How to Eat Napa Dining in 2018

When I moved to Napa Valley in 2014, I had no idea what to expect.

After all, I’d grown up eating the same dishes in the same restaurants for most of my adult life.

I was a sucker for the local-style fare and the small-batch artisanal beer, and I loved seeing all the cool stuff going on.

It was easy to get lost in the community of Napa, and so it was no surprise that I quickly fell in love with the area.

But my first visit was a total letdown. 

The first thing that caught my eye was the local brewpub. 

It was a bit far away, but I was able to catch a few samples before heading out for dinner.

I had been itching to try a little brew at home for a while, so I jumped at the chance. 

I started out by sampling the Red Ale, a sour-flavored ale made with lactobacillus, and then headed back to my local coffee shop. 

Once I had my first cup, I was hooked. 

This beer was amazing.

I liked the citrusy aroma and crisp, slightly bitter finish, and it was easy on the palate. 

My first sip was a tad too much for my taste buds, but after a few more I had settled on a much more balanced sip. 

Red Ale, brewed by the same company that brews the Imperial IPA, is the only beer in the brewpub lineup that is brewed with wild-type bacteria, a process that takes place in a fermentation tank with the brewery’s bacteria strain. 

A few months later, I started trying other beers at the brewery, including an IPA and a sour. 

At this point, the brewery was getting closer to opening a restaurant, so we decided to try the new beer. 

That first time I had it was definitely an amazing experience. 

And, I can’t say that I enjoyed the beer enough to get back for a second try. 

Luckily, the next time I visited, the beer had changed. 

For me, the initial taste was quite nice.

I enjoyed it more when it was warmer in the summer and had more citrus, but it wasn’t quite as sweet as it once was. 

After several more tries, I still enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as it was.

The beer was still tasty, but the flavor wasn’t as strong as it used to be. 

Eventually, I realized I had just been a bit over-analyzing the beer.

I could have done a better job understanding the beer, but by the end of the trip I was just not enjoying it the same way. 

Overall, I would recommend this brewpub to anyone who loves craft beer and is looking for a fresh, local beer to try.

The second time around, I made a trip to the BrewDog Pub and started off with a cup of their new sour IPA. 

They’re definitely taking a bit of a step back with their beers, but they’re still making some pretty great stuff.

At this time, I don’t have a favorite sour from the new line-up, but if I was to pick just one, it would be this one.

I’d definitely recommend getting a taste of this beer to the next person you know, especially if they’re planning to make it their next stop on their journey. 

Stay tuned for more reviews of the best local brews and local eats in Napa.