Fresh Brew News
New Owner for Etna Brewing Co.
By Amanda Hinds Doyle – Article published MONDAY • APRIL 28, 2014 • Vol. 154, No. 81, Siskiyou Daily News – Siskiyou County’s news source since 1859
ETNA – After months of anticipation and waiting, Kit Marshall is now the proud new owner of Etna Brewing Company. Located in the Scott Valley, this brewpub comes with a rich and evolved history, dating back seventy years to Charles Kappler’s Etna Brewery, which closed during prohibition.
Realizing Etna’s brew history, Andrew and Brenda Hurlimann decided to open the Etna Brewing Company in May 1990. The new brewery was built in the general vicinity of both the old 1870s bottling works building and the old brewery, according to Etna Brewing Company. The brewery transitioned again in May 2001, when Dave and Marilyn Krell purchased the company, and again this year with new owner Marshall.
After spending many summers in Sawyers Bar as a child, Marshall said she has been trying to find a way to move to the county. “This is where my heart and soul are,” she said. So, when she got the call and her offer was accepted, she was thrilled. “They knew I would take it further, because I have the vision to do it,” Marshall said. “In addition, I respect the history of this area.” Marshall said she loves where the brewery is now and simply plans to build on what is already so great.
Marshall said she has a lot to learn about the brewing process. While she continues to learn, Marshall said she definitely knows how to run a successful business. To begin her adventure with the brewery, Marshall immediately spoke with 11-year brew master Bill Behm about entering into a partnership with her. “He is free to be his master brewer self and encouraged to do that,” said Marshall.
Marshall plans to expand the dining space to accommodate more tables, add two handicap accessible bathrooms and expand the brewing facility. While accessibility was part of the vision for the dinning expansion, an increased productivity sparked the need for more room to brew, according to Marshall. “We’ve already doubled production in the past month,” said Behm. along with an increased production, Marshall plans to draw people to the pub with fun events, bands and food. Tap House Tuesdays are a new endeavor for the brewpub, offering a smaller menu, an open mic and great beer, said Marshall. Nachos, tacos and soft pretzels were among the chosen dishes last week for the first event, said Marshall. Marshall plans to add these smaller food items to the menu in the future.
The second venture for the brewpub is the creation and introduction of a new beer, the Double- Crossed Imperial IPA. Behm remembers the inception of this beer on a posted note more than four years ago. Now he gets to bring it to life. “The dream is coming true,” he said. The launch will be celebrated May 10 at the pub and features live music from local artists Jason Conley and David Waymire.
Marshall’s “Fresh and Local” campaign is another new endeavor beginning May 24. The event will be once a month through August, said Marshall and will feature all local producers. Local meat, such as Jenner Family Beef, vegetables and even baked buns from South Fork Baking Company, will be used for the barbecue. She will also be featuring Mountain House Flower’s farm-to-bouquet flower arrangements and live entertainment by the well-known Rusty Miller Band. “We have a lot of ideas,” said Marshall.
Marshall said she plans to continue to build out, having events and launching new beers continuously. Future plans for Marshall include bottling their famous barbecue sauce and salad dressing, adding fish and steak on the menu and an eventual move toward all organic. “I feel really honored to have this entrusted to me to take it further,” said Marshall.
Article by Amanda Hines-Doyle – MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014 • Siskiyou Daily News