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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
107 Chestnut St.
phone: (530) 926-0209
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
A small place in central Mt. Shasta. If you are passing through on I-5 it's worth a stop for certain. They seem to pride themselves in having a good beer selection with an emphasis on California craft brews in the bottle and a small but quality draft selection. Several beer posters and funny beer-related quotes and random thoughts adorn the walls. The food was excellent...I would label it as slightly gourmet and creative pub food at a very good value. They had probably around 70 different beers in the bottle and about 8 on tap if I am remembering correctly. I had the Double Daddy Imperial IPA by Speakeasy Brewing. Definately the best beer selection in the Mt. Shasta area that I know of. A very inviting atmosphere and a knowledgeable staff. Do not hesitate to stop by here if you are in the area and feel the urge to have some quality food and brews at a good price. This place is a gem!
February 2008 update: Night and day from my first visit. I stopped by for dinner and was surprised to find the bottled beer selection had dwindled to around 15 selections. The server informed me that the bottled beers hadn't been selling well and that they were going to stock a much smaller bottle selection, focusing on rare and difficult to find beers. There wasn't much on tap when either, maybe 5 beers. The server seemed discouraged but sympathetic when I asked about the small bottle and tap selection. The food this night was substandard. My Kobe burger was burnt and dry and the fries tasted like McDonald's. I really hope this was an off night. I wonder if the small population of Mt. Shasta is enough to support a beer bar such as this place aspires to be. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come for Billy Goat's Tavern. Based on my experience there tonight I am adjusting the food and selection ratings from my original review.
02-07-2007 06:29:39 |
More by jletts
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
a nice little bar/grill in Mt. Shasta, they had 11 beers on tap, pretty much all California beers, they also had a double door size cooler full of bottles, the only macro lager in the place is Pabst and it is on tap. the food here is very good, i had a cheeseburger and the wife had a grilled turkey sandwich and we were both very pleased. the only downside to this place is the size, the inside space is very limited, only about 5 tables, but they have a good size patio area that is nice and shady. if you are ever in Mt. Shasta definitely stop by this place for lunch and a brew, you wont be disappointed.
09-01-2007 02:05:43 |
More by jayfarley3
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Why didn't I know about this place sooner?
The three of us went here while staying in the area. After three pints and dinner we still didn't want to leave.
I have actually driven by the place a couple of times in the past and didn't realize what it was. There is no big signs from either direction you travel.
Inside the place is very small a short bar for a few, maybe 6 tables and it fills so cramped so we sat outside. There is a deck that over looks the road and some other businesses to the west. Here again there isn't alot of space but definately more than inside.
The brews on tap are mostly northern ca. based. Such as Eel river, Speakeasy, Butte Creek but there is a rotating line-up so you get what you get. They had a black beer from Eel river that we were very impressed with and the Speakeasy ipa was good as well.
Food was very good as well, I will definately return here in the future.
05-06-2008 16:07:24 |
More by Inflames
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Visited on 5/18/08.
I highly recommend this place if you ever find yourself in Mt Shasta City. I climb Mt Shasta every year and one of the highlights on the trip is getting lunch and a couple of beers at this place after the climb. It's a small restaurant with a large deck, perfect for enjoying the great mountain weather. They had about a dozen beers on tap, most of them local such as Eel River and Mt Shasta Brewing Co. They also had Stone Ruination and Oaked Arrogant Bastard on-tap. These two beers are pretty hard to find on-tap anywhere, let alone at a restaurant in a tiny town near the Oregon border. The food is fantastic. It's grill food (burgers and sandwiches) with a slightly gourmet twist. You can get any of the burgers with Kobe beer and the tuna melt was a solid steak of ahi tuna. They also have a cooler with a pretty good selection of bottles. Again, this place is great.
05-19-2008 17:43:20 |
More by willjschmidt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My first stop while in Weed was at a local liquor store where i found some nice Nothern Cali brews and some friendly advice....before you leave the lady at the counter told me, make sure you stop by the billy goat Tavern!!
I had been on Mt.Shasta for two days eating trail mix and beer jerkey, while hikking to 10,000 + feet each day. I was craving a real meal and heady brew!! Back to Shasta City we go!!
The place is very laid-back, infact the bartender inside told us just that..."This is the most laid-back place you will ever find" he said, so we had a seat outside on the balcony which is brimming with happy people. good to see. Eventhough it was busy, we got good service, fast and nice. The food selection for a Tavern is excellent, i has a mind-blowing maple-turkey sandwich, I'm willing to say it was the best one i've ever had, and i love turkey sandwiches!! It had a nice sauce, bacon and cheese, grilled to perfection. i also had the Rastafarian Porter, and a side of soup! clamchowder...also a favorite of mine. They have about 6 or 7 other beers as well, mostly local though, which is great.
If your in Shasta city, do yourself a favor and stop in!!!
07-06-2009 20:24:46 |
More by GratefulBeerGuy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A great beer bar in the very nice town of Mt. Shasta. Small inside, but they have a nice large deck with great views of the mountain.
Atmosphere is laid back. Often a mixture of locals and people coming back from skiing and snowboarding. A handful of TVs showing sports and what not.
Quality and selection is excellent. Usually a Stone brew on tap, (rare up here in Northern Cal) along with 11 other draft beers. The only "cheap" beer is the trendy PBR, the other taps have quality micros from places like Lagunitas, Sierra, Etna, etc... They also have a bunch of bottles, a lot of them are also beers that you don't see very often up in this part of the state.
Service is good. Prompt, but not overbearing.
Food is very tasty, but a bit pricey. I paid almost $10 for a burger, it was really good though. Beer was I believe $4 a pint, not bad.
Highly recommended spot in a cool town. And easy to get to off of I-5.
12-11-2007 02:48:51 |
More by flexabull
Billy Goat's Tavern in Mt. Shasta, CA