Denny Bar Company and an Art Show in Etna

Lauri Sturdivant

Denny Bar Company in Etna with a colorful gallery a short walk away

<p class="">Old Building revitalized by born and raise Etna folks - new ideas that really work!</p>

On the west slope of Forest Mountain, when I see Scott Valley with the Marble Mountains at the horizon, well, it always takes my breath away.  I make the day trip from my home in Mount Shasta any chance I get. We often visit the Marble Rim Gallery in Fort Jones and Etna Farmer's Market then check out the phone booth (free local calls only) on Main St. Etna, food and beverages at the Denny Bar Company, a short walk to Catherine McElroy's art show and maybe some soft serve ice cream at Dotty's. When I drive out of the Valley I feel like we had a lovely little vacation.

The Denny Bar Company website tells us the company is the creation of best two best friends who grew up in Scott Valley and developed an interest and obsession in great food and high-quality spirits. When the landmark building, circa 1880, became available for sale in their hometown of Etna they came home and opened the Denny Bar Company, the first and only (legal) distillery in Siskiyou County.

<p class="">Wood-fired artichoke fonduta with bread</p>
<p class="">Wedge salad with blue cheese dressing and bacon</p>
<p class="">A cheesy slice of pizza</p>

On one trip our group of four agreed to eat family style. We started with the wood-fired artichoke fonduta ($12) artichoke hearts in a garlic, Parmesan, cream chess sauce roasted in the wood-fire oven with a choice of sliced baguette or corn chips We choose the baguette that was served warm and crusty. The cheesy dip was hot, creamy, smoky and rich with artichokes. The generous portion was enough to eat with the crusty bread and with our pizza crusts.

<p class="">Denny Bar Co. cooks pizzas in their wood fired </p>

We settled on the BBQ chicken pizza ($15) as recommended by our waitress. The pizzas are made with fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella and provolone. A gluten free crust is an extra $3. The pizza came with chicken, BBQ sauce, cheese blend, red onions, arugulas cherry tomatoes and pepperoncini. You can taste the wood fire bake. This pizza isn't on the current menu, but I think any pizza you order will be equally delicious.   

The wedge salad ($12) included baby green lettuce with Oregon Rogue Creamery blue cheese, pickled peppers, boiled egg and spiced hazelnuts with blue cheese dressing with generous chunks of cheese.

<p class="">Outdoor seating and take-out is how the Denny Bar folks are keeping their staff and all of safe and well fed. </p>

On another trip my friend and I had refreshing gin and tonics with a crispy Brussel sprout appetizer.   Their lavender lemonade ($3) it's sweet, flowery and tart. Denny Bar is family friendly with a kid's menu. They are located 511 Main St. The currently their hours are Wednesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Right now, outside seating only and take out. The menu is seasonal. Visit their website for current menu.

Ask about a tour of the distillery tour to see the shiny stainless steel and a copper kettle with lots of pipes and tubes to move the liquids from one container to the other. The final products are bottled or put into aging oak barrels, including hand sanitizer. It really is a small hands-on craft product that is a labor of love that is interesting to visit.

<p class="">I purchased this piece to give me a little joy in my office. It makes me happy! </p>

Ruby Moon Art Gallery - It's full of color!

<p class="">Catherine Elroy's Rubymoon Art Gallery is s open for business in her front yard! Only a 400 foot walk from Denny Bar. </p>

Catherine McElroy's art show is about 400 yards from the Denny Bar Company you will find. Cathy has set her booth up in her front yard since the pandemic has shut down the arts and craft fairs, she would be doing this summer. I purchased several of her poured pieces. I cannot resist falling in love with the colors that surrounding a tree in the painting. Her work s full of color and whimsy. Her studio is located at 608 Main St. Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.