Lake Tahoe AleWorX offers brew and more celebrating Lake Tahoe.
By Jen Peng
Even as a child, Luca Genasci had big ideas. A Tahoe native, Genasci always knew his future was here. He was searching for the next big idea when it hit him. “There’s no Lake Tahoe brand of craft beer. I wanted to create the Lake Tahoe brand of craft beer,” explains the founder of Lake Tahoe AleWorX.
Not only that, but he wanted to combine the best of what Tahoe had to offer … adventure.
The first AleWorX opened in 2017 at the Crossing, debuting the Cali Common, brewed with fresh Tahoe water. Featuring 30 self-serve taps (with 25 constantly rotating), customers create their own tasting adventure. In addition to a range of regional craft beers, there’s also cider, wine, kombucha and even nitro coffee.
The well-curated menu includes a variety of signature wood-fired pizzas, plus the ability to customize your own pie, small bites and hearty salads big enough to be shared.
There’s no Lake Tahoe brand of craft beer. I wanted to create the Lake Tahoe brand of craft beer
It’s a winning formula: the first AleWorX location quickly turned into a popular community hub, with special events and live music on their spacious outdoor patio. It’s a success that Genasci has replicated with a second location at Stateline. In addition to self-serve beer and wine, there’s also a full bar, with an emphasis on craft whiskeys and cocktails.
“We try to do things in a detailed fashion, and to do things right,” explains Genasci. “We want to offer an elevated experience.”
And that’s exactly what I got. I really enjoyed the process of being able to try a bunch of different beers on my own. I also enjoyed my gin and tonic, and I don’t even like gin!
Feeling adventurous, I decided to try their Zucca pizza, even though I wasn’t sure about butternut squash puree on a pizza. But you know what? It was delicious! Plus being able to dip the crust in their homemade infused olive oil just elevated the whole pizza experience.
At Stateline, their Silent Disco Fridays and DJs on Saturdays make for fun nights out. Combine that with big screen TVs for live sports, and a host of specials and special events, there’s always an adventure and good vibes just waiting to happen. And I can’t wait to taste my next adventure!