South Lake’s Happening Microbrew Scene

In recent years South Lake Tahoe has really caught up with the trend of amazing microbreweries in mountain towns. There’s even a “beer trail” now, thanks to the great options popping up. Many of these brews are now carried throughout the region. Beer connoisseurs will have a difficult time choosing between the award-winning breweries that call Lake Tahoe home.

Brewery at Lake Tahoe

Jaliscos is not only one of the best cheap Mexican restaurants in South Lake Tahoe, but probably also the most popular cheap food joint amongst locals. The authentic street food is fresh and delicious, with generous servings and an ample menu, at prices that would rival those of any national fast food chain. This must-visit hole-in-the-wall is located near Lakeview Commons, across from Campground By The Lake.

South Lake Brewing Company

One of South Tahoe’s newest breweries is quickly making a name for themselves; they now have a cannery or you can take some growlers back to the rental. Their beer is carried as far away as Santa Cruz and you can find their taps at many South Tahoe bars & restaurants. South Lake Brewing doesn’t serve food other than commercial snack foods, but you’re more than welcome to bring in your own meals. On weekends they often host a food truck. There’s always something going on like bingo, trivia, or live music to benefit local heroes. Fido is also more than welcome if he accompanied you to Tahoe.

Cold Water Brewery

Cold Water was voted South Tahoe’s Best Restaurant in the local paper, and we’d have to agree with the decision. This cozy restaurant is the place to be on a cold night, where you’ll be warmed by the wood floors and multiple fireplaces. They have a great selection of beer for every taste, all named after local ski & mountain biking hot spots. The food prices are going to be the most expensive on this list, but it’s well worth it. Favorites include the sweet potato fries, seared salmon, bacon mac n’ cheese, and of course the Cold Water Burger. Cold Water is open for lunch and dinner every day; wear your flannel on Fridays for beer specials.


This little hole-in-the-wall has an unassuming exterior, but like they say, looks are deceiving. In addition to your standards like amber, IPA, and porter, Sidellis also brews barrel-aged sours and saisons on-site. The dining room is cozy with large family-style bench seating at sturdy wooden tables. They serve up a number of great food classics also, like nachos, French onion soup, beer cheese pretzels, and a variety of sandwiches. Sidellis is moderately priced and they’re open for lunch and dinner.

Stateline Brewery

There are only two breweries located within walking distance of Heavenly Village; Stateline Brewery is located in the village and near the gondola. While Stateline Brewery has outdoor seating during the summer, in the winter you’ll be forced indoors to their basement dining room. Stateline Brewery still offers a wonderful atmosphere despite the concrete walls. The food menu includes pizzas, steaks, burgers, salads, and sandwiches, all at moderate prices. A wide selection of beer is brewed behind the sizable bar. Stateline Brewery opens at 11AM every day and closes between 10-11PM.

Outpost Brewing Company

The other brewery within walking distance of Heavenly Village is across the highway, on a hidden corner near Harvey’s Casino. Outpost Brewing is the hip bar attached to Basecamp Hotel. They carry a half dozen guest taps as well as an equal amount of their own handcrafted brews, rotating on a regular basis. Have a seat in their outdoor area in the large Adirondack chairs, cozied up to one of the fire pits, while enjoying some live music or playing a game of corn hole. They have a limited food menu also, including fresh salads and local sausages. Outpost is open every day.

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