14 Breweries of Lake Tahoe

By Shanie Matthews | Sunday, March 10, 2024

Amidst the breathtaking beauty of Lake Tahoe lies a treasure trove for beer enthusiasts. From cozy taprooms to lively brewpubs, Lake Tahoe boasts a vibrant brewing scene that perfectly complements the stunning natural landscape. Let's embark on a journey to discover 14 breweries that call this region home.

Photo: Cold Water Brewery is a place where smiles shine and the beer is fine. Picture courtesy of Cold Water Brewery.

South Lake Brewing Company

South Lake Tahoe

Founded by Chris and Nicole Smith, South Lake Brewing Company embodies the spirit of Lake Tahoe – community, good times and exceptional beer. With 16+ offerings like the Barrett Brown and Marlette Blond, their finely crafted brews reflect a passion for quality and flavor. They brew all of their beer on-site at their original location, where there is a beer garden, patio, indoor tasting room and outdoor seating. Dogs are welcome. Join them for weekly events like Boga (yoga and beer) and engaging trivia nights. There is not a kitchen at the brewery, but food trucks are often on site and customers can bring their own food. Their second location, Libation Lodge, is a taproom serving South Lake Brewing Company beers and elevated pub food. It's in Tahoe Village Center across from Heavenly Village.

Heading to the beach? Sidellis Crowlers are the perfect addition to your day on the lake. Photo courtesy of Sidellis

Sidellis Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe

Sidellis Lake Tahoe is more than a brewery. It's a culinary adventure intertwined with craft beer excellence. From their Bitter Creek Pale Ale to Hanzo Hefeweizen, each brew tells a story. Indulge in house-made beer cheese and wood-fired pizzas while soaking in the inviting ambiance.

South of North Brewing Co.

South Lake Tahoe

At South of North Brewing Co., enjoy a cozy atmosphere paired with a tantalizing selection of handcrafted brews. With rotating offerings spanning various styles and flavors, this brewery promises a delightful experience. Don't miss their homemade kombucha and lively outdoor patio with fire pits and live music.

Cold Water Brewery & Grill 

South Lake Tahoe

Cold Water Brewery stands out with a focus on top-quality food and an extensive beer menu. From their 14 beers brewed on-site to California comfort dishes like fish and chips and ribeye steak, every visit is a culinary delight. Enjoy the warm atmosphere indoors or dine al fresco on the patio.

Row dancing with friends is the perfect pairing for a pint at Cold Water Brewery. Photo courtesy of Cold Water

Lake Tahoe AleWorX

Stateline and South Lake Tahoe

With locations in Stateline, NV, and South Lake Tahoe, CA, Lake Tahoe AleWorX offers a rotating selection of craft beers and wood-fired pizzas. Embrace the self-service craft beer concept as you explore their diverse tap offerings. Pair your pint with a slice of Neapolitan pizza and soak in the lively ambiance.

Stateline Brewery

South Lake Tahoe

Taste IPAs, pale ales, wits and more at Stateline Brewery & Restaurant. Pair your pint with a delicious dinner entree such as St. Louis-style pork ribs or filet mignon for a memorable dining experience. Don't miss the opportunity to try unique brews while enjoying the warm atmosphere.

Tahoe Brew House

South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Brew House, formerly Mountain Brews, is South Lake Tahoe's popular nano brewery and taproom. Enjoy a rotating selection of premium craft beers in a cozy cabin or aspen garden setting. Open Thursday to Monday, Tahoe Brew House welcomes dogs and offers a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Tahoe Brew House is a home that welcomes all people and their four-legged friends. Photo courtesy of Tahoe Brew House

FOLK Brewing Company


FOLK Kombucha is what they call "The Original Lake Tahoe Kombucha," brewed with pure Lake Tahoe water and organic ingredients. Discover a sparkling, naturally fermented probiotic beverage with a harmonic convergence of flavor and nutrition. 

Three Sheets Brewing Tahoe

Tahoe City

Nestled by the shores of Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City, Three Sheets Brewing offers a diverse range of beers catering to all beer enthusiasts. Experience live music indoors during winter and free outdoor shows in summer. This establishment partners with Moe's Original BBQ for the perfect barbecue and beer pairing.

Tahoe National Brewing Company

Tahoe City

Tahoe National Brewing Company embodies the essence of simplicity and community. Their goal is to offer a welcoming space where both friends and strangers can gather over delectable food and drinks. In their kitchen, they passionately craft dishes from scratch, continuously experimenting and embracing seasonal variations. At the bar, patrons can enjoy a range of freshly brewed beers, guaranteeing quality and flavor in every sip.

Alibi Ale Works

Incline Village, Truckee

Alibi Ale Works brews beer with Lake Tahoe water on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Each of their three pubs offers 16+ beers on draft plus food. The Brewery & Barrel House in Incline Village is a comfortable space for gathering and relaxing with live music, game nights and more. Explore their curated draft and bottle list, including Barrel House-exclusive beers. Enjoy beer by the glass, build your own flights and grab crowlers or growlers to go. They also serve wine, cider and house-brewed kombucha. Incline Public House and Truckee Public House also offer tasty food, events, music and even line-dancing lessons.

Bear Belly Brewing Company

Kings Beach

Experience the nanobrewery scene at Bear Belly Brewing Company, where small-batch beers are always fresh and rotating. Their inviting taproom and outdoor beer garden welcome kids and dogs. Pair your pint with local food truck offerings for a truly memorable experience.

FiftyFifty Brewing Co.


Step into the world of Tahoe's award-winning brewery, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., where innovation meets exceptional taste. Renowned for their inventive brews, the talented team at FiftyFifty brews a full spectrum of beers to satisfy every palate. From crisp pilsners to hazy IPAs and decadent stouts and porters, their lengthy tap list promises something for everyone, with seasonal rotations ensuring fresh experiences year-round. One of their crowning achievements is the legendary Eclipse, an imperial stout aged for six months in oak bourbon barrels. Named one of the Top Beers In The World by Beer Advocate, Eclipse is a testament to FiftyFifty's dedication to craft and quality.

The Good Wolf Brewing Co.


At Good Wolf Brewing Company, passion is the secret ingredient in every brew. Founded on a deep love for the Tahoe forest and the art of brewing, this brewery exudes warmth and hospitality. Step into their welcoming taproom and immerse yourself in an ever-expanding selection of flavorful beers. From their Berliner Weisse, infused with tart sour cherries and finished with a touch of house-made vanilla syrup, to their cream ale reminiscent of Czech Republic's finest, each brew tells a story of craftsmanship and dedication. 

About the Author Shanie Matthews
A longtime Lake Tahoe local, Shanie is a freelance writer, Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and positivity warrior. A true lover of the the gorgeous Tahoe region, she connects with the serenity of the mountains via skiing, biking and backpacking. She also believes in the gift of yoga and its way of allowing one to become his or her true best self, a passion she shares with the world with her online yoga studio.
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