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t0rin0 (1265) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 6, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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. .
bhensonb (460) Woodland, California | February 14, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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. It’s 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.
BVery (400) Burnsville, Minnesota | May 13, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brewpub vibe inside. I sat on the patio overlooking the river. Flight of 12 or 13 brews for ten bucks. Great spot.
Sledutah (313) Utah | October 8, 2010
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
PorterPounder (299) Tallahassee, Florida | October 5, 2005
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Visited here in September ’05. Have about eight beers on tap - all standard brewpub fare - nothing really jumps out -but no real duds either. Food was seviceable and the waiters were attentive. Has a nice heated (yes it gets cold here) outdoor sitting area to get away from the noise in the bar area. Decent place to get away from all the wine tourists.
GeneralGao (222) Iowa City, Iowa | August 31, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited on a weekday afternoon, so the place was essentially empty. The owner stopped by and chatted with us about where we were from and which beers we liked best. Nice guy. Service was great. Food was pretty good. The beers were hit or miss. I liked the Double Secret IPA the best. Definitely worth a visit.
JohnC (155) Mission Viejo, California | August 22, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
I guess I’m against the grain here: my wife and I really enjoyed this place.
We sat outside on the patio with a nice view of the Napa river which made dinner even more enjoyable.
We split a sampler of their nine house brews, plus the bartender added a tenth, FW Union Jack. The house brews were decent. They also had six Russian River brews on tap.
The food was very good. I had cioppino and there was plenty of shellfish. My wife’s French dip was quite good.
The service was friendly and prompt.
I’d recommend it as a place to go in Napa.
joeneugs (147) Livermore, California | June 30, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
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.
TheBrewSherpa (47) Belvidere, New Jersey | June 30, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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!
roder60 (41) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | June 25, 2007| Updated August 16, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Located in downtown napa, this is the best place in town for beer fans stranded in wine country. Nice atmosphere and good food, you can get a sampler of all of their beers on tap for like 8$. This is literally your only decent beer option and its real easy to find with free parking accross the street. Try the fajita salad.
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