Barely a year into its existence, Auburn’s Moonraker Brewing Co. has emerged as one of Gold Country’s hottest brewers.
Husband-and-wife homebrewers Karen and Dan Powell opened the brewery in early 2016 and quickly attracted a following with their Northeast-style IPAs. Less bitter than West Coast IPAs, these brews are distinguished by their hazy appearance and fruity character.
Moonraker is best known for its Yojo, a “get-it-while-you-can” IPA that sells out quickly after release. It’s no wonder: The brewery won three high-profile awards earlier this year from RateBeer, including “Best New Beer” for Yojo, “Best New Brewery” in California, and ninth-best new brewery worldwide.
Moonraker’s tasting room and brewery at the Auburn Air Park features indoor and outdoor seating, food trucks, and a welcoming, dog- and kid-friendly atmosphere that draws big crowds. It offers more than a dozen beers on draft, including flights, so there’s plenty to keep a beer-lover busy. As a bonus, Moonraker is a short walk from another great brewery, Knee Deep, known for its West Coast-style IPAs.
Bumping up against the west side of the Sierra Nevada Range, on California’s eastern side, the Sierra foothills that make up the Gold Country are California Classics.
Discovery of gold in 1848 sparked the largest mass migration in U.S. history, with more than 300,000 pioneers heading west.
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