There is no shortage of breweries across Northern California, and Placer County is no exception. These three breweries boast their own pizzazz and appeal for how they make their craft beer and the philosophy the drives them.
The mastermind behind Moonraker Brewing began making home brews in 2008 before bringing his creative edge here.
The menu includes:
- Miss Conduct Blonde Ale — Gold Medal – California State Fair 2016 Silver Medal
- Yojo — A New England IPA with tons of apricot, peach and pineapple hop flavors.
- Extremis — Triple IPA. ’Nuff said.
- Alpha Tide — This West Coast 2xIPA is filled with Mosaic and Amarillo hops.
- Hopped Lucidity — West Coast IPA is filled with “melon, papaya, evergreen and herbaceous hop flavor.”
- Galaxy Crush — This beer comes from a single hop series.
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These cold ones from Auburn are well known. Knee Deep Brewing Company sells beer in 25 states and has a distribution network that spans around the globe, reaching Canada, Australia and Japan.
Knee Deeps’s brews have received several awards, including Bronze Medal in the American IPA category at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival.
You may recognize some of its offerings, which are available in can or bottle.
The brewery got its start in Nevada and today it calls its’ 28,000-square-foot facility in Auburn home.
Its lineup includes Citra Extra Pale Ale, Breaking Bud India Pale Ale, Hoptologist Double IPA, Big Sipper Imperial IPA, Lupulin River Imperial IPA, Belgo Hoptologist Double IPA among others.
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Crooked Lane Brewing’s philosophy is to keep it local.
Whenever possible, the company buys from within its community. Its Mandarin IPA fruit, for instance, comes from a ranch in Penryn. And honey for the Honey Wheat Beer is produced at a farm in Newcastle.
By supporting local businesses and using their goods, the brewery hopes to give new meaning to locally brewed while also representing the area through its beers.
Crooked Lane features a beer garden and makes room for a local food vendor to complement its beers.
Currently, its menu of beers include: Doppelbock, Dottie’s Habit Stout – Oatmeal, Pupup Porter – Baltic, Poor Me Porter Porter – American, Tidliwink Brown Ale – English, Klasse Lager – Vienna, SR16 IPA – Imperial / Double, Roaky Mandarina IPA – American, Mandarin IPA IPA – American, Copper Eye – IPA IPA – American and Swamp Angel IPA – American, just to name a few.
If you love beer, then you will love what Placer County has to offer!