Placerville Brewing Company Review: House of Craft Ales
The atmosphere is very casual, occasionally noisy somehow. The décor is reminiscent. The clientele reflects the local environment. Placerville is a rural/small town area for the working class. Placerville Brewing Company is a living testimony that craft beer is not the privilege of urban folks.
Located right in between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, Placerville Brewing Company (155 Placerville Drive, Placerville) is a local microbrewery/pub/restaurant established in 2005, where co-owner and brewmaster Steve Meylor has been quietly testing and releasing his craft ales using water from the high Sierra Nevada mountains. The pub offers a variety of ale ranging from light golden ale to dark and creamy stout ale. Its Strong Blonde (8.0% ABV), claimed to be the patrons’ most favorite, is an American style ale brewed with 3 kinds of hops for flavor and aroma. The Whisky Barrel Aged Ales (6.4 – 9.0% ABV) are an example of seasonal brewage available only in late fall. In addition to the ales, the pub also offers mixed beer and flavored beer. For example, the popular Dirty Blonde is a mixture of Strong Blonde and Stout (6.8% ABV), for example, while Tangerine Ale (5.5% ABV) and Boysenberry Ale (6.4% ABV) are two flavored varieties.
The pub/restaurant offers beer regularly on tap as well as seasonal ones. Pay attention to the small blackboard behind the bar for off-menu specials. One example, Ale Dorado, is a mixture of three ales: Strong Blonde, Copper Ale (6.8% ABV), and Belltower Brown Ale (5.8% ABV). The result is a dark and rich beverage. Besides beer, the patrons can also order food from a fairly long menu. Its fish and chips may not be the “Best on the planet” as claimed but is indeed better than the same dish in a lot of other restaurants.