The Sierra Nevada region is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, outdoor adventures, and an ever-growing craft beer scene. Nestled amidst the towering pines and pristine lakes, you’ll find a collection of hidden gems known as brewery hideaways. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey to explore seven remarkable breweries that offer not just exceptional craft brews but also an opportunity to escape into the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada. Among these treasures,we will highlight Three Locals Choice standouts: The Brewing Lair in Portola, FiftyFifty Brewing Company in Truckee, and June Lake Brewing in June Lake.

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Brewing Lair – Locals Choice for Best Brewery Experience in the Sierra

The Brewing Lair, Portola, CA

Nestled in the serene Sierra Nevada foothills, The Brewing Lair is more than just a brewery; it’s an experience. Surrounded by dense forests, this charming brewery invites you to unwind by their beautiful pond, lounge in hammocks, and enjoy craft brews. Their unique brews incorporate locally sourced ingredients, creating a flavor profile that’s distinctly Sierra Nevada. Be sure to try their flagship “Lair of the Bear” Brown Ale, a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Beer and Burger FiftyFifty Brewery
Beer and Burger FiftyFifty Brewery

FiftyFifty Brewing Company, Truckee, CA

For those seeking a more upscale brewery experience, FiftyFifty Brewing Company in Truckee is the perfect choice. This award-winning brewery is renowned for its exceptional barrel-aged beers and inventive seasonal releases. Step into their sleek and modern tasting room, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Their “Eclipse” series of barrel-aged imperial stouts is a must-try, showcasing the brewery’s commitment to excellence.

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June Lake Brewery a Sierra Nevada Classic

June Lake Brewing, June Lake, CA

Nestled near the picturesque June Lake, June Lake Brewing is a hidden gem that embodies the spirit of its surroundings. The brewery’s rustic charm and friendly atmosphere make it a welcoming destination for all. Whether you’re sipping a crisp pilsner or indulging in one of their innovative experimental brews, you’ll feel right at home here. Don’t miss the “Rush Creek IPA,” a local favorite that perfectly complements the mountain scenery.

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Mountain Rambler Brews

Mountain Rambler Brewery, Bishop, CA

Head east to Bishop, where you’ll find the Mountain Rambler Brewery. Tucked beneath the shadow of the Eastern Sierra, this brewery offers an array of delicious brews. Their focus on using locally sourced ingredients ensures each beer is a true reflection of the region. They have several award winning brews including the “Seven Gables” Scottish Ale. The “Trail Days” Blonde Ale is a testament to their commitment to craft, making it a favorite among hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Southlake Tahoe Oktoberfest selections
Southlake Tahoe Oktoberfest selections

South Lake Brewing Company, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, this brewery captures the spirit of the region with its adventurous beer selection. Sit on the spacious outdoor patio, sip a “Fog Noozle” Hazy IPA , and enjoy views of the stunning Lake Tahoe. South Lake Brewing Company’s commitment to sustainability and community involvement adds depth to the overall experience. 3 different spaces on-site to enjoy your beer: a large beer garden, front patio, and indoor tasting room. The outdoor spaces feature picnic tables and chairlift seating making them the perfect spot for your après-ski session.

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Shoetree Sampler

Shoe Tree Brewing Company, Carson City and Minden NV

Carson City, just a stone’s throw from the Sierra Nevada, is home to the delightful Shoe Tree Brewing Company. This brewery combines the region’s natural beauty with a fantastic craft beer selection. The rustic and welcoming atmosphere, reminiscent of a mountain cabin, invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy their brews. Whether you’re savoring their “Sierra Sunset” IPA or one of their unique seasonal offerings, Shoe Tree Brewing Company is a must-visit for those exploring the craft beer scene in the Sierra Nevada region. The brewery’s commitment to sustainability and community engagement aligns perfectly with the spirit of the area. Now with locations in Minden Nevada as well.

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Southgate Brewing Locals Choice for beeer and Burger

South Gate Brewing Company, Oakhurst, CA

Located in the charming gateway town of Oakhurst, South Gate Brewing Company is a hidden gem in the Sierra Nevada foothills. This brewery captures the essence of the region with its innovative craft beers and inviting ambiance. The spacious outdoor patio offers the perfect spot to unwind while savoring a pint of their “Half Dome California Wheat” or one of their rotating seasonal brews. South Gate Brewing Company’s commitment to crafting exceptional beers and fostering a sense of community makes it a delightful addition to your Sierra Nevada brewery tour. Plus, it’s conveniently located for those exploring the nearby Yosemite National Park and the wonders of the Sierra Nevada.

The Sierra Nevada region is more than just a haven for outdoor enthusiasts; it’s a paradise for craft beer lovers as well. These seven brewery hideaways offer not only fantastic craft brews but also a chance to immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of the Sierra Nevada. Whether you’re sipping a cold one by a tranquil pond, enjoying a stunning mountain view, or experiencing the warmth of a small mountain town, each brewery on this list provides a unique escape from the ordinary. So, pack your bags, hit the trail, and discover the Sierra Nevada, one pint at a time.



Publisher of Sierra Rec Magazine. An avid hiker and explorer of mountain lifestyle and adventure. I love to discover new trails, hike along rivers and hang a hammock along the shores of a mountain lake. I often great people on the trail and have found some of my favorite places from the advice of people I meet in the Wilderness. I love the sierra and just like sharing what I know.

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