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One thing I can count on is getting a good burger and beer at Dunsmuir Brewery Works, 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.

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 days 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 Avenue and a view of their garden. Well behaved dogs are welcome on the patio.

DWB is family friendly eatery located at 5701 Dunsmuir Avenue. They are open Monday thru Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Sundays. There is live music most weekends. They are open seven days a week during the summer months. For more information (530) 235-1900 or

Check out the recipes on for the DBW’s recipe for Warm German Style Potato Salad.