The Brewery at Lake Tahoe
Every mountain town should have a microbrewery (or several) to call its’ own. For South Lake Tahoe, there’s a couple, but only one best—The Brewery at Lake Tahoe. Outstanding beer, delicious food, and a central location at 3542 Hwy 50 all collaborate to distinguish The Brewery as somewhere that should be part of any beer lover's itinerary when on the South Shore--whether local or not.
The first thing you notice about The Brewery is that it looks like a big old house--because it is. Started in 1992, The Brewery at Lake Tahoe has slowly grown into itself. Originally, the kitchen was a ski-shop and the dining area was a swimwear retailer. Over the years, these things changed—but not much else. The Brewery has been proudly pouring its’ micros since ‘92, offering seasonal variety that complement the climate and the overall palette of Tahoe’s thirsty. The brains behind the operation--Master Brewer Steve Canali--has been at the taps since the beginning, and he and his bartender's pride themselves on the beer they produce and the experience they create for their loyal customers.
My buddy Cale has been pouring pints at The Brewery for over six years, and he still gets excited over his favorites, as well as the changing seasonal. He and I both favor the Paramount Porter; covering dark-milky-coffee-chocolate tones, this beer is everything that a great porter should be. Best of all, it and all the other beers are brewed right in the room where you drink. The importing process is a ten-foot dolly ride, and the export only happens when you leave the taproom. A satisfying experience! To be fair, the food is great too. I prefer the Thai-chicken pizza, but Cale insists that the wings are to-die-for and that the French Dip is probably the best sandwich produced in the Tahoe Basin.
Next time your in the mood for a hearty ale — an amazing amber, or a filling dark beer — do yourself a solid and check out The Brewery at Lake Tahoe. Remember to ask Cale or any other server what the seasonal is, or just order the sample platter so as to enjoy all of the finest ferments of Tahoe…