June 15th, 2016
In light of my recent post about the difference between North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe, I decided to take a weekend trip up to Truckee for the annual Truckee Optimist Brew Fest. This is a great event with live music and tons of ciders and beers to try. Not to mention great brats and other foods to help soak up all of the great brews!
They have a silent auction featuring different prizes like baseball card collections from 1989 to 1991 and different collections of beers from the event itself. All of the proceeds go to support the Truckee Optimist Club that holds many events and fundraisers to facilitate youth services.
The two bands that played were local bands by the name of Lost Whiskey Engine and Coburn Station. If you have a chance to see either of these guys live, you definitely should. Lost Whiskey Engine were the first band to play. They have their own unique sound and do covers as well as write their own songs. To get updates on where they will be playing next or to view their facebook page go here: https://www.facebook.com/lostwhiskeyengine/timeline Coburn Station was great too! Their self proclaimed brand of “Mountain Jams” feature songs by Phish and their own original music. Their next tour date will be at the Kings Beach Music Series on July 8th. Click here to follow this band on facebook and to listen to some of their music.
After visiting Truckee, I took a trip down the road to Soda Springs and spent some time by Donner Lake for the day after the Brew Fest. This peaceful little alpine lake is truly something to behold. With a area of only 1.313 mi² it is dwarfed by the much larger Lake Tahoe, but the beauty and serenity of Donner Lake is one of a kind. The old Donner Pass road is a must see if you are a rock climbing or biking enthusiast during the summer. In the winter there is Sugar Bowl and tons of backcountry fun to be had.
The people in this area were probably the best part of my weekend in Truckee and Soda Springs. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful with suggestions of different brews to try at the event or things to do in town. This area has a really great atmosphere of community and harmony tucked into the beautiful mountains of this Truckee/Donner. I made a bunch of new friends and will definitely be looking forward to visiting again. Thanks to everyone I met along the way for the awesome time!
Photos and post by Ally Ritchie