In 1992 Mount Shasta Brewing Company (MSBC) 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. His life-long dream had been to follow in the footsteps of his German ancestors who were in brewing-related businesses. 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. 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 system was purchased in order to get the brewery started and develop sales. Vaune’s first brew was made for his daughter’s wedding. In 2003, MSBC brewed it’s first beer “Weed Golden Ale” in kegs. Five years later, 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 displays the “Try Legal Weed” bottle caps throughout the nation.
Signature brews: Abner Weed’s Amber Ale, Weed Golden Ale, Brewer’s Creek Ale, Mountain High IPA, Shastafarian Porter, Lemurian Lager and various seasonal beers available in the Weed Alehouse Bistro.