Interesting stat: this will be my 400th brewery rated here, unless some of the BJís 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 Iíd 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. Itís a quaint little town that is in the heart of wine country, but beyond that itís 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 Iíd 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 canít 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. .
Convenient location in downtown Napa and a pretty large location as well. Plus, itís 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.
Thereís really nothing about this place that really makes me want to go back, but itís there for some ticks and some mediocre beer.
Visited on the afternoon of Monday 01/02/15.
Welcome to 1995 ! Old Skool with a capital O and S ! Three or four locals lurking at the bar who stared at us as we entered. 6 beers on tap and boy were they bad ... highest was 2.8 for me and a few sub 2ís ... the average over the 6 was a paltry 2.25. Service was a little frumpy at first but was fine in the end when the lady (I think) appreciated our ticking game. Strange thing though is there was a solid Russian River sour available in the small bottle section ! And this at the home of the guys who give you not just one wheat ale in their line up of six but TWO and a red wheat at that ! Scroll past really ... unless you are a desparate ticker !
A rather mediocre brewpub that fits right in with its mediocre peers in the area. The beers here ranged from just tolerable to quite, quite poor. Thankfully, our server was friendly to a fault, and the place itself has the feel of a pretty decent neighbourhood bar. Probably not worth going out of your way to visit here.
A deliciously outdated 90s brewpub that pumps out homebrew quality beer. Visitors will find things like red ale and fruited hefeweizen at reasonable prices. The highlight of the trip was our genuinely kind waitress, who was more than happy to accommodate our groupís strange requests. It seems that they consistently have a Russian River beer on tap. Overall, I canít really recommend this placeís beer. However, the service is kind, and you can probably score something like Consecration on tap, so it might be an option if you feel like visiting an unpretentious place for beer in wine country.
Bout time a Californian rated this place. 1. The logo with the dog and the girl is much better than the one shown on this page. 2. Itís a bit more restaurant than brewpub. Area is getting gentrified. Hog Island Oyster Bar (good!) is only about 4 blocks away.Good service. Good and varied food selection. Only had 2 house beers on, as they are doing brewery renovations. Waitress said there are usually 10 taps, and that should be the case in 2 or 3 months. Nice river view available "upstairs". Beer better than expected. Got flavor.
Nice Old English style bar. The service in the bar area was bad. We were there on a Wed night and sitting at a table in the bar. The hostess (very nice girl) came and gave us menus and told us a server would come by to take our orders. Got tired of waiting so we ordered our beers and food from the bar, we never had anybody come to the table to get our orders the whole night. The food and beer was good though. We had a Reuben sandwich and pizza.
Overall it was a great place to stop if your in the area. Glad I was finally able to visit.
Oh, Downtown Joeís. 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 thereís 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. Itís 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 Iím not sure we needed more (the Raspberry Wheat in particular sounded dangerous). We didnít eat but that doesnít seem to be a problem. So if youíre 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.