Placerville Brewing Company
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Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
You know that yearning after a long week where you just want to kick off your boots, enjoy some good ol’ fashion barbecue comfort food, and wash it down with a delicious microbrew?
Yeah, you know what we’re talking about. May we suggest Placerville Brewing Company…
Down the street from the El Dorado Fairgrounds and established in 2005, the award-winning Placerville Brewing Company is one-part family restaurant, one-part microbrewery.
With “brew” in the name and its walls lined with rustic nostalgia of decades-old beer cans and whiskey barrels, my dining partner and I held high expectations for the drink selection. Needless to say, we were quite pleased with the nearly 20 seasonal and specialty varietals – from a whiskey barrel-aged ale and malty stout to an opulent boysenberry ale and full-bodied red ale. (Brews are available to go, too!)
The menu, brimming with Texas-style barbecue specialties, has mouthwatering choices to appease all appetites. For a starter, my dining companion and I ordered the popular Smokin’ Hot Wings. They use their own Tangerine Ale to marinate the whole wings, then slow cook them and finish on the grill with a sublime sweet-heat sauce. Consider yourself warned: These wings are extremely spicy and addictingly delicious. (Good thing we had beers to wash the dish down and offset the heat.)
We opted for the ever-classic BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs and Fish and Chips for our entrées. Dry rubbed and slow smoked, then finished on the grill with a slathering of rich homemade barbecue sauce, the ribs were perfectly tender – nearly falling off the bone – and served alongside sautéed vegetables and a baked potato with all the fixings. The Fish and Chips consisted of Arctic cod dipped in house-made beer batter, then breaded in panko and deep-fried to moist perfection. The accompanying sassy tartar sauce and hefty portion of Company Fries with garlic, herb and Parmesan cheese, was palate perfection.
For dessert, we had one more round of beers. Can you blame us?
Note: Placerville Brewing Company is closed on Tuesdays.
Placerville Brewing Company, 155 Placerville Drive, Placerville, 530-295-9166.