Etna Brewery


Type: Brewery, Eatery

131 Callahan Street
Etna, California, 96027
United States

(530) 467-5277 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by flexabull:
Photo of flexabull
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is easily one of my favorite breweries to visit. Their beer is not spectacular, but it is good.

What sets this place apart from other breweries is the setting. Etna is WAY up in Northern California. (Nowhere near the Bay Area) It's a very nice little town in the Scott Valley right below the beautiful Marble and Russian Mountains. It's amazing that a brewery can be successful up here.

The service is great in this tiny little tap room and restaurant. Everytime I go I feel like a "local". The owners are often there and are very friendly and talkative.

One of the best times to go is on a Friday night when they have a bbq. You get great tri-tip or bbq chicken for a very cheap price.

The beer like I said is good, but not amazing. The Porter is a good standby, and they have a strong beer on tap called Clubfoot which is tasty, and will knock you on you butt if you have more than a couple.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of metamorphosis316
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of VegasBill
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

You really have to want to get to this Micro as it is way off of 1-5. Everything is good, the beer is good the food is good but that is it, just good. I did find the Classic Gold to be very drinkable on a hot day . The staff were super friendly and we were talking to some other people at the bar also super friendly. The interior is a bright uplifting atmosphere, and very clean everywhere. So, if you have an urge to take a drive out in the very pretty Scott valley and have a beer or two and some lunch this is the spot!

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Photo of Inflames
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Well what is to say about a pub in the middle of nowhere. They serve good brew. Not great but good brew. If I were a gouremet and looking for a great meal I would probably get something before or after I left here. If you are ok with the pub grub then you are good here.

There is a decent size selection here. I got the sampler tray and found what I thought was the best choice. All beers are enjoyable but some are better than others.

Anyone looking on a map realizes this place isn't right off the 5. So the issue becomes detour. If you have the time why not try this place.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As Ciderfaerie and I planned our weekend hiking adventure, we decided a great way to pick our direction was by brewpub... so we took the trek through the 35 mile 1-lane road to Etna to visit this little gem. We were expecting some sort of sizeable town, considering there is a brewpub there, and were quite surprised to find a small little village of about 700 people.... for such a small town, this is quite a might brewpub. The atmosphere is country restaurant with pleasant background music, pleasant middle-aged folk, and pleasant young waitresses. Most of the seating is at tables, both inside and out, but there is a bar that seats about 6. It's not a large place, but it's arranged in a way to fit a good number of people. The atmosphere is aided by the picture in the bathroom of the dog sleeping in a bed... I especially liked the weathered wooden frame. The service was excellent, but the kitchen was backed up with orders, making it awhile to get food. However, the wait-staff were quite proficient at bringing beer, so it was well worth the wait. They had 9 beers on tap, with lots of different styles... however, they did get a little into their lighter beers. Most notably was their porter, which was awesome... truly amazing... and their marzen, also very good. Their barleywine could probably use a few more months in the cellar, and their russian imperial stout could have too, but all their beers were at least decent... which is better than most any other brewpub. Overall it was well worth the stop and I hope to go back some day.

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Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

When we got to the little town of Etna, we found the Etna Brewery closed, as it usually is on Mondays and Tuesdays. It's a good thing that it was. The garage door out back was open, and the brewer Bill was in there doing some fermenting. We struck up a conversation and he was very eager to show his little place to two beer-tourists from Pennsylvania.

He took us up into the pub area and let us have samples of all his beers. There were 8 on tap, and every one of them was above average, two or three of them were downright killer. The atmosphere of the place is plain and simple, with some neat old memorabilia from a pre-Prohibition brewery that used to be there.

The owners of the place stopped in, and they were great also. They were so generous with the samples that we had to go out to the cooler in our Jeep and bring a growler of a Scotch Ale from WA so we could return the favor. We all wanted dinner, so we walked around the corner to the store, got some steaks and grilled them right there at the place.

The moral of the story is that if you're a cool person, cool things happen to you. We've visited 30 breweries so far on this trip, from little places like this, to Rogue and Sierra Nevada. In terms of the people and the service, this place is hands-down the best of the batch. In terms of the beer, it is definitely top three, far and away better than those slick trendy big-city places. We've never been welcomed into a small town brewery like that before. I guess our experience would be a little different if the place had actually been open, so your mileage may vary.

My scores are through the roof on this place, and they earned them 100%. Thanks for the awesome time, guys!

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Etna Brewery in Etna, CA
3.76 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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