Burger and a Beer at Dunsmuir Brewery Works - Printed in the April 17, 2019 issue of the Mount Shasta Herald

Burger on a ciabatta bun with a green salad as my side

Burger on a ciabatta bun with a green salad as my side

One thing I can count on is getting a good burger and beer at Dunsmuir Brewery Works (DBW), because owners Aaron Greener and David Clarno strive for consistency in the food they serve. DBW, located in Dunsmuir’s Historical District, is a family owned and operated craft brewery with a pub style family friendly menu serving lunch and dinner, including daily soups and specials. The beer menu has a selection of seasonal brewed ale style beers. For kids they offer a housemade old fashion non-alcoholic root beer.

My burger was everything I wanted when I met a friend for lunch last week. The burger had a grilled patty served on a chewy Ciabatta bun, mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onion and a pickle. For my side I ordered a green salad that included blanched green beans, red bell peppers, perfectly dressed with housemade tomato vinaigrette. Other sides offered include sautéed seasonal vegetable, broccoli slaw, German style potato salad or soup of the day

Greek salad with warm crusty bread and no red onions

Greek salad with warm crusty bread and no red onions

My friend had a half Greek salad that included, feta cheese, garbanzo beans, Kalamata olives, (hold the onions) served with warm crusty French bread and butter. The greens were crisp and the salad was well dressed. The salad selection at DBW includes a Caesar that my granddaughter says is, “the best Caesar salad in all of Siskiyou County.” I have enjoyed the seafood salad with house smoked trout.

I ordered a pint of the West Coast ESB (Extra Special Bitter). It is one of my favorite beers. In spite of its name it is not bitter. It’s an English style beer that is a hop forward medium smooth beer. The beer menu features ale style beers and is responsive to the seasons. They brew the heavier porters in the winter and for the warmer day’s lighter beers like the Liquid Sunshine Summer Wheat – Krystal-Weisse.

The kitchen is open to the small bar and inside table seating. The grill is outside on the patio where the tables have umbrellas for summer days and string lights for evening dining. From the patio you can watch the coming and goings on Dunsmuir Ave. and a view of their garden.  Well behaved dogs are welcome on the patio. 

DWB is family friendly eatery located at 5701 Dunsmuir Ave they are open Monday thru Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 8 p.m. on Sunday. There is live music most weekends. They are open 7 days a week during the summer months. For more information 530-235-1900 or www.dunsmuirbreweryworks.com

Check out TheBillPlate.com for the DBW’s recipe for Warm German Style Potato Salad.

Dunmuir Brewery Works - Warm German-Style Potato Salad

Interview with Davis Clarno + Aaron Greener - Owners of DBW + Recipe for Warm German- Style Potato Salad

David Clarno, Lauri Sturdivant and Aaron Greener at Dunsmuir Brewery Works,

David Clarno, Lauri Sturdivant and Aaron Greener at Dunsmuir Brewery Works,

Dunsmuir Brewery Works is a family owned micro-brew pub serving very tasty food in the charming historic district of downtown Dunsmuir. Their menu focuses on lunch and dinners with daily specials. There is live music most weekends. The menu is family friendly and dogs are welcome on the patio.

David Clarno and Aaron Greener became friends when they both worked at the Mount Shasta Ski Park. Aaron, a graduate of the American Brewers Guild, was looking for an opportunity to use his brewing talents and skills. David was looking for an opportunity to work for himself. He “didn’t want another job.” Their combined passions and talents make the Dunsmuir Brewery Works (DBW). It’s one of my favorite places to eat!

See David and Aaron’s favorite food scenes in movies here

“they have the best Caesar salad in the county,” Carly Turner

“they have the best Caesar salad in the county,” Carly Turner

Dunsmuir Brewery Works
530.235.1900
5701 Dunsmuir Ave. Dunsmuir
Winter hours: Tue - Sun 11 am to 9 pm.
Summer hours: Open 7 days a week 11 am to 10 pm.

Lauri: Your menu is more than pub food. How did you come up with the it?
David: We want to please both the beer-geeks and the foodies. Our menu is pretty varied for such a small kitchen and there is no deep fryer. We encourage the cooks to love the food and taste the food! Everyone of our recipes needs to be tasted and adjusted so we can provide a consistently good meal. Even the flavor of the vegetables in our popular Broccoli Slaw can vary from season to season so adjustments need to be made. When people come back we want them to enjoy the same meal they are returning to eat.
Aaron: When we were developing the menu David and I went to food trade shows to source ingredients and products. That’s where we found our bread from a small bakery in Corning. We work closely with our cooks giving them the encouragement to create recipes we can add as specials. We knew we wanted to offer good food for kids, too.

The patio seating offers a view of the garden and sunflowers and dogs are welcome.

The patio seating offers a view of the garden and sunflowers and dogs are welcome.

Lauri: What prompts the specials and changes on your menu? What do you harvest from your garden and the peaches you harvest from your peach tree on the patio?
David: We offer seasonal food choices as often as we can. The vegetable sides are seasonal. We use kale, herbs and figs we grow in our garden. We do buy some foods direct from the farmers at the Dunsmuir Farmers Market, which is convenient because the market happens on the side street during the summer. We use peaches from our tree and buy organic peaches from Hunter Orchards in Grenada. We’ve made peach bruschetta, salsa and even grilled them.

Lauri: One of my favorites of your salads is the Seafood Salad. My Granddaughter says your Caesar Salad is the best! Do you smoke your own trout for the Seafood Salad?
Aaron: Yes! We smoke the trout right here. We have to follow health code guideline so are unable to buy locally caught trout.

“DBW serves pub food with a flair,” states local Dunsmuirian Suzanne Scull

“DBW serves pub food with a flair,” states local Dunsmuirian Suzanne Scull

The Beer menu changes with the season. There is always something new to try.

The Beer menu changes with the season. There is always something new to try.

Lauri: Let’s talk about the beer! What determines your beer menu?
Aaron: We brew ales! They takes 20 days from start to finish. We are a small brewery and can only brew one style at a time. We rotate our flavors seasonally to offer lighter crisper beers like the ESB (Extra Special Bitter) for the summer and heavier porters for the cooler months. It is my goal to offer a full range of flavors. I get to experiment with hop forward flavors and brew the beers for balanced taste, like the Train Hooper and a Belgian white.

Lauri: What is the process to name the beers?
David: We have a lot of fun naming the beers. It’s a group effort where every one gets involved, including our customers. We do lots of laughing!
Aaron: We also make our own old fashion Root Beer; all natural and no preservatives. We make root beer floats in the summer months. We both have children and want to make sure there is good food and beverage for families.

Lauri: What’s your favorite part about owning the DBW?
David: It’s the interaction with our customers. It’s about how much they are enjoying eating our food and drink our brews.
Aaron: I really like the customers reaction when they try one of our beers and like how it tastes. We are a team and more like a family working together making the DBW a positive experience for us and our guests.

Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

Warm German-Style Potato Salad

Ingredients

5 lb. red potatoes – cut into bite size pieces
1 lb. Bacon – diced
1 Red onion - diced
1 cup Champagne vinegar
¾ cup Italian Parsley - chopped
½ cup Whole grain mustard
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Boil red potatoes until tender, but not mushy. Then cool slightly. Sauté onions, celery and bacon until bacon is crispy and vegetable are soft. Add 1 cup champagne vinegar to sautéed mixture then toss into cooked potatoes. Add parsley, mustard, salt and pepper to potatoes and toss. Garnish with a couple sprigs of parsley and serve warm.

The Dough Hook - Sweet Cupcakes and Crusty Bread

The Dough Hook is the county's newest bakery located at 5853 Sacramento Ave in Dunsmuir. I finally got down there after lunch with my friend Lindsay Hanley at The Wheel House we walked next door to The Dough Hook to check them out. I enjoyed speaking with Jennifer Garcia about her and husband Marc's journey from growing up in South Siskiyou County to opening the bakery. After graduating from Mount Shasta High School they moved to Portland to attend school getting degrees in bakery management and culinary arts. Their goal was to get the education needed to return home and open a bakery. They have begun living their dreams! 

Jennifer told me they have many goals for expanding their menu offerings, but right now they are going to move forward as they are able, making wise business decisions so they can be successful in the long haul. Right now it's just Jennifer and Marc doing all the work. He bakes the breads and she makes the cakes. They also sell croissants, pastries and coffee. 

Cinnamon Rolls! need I say more? They are large enough to share.

Cinnamon Rolls! need I say more? They are large enough to share.

Three Seed French Style Baguette - crusty on the outside - soft in the middle

Three Seed French Style Baguette - crusty on the outside - soft in the middle

The Three Seed French Style Baguette was crusty on the outside and soft an chewy in the middle. I ate it with a little butter and it satisfied my love of crusty bread. Marc is the bread maker and has perfected this French style recipe. He also makes an Olive Chibatta Bread and a Challah that has become quite popular. All good reasons to stop by and try something new.

Cupcakes...Carrot with frosting and a walnut, Lemon with buttercream frosting and Chocolate with chocolate buttercream frosting.

Cupcakes...Carrot with frosting and a walnut, Lemon with buttercream frosting and Chocolate with chocolate buttercream frosting.

I bought three cupcakes to sample, Carrot Cake, Lemon and Chocolate. My daughter and 'Teacher Chris’ shared the cupcakes for dessert. Our favorite was the carrot cake, but it's also one of our favorite cakes. We agreed the lemon cupcake was moist and lemony, but the frosting was a little too buttery and could have been sweeter. That didn't stop us from eating every last crumb. The chocolate cupcake was moist and chocolatey. This nice thing about all of the cupcakes is that they weren't overly sweet, I appreciate that they are moist flavorful cakes. The cupcakes and cakes are all gracefully decorated. They will make custom order cakes and personalize them for birthdays and other celebrations.

The Dough Hook is only going to get big better as this young couple gets the support of the community to grow their business and perfect their recipes. I am looking forward to my next trip to The Dough Hook!

The Wheel House - The Best Hand Cut French Fries in the County

The Wheelhouse - Order at the counter - dine in or take your food to go

The Wheelhouse - Order at the counter - dine in or take your food to go

My friend Lindsay Hanley (link to my interview with Lindsay) and I arrived at The Wheelhouse at 2:55 they close at 3:00 pm on Thursdays. (In our defense we couldn't remember if they closed at 3 or 4 o'clock on Thursdays, but we took a chance. I don't recommend doing this to tired restaurant staff who think they are about to go enjoy the rest of their day, but in this case it worked out well.) The Wheelhouse is following the latest model of ordering at the counter and then delivering your food to the table. Since labor costs can take down a eatery. it's a cash-flow business, wherever owners can save a little bit of cash they will. I don't mind ordering at the counter, if it means the restaurant can keep it's prices reasonably, pay it's staff a living wage and stay in business. Win-Win!

So... we arrive 5 minutes before closing and ask if it's too late to order food. Cheerfully Siobhan says it's fine and she'll be happy to take our order. I can see they are scrubbing down the flat grill she says, "they can clean it again." We both appreciated this customer service

The Wheelhouse on the Avenue of the Arts has outdoor seating.

The Wheelhouse on the Avenue of the Arts has outdoor seating.

The Wheel House is located at 5841 Sacramento Ave., Dunsmuir. Breakfast is served all a day and they serve North Bound Coffee Roasters ,  coffee that is roasted in Mount Shasta. They have an espresso bar, and have a nice selection of regional craft beers and wines. They recently expanded the restaurant next door into the old Brown Trout space. The Brown Trout is always remembered because you can see through the floor grate to the water that runs under the building.

The Wheelhouse Wings substituting chicken for the Seitan option tossed in spicy Buffalo Sauce, blue cheese dressing and crispy celery stalks.

The Wheelhouse Wings substituting chicken for the Seitan option tossed in spicy Buffalo Sauce, blue cheese dressing and crispy celery stalks.

I ordered a BLT with fries and Lindsay got the The Wheelhouse Wings substituting chicken for the Seitan option. The Wheelhouse fries are hand cut and the best fries in the county! Served with organic ketchup. The Wheelhouse is a favorite Lindsay and her fiance Martin for their vegetarian options that go beyond the token cheese sandwich and nut burger.

When we left The Wheelhouse we walk right next  door to The Dough Hook so I could check out the new bakery. Link here to my review of cupcakes and crusty bread

BLT with apple wood smoked bacon and hand cut French fries. Just the right amount of bread ratio to crispy lettuce, ripe tomato and mayo.

BLT with apple wood smoked bacon and hand cut French fries. Just the right amount of bread ratio to crispy lettuce, ripe tomato and mayo.

There is a lot to say about the uniqueness of the restaurant. It's got a quirky funky vibe being located in one of the old brick building in the historical railroad town of Dunsmuir. There is view is of the Union Pacific Railroad yard and expect to hear a train roll down the tracks. The flooring consists of well worn old wide plank wood and tall ceiling add to the sense of history. If walls could talk! The owners want this to be a place you can hang out and enjoy good food in a family friendly environment. I think they have achieved that vibe. The menu has something for everyone with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

The Wheelhouse want you and your friends to have fun. They have two bookcases of games; one case is free the other you can "Pay to Play"

Dunsmuir Brewery Works - Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sandwich

Dunsmuir Brewery Works - Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sandwich

Opps! I was really hungry and dug into my sandwich and ate the entire salad forgetting to take the picture first. As you can see I barely touched the German Grose. That's how hungry I was! It was very good!

Opps! I was really hungry and dug into my sandwich and ate the entire salad forgetting to take the picture first. As you can see I barely touched the German Grose. That's how hungry I was! It was very good!

One of my favorite eateries in South Siskiyou County is the Dunsmuir Brewery Works. When I ate there about a month ago, I had a burger to go and a beer while I waited. I told myself I would order the Memphis Style Pulled Pork Sandwich the next time I went. When DBW first opened they didn’t even have a burger on their menu so I usually ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich. It was always a flavorful sandwich that I wanted to eat again. I went south on Sunday with a friend and remembered that I wanted to order the pork sandwich. It was even better than I recalled. The meat was cooked nicely with nice smokey BBQ flavor. I think they add caramelized onions that sweeten and enrich the BBQ sauce.

My friend had the Seafood Louie Salad with trout that the brewery folks smoke on-site. My friend said the salad was “perfectly dressed with the perfect amount of dressing.” I can agree with that. When eating out I often order dressing on the side to avoid having a salad drowning in dressing. At DBW for the side I ordered a green salad with tomato vinaigrette dress. The salad is made with spring greens, long green beans and it had the perfect amount of dressing on it.

The beer menu had many interesting options. To accompany my sandwich I had the German Gose beer, which was refreshing crisp with citrus undertones...delicious! They change their ale style brew along with seasons offering lighter crisper beers in the summer and heavier beers in the winter.

They make their own root beer and offer root beer floats for a summer treat.

Dunsmuir Brewery Works is a family owned and operated micro-brew pub serving very tasty food in the charming historic district of downtown Dunsmuir. Their menu focuses on lunch and dinners with daily specials. There is live music most weekends. The venue is family friendly, even the patio is dog friendly. During the summer they are open 7 days a week.

Read my interview with owners Aaron Greener and David Clarno and get their recipe for their Warm German Style Potato Salad