The name, SOLID GROUND, has multiple meanings layered together. SOLID GROUND is a synonym for Earth from which the ingredients are derived and then skillfully crafted into our products. The education and experience that the brewers bring to our Placerville Brewery is the SOLID GROUND from which we are founded. Lastly, but most importantly perhaps, we want our brewery to be a gathering point for families and friends where a SOLID GROUND is created within our own community.

At Solid Ground, one of the renowned Placerville breweries, we are breaking new ground by pushing the boundaries of beer using winemaking techniques; including barrel aging projects and blending wine into beer to create harmonious hybrids. We also remain true to the centuries of brewing traditions of intercontinental beer styles. Every beer and wine placed on our tap list undergoes a collaboration of ideas, recipes, and taste-tests before the final product is poured in the taproom.

Brewers, KC Sare and Scott Johnson are both foothill natives who wish to use their backgrounds and passion to craft quality lagers, ales, innovative beers, and wine for the enjoyment of our community, friends, family, and beyond.


KC ‘s curiosity for the science behind brewing beer began while managing casks in one of England’s premier real ale breweries, Young & Co’s. Brewery, now known as Wells & Young’s Brewing Company. KC holds a 4 year degree in Brewing and Distilling Science from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and has brewed for esteemed breweries including Anheuser-Busch, at their once London based Stag Brewery, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in San Jose, and most recently Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR. KC is an award-winning brewer who has been integrally involved in recipe development for award-winning breweries in the California’s Sierra Foothills. He is passionate about Continental European styles and maintains a dedication to beer traditions.Amongst Placerville breweries, KC is excited to bring new flavors to local  beer enthusiasts.


Scott received his 4-year degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and is now an award-winning winemaker for local wineries. With over 10 years of winemaking experience in Sonoma County, Napa, New Zealand, and our own Sierra Foothills, Scott’s winemaking style imparts innovative contemporary techniques that highlight our region’s unique terrain. Now showcasing his talents in Placerville, Scott is currently the winemaker for Perry Creek Winery, Gold Mountain Winery, and Element 79 Vineyards, all of which are located in Fair Play, CA. However, Scott is not just a winemaker. He also studied under well-regarded brewing professor and brewing scientist, Charlie Bamforth.