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Guest post: Auburn Alehouse Brewery and Restaurant

Submitted by on May 5, 2011 – 6:00 amNo Comment

Photo by Carmel MooneyBy Carmel L. Mooney

Auburn Alehouse Brewery and Restaurant is a new, hip little joint in the historic Old Town area of Auburn, California, right in the old Shanghai Building.

Folks know Auburn as the stopping-off place between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe for skiing and summer vacation and road trips. Anyone who has ever skied or camped the Sierras has likely stopped in Auburn for gas and good food but now the choices are even better.

If it’s your first time and the scenery and location looks familiar, you may have seen the 1996 John Travolta movie, “Phenomenon,” filmed right there.

The beers follow suit and are phenomenal as well.

Photo by Carmel MooneyI decided to try the Scarlot Harlot and enjoyed every sip – a pint was not enough. I got a kick out of the hops or was it a hoppy kick? Either way, it was sheer delight with its floral hoppy nose and sweet maltiness.

The Shanghai Stout has won awards in the California State Fair and for good reason. More than a dozen of their beers have won prestigious awards so take some time to sample a few.

The restaurant and brewery offers a quaint outdoor patio with a great view of the historic Auburn courthouse building. At least six to eight beers are always on tap, along with hard cider and select “guest” craft beers.

The Auburn Alehouse is just a tenth of a mile from the original Auburn Brewery, which brewed for thirsty Auburnites from the mid-1800s until 1908. You may stop by for the ale, but you’ll find the food is just as pleasing. Whether you’re looking for standard pub fare or sit down dining, there is something for everyone at the Alehouse.

Plan your next little Northern California road trip around this gem.

Carmel L. Mooney is the editor of our sister site www.roadtripsforcouples.com

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