Neil Petersen and Jacob Corella began a friendship while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 2011. This friendship led to them to open Trinity County Brewery in 2020.
Corella comes from the local multi-generational Adrian family, with family ties to the Diggins’ and Tangle Blue Saloon. Petersen moved to Shasta County in 2012, was employed at Woody’s Brewing Company, and worked as the head brewer. During that time Corella and Petersen renewed their friendship.
In 2018 they purchased the Trinity Brewing Company building, which has served as everything from a car repair shop to a youth center, and began an extensive remodel. Their vision was a friendly public house for people to hang out and enjoy beer and good food, including vegetarian choices. Their specialty is their home cut fries.
They brew their beer on site, from the raw hops and grain to the finished product which they serve right out of their tanks. They had just finished brewing their first few batches in mid-March, and were ready to open, when the pandemic ramped up and the shutdowns were ordered. This changed their mindset about how to open. They needed to sell the beer they had already made in order bring in an income. They invested in a canning machine to sell their beer as take-out, along with their food.
It was a hectic time, but Petersen and Corella hope it will only be easier from here on. Neil says they are lucky to have a nice patio area, so they were still able to serve people when indoor dining was not allowed. They appreciate their great location and the positive support from the community. Their emphasis is on quality with a wide variety of beers. They also have a sister company, Senescence Ciders, producing cider with locally grown apples.
Trinity County Brewing at 301 Main St. at the north end of Weaverville, is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
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Business spotlight is a contribution from the Weaverville Chamber of Commerce as businesses rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.