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The FiftyFifty Brewery
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The High Sierra's Craft Breweries

The High Sierra's Craft Breweries
Après-ski or après-hike, chill out at high-country taprooms

'Welcome to altitude'. That’s the slogan of Mammoth Brewing Company in Mammoth Lakes, one of the relaxed taprooms and beer pubs dotting California’s mountain country. After a wintry day carving the moguls or riding in the terrain parks, or hiking a granite trail in summer, these craft breweries are the perfect place to chill out with a cold one. Mammoth Brewing uses local ingredients, such as wild elderberries and hops grown near the White Mountains to the east, to flavour its signature beers. Sample the results in the tasting room or at picnic tables outside.

Also in Mammoth Lakes you’ll find Black Doubt Brewing, a 111-square-metre self-described 'nano-brewery' specialising in Belgian-style ales, sour beers and other barrel-aged creations. In the mountain hamlet of June Lake, just north of Mammoth Lakes, June Lake Brewing offers a full range of beers in its high-elevation taproom. Try a creamy, slightly spicy Alpers Trout Pale Ale, or Hutte Double IPA, proclaimed 'a goliath of beers'.

The Lake Tahoe region has almost a six-pack-full of microbreweries pouring ales, stouts, pilsners and more. In Truckee, enjoy the beers and relax in the restaurant at FiftyFifty Brewing Company (don't miss the oak-bourbon-barrel-aged Eclipse Imperial Stout) and at Truckee Brewing Company, where on Mondays there’s a 50 per cent discount on all beers (excluding holidays). In Tahoe City, Tahoe Mountain Brewing and Brew Pub offers free tours of its brewery. At the California-Nevada border on the lake’s south shore, Stateline Brewery & Restaurant is practically at the bottom of the Heavenly Gondola, making it a popular place to relax après-ski. 

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Northern California

Discover the High Sierra

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Snow-covered peaks in winter, gushing waterfalls in spring, wildflower meadows and glistening lakes in summer, vibrant colours in fall—this is a land of dramatic and wild beauty. World-class mountain resorts circling turquoise-blue Lake Tahoe, and at Mammoth Lakes cater to all, with scenic ski trails in winter and trails and vistas in summer.

Yosemite Valley…is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and gold and wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”  - photographer Ansel Adams

Yosemite National Park - a World Heritage Site, is found roughly 3½ hours east of San Francisco. Whether you hike a mountain, ski the steeps, or lounge in a hot tub beneath a canopy of stars, you’ll find your perfect getaway. 

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