Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains is the biggest alpine lake in the entirety of North America: Lake Tahoe, where visitors can find not only an immersive experience through mountain trails and lake expeditions, but through the area’s eclectic collection of local craft beer hotspots.

Sample the Finest Craft Beers in North Lake Tahoe

1: Explore the North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail

North Lake Tahoe is home to the North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail, a palate-pleasing alternative to the rigorous but invigorating trails normally taken in Lake Tahoe. Along this tasty path, you can take in the handcrafted flavors of local beers in an area named a number one travel destination by TripAdvisor, “Best Lake” by Outside Magazine in 2014, and a top placeholder for Best Recreation Destination in USA Today’s 10Best reader’s poll.

2: Jason’s Beachside Grill

The North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail has stops all over the region. Jason’s Beachside Grille in Kings Beach can be your first stop! This restaurant is popular for its appetizers, loaded salad bar, and of course, amazing brews. Take a seat with a lakeside view and indulge in a craft beer after a day of hiking!

3: Backyard Bar & BBQ at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

Enjoy a gorgeous outdoor setting, authentic and drool-worthy barbecue while you unwind with a bucket of beer at this casual and delicious restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. You’ll also find a lineup of wood-fired pizzas, burgers, bratwursts, western-inspired cocktails and of course, local craft beers.

4: Rubicon Pizza

If it’s pizza and quality brews you’re after, you’ll be sure to want to make this a stop on your Ale Trail list! This Truckee pizza joint serves up expertly made California style pizzas, pastas, and gourmet salads, and is perfect for couples or families! They serve up scrumptious season drafts in 32 oz Mason Jars, and also offer patio and indoor dining!

5: PlumpJack Café

Walk in the door and you’ll find a sort of charming elegance at the PlumpJack Café, and they offer lunch and dinner menus with a variety of fusion fare that means there’s something for everyone! This North Shore eatery is a favorite among locals and visitors alike and offers a pet friendly patio with a vibrantly stylish bar serving a variety of season draft beers.

6: Rocker in Olympic Valley

After exploring the Olympic Valley’s many skiing or hiking trails, journey through the Village to get to the Rocker, a ski-themed bar with views of Olympic trails and refined brewpub food, from burgers to tacos to salads. Of course, you’ll also find an impressive selection of beers that you can sip on in a cozy alpine ambiance.

7: Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. in Tahoe City

This little brewery has a perfect location for relaxing and refueling after a gorgeous hike through the surrounding scenery, and their beers have quickly become a staple among locals, such as their Hop Song IPA.

8: Alibi Ale Works in Tahoe Vista

This cute little brewery is one of North Tahoe’s newest, but keeps you on the edge of your seat with unique and interesting flavor profiles, from European style beers to hoppy American interpretations. The tap room features a variety of beers, and they feature a beer garden often with live music.

9: West Shore Market & Deli at Homewood High & Dry Marina

This deli is located on a bike path and across the street from a west shore beach, making it a perfect stop on the Ale Trail where you can enjoy the outdoors and quality brews. You can even purchase by the bottle or can to take home to your vacation rental after! They also have nightly dinner specials, and a cute market with local goods.

10: Enjoy Outdoor Activities as You Adventure the Ale Trail

These are all stops on this fun and flavorful North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail that can even be interspersed between your outdoor recreational activities. Enjoy thrilling activities like mountain biking, road biking, hiking, brewery tours, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking in or around each of these renowned local watering holes. Additionally, many of the breweries, bars, and restaurants on this trial also offer tours or tastings that include appetizers.

Of course, with so many of our vacation rental properties situated in the North Lake Tahoe area (particularly in Truckee, where many of the region’s best breweries are located), Tahoe Signature Properties makes it easy to incorporate the North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail into your vacation! When you plan your stay with us, you can enjoy your delicious craft beer in a responsible manner, then simply return by Uber, Lyft, taxi, or on foot to your home away from home—one of our gorgeous Lake Tahoe cabin or home rentals—and enjoy vacation relaxation at its best.

Experience Lake Tahoe Like Never Before with Tahoe Signature Properties

Contact our team of reservation specialists for additional details on the North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail and other fun activities and attractions worth exploring during your time in Lake Tahoe when you reserve your lodgings in one of our wonderful vacation rentals today!