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Tapping history: Whiskeytown Brewing owners reopen Silver Dollar Club bar in Shasta Lake

David Benda
Redding Record Searchlight

Corrections & Clarifications: This story was updated on Thursday, Oct. 7 to correct the hours of operation for the Silver Dollar Club.

Tired of waiting for escrow to close on the downtown Redding location they covet for their upstart brewery, the partners in Whiskeytown Brewing have reopened the historic Silver Dollar Club in Shasta Lake.

The bar on Front Street officially reopened last Friday.

“This is not exactly the dream, but we are having fun with it right now,” Whiskeytown Brewing managing partner Bart Hauptman said Monday. “What we keep saying is this is the launch pad to get into what we are dreaming, the brewery.”

The partners at Whiskeytown Brewing have re-opened the Silver Dollar Club on Shasta Dam Boulevard in Shasta Lake.

Hauptman has experience in the beer business. He was a co-founder of Final Draft Brewing Co., but has since cut ties. 

For months, Whiskeytown Brewing has been working to open inside the former People of Progress building on Center Street in downtown Redding.

The brewery hosted an open house at the location in July. Hauptman and his sister and co-founder Stacey Homem stood under a canopy tent in front of their fenced-off building introducing themselves to passers-by attending the grand opening of the nearby Diestelhorst to Downtown Walking and Biking Trail.

But it’s taking longer than they thought.

“We were done waiting,” Hauptman said. “We needed to get something going and this thing just fell into our laps.”

Hauptman said there are some potential problems with the downtown location, which he declined to go into details about.

Goodwill Industries owns the former People of Progress building, which has been closed since the pandemic.

Last April, Goodwill Industries of Sacramento and Northern Nevada CEO Richard Abrusci said they were “still working through some lot line adjustments” and hoped “to have a resolution by the end of May.” In June, Abrusci said the building was still in escrow.

A California Alcoholic Beverage Control transfer of ownership notice is posted in the window of the Silver Dollar Club on Oct. 5, 2021.

Abrusci is out of the office this week and can’t be reached for comment.

Hauptman said they are still pursuing the downtown Redding location but are happy to be serving customers at the Silver Dollar Club.

While they are keeping the Silver Dollar Club name, Hauptman said there is a chance they will make beer in Shasta Lake.

“It might end up that we do a pilot brew operation here — very, very small scale. But we don’t know right now,” he said.

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A Record Searchlight article in 2011 said the building that makes up the Silver Dollar Club dates back to the 1930s or early '40s, a time when Central Valley and Project City were boomtowns because of the construction of Shasta Dam.

The bar has six taps, which Hauptman said will rotate with local craft beers.

“It will be a diverse list, not a bunch of IPAs, not a bunch of one thing. We are going to spread it out,” he said. “We want to have craft cocktails, and we want slowly to bring higher-end things like whiskey.”

They are remodeling the patio and plan to reopen it in a few weeks.

“We have some corn hole boards inside, we have a dart board, a couple of pool tables,” Hauptman said.

To start out, the bar will open at 4 p.m.Thursday through Monday. Hauptman said they are talking about opening earlier Sunday for NFL games.

Hauptman said the hours could change to adjust to the business.

David Benda covers business, development and anything else that comes up for the USA TODAY Network in Redding. He also writes the weekly "Buzz on the Street" column. He’s part of a team of dedicated reporters that investigate wrongdoing, cover breaking news and tell other stories about your community. Reach him on Twitter @DavidBenda_RS or by phone at 1-530-225-8219.

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