, 2012
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IPA17 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A nice place to grab a sampler. Seven beers were on tap when I was there. Unfortunately, they were out of the stout. All were good to very good, except one which was only fair. All were true to their style. Service was a bit slow and a couple did walk out after not being served fast enough. The food was good and the prices were reasonable. I did get the impression that they cared about the quality of the beer. I was very happy with the overall result and would definitely stop back in next time I am in the neighborhood.

Oct 02, 2011
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dickroop from Maryland

4/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located right on the main drag, it's easy to find. It's a small establishment, co-located with a pizza restaurant. There are about 8 stools at the bar plus 5 at a narrow side bar. Outside seating is pleasant under the tall pines, with picnic or small metal tables, but there the whooshy din of traffic on Tahoe Blvd. Still, it's a nice option.

Inside, the bar has a copper surface, and brewing vats occupy much of the behind-the-bar real estate. During my visit, the brewer was busily filling one tank with water and readying his hoses for some transfer of fluids. It's utilitarian concrete floor behind the bar and pine wood planks in the general area. High ceilings and clearstory windows make a pleasant ambiance. Two TV screens and a killer sound system to keep people happy. Decoration is minimal, consisting of kegs, growlers, and bags o' malt sitting on the high rafters and shelves.

The brewer told me the place was established in the early 1990s but has changed a great deal, moving from having guest taps to selling only self-brewed beer. The building owner converted the adjacent space into restaurant space. I got the happy-hour veggie quesadillla, which was hearty, fresh, ample, and good. The food menu had lots of offerings, and I imagine those customers expecting pizza and sandwiches will find something to their liking.

As to the beer, the list of offerings was almost complete with an IPA, amber, pilsner (unavailable for my visit), a Belgian Wit, a wheat beer, a blonde ale, a porter, and a dark brown ale. My pint of the IPA was nicely hoppy & fairly good, perhaps not outstanding, but authentic and fresh. I sampled 4 ozs of the Belgian Wit (a terrific banana nose to this), the Avalanche PA (seemed mostly like a lighter version of the IPA) and the Washoe Wheat beer (a "Wash-Out", totally ordinary and uninspired brew). For a small place, this brewery does quite well, has a reasonable selection and OK food. I would stop in again if passing through.

Sep 22, 2010
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nickd717 from California

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Not a bad place for the Tahoe area, which is mostly devoid of good beer besides FiftyFifty in Truckee. They had about 8 beers on tap, which was pretty solid for a place like this. All were their own brews - no guest taps. The quality of beer was pretty average, though easily better than neighboring Stateline. The porter was my favorite, and nothing was super-crappy. Food was solid but nothing special. The crowd is decent, although there was a substantial stoner/hippie contingent when I was there. Prices were about what I'd expect them to be. Next time I'm in the area, I'll probably stop by again, if only for lack of better options.

Mar 28, 2010
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kjfrey from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The Brewery at Lake Tahoe was good not great--three beers were not available including their Star Lake Stout. The beers we tried (Needle Peak Ale, Paramount Porter, and Bad Ass Ale were all good--a thumbs up to the brewer there. The Happy hour prices are only available in the very small bar area--if you go during the Happy Hour prepare to get chummy with everyone. The food was good also the wings are hot and you can get them hotter if you like--the chef likes a challenge in this category. Overall, this place is definitely worth a stop--just wish they had all their offerings available on tap.

Feb 01, 2010
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ToniBailey from Mississippi

2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Umm..., not impressed. That sums it up for me! We had intentions of going there for a late lunch, but after we ordered our sampler we decided just to drink them and leave. The food menu looked average, nothing spectacular. They only had a handful of beers and not one of them was pleasing to my palate. The bartender/waitress was doing the best she could with what she had, but she didn't blow our minds. So, if you are in the Truckee/Reno/Tahoe area, I suggest spending your time exploring other brewpubs.

Nov 12, 2008
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Butch from Mississippi

3.05/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

We stopped in here with high hopes and left a bit disappointed. Of the five brewpubs we visited this week, this one was the most mediocre. We were there for lunch and they had just one server/bartender so it was slow, but I work tending bar like that sometimes so no fault there. The beer was on the low side of mediocre. They were out of their porter and had no seasonals available. Of the six beers we tried the best was the Bad Ass Ale and I gave it a 3 out of 5. The Washoe Wheat was...well, it was bad.

Beautiful setting near Lake Tahoe, but you can't see the lake from the inside. Not really worth the stop.

Nov 10, 2008
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yemenmocha from Arizona

2.3/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

This is one of the worst brewpubs I've ever visited in my entire life. Location, location, location - this is the only reason this place stays in business, and perhaps the absence of any real competition in the area.

Beers - I ordered the sampler and all beers were notably below average. Look at the BA reviews for beers to confirm what I'm saying. Their porter was nothing like a porter. A couple beers have an off-soapy taste, and there's little difference between their pale and amber ales.

Atmosphere - overcrowded, small, and within feet from the busiest road in town. Either you're hearing nothing but road noise, or you're hearing the loud kitchen people, or your chair back is practically touching the the person behind you in the cramped seating area. Although the location is visible from the road and easy to find, you won't want to stay once you arrive.

Food - only redeeming feature of this place, and rather limited choices.. basically an assortment of fried apps, pizza apps, and regular pizzas for the main course.

Value - you're paying the resort town premium for mediocre food, and horrible beer.

Don't waste your time here. The best tap selection in town is at The Cantina (16 taps, 14 are quality) and the food is much better as well.

Jul 14, 2008
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tmitch75 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Happened upon this place on our way from Harrah's (business trip) to Emerald Bay for some sightseeing. Bar was small but cool, and it looked like they had a lot of other seating areas (that I never really saw).

Food was pretty standard pub fare, we had the fried sampler appetizer (cheese sticks, poppers, zucchini, and onion rings with two sauces) which was decent but not particularly memorable.

Beer was good, I had the Bad Ass Ale and the Indian IPA while my wife had the Pale Ale and the Wit. We were both quite satisfied, especially with the Bad Ass and the Wit.

This place seemed to me to get a good mix of locals and tourists, so it made for a friendly place. We met a couple from New Zealand and Scotland and had a really interesting conversation about travel and beer.

Staff was friendly and helpful, talkative but not in the way at all.

Overall this was a great place and I hope to get a chance to try it again. I would highly recommend it.

Visited on Thursday afternoon 4/17/08.

Apr 20, 2008
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willjschmidt from California

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This Brewery at Lake Tahoe is more of a pizza place than a brewery. I've had all of their beers over the years and I had three the other night: IPA, Needle Peak, and the Bad Ass Ale. All of their beers are just mediocre. The IPA was one of the worst IPA's that I've ever had; severely lacking in hops. The Bad Ass Ale is anything but Bad Ass. They are all decent, drinkable beers but they are also all unmemorable and there is nothing special about any of them. Drink them with the pizza but don't stop in just to have a pint.

Now the pizza is an entirely different story. It is just flat out excellent. Perfect amount of cheese, unlimited toppings (same price for 1 or 15 toppings) fresh and excellent ingredients. Highly recommended, especially after a long day of snowboarding. It can get a little crowded so be prepared for a wait.

Mar 26, 2007
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TheEclecticGent from Georgia

4/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

It is amazing how varied the reviews on this place are across the beer review websites. My experience at this location was flawless. The four of us sat at the bar near the serving tanks. Nice brewery-like décor. Restrooms were nearby, which I like. The pizzas that we had were spectacular, very fresh tasting. The staff we spoke to know their products. I also spoke to the assistant brewer, who gave a few incites to their brewing process. The beers were better than many brewpubs that I have been to, but not the best I have ever had. The big point is I liked all of them, not a bad beer in the bunch. My favorite is the bad ass ale and the wheat beer they offered. Wish I had found this place early on in the vacation. The Lake Tahoe area isn't a big beer destination and it's had to find craft brews. This place is your best bet unless you drive to Carson City and go to Red's.

Mar 13, 2007
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snpub540 from California

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Just stopped by after a day of boarding at Heavenly.

Start with the good. The food was great in my opinion and was perfect for just having hit the slopes. The pints were only $4 and the waiter was prompt in service. The stout was the only brew that I found to be tasty.

I started with the Bad Ass Ale. It was lacking something...oh yeah I remember HOPS! It tasted very watered down and had nothing special about it. Moved onto the IPA which had more hop bitterness but the taste was drowned out by the taste of yeast.

Seemed to be a popular place, but I don't know if I'll go back for the beer.

Feb 15, 2007
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wlhagan3 from Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The place is basically a pizza joint that brews its own beer. My brother and I had spent the day skiing at Heavenly and decided to walk down and check it out for dinner.

The restaurant and bar occupy two houses that are connected via a breezeway with the bar area on the right and the restaurant on the left. The place was busy as expected on a Saturday night but since it was just the two of us we got seated fairly quickly. Ahead of several larger parties. The restaurant area is your basic vinyl table cloth type pizzeria with the obligatory TV in one corner. Not a big place. Service was slow to start with but once we got in the travel pattern it got better.

Beer-wise, we sampled the IPA, BadAss Ale and Porter. Based on previous reviews, I think the brewing has improved. The IPA was decent and I thought the BadAss Ale was pretty good. The Porter had a pretty pronounced chocolate nose and flavor. A bit much I thought.

We munched on chips and salsa and a veggie pizza. Both not bad with the pizza being the better. The menu did offer other items like salads, pasta dishes and burgers.

Overall, the place is a winner in my book. Especially when it is stacked against the competition in the area. Of the restaurants we visited on this trip, this one was the best in my opinion.

Jan 18, 2006
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KoG from Nevada

2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Decided to stop by on a recent camping trip at Tahoe. From the outside the place seems friendly enough with an outdoor barbeque pit and some seating. The inside however didn't really do much for me. A bit cramped and in need of some sort of renovation. Just looked like another business that had bought a house and started using it after putting some stuff on the wall.

The menu is smaller than I had expected, but the pizza selection seemed pretty good even though I got a burger. I did get to try the pizza chips and a Jalapeno and Cheese pretzel and both were pretty good.

Service seemed a bit slow, but I did only see 2 wait staff. Our waitress was nice though so it wasn't a total wash, until I looked at my bank statement. I had been charged $7 more than I should have been and until they fix it or send me a re-imbursement their service will remain a 1.

The beers were pretty bland as far as I'm concerned. They were out of Bad Ass Ale and the Prince of Pales. Only the Needle Peak and Porter stood out from the others. Not sure if I will ever visit this place again with so many other restaurants in So. Tahoe.

Aug 26, 2005
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cerevisiaephilus from Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Very cool place and about the only place in South Lake Tahoe for craft beer. Dixons in Emerald Bay has a decent selection, but a tad far from the Stateline. Most places in SLT have Sierra Nevada and Fat Tire. But then it's macro macro macro. A couple places had Anchor Steam and maybe a Wit of some sort. But The Brewery is about the best beer you'll find in South Lake Tahoe in my opinion. A couple decent stores, but nothing special.

We got to the brewpub at about 9pm. Got a very large, high picnic table out front in a nice little garden area with a view of the outdoor BBQ setup.

The service was horrible. We got our own menus after about 20 minutes, then finally got some service after about 40 kidding. It wasn't that busy, but there appeared to be only 2 waitresses on duty. We finally flagged down the cute polish waitress. She was literally running around. We felt bad and gave her a big tip. Funny how that works huh?

I ordered the sampler which was a great deal. 7 five ounce samples for 7$. Their English style Pale Ale (I forget the name) was by far and away their best beer. Nice and crisp and fairly dry, it had a nice English hop zing in the finish and a delightful yeast flavor profile. I definately got some diacetyl, WHICH IS A GOOD THING HERE. Their stout was also quite nice. Fairly standard, but not a single flaw. There was something wrong with their IPA. Tasted plasticy to me. Maybe oxidized or autolysis is my guess. Which is a shame because judging from the reviews here it seems like it's usually pretty good. Their wheat beer wasn't very good. Not very wheaty. Their blonde was ok and their amber was a step above the blonde but nowhere near the pale ale. They had a big IPA on called Bad Ass Ale which was surely trying to be Arrogant Bastard but failing miserably. It was too sweet and not hoppy enough. It was good though, and nice to have a bigger beer in the flight, but it could use some work.

The actual bar area was pretty nice. They offer growler fills and usually 22oz bottles but were out of them when I was there. I was kind of pissed. The bartender said that when they are short on beer, kegs get filled first. The more I get involved in the brewery industry, the more I marvel at how poorly breweries manage their supply.

The food was ok. I got a BBQ chicken sandwich, nothing special, but the right price at $7. The menu was nothing inspiring but looked ok.

All in all, definately stop in for a brew.

Jun 18, 2005
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Inflames from California

2.05/5  rDev -38.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

I went on a Friday evening when the place wasn't half full, with five friends of mine. We ordered beers, water, food and salads. The beers showed up first I.P.A., wheat and porter were decent, but the bad ass ale was a joke. I brew better homebrew than this! Then the salads arrived two of them were unedible(the lettuce was brown and moldy) Half of the group didn't enjoy their food. The water never showed up, but we only asked twice for it. The waitress acted as if we didn't exist most of the time. I read the other reviews that were posted prior to visiting this establishment but I went anyway. I made a mistake.

May 30, 2005
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warmstorage from California

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: it's a pleasant place, with varied choices for seating, including a nice outside deck, and several different places inside. (Looks like various add-ons have occurred to the building over the years.) While the street is Tahoe's main drag and can be loud and busy, it's still a lovely place to sit on the patio, drink beer, and wonder if what you're breathing in is Lake Tahoe.

Beer quality: sadly, the beer was pretty mediocre. I'll review them separately on the "beers" listing, but overall, they were simple, not complex, tasted like extract brews. Notably, the Needle Peak Ale, apparently intended as a golden or light pale, was the most amazingly bandaid flavored beer I've EVER tasted. Even my partner in crime agreed it tasted like bandaids. It's more than a little frightening that the brewer would let this one out of the brewhouse to be served with the crazy phenolic quality.

The IPA was thin and extract like, with minimal hop character and extract-y malt character. The Bad Ass Ale, if it's intended to be a knock-off of Arrogant Bastard, is a terrible imitation. It's somewhat malty, and somewhat higher in alcohol than standard, but totally underwhelming, with minimal hop character.

The primary service was fine, a new trainee who was friendly and tried really hard, but knew very little about the beer. Unfortunately, her mentor server was vague, somewhat disinterested, and only moderately helpful, bringing this overall score down.

The selection was fine for a smaller brewpub, seven brewed in house, spanning a decent if not impressive range from light wheat to porter.

The food was primarily pizza, calzones, salads, and appetizers. They have tasty speciality pretzels with fun stuff put on them, including a jalapeno and cheese pretzel. We enjoyed the veggie calzone, though it wasn't enough to make up for the mediocre to horrible tasting beer.

Overall, it may be the best (or only) place in South Lake Tahoe that is brewing and serving their own beer on premises, since Dixon's was closed and not answering their phone at any hours. That said, I'll bring my own beer next time I go to Tahoe: The Brewery at Lake Tahoe is utterly forgettable and easy to pass on.

6/24/2005: UPDATE! I just got a really nice beermail from Dixon's owner, who clarified their hours: 11:30am-late during high season (summer, at least, from July on.) Sounds like a great place: I look forward to checking it out on my next trip.

May 26, 2005
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kosmoraios from Washington

3.65/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I lived right down the street from this place for 3 years. I wish I was back there... Anyway, a quaint place in a beautiful town. Service could be better, and the food is nothing to speak of, but they do have some very nice ales. I tried the Washoe Wheat, the Bad Ass, the Alpine Amber, and the IPA. Of these, the IPA and the alpine Amber were my favorite. For some reason, the ales were not served very cold - maybe 45 degrees or more. Still very good though. If you're in SLT, you've got to stop in and try some of them.

Apr 19, 2005
The Brewery At Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, CA
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