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Try Legal Weed - Weed Ales from Mount Shasta Brewing

History of Mount Shasta Brewing Company
1992--Mount Shasta Brewing Company  renovated the old Medo-Bel Creamery built in 1952. It had fallen into disrepair and was within three days of being auctioned for taxes when Vaune Dillmann purchased the property in 1992. His life long dream had been to follow in the footsteps of his German ancestors who were in brewing-related businesses. This prime location near Interstate 5 and College of the Siskiyous was the perfect site.
1999--The first challenge was to clean up the contaminated soil caused by an underground gasoline tank. Vaune wrote a grant and was awarded a $995,000 from the CA Clean Up Fund. It took over seven years of daily restoration before the property received a clean bill of health from the CA Regional Water Quality Control Board (CRWQCB) in May, 1999. In August, on a visit to family in Minnesota, Vaune got side tracked and toured St. Paul's Summit Brewery. He "found" 1938 25 BBL German brew haus Summit had outgrown and was willing to sell. It was shipped to Weed and a major renovation began to retrofit the old creamery. A smaller 15 BBL PUB system was purchased in order to get the brewery started and develop sales. Vaune's first brew was made for his daughter's wedding.

2003--MSBC brewed it's first beer "Weed Golden Ale" in kegs and as our town was named after Abner Weed, founder of the first lumber mill, the family of Mr. Weed authorized "Abner Weed Amber Ale" in his honor. Two months before MSBC sold its first brew, a disaster occurred when Butte Creek Brewery of Chico, CA, patented a beer called Mt. Shasta Pale Ale. They sued MSBC for the right to take the Mt. Shasta Brewing Company name but lost.
2005--Bottled beer was produced to increase distribution throughout the west coast. MSBC has liquor licenses for the states of California, Oregon, Pennslyvania, and Washington. Tap handles, bottle labels, and growlers were designed to include an actual picture of the beautiful Mt. Shasta, and Vaune's Weed Arch, now the gateway to our town.
2008--MSBC submitted its Lemurian Lager label for approval. TTB would not approve the label until the "Try Legal Weed" bottle cap was removed. Vaune appeared on regional and national TV shows, radio talk shows, and was interviewed by newspaper reporters from around the world, everyone was astounded that TTB would challenge free speech. The ACLU was willing to take the case to the Supreme Court. TTB granted the challenge and reversed their decision. MSBC beers now proudly displace the "Try Legal Weed" bottle caps throughout the nation.

Weed Ales and Lagers

Abner Weed Amber Ale
Our beautiful Amber named Abner is a session brew dedicated to California State Senator Abner Weed, founder of the town in which we craft our delicious brews. The red colored ale has a stable, tan head, and an aroma of mild hops with overtones of carmel and roasted malt. This rich ale starts sweet and malty, then progresses into a light bitter flavor. Slightly thick on the palate, our Amber at 5.5% ABV has a balanced bitterness resulting from a combination of Chinook and Cascade hops. It ends clean with a light lingering bitterness at 43 IBUs. We raise our glasses in celebration to our town Weed!"
Lemurian Lager
Lemuria's finest, from our hollow mountain to your glass! This bohemian pilsner's recipe is so good, you might think it was encrypted in a Lemurian quartz crystal that showed up on our doorstep! With the continent of Telos on our side, we used German pilsner malt and a blend of noble hops infused with crystal to create a brew even 5th dimensional beings could enjoy. Light and almost fruity from the yeast characteristics, this brew is a perfect summer refresher and is also delicious whenever you are in need of some Lemurian company. 35.2 IBU - 6% ABV
Mountain High IPA
A deep golden, mild and malty India Pale Ale. Late hop additions contribute floral and pine aromas reminiscent of Mount Shasta. A classic American IPA uniting hops with fresh mountain spring water. The alcohol by volume is at 7% and uses Centennial and Simcoe hops to reach its 63 IBU's. The hop profile is not overpowering, starting smooth and building up to its mellow, bitter finish. A generous dryhop emphasizes a green hop accent and enjoyable aroma. A worthwhile trip, high on a mountain, to reach Hop Heaven. 62.1 IBU - 7% ABV
Shastafarian Porter
A mild bitterness and a spicy aroma balance this perfect blend of caramel, coffee, and subtle roasted malt flavors. This brew emphasizes smooth, chocolatey goodness. A complex malt body gives this porter its robust character. Hops are present, yet almost untraceable on the foreground of the palate. Beneath a solid head of dark tan, our porter is black in color and highlighted with auburn hues. This brew tastes as deep as it looks and at 6% ABV, is stronger than most in its class. Dedicated to Shastafarians near and far, we salute the mountain that unites and refreshes us all. 43.2 IBU - 6% ABV
Weed Golden Ale
A light, fruity, golden colored ale, tasting crisp and clean as the mountain air. Whether you are summiting Mt. Shasta, tending a hop garden, drinking with friends after work, or dancing the night away, we proudly offer our Golden Weed to refresh and enthuse your palate. Peer into the light golden color and allow the aroma of citrus to lure your tastebuds to a chilled glass of this scrumptous Weed ale. With a modest bitterness, the taste left in your mouth is mild and relaxed. Hop flavors are of citrus, due to the low alpha of our Saaz dry hop. Savor the undertones of our quality grain and the clean, dry finish of the low final gravity. At 5% ABV this ale is not a heavy hitter. 24.5 IBU - 5 % ABV

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