Calaveras Brewed: Best Spots to Grab a Beer


Sure, it may be wine country in Calaveras, but that doesn’t mean that good beer is hard to come by. The craft beer trend has not skipped over our little piece of paradise. Not only do we have our very own brewery, Snowshoe Brewing Company, but several beer lovers in the area have made sure to make the beer lists at their establishments stand out from the rest.

Below are a few of the best spots to grab a beer in Calaveras. Oh, and if you go, don’t be surprised if you find yourself seated next to a winemaker who just happens to prefer a pint glass over a wine glass on their day off.

Snowshoe Brewing

Snowshoe Brewing Company
These guys aren’t new to the brewing scene. Since 1995, Snowshoe Brewing has been making award-winning ales from their brewpub and restaurant in Arnold, CA. If you stop in, you can expect to find five of their always-good standbys like Snoweizen, Lodgepole IPA and Grizzly Brown, as well as a selection of seasonal favorites like their Westridge Winter Ale. And if you’re looking to catch a game or a bite to eat, they don’t disappoint on that front either.

Alchemy Restaurant

Alchemy Restaurant
Those in the know get their beer fix at this Murphys, CA restaurant where you can find 13 rotating taps and more than 100 bottled beers. Their basic list includes go-to brews like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to the more obscure La Chouffe Belgian Ale. But true wine geeks ask for the “other” beer list which includes tons of beers you’ve likely never heard of. And trust us, you’ll have a hard time making up your mind about what to order.

Sidewinders Angels Camp

This Cal-Mex fusion eatery in Angels Camp, CA set out from the start to be one of the best beer spots in the area. With 9 beers on tap and more than 30 different kinds of bottled beer, Sidewinders has something to please everyone. Sure, you could grab a pint of your old standby, or you could be adventurous and try something like the Rubicon Monkey Knife Fight Ale or Abita Turbodog Brown Ale. Either way, make sure to grab some tacos to pair with your pick.

And while Snowshoe, Alchemy and Sidewinders may be leading the way in offering the most unique and largest beer selections (for now), there are plenty of other places to grab a cold one in Calaveras. And many of them have a great atmosphere to boot. So we thought we’d have our Facebook friends chime in with their favorites. Here are a few other that they think you should check out…

Got a favorite brew at one of the places mentioned above, or know of a great spot we didn’t mention? Leave a comment below.


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