Napa craft beer

Come for Wine, Stay for Craft Beer

If your anything like us, a nice craft beer after a long day of wine tasting is the perfect way to end the day. And lucky for us, the Napa craft beer scene is continuously growing. The city of Napa is now home to nearly ten breweries all with a distinct style and atmosphere.

From urban nano breweries to larger brew houses like Stone Brewery, Napa has a nice mix that will have you coming back for more. In addition to the breweries, Napa houses several brew pubs where you can catch a game, enjoy an outdoor beer garden, or simply hang out and feel welcomed like a local. Or, interested in a unique beer experience? Napa has you covered there as well.

So whether your a local and needing a place to hang out or a tourist looking for something different to do, the Napa craft beer scene has you covered. Here is a look at what Napa has to offer all you craft beer lovers….

Local Craft Breweries

Napa Craft Beer
St. Clair Brown

One of our favorites is the urban nano brewery St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery. This location is unique for a few things. First, it is the only winery/brewery in Napa Valley. Second, the two female owners have interesting and impressive backgrounds. Both have extensive experience in the Napa Valley wine business, and one is the only female winemaker/master brewer in the US. And finally, the outdoor culinary garden in the middle of the industrial section of Napa makes the atmosphere unlike any other in the city. Added bonus, the rotating small batch craft beer is amazing!

Trade Brewery

The newest local Napa brewery is Trade Brewery. Trade Brewery prides itself on breaking the mold by using unique methods, ingredients, and knowledge of the trade. They aim to bring craft beer to Napa in a new way. With craft as their trade and beer as their passion, you can’t go wrong with a stop by this local joint. And it’s location on First St. in the heart of downtown, makes this a must do if you are staying or visiting the city.

Napa Palisades Beer Company is a more established local brewery and one that is about to get a whole lot bigger. This craft brew company currently operates the Napa Palisades Saloon at the corner of Main and First streets in downtown Napa. They serve great local craft beers featuring their own as well as many guests taps. Coming soon, the company plans to create a multi-million-dollar craft brewery, beer tasting room and beer distribution center. This new space at 807 Soscol Ave. will allow Palisades to do a lot more beers and more varieties once they have the room.

Local Brew Pubs

Tannery Bend Beerworks

There are several places to grab a beer in Napa, but there are a few that really stand out for their great craft beer and truly Napan experience. First you have one of Napa’s newest locations, Tannery Bend Beerworks. Whether you are just getting off work or need to watch a World Cup match at 7AM, this is the place to go. And while they serve a lot of their own craft beer, they also serve a lot of food. You can enjoy lunch, dinner or a lot of snacks, too.

Hop Creek Pub

Do you like to drink great craft beer outside? So do we, and we love to do it at the outdoor beer garden at Hop Creek Pub. Here guests can indulge in unique craft beers, a locally sourced menu and great spirits and wine all while enjoying the California sun. Overall, Hop Creek Pub aims to provide locals an experience built around a welcoming warm atmosphere.

Napa Beer Experiences

Paper Napan Walkabouts

Want to do more than just drink a pint of great Napa craft beer? The city has plenty of options for you. First, you can join Paper Napan Walkabouts to explore the city like a local. Our unique Napa walking tours are the first to feature both local craft beer and amazing Napa Valley wine. Plus, you will explore a unique side of Napa not often scene in traditional Napa Valley tours.

Second, want to learn how to make great craft beer like a pro? St. Clair Brown recently hosted their first Beer Boot Camp. Here, participants spend the day brewing a batch of beer with their Brewmaster and learn both the art of crafting world class beer and the nuances of food and beer pairing. They open their brewery up twice a year for this ultimate beer experience.

Third, want to taste great Napa craft beer and still get the up valley experience? Napa Valley Wine Train has you cover. That’s right, the Wine Train has hopped on board the growing craft beer trend and partnered with Palisades Beer Company to create Napa’s first Hop Train. Guests can enjoy a local craft brew, a refreshing Open Air car, and tasty bites. It’s definitely a unique way to savor your way through wine country.

Napa Beer Mile

And finally, six of Napa’s local breweries have come together to create the first Napa Beer Mile. Beer lovers can enjoy discounts at all six breweries on February 9, 2019. And for those that make it to all six, these warriors get to collect a commemorative cap to wear proudly. You can purchase tickets in advance at here or collect on the day of at St. Clair Brown.

Cheers to Everyone!

Whether you love a great craft beer along with your world class wine, or want to please a group with mixed tastes, Napa has you covered. It is certainly a logical progression for California’s premier wine destination to move into a premier craft beer destination as well. As one of America’s favorite adult playgrounds, it is great to see Napa expand into a variety of amazing local libations.

Napa Walking Tours

What’s a Walkabout Anyway?

Many people have asked, and we have listened. What does a walkabout mean? The answer is simple…kind of.

First, we wanted a name that truly represented our unique experiences. While we conduct guided walking tours, we aim to make it more than just a tour of facts and tastings. Our experiences are about exploring and discovering things that makes a destination unique. It is about truly getting to know a community and what it is like to be apart of it.

Aussies enjoying wine

Second, we wanted to recognize the diversity in Napa. As you will learn in this article, the word walkabout originated in Australia. And one thing you should know about California wine country, there are plenty of Australians. Apparently, where there’s wine there will be Aussies.

And finally, our walkabouts don’t follow a route you will find on a map. Our walking paths are something only a local would know. And while our tours are carefully organized, simply walking about is what we want it to feel like for our guests.

Original Walkabout

So where did the term walkabout originally start? As mentioned above, the term originated in Australia. The term walkabout evolved to describe the “temporary mobility” of a nomadic indigenous Australian. “Temporary mobility” is a nomadic lifestyle that does not establish a permanent residence and includes a significant amount of movement for religious observance.

Aboriginal Walkabout

Young Indigenous adults have the highest mobility rate of all age groups in Australia. A walkabout is their rite of passage during which indigenous males undergo a journey during adolescence. This journey meant a person would live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months to make the spiritual and traditional transition into manhood.

Although this is the origin of the term walkabout, as with many things, the term has taken on to mean a variety of things.

Royal Walkabout

One of the most popular uses of the term “walkabout” is by British Royals. Their version is when members of the royal family meet well-wishers gathered on the street. In earlier tours, viewers would only be able to catch a glimpse of the royals when they drove by in cars. But that changed during the Queen’s tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970.

Royal Walkabout

It was during this trip that the Queen decided to personally greet royal watchers. She wanted to say hello to the crowds, and the walkabout was born. The new activity allowed royals to meet a greater number of people, not just officials and dignitaries.

Now, well-wishers can actually get handshakes and have short conversations with members of the royal family. And at this point, almost every public royal engagement involves a “walkabout”.

Urban Legend Walkabout

Since the term first originated, it has taking on a variety of meanings. And according to Urban dictionary here are just a few of the most popular.

A walkabout can be a spontaneous journey through the wilderness of one’s choosing in an effort to satisfy one’s itchy feet. Or it can be a trek that has no goal other than admiring nature, and the personal satisfaction of walking around the middle of nowhere and making it home alive.

And one definition that is gaining more popularity is the highly selective alternative program for college bound high school seniors. The program consists of several challenge areas to teach students to love learning and help them to make it in the real world.

Paper Napan Walkabout

So what do we mean by Paper Napan Walkabouts? First, let’s breakdown Paper Napan. This term is used to describe a non-native local. Why that? Well first, people from Napa are called Napans. And second, residents up valley have been known to call Napans “Napkins”. And rather than taking offence, locals have taken this and embraced the term. In addition, urban legend has it that natives refer to themselves as linens and non natives as paper. Since our mission is to create a local experience for our guests, you will be an honorary Paper Napan for the day.

Paper Napan Walkabouts

What do we mean by walkabout? As mentioned above, we wanted something that represents our unique experience. This is more than a tour about facts of a destination. It’s more than tasting wine and beer and seeing unique art. Our goal is to immerse our guests in the local culture and make you feel closer to the community. And there is no better way to do this than walking around with a local with great relationships around town.

Overall, Paper Napan Walkabouts believes that the character of a community is what truly makes each destination unique. And we have created an experience that highlights the soul of Napa through art, wine, beer, walking, and really cool locals at each stop.