There’s no better way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and beautiful weather of El Dorado County than with a pint of craft beer in hand.

California has the highest number of breweries in the country, and El Dorado County is packed with quite a few of them. Take a trip down Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe and you will be greeted by craft breweries that dot the area. The region boasts of some of the best craft breweries, and if you truly want an authentic El Dorado County experience, embarking on a craft beer trail is a must. With so many places to grab a cold one, it can be overwhelming to choose where to go. Luckily, we have you covered with five breweries that are great places to start.

South Lake Tahoe Brewing Co - Craft Brewery - budget-friendly hotels and motels in Placerville

  1. South Lake Brewing Co.

Need a cool place to chill with family or friends and your dog? South Lake Brewing Company is just where you need to be! Located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, this pet-friendly brewery offers a range of craft beers that are a reflection of the owners’ love for beer and Tahoe. Begin your tasting with a flight, which is a selection of five beers, served on a ski! The best part about this place is that you can bring in food to munch along with the drinks.  

Hanger Taproom - budget-friendly hotels and motels in Placerville - El Dorado County

The Hangar Taproom offers a delicious assortment of beers from throughout Northern California.

  1. The Hangar

Located right off Lake Tahoe Blvd, The Hangar is a taproom and bottle shop that offers a unique selection of crafted beers from all over Northern California. They have 30 rotating taps and a diverse can and bottle selection, which means there is something for everyone. Plus, their knowledgeable team will be more than happy to help you pick the right brew. The Hanger’s gorgeous outdoor seating area flanked by giant pine trees and a comfortable ambiance makes it a must-visit for all beer lovers.

Sidellis Brewery in South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County

Sidellis Brewery specializes in barrel-aged beers and sour ales.

  1. Sidellis

Even though Sidellis opened only in 2016, it has quickly become one of the most popular breweries in the region. With its wooden cabin-turned-tavern vibe, complete with the warm glow from the Edison lights and a beautiful mural of the Sierra, Sidellis offers a cozy atmosphere for you to enjoy an extensive selection of craft beers. They offer five dedicated and seven barrel-aged taps along with a delicious food menu.  

Lake Tahoe Aleworx - South Lake Tahoe craft brewery - El Dorado County

Lake Tahoe AleWorx has 25 rotating taps of 500 brews.

  1. Lake Tahoe AleWorx

Walk into this taproom and you will immediately be enamored by the welcoming atmosphere created by its wood and stone interiors illuminated by natural light. The brewery follows a self-serve model, which means you can open a tab and choose from the 25 rotating taps of 500 flavorful brews. Pair your beverage with one of their wood-fired pizzas and kick back on their patio with firepits and live music.  

Cold Water Brewery South Lake Tahoe beer selection
  1. Cold Water Brewery & Grill

Cold Water Brewery & Grill is the only all-grain brewery in Lake Tahoe. Though it feels more like a restaurant than a brewpub, it’s a great place to try some craft beers and a variety of signature California comfort food like burgers, tacos, and salads. They have a tasting room where you can taste brews from 14 taps, which include a unique selection of guest tap handles.  

If beer is not your thing, there is nothing to worry about, as there are plenty of other exciting and fun things you can do in El Dorado County. Check out our stories to learn more. And for your accommodation needs, you can choose from the many budget-friendly hotels and motels in Placerville and surrounding areas.