NOTE: Located in Auburn, California!! Not Alabama.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. is a first-rate addition to the Sierra foothills. We had just finished hiking the nearby Auburn State Recreation Area (http://bit.ly/1optfK9) and were parched for brew, so we decided to stop in. As we pulled into the industrial park adjacent to the Auburn airport, we wondered why we drove so far off the freeway just to sample some beer. Take heart loyal brew fans! Knee Deep didn't become a local fee-nom by accident.
As we entered, hearing the crowd and noting the festive atmosphere, we thought, ?are they closed for a private party? Nope, people are having lots of fun here.
And the brews! The requisite chalkboard advertised ten on hand, plus two more recent additions underneath. This brewery will immediately appeal to fans of the left-coast IPA style, as we counted an astonishing nine versions of IPA, DIPA, TIPA and even 4xIPA (or is that QIPA?), in addition to a Belgian-style IPA. ABVs range from 5.5% to over 12%, and pours, generally 12oz, are a flat $4.50. Growler refill prices $11 to $22 indicate that the local market's thirst for Knee Deep is nowhere near tapped out (ouch).
Board games and cornhole will keep ya busy while you're sipping your way to beervana at one of the indoor picnic tables. Don't miss all the souvenir T-shirts, glassware, etc. Your boyfriend will surely admire the 50-caliber bullet fashioned into a beer opener that will complement any man cave decor.
It's a great place for you, your loved ones (did I just say that) and all the weird friends you're about to make. Dogs allowed. Allow a couple hours so you can enjoy all the fun!
Food - 4 - Today's food truck served Neapolitan pizzas.
Service - 5 - They're friendly & attentive, and sample pours are freely given!
Value - 3 - $4.50 for a 12-oz pour = $6 pints. Expensive, but given the experience, worth it.
Setting - 4 - About as good as a warehouse can get.
Date worthy - 5 - Bring your friends too!
Dog friendly - Yup, they're stars here!
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