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Mt Shasta Brewing Co. Alehouse, Weed, CA

Posted on 15. Nov, 2011 by in Breweries, Pubs

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Mt Shasta Brewing Co. Ale House, Weed, CA

The Mt Shasta Brewing Co. Alehouse is located in the tiny north California town of Weed. It features a variety of their ales brewed in their on-site brewery.

Brief History

The idea for the Mt Shasta Brewing Co (MSBC) started in 1992 when Vaune Dillman purchased an old creamery in the northern Californian town of Weed. With a $1m award from the California Clean Up Fund, work commenced on cleaning up the site which had been contaminated by an underground gasoline tank. After 7 years of daily restoration, the property received a clean bill of health.

Brewery equipment was purchased from the Summit Brewery in St Paul, Minnesota and in 2003 Weed Golden Ale was born. The beer was named after the found of the town, Abner Weed, rather than the narcotic. Two years later MSBC started bottling beer with the bottle featuring Mt Shasta which overlooks the brewery and the Weed Arch which Vaune helped construct.

MSBC ran into trouble in 2008 when the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau refused to accept a design for a new beer until the bottle cap with the phrase ‘Try Legal Weed’ was removed due to it’s ‘perceived endorsement of illegal drug use’. MSBC challenged the objection and won.

The Alehouse

Located near the College of the Siskiyous and just a short drive from ‘downtown’ Weed, the Alehouse is, I believe, open 7 days a week to serve their range of ales and snacks such as nachos or hotdogs.

The interior is spacious with plenty of comfy booths and stools at the bar and there is additional seating outside. The staff are friendly and the locals are more than happy to chat.

The Beer

The full range of MSBC beers are available both on tap and in bottles. The beers produced by the brewery are Abner Weed’s Amber Ale, Weed Golden Ale, Brewer’s Creek Ale, Mountain High IPA, Shastafarian Porter and Lemurian Lager. They also produce a variety of seasonal ales.

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Venue Location

Mt Shasta Brewing Co.

360 College Avenue

Weed, California 96094


Tel: (800) WEED ALE

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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