3542 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8900
Parking: Lot available onsite
Monday-Thursday, 4-6pm; $3 Brewery pints, $4 House wines and margaritas, $4 Jack Daniels & Captain Morgan’s drinks, $5 Pint and a Shot (Jameson, Jose, or Kamikaze), $6 Skky Flavored Vodka & Red Bull; select appetizers from $3-6
Just when I was beginning to think there were only sports bars in Lake Tahoe (besides Apres), Amanda & I happened upon… another sports bar! I think I liked this one most of all though. The Brewery sits upon the main stretch through South Lake Tahoe and so there are plenty of visiting tourists to strike up a conversation with during Happy Hour, which is served at the bar-only. I also liked that they played Oprah on one of the large flat-screen tv’s (until it was time for another sports game) and enjoyed the bartender’s iPod playlist, which was a nice mix of mid-90’s rap that I hadn’t heard since, well, the mid-90’s or when riding in JG’s car!
As you guessed, the Brewery is known for its beer selection,
which is priced at only $3/pint during Happy Hour (and also available for purchase in the Brewery’s take-home growlers (y’know, the glass beer jugs with lids). As none of the brews were cider or had any fruit in them :), Amanda & I ordered the $4 House Margaritas, which were refreshing after a day’s drive around Lake Tahoe. We also went for the $4.99 Pesto & Garlic pizza chips (which are listed at $3.99 on the Brewery’s website), a thin-crust pizza, cut inventively so it’s more like chips, served with ranch dressing. Even though we had eaten a nice lunch at Rosie’s Cafe in Tahoe City just a few hours before, we most definitely enjoyed the entire order of pizza chips.
After my margarita, I was enticed by the description of the Bad-Ass ® * Lemonade, a delightfully sinful concoction made with vodka, gin, tequila, triple sec, sweet & sour, lemonade, and a splash of Razzmatazz. This was not on Happy Hour and was $8.50, hands down, totally worth it. After these 2 drinks, I was feeling no pain. And it also didn’t faze me when mid-90’s bartender and our new boat cruise bartender friend began testing their theories about the relationship of an alcohol’s proof and its ability to catch on fire – on the metal bar surface.
Boys will be boys, I guess! And what better place to be a boy (or meet one) than a big old brewery with a nice Happy Hour that should run longer than Monday-Thursday!
Rating: 3.5 Martinis (would have been more if they could run at least part of the weekend)
*Seriously, a registered trademark of the Brewery