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Foodie Find: Solid Ground Brewing in Diamond Springs

08/29/2017 03:39PM ● Published by Style

Solid Ground Brewing  //  Solid Ground Brewing is the ingenious outcome of pairing the brewing and winemaking backgrounds of KC Sare and Scott Johnson. The result? An industrial-chic 30-barrel brewhouse, taproom and small kitchen sited on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs proper. Although their specialty lagers, ales, wines and experimental wine-enhanced beers rotate on the regular, flights are the norm, and with tastes poured heavy enough to share, your party will have no trouble narrowing down a favorite for the evening. Early July saw the addition of Executive Chef Shane McMahon and a perfected, focused menu that includes upscale brewery fare, including garlic-rubbed crostini topped with roasted summer veggies, balsamic reduction, local goat cheese and micro herbs. On our visit, we opted for the sliders with fries and the chicken wings. All talking ceased as we feasted on the traditional Buffalo-sauced wings that remained crispy, tender and flavorful. We couldn’t decide between the house-made blue cheese or herbed buttermilk sauce for dipping, so naturally requested both. The sliders were equally superb. Made from Olivier’s grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and topped with caramelized onions and mustard aioli with your choice of cheddar or blue cheese, they were “the best sliders ever,” according to my former chef boyfriend. Come for the beer and stay for the food—both are beyond solid. Solid Ground Brewing, 552 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, solidgroundbrewing.com.


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