Our latest beer travel adventure brought us to upper upper Northern California. I was inspired to travel up north when I tried Fall River Brewing Widowmaker Double IPA that was part of our monthly beer club at BeerCraft. This one beer spurred a weekend trip to Redding, CA to taste at the source. Since, we were headed up north it gave us an excuse to visit Etna Brewing in Etna, CA that has always been on my list. It is the furthest northern California brewery with a population of only 737 people. As I expected the brewery was quaint, hospitable and truly local. Well worth the drive that was about an hour west of I-5. A place where the locals wonder how you found it and wanted to hear our beer travel stories.
We then headed back down the I-5 to the town of Dunsmuir, CA south of Mount Shasta and home of Dunsmuir Brewery Works. Online they call it “downtown” Dunsmuir, but really the one main road in town. This brewery had a great courtyard entrance, but we sat at the bar to get the whole experience. Dunsmuir had a great Imperial Red Ale called the Rusty Spike. Also, really enjoyed their IPA and Porter. They also had a great local vibe sharing their beer travels and local advice. Would defiantly stop by again on our way up north.
We were then off to the town of Redding, CA our final destination with 3 relatively new breweries that have opened in last year. We first stopped at Wildcard Brewing in an industrial area of Redding. Beer and hospitality were the two main standouts here. The tasting room was small, but they also had setting outside. Right when you entered you were taken care of. We ordered our sampler and loved the Double Down Imperial Red Ale and the Shot in the Dark Oatmeal Stout. Really everything was tasty. The place felt so welcoming and lively and I’m sure the bright green avocado wall helped with that. They had 22 oz bottles to go that we defiantly took advantage of. This is a must stop.
Our next brewery was California Brewing Company brand new on the beer scene. by a couple months. They have some work to do figuring out their recipes and vibe. They are located in a shopping center and everything felt uninspired and just there. Looking forward to see how they improve over the next couple of months.
We saved the best for last and had been hearing such good things from all the brewers about Fall River Brewing. They are also located in a shopping center, but you forget that as soon as you walk in. Their bar was full, but we found two great seats in the center of the bar. I love sitting at the bar because you get the feel of the whole place. This place had a ton of regulars and was so welcoming. Fall River is very active on social media (Facebook & Instagram) and is very I appreciate this for someone that loves interactive on social media and letting breweries knew were headed their way to try their beers on our travels.
Their beers were incredible. I wanted to try everything and didn’t want to put anything down. The highlights were their Widowmaker Double IPA, NorCal Blonde, Hexagenia IPA, Spinerfall Saison and their Pittville Porter. Their staff only made the beers taste better for how hospitable they were. A must stop for anyone traveling to Northern California. This place is just going to get more and more popular.
This brings us to 272 breweries and we have a trip planned next week to Southern California.
Etna Brewing – 131 Callahan St, Etna, CA 96027
Dunsmuir Brewery Works – 5701 Dunsmuir Ave, Dunsmuir, CA 96025
Wildcard Brewing – 9565 Crossroads Dr, Redding, CA 96003
California Brewing – 9348H Deschutes Rd, Palo Cedro, CA 96073
Fall River Brewing – 1030 E Cypress Ave, Redding, CA 96002