Beer Haven in Wine Country: Napa Smith Brewery
California’s Napa Valley has long been looked to as a mecca for all things wine, and for good reason. As home to over 400 wineries, tasting rooms, and fine dining all surrounded by breathtaking vistas, it’s no surprise that Napa is a favorite destination for travelers the world over. It is safe to say that the beverage scene in the Napa Valley is dominated by wine, but as the only production brewery in town, Napa Smith Brewery offers a haven for beer enthusiasts to enjoy local craft beer in a relaxed taproom environment.
Napa Smith Brewery has been proudly crafting high-quality beer since 2008 under the direction of brewmaster Don Barkley. Don began his impressive career in the 1970′s brewing for the legendary New Albion Brewery (America’s first craft brewery to open after Prohibition) followed by 25 years at Mendocino Brewing Company. Napa Smith Brewery’s team strives to create “beers that are fresh and balanced” which is exactly what they deliver. The spacious taproom offers 12 of their signature beers which can be enjoyed by pint or flight while playing a round or two of darts, shuffleboard, pinball or watching a game at the bar (bonus: Napa Smith Brewery is both family and pet friendly!) Tours of the brewing facilities are offered every day at 4pm which gives you an up-close look at the brewing process from barley to bottle (tour price includes a pint and a Napa Smith Brewery glass to take home). Next time you find yourself in Napa, take a break from the wine scene and enjoy a pint at Napa Smith Brewery. Cheers!