Tahoe Brew Tours
Who loves drinking, eating and talking about beer? I would hope that you shouted “ME!” out loud! Some friends and I had the opportunity to spend a Sunday doing those activities with Tahoe Brew Tours. Not only did we have the time of our lives, but we were able to learn all about the beer making process while supporting local breweries.
Tahoe Brew Tours is run by two great guys, Gus and Ben, who have a passion for beer and beer making process. It is clear that they have set up these tours so that their guests can get the full experience and learn while having a blast. There are a few different tour options to choose from and they all visit different breweries in both North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe.
Afternoon North Shore Tour: This tour will take you through Truckee, Crystal Bay and Incline Village. The breweries you will visit are Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, Mellow Fellow in Crystal Bay and Alibi Ale Works in Incline Village. The time for the tour is either 1pm- 5:30pm or 1:30pm- 6pm.
**Update: Mellow Fellow has recently been replaced by Tahoe Mountain Brewery located in Tahoe City.
Standard Brew Tour: This is the tour that our group went on. This tour includes breweries in both North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe. The tour begins at Coldwater Brewery in South Lake Tahoe followed by Sidellis Brewery in South Lake Tahoe and finally Alibi Ale Works in Incline Village. The times for this tour are 10am- 4:15pm or 11am- 5pm.
The tour bus will pick you up in North Lake Tahoe and drive around the lake to the first stop of the tour. After arriving at Coldwater Brewery, you will get to chose one appetizer to snack on while the owner of the brewery goes into detail about the beers and how they are brewed.
The appetizers may vary but they are all delicious, we were able to choose from pretzels with beer fondue, shishito peppers with remoulade or fried artichoke hearts with green onion aoili.
The tour is accommodating to those who cannot drink beer and will provide alternative options. At Coldwater, you have the choice of apple cider, pear cider or if you are there on a Sunday – a build your own bloody mary!
The brewery for this restaurant is located in the kitchen and not able to be shown as they are extremely busy, but the owner comes to the table to go over the process of beer making, including where they get the local natural ingredients. I took a look at the Brunch, Dinner and Lunch menu while listening to her and I cannot wait to get back there to try some of their other food! My favorite beer was the Tahoe Dirty Blonde so be sure to try it if they have it on tap!
After Coldwater Brewery, the tour bus driver will take you to Sidellis Brewery where you will get to go into the brewing area and learn in depth about the beer making process.
The brewers at Sidellis are passionate about beer making and are happy to answer any questions during the tour. This brewery makes all sorts of beer from IPAs to Red Ales, but they specialize in sours. Definitely try the Spicy Mango White Ale if it is on tap during your visit.
At this location, you will have the change to order food (I suggest you do because the last brewery does not serve food). We tried the nachos, deviled eggs, beer brat and pretzels and all of it was so tasty! I have heard from others that the Portobello French Dip is to die for, so I will definitely be back to check that out.
The last stop on the tour will be Alibi Ale Works which has always been one of my favorite places to enjoy a beer in Lake Tahoe. Alibi has the largest brewing operation of the 3 breweries and you get to tour though the entire brewery. Grab some cards against humanity, and enjoy the last stop of the tour with a few samples. Be sure to try the Coconut IPA and the Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte beer.
Tahoe Brew Tours is a great experience for those who want to see the different breweries in Lake Tahoe without having to choose a Designated Driver from their group.Whether you want to learn about the beer making process or just want to drink beer with friends, I would definitely check out Tahoe Brew Tours!