Bike the Truckee Ale Trail


While you may have the best intentions of another day filled with active adventures, sometimes we all need a rest. With so many craft breweries in the area, an entire day can be filled on the Truckee Ale Trail.

Photo: Tahoe Mountain Brewing

With so many options, your have the ability to craft your own Beer Tour. Although an entire weekend could be filled visiting the breweries around North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe; the specific suggestions we have are for a day biking and tasting beer around Truckee. With the completion of the Legacy Trail Bike Path and numerous bike rental locations, this Truckee specific biking tour takes you to five stops within a five mile radius.

Our first stop of the day is a little off the beaten path on Industrial Way, just above downtown Truckee at Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company. As with most of the stops on this tour, Tahoe Mountain Brewing regularly rotates their menu to showcase fresh and seasonal brews. With a large barrel-aging program and a commitment to small-batch production, this is a great place to get a tour of the brewery facilities while enjoying a beer completely made on site.

Photo: Tahoe Mountain Brewing

Hop on your bike and head down the bike path outside I-80 near Pioneer Center to hit historic downtown Truckee. As you pop into downtown, straight ahead on Bridge Street, you’ll hit Alibi Ale Works’ new Truckee location. Alibi Ale Works began in Incline Village (a location worth visiting on another tour or after biking the Flume Trail), priding themselves on the use of the cleanest water on earth in their home brews - Lake Tahoe water. Alibi offers something for everyone with European inspired beer to sour wild hopped beer. Personally, the nacho menu itself is enough reason to carve my name into a bar stool.

The next must-stop is Mellow Fellow Pub right on Donner Pass Road in historic downtown. Specializing in American Craft Beer, Mellow Fellow constantly rotates their selections of beer on tap (there are 40 to be exact). Pair this with their moderate pricing, locally made sausages, games at the tables, and laid-back attitude, this is sure to be a regular stop on your Truckee visits.

Continuing the tour, you’ll bike back through downtown heading east, cross the train tracks, then head left on East River Street to continue along the Legacy Trail Bike Path. The path is well marked and doesn’t see traffic from cars, so meander at your leisure watching for the many dogs and runners. After crossing the bridge, head left, and in about ½ mile take the first right up towards Brockway where you’ll make your way to Fifty-Fifty Brewing in the Rock Plaza. To get to the brewery, you’ll make your way through a small neighborhood to link back up to the bike path on Brockway Road, and head left. Fifty-Fifty has been a local landmark for quite some time, one of the area’s first local craft breweries. One of the house specialties: Leg Lifter Pale Ale which donates $1/pint sold to the local Humane Society.

And our favorite spot to end the day? Playing bocce ball outside of Truckee River Winery, just a few pedals down the road from Fifty-Fifty. While not technically a brewery, the Winery offers some great California craft beers with a fun outdoor gaming area.

Don’t feel like drinking and biking? Thank you! Sign up for a guided day with Tahoe Brew Tours: or use one of our many local taxi companies.

Author: We Dream Big writer, McClaren Vale