Beer and pizza go hand in hand, and it’s a combination that is off to a rip-roaring start at South Tahoe’s Lake Tahoe AleWorX! We’ve been driving up to Tahoe for decades, passing the Y to get ourselves to Stateline, only to stop for the occasional outlet mall visit or grabbing drive-thru on the way down the hill. Now we have a wonderful excuse to stop by this changing area for a dinner and drinks. You’ll find Lake Tahoe AleWorX tucked back into the corner of the shopping center, boasting a perfect spot for a night out with friends and loved ones. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating in the shadow of mountain high pines complete with firepits, rocking chairs, fabulous music, and a great social energy.
Mountain bike paths behind the restaurant can make an afternoon ride all the better when you finish off with a cold one!
We cozied up inside to meet with the manager Audi and sat right by the open kitchen. Peering through the glass we could see the chefs create each delicious salad, pizza, and dessert with the freshest of ingredients.The pizza oven was beautiful, covered in thousands of shiny pennies and cooking each item to perfection.Have you ever tasted a wood fired cookie or had a banana nutella calzone? If not, this is the place you need to try it!Overwhelmed by the aromas of pizza baking made us quite thirsty. We were each given a glass and a coded bracelet and Audi took us over to the taps and gave us a quick lesson on self-serving our own craft beer. The bracelet is encrypted with your name (after you hand over your driver’s license) and the amount of beer you pour from each tap. A quick tip, place the bracelet on your glass so the process is easier and quicker to manage. Stroll the choices of beer, some wine, and kombucha, and learn about them with a tap of the screen above.
Several of our beers are Lake Tahoe AleWorX products, we plan to support all of the existing breweries around the Lake by offering to serve their beer on our taps.
Percentage of ABV and IBU (bitterness units) give you an idea what the beer will taste like and I found I liked mine less hoppy (lower IBU numbers). When you’re ready for a taste, tap the bracelet to the screen, wait for the green light and pour.
When you’re finished you get a reading on the screen of how much you’ve poured, beer is sold by the ounce. Enjoy a full glass or two of your favorite or go in and make it a fun night of beer tasting!
After some socializing and loving the music selection (Hey Baby Que Paso? by the Texas Tornadoes YES!), we sat down for our meal. We started off with the house salad and the Barbabietola (beet), and if you’re getting a pizza and possibly dessert, get the half order. It’s still huge and you may take some home, but I loved the fresh and bright orange flavors with the mixed greens and earthy beets. So many great pies to choose from, plus you can build your own, but we decided on the Avventura. Jalepenos, sausage, pine nuts, and roasted garlic made this one exactly resemble it’s name. Before we knew it, we’d been there for two full hours! We were happily sated and were already thinking about the next visit where we’d sit outside in the fresh mountain air. When we took a look at our beer print out from our bracelets, we were pleasantly shocked by the reasonable pricing!
Wherever we stay in South Lake Tahoe, we’re going to make Lake Tahoe AleWorX a must-stop on our itinerary. The vibe can’t be beat and I look forward to trying new beers and more delicious pizzas in our future! For more information, visit http://www.laketahoealeworx.com/.
Our visit was hosted in exchange for review, opinions and gratuity are 100% our own.