Downtown Joe’s American Bar & Grill

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
phaleslu  (506) Cincinnati, Ohio | February 10, 2016
Oh, Downtown Joe’s. This place became the stand-in for "dated place with sub-par beer" on our whirlwind trip of the area. Which is a shame, because there’s nothing really *bad* about it. The beer is certainly below average but not like CIB or Area 51-level shitty. Just dull and a little off, like uninspired homebrew. The bartender was super sweet and made the unfortunate move of asking us, "What do you guys think?" and we just watched each other squirm while saying things like, "The Red is my favorite." The atmosphere and styles suggest your typical leftover Western US 90s-era brewpub, which you can still find in places like Denver. It’s wood-paneled, a bit dusty and low lit, with a lineup along the lines of APA-IPA-Red-Wheat-Stout. The beers are a bit chalky or mineralic, keeping them a little below average for the already dull styles. She said they normally have between 6 and 12 on tap, but I’m not sure we needed more (the Raspberry Wheat in particular sounded dangerous). We didn’t eat but that doesn’t seem to be a problem. So if you’re in the right mood and not with a group of beer snobs, this place at least has beer, which is more than most places in Napa can say. Hopefully it has some guest taps when you visit to keep things interesting.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
VsXsV  (78) Stockholm, Sweden | February 9, 2016
Welcome to the ’90s. Where the beers are horrible and the interior cliché. Probably the second or worst quality brewpub we visited in our 15ish visits during our trip. Ticks are ticks, but it’s just not worth the trip. Service was nice though. Prices along normal brewpub level. Other patrons seemed to be local alcoholics. They had Consecration on draft though. I’d choose that over the Red Wheat Ale any day of the week.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Ferris  (932) Burnaby, British Columbia | February 8, 2016
An old dated brewpub that is like an old shoe. Service was very friendly and accommodating, giving advice on other craft beer destinations. Beer was pretty average. Not worth a specific trip.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1227) San Leandro, California | February 2, 2016
Convenient location in downtown Napa and a pretty large location as well. Plus, it’s open both early and late, so you can pop in pretty much any time.

Pretty much your typical mid-1990s brewpub here. A dozen or so beers on, though not all house beers. Most of those house beers are pretty much meh, but some are at least okay.

Service was okay on a Sunday morning, though I felt like we were being kind of glossed over due to not ordering food. Looks like pretty typical brewpub fare, burgers and such. Normal $10-15 for most things, it seemed.

There’s really nothing about this place that really makes me want to go back, but it’s there for some ticks and some mediocre beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77  (333) Reno, Nevada | October 25, 2014
Nice place to take a break from all the vino. Decent food menu, live music on weekends, decent beer selection and good service.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 6, 2013
Interesting stat: this will be my 400th brewery rated here, unless some of the BJ’s locations get turned into restaurants.

This is a quiet place in Napa that we visited one weekend. I had never actually been in Napa before that though I’d been in the area plenty of times either passing through on I80 to go to Sacramento or coming from 101 to go to Sears Point. It’s a quaint little town that is in the heart of wine country, but beyond that it’s no better than any other little town in northern California. The pub itself is old looking and is cozy, with some outdoor seating.

What I enjoyed most about the place was the guest tap list. The house beers are decent but most are not something I’d order again. The guest beers are a bit more interesting. I tried a Sierra Nevada beer made for Sacramento Beer Week as well as another new to me Sierra Nevada beer. The food was good and mostly American in style. I had a burger naturally. Prices were standard for brewpub prices, so higher than they should be but no worse than any other brewpub.

I can’t recommend travelling all the way from 101 just for this place but there are other beer stops out this way and there of course is other stuff to do out here. .
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
hackobock  (41) Stockholm, Sweden | July 7, 2013
Tried a sampler of their own brews, nothing that really stood out but decent beers all the way. The food was good and service was friendly.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
joeneugs  (201) Livermore, California | June 30, 2013
I was kind of excited to visit here since I’m a fan of The Brewing Network, and they used to broadcast from here all the time. The location is good right in downtown Napa. The place definitely has an old school brewpub vibe going on. Nice bar with lots tables and chairs. Not fancy or upscale at all. The service was enthusiastic, but I was less than impressed with the bartenders knowledge. He was a nice guy though. The beers were very forgettable. The bartender kept telling me I should have been there last week when they had all the good beers on… that didn’t help me much. Anyway.. the beers were mediocre at best. Didn’t have any food. Overall, this was an Ok stop, but only because there’s not much else in the area. Next time I’ll probably spend most of my time at Billco’s.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
TheBrewSherpa  (47) Belvidere, New Jersey | June 30, 2012
You can’t swing a dead cat in Napa without hitting 13 wineries, wine bars, or whiners, so Downtown Joe’s is respite. Colin brews pretty good beer and is wicked nice. Pub grub is decent and overall I recommend visiting this pub. Say hello to Colin when you are there!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BVery  (573) Plymouth, Minnesota | May 13, 2012
Nice brewpub vibe inside. I sat on the patio overlooking the river. Flight of 12 or 13 brews for ten bucks. Great spot.

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