General Beer Discussion by SLOWRUNNER77
I had talked this place up a little after my first visit a few weeks ago. Great location across the street from Commons Beach. Nice looking place, pretty good service. Good food, if a bit overpriced. And a pet peave of mine (an accurate tap list - if you're going to have that sort of thing on your site) was handled well. They opened with 6 beers on the list. They had 5 of those when we went in and the 6th was clearly marked as out, so you didn't have to order one to be told the keg blew. They were all solid, if not spectacular brews, and there were promises of cooler styles. 2nd visit...7 beers listed on the site, though 2 are pale ales, 2 are IPAs. Not too adventurous, but ok. However, they had 3 empty taps, 4 total beers, and only 3 of the 7 listed. Two of the three I'd had prior were nowhere near as good as the last time I'd had them, and I was not the only one to notice. They're new, so I'll cut em some slack, but visit #2 was a bit of a let-down after showign some promise. 4 mediocre brews and empty taps ain't going to earn too much new business. Here's to hoping they get things going consistently and succeed. Perfect spot for an after run/swim/bike brew...
8 years ago
Hope for your sake they continue to improve. As a homebrewer I can attest to how critical future planning is in order to have a constant supply of fresh brew ready for drinking. I can only imagine the difficulty a brewpub has when having to factor in visitation volumes and which beers go quick. Along with keeping the pipeline going while trying to keep 7 beers on tap with reserves. I need to see at least 6 weeks down the road for a typical homebrew to be matured and naturally carbonated, but 2 months is more ideal. Commercial systems and forced kegging will obviously knock the time frame down, but there is still lots of thought and critical planning required.
Yeah... They've improved. Vast array of new beers and styles, and most importantly, of good quality. We went to the actual brewery in Truckee and was impressed with 14 quality taps, and a half dozen bottles for on-site (still waiting on CA label approval to be able to sell). One of the knocks on the TC restaurant is snooty service (correcting your mispronunciations loudly and repeatedly, etc) but we experienced none of that the other day. Great to have a high altitude location to hit up after mountain runs...
Chris, have you ever used www.beermenus.com? Most of the good local beer places around here update their tap lists regularly on this site and you can even get email updates through customization. If the bars around you use this site then you may be better able to get accurate beer line ups. Worth a try. The only catch is that the bars have to update their lists so you are at their mercy for updates. [:)]
They definitely have it dialed in now. I geatly prefer the taproom/brewery in Truckee to the restaurant in Tahoe City, though the hours are more limited. Best beers in between CO and the Bay area for a while now. Prices on their 500's are a little out of control, but the beer and the taproom kick ass.