Lake Tahoe has quite the hop-pening beer scene these days. The craft breweries around the lake are putting creative twists on classic beers, and as a result, have turned the region into a destination for ale lovers.
As the seasons change, so do the beers on tap. This fall, Tahoe Magazine asked a handful of breweries to dish on their newest beers on tap. The result? A diverse group of beers flavored with everything from black pepper to cranberries. Cheers!
Young Punks E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) | South Lake Brewing Co.
“Young Punks is our ode to the British classic ESB. Admiral Maltings pale and crystal malts lend this beer a base of rustic bread spread with honey and English sweets. Hopped exclusively with East Kent Golding hops adds notes of marmalade, floral, and earthy herbs to this crusher of an ale.”
— Owner and Brewer Chris Smith; also brewed by Ethan Lennox and Nolan Van Herk.
West Coast Haze IPA | FiftyFifty Brewing Company
“Our West Coast Haze is brewed with an abundance of oats and wheat to create a soft pallet; we then hop the crap out of it in the whirlpool and fermenter. This creates a burst of hoppy tropical fruit character without the bitterness of a traditional IPA.”
— Brian McGillivray, Brew Master
Mosh Call Mosaic IPA | Outpost Brewing Co.
“Currently, my favorite beer on draft at Outpost is our Mosh Call Mosaic IPA. It’s a single hop West Coast-style IPA with intense hop flavor and mellow bitterness.”
— Phil Mabe, Brewer
Black Pepper Porter | Cold Water Brewery and Grill
“Back for the Fall/Winter season! An English Dry Porter, our brew is dry and mild, with the essence of black pepper and mild hops. Clean and refreshing, with a spicy finish, pair it with a CW Burger, our 14 oz. Pork Chop or Blackberry Glazed Short Rib!”
— Ryan Parker, Head Brewer
Mr. Tartacular’s Awkward Family Dinner | Alibi Ale Works
“Mr. Tartacular’s Awkward Family Dinner is our latest release in the Mr. Tartacular series of sours. It’s a sour ale that gets its acidity from lactobacillus bacteria, followed by a secondary fermentation with loads of tangerines, cherries and cranberries, giving it a bright, citrusy/jammy nose with a dry, tart finish. We’re especially stoked about the original can art by our talented designer Daryll Peirce, depicting an especially awkward family dinner. Enjoy this holiday-inspired libation, whether your family is awkward or not!”
— Kevin Drake, Conductor of the Alibi Beer Orchestra