Downtown Joe's American Bar And Grill
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Reviews by TheDeuce:
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
Downtown Joe's in Napa...
Visited here on vacation with family, interesting to try this in a wine town.
Atmosphere - the brewpub itself is nothing special the usual signs and posts are about, however, they do have wonderful outdoor seating right by the water. We found a table with an umbrella and took in the view.
Quality - the beer here is not outstanding but it is passable. Tried both the wheat and the amber, both were fine. Still, nothing all that interesting on the list and nothing jumped out.
Service-we had a chatty waitress who was eager to please, maybe a little too eager, still she was prompt and friendly and the food came fast.
Selection - a wheat, amber, IPA, Porter, Golden Ale, that was it. Nothing that jumps out but there is a range.
Food - Garlic Fries were very good, burger was large and passable, wife's salad was fine.
Value - not too expensive, particularly for CA.
Overall- a decent place in a wine town, nice views of the water and ok beer. Worth a stop if you are in the area and want beer but not a destination.
08-23-2010 02:35:06 | More by TheDeuce
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4.08/5 rDev +10%
Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/09/downtown-joes-brewery-restaurant-napa-ca.html
Planned in advance, we had dinner at Downtown Joe's in Napa after a day of sampling wines in the valley. While we enjoyed the drive and the sampling the valley's wine, especially the port offerings at Prager Winery and Port Works (the only wine we bought), finishing our day at brewpub in the iconic bastion of wine country was irresistible.
Since most of the wineries close early (by 4:30 pm or earlier), we made happy hour and got discounted appetizers for dinner. Garlic Beer Fries were very good and hit the spot, versions of which we've had through out the trip in northern California. The homemade guacamole was fine but below par for what I expected for being out west and the chips didn't support well enough.
Skipped getting samples and went right for the hops of the Tantric IPA: thin white head and a orange marmalade color like Masala Mama; strong grapefruit and apricot in the nose with a floral and spicy hoppiness; blended hop bite and a balanced sweetness; a very strong IPA hidden in the legendary land of vineyards. Gloria's Overdue Porter was solid for the style and warmed nicely as we ate.
On the recom of our solicitous bartender, I finished with the double IPA, Double Secret Probation: delicate stark white lacing over an amber ale with gold highlighted; clean singular hop nose with sweet breadiness and honey underneath; taste is sharp and chewy; slightly hot and a little out of balance. Bartender said the beer's name is an allusion to Animal House. Evidently the movie was filmed at the University of Oregon (Ducks), the alma mater of the actual Downtown Joe. The bartender preferred this over the Tantric because it had more punch (alcohol) but the bar actually sells more Tantric
Another 100 plus degree July day in the inland, we survived only with cranking the air in the car between stops plus the industrial strength misting systems of Sterling Vineyards. As a result, we really appreciated the almost chilly AC in the pub in spite of it being in a historic building (100 year old Oberon building, a Napa landmark according to the sign). Settling into the comfortable restaurant for dinner with seemingly all locals, we enjoyed the food, beer and welcoming feel. Downtown Joe's is a great place to get a post-winery hop fix.
09-17-2013 00:52:20 | More by FightingEntropy
3.13/5 rDev -15.6%
Located right along the river in downtown Napa. Great place to stop for a beer before a show at the Napa Valley Opera House. Pretty large space. Wrap around bar with seating for about 15-20, multiples tables in front room, a big room in back and a nice patio with outdoor TVs and a nice view of the river.
Selection was pretty solid when I've been in. Generally between 7-10 or more house beers on tap and some nice guest taps, including Russian River sours.
Service was pretty standard. This place gets busy at times so it can sometimes take a few minutes. Beers are sometimes served in a chilled pint glass, which definitely detracts from the beer.
Quality of the beers has ranged from OK to a little better than average. Their double IPA has at times been quite tasty. Other beers from them have been decent but nothing special or all that interesting.
Worth checking out if you are already in the downtown Napa area, but nothing to go way out of your way for.
05-21-2013 18:47:06 | More by colonelforbin
4.9/5 rDev +32.1%
I am not a wine drinker. So when my brother decided to get married in Napa, I assumed I was gonna have to learn to choke down some wine...until I came across Joe's! The food was good, and they have a great selection of beers. If you are not sure what kind you want, they have a great little sampler of all of them. I ended up there twice in 3 days to enjoy the tasty IPAs they had on tap including a triple IPA that was not on the menu, that blew my mind. I plan to return to wine country...so I can enjoy some great beer!
12-09-2012 15:05:57 | More by bigd03
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Stopped in here after hitting up the Alexander Valley way up in Sonoma County. Near the River Walk area.
A: A pretty standard looking bar with bar and brew souvenirs and items all along the walls. They also had a decent amount of televisions. More than ample seating and we were there around 6pm but it was still not overly crowded. Seemed like there were more 'locals' than tourists in the place.
Q: Brews were made fresh there so no concern about freshness or quality. Tap lines were cleaned as was explained to us by the bartender.
Ser: The service was efficient and the bartender was willing to chat us up since it was not overly crowded. Bartender knew all about the brews and was eager to discuss them.
Sel: They had multiple brews of their own making on tap. They had 8 brews on tap that they make on site and some guest drafts. They had a few bottles as well, including some Parabola and S&N Jack and Ken. They offer reasonable pints and samplers. The bartender gave a few samples to us to try. Went with the Lou Paine Pale Ale.
F: Nothing spectacular, typical bar type food. Was tasty but nothing extraordinary.
Overall, this was a nice break up of our 2 week wine excusrion. Simple, tasty brews and edible food. All and all a good place to stop if you are nearby.
10-15-2011 21:23:33 | More by IronCitySteve
Downtown Joe's American Bar And Grill in Napa, CA
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