|Breathtaking view of Lake Tahoe from Heavenly Resort
|Getting waxed up for next morning's ride w/ Acer Quercus!
|Yeti sighting at Kirkwood...
When you can't wait to get off the slopes
South Lake Tahoe
|Spring snow and a setting sun at The Brewery in South Lake Tahoe
After a day on the mountains near the south end of the lake my friend Mike and I stopped in The Brewery in South Lake Tahoe. We tramped in with our snowboard boots on, with legs of rubber and thirsty palates. Full of transplants like any ski town, we were greeted by Chris, an Aussie from Victoria (also on my near future beerventure list, as it's the recent hotbed of craft brewing in Australia). He was keen to hear about my trip to NZ and my plans to return to Oz as well. But before we let the small talk distract us too much from our thirst we ordered a tasting flight and got down to sampling the beers. The Brewery has been around since 1992 and pretty much feels like you would imagine an old ski town brewpub to feel.
|My favorite accent is the snowboard chalk board w/ the beer list
Whiteout Wit - 5% Lager yeast wit beer... in place of their popular Washoe Wheat, Stateline and Anchorage breweries also have a Wit beer by this name so not sure if it was a test batch, clone or what. Regardless I loved it, dry finish and just a bit of citrus
Needle Peak Pale Ale - 6.5% Nice Pale, Great hoppy nose but more malt comes through on the taste
Indian Pale Ale - 7%, traditional IPA, nicely balanced, just a bit hoppier than Needle Peak
Bad Ass Ale - 9.2% Dark and balanced, its their signature beer which they use to make their Bad Ass Ale Pizza Dough, the high ABV doesn't hurt either
Alpine Amber - 6%, Nice malty amber, right down the middle, Mikes go to beer here (he just ordered a full pint straight off, while I tasted)
Paramount Porter - 6%, On the lighter side for porters, they make two batches, one for Summer and one for winter. I experienced the Summer batch and missed the roastier Winter batch that would have been more to my preference... I'll have to just go back someday!
Star Lake Stout - 7%, Quite boozy, semi smooth stout
Pumpkin Ale - 6%, just a hint of pumpkin and spice... nice desert beer!
Also on the Southside of the lake on the California-Nevada border is the aptly named Stateline Brewery. Its prime location at the base of Heavenly Resort's Gondola makes it ideal for an Apres brewski. Unfortunately I'll have to check it out on my next trip as we ran out of time to make it there this time.
North Lake Tahoe
|Fifty Fifty Tasting Flight
|Nice copper clad brewhouse at Fifty Fifty
Base Camp Golden - 4.2%, 18 IBUs Nice refresher, touch of citrus from hops
Manifesto Pale Ale 5.4%, 32 IBUs standard pale ale,
Rockslide IPA - 6.7%, 70 IBU, West Coast IPA
Donner Party Porter - 6.7%, 30 IBUs, easy drinking porter, a touch sweet
Trifecta - 10.5%, 20 IBUs Belgian Triple, barrel aged and slightly sour, very nice
Totality Imperial Stout - 9.5%, 75 IBUs Great roasty stout, its the base beer for the Eclipse Barrel Aged beers
Farmhouse - 5.8%, 28 IBUs, Saison style w/ no spices added, great Spring session beer
2011 Eclipse - 300 gallons, once a year... one of seven barrel aged Imperial Stouts, not sure which one though!
Foggy Goggle Wit - 5.3%, 19 IBU, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Rosehip, Coriander and Rosemary
Consecrated Evil - 10% Dark Belgian, dark fruity sipper, gets better as it warms
Hot Dog! ...last stop in Tahoe
That was Lake Tahoe... funny as it was close to the end of my ski season in the US. It feels strangely familiar as I sit here in Christchurch, New Zealand watching the Olympics on TV and the incoming winter storm that should set us up for some good skiing and riding later this week. Good timing ...being behind on the blog has some perks I guess. Back to the mountains again... where to for Apres in NZ?! I love doing research!