On the other side of the wall from our winery sits our small nano-brewery. Our two-barrel, all grain system brews 60 gallons (4 kegs) of beer per batch. The program includes 15 beers, with more developing all the time.
Although Winemaker/Brewmaster Elaine St. Clair has been making wine in the Napa Valley for over 30 years, ten years during the 90's she was also Co-Owner/Head Brewer of Napa Ale Works, one of Napa Valley's original breweries. After a 21 year hiatus Elaine is brewing once again!
All our small batch beers are handmade onsite by Elaine and (President Laina Brown's son), Assistant Brewer Bren.
As a UC Davis graduate, Elaine attended both the Winemaking and Master Brewers Programs and holds a degree in Fermentation Science. She is the only woman in the country that holds the commercial title of both Winemaker & Brewmaster. Assistant Brewer Bren Westerland will also be attending UC Davis' Master Brewers Program come spring 2019.
Elaine is reluctant to call her beers overly ‘craft’, she prefers to refer to herself as a "traditionalist." Our goal is to make balanced beers that elevate classic recipes rather than focus on exotic infusions or anything exceedingly experimental. Bringing a winemaker’s approach to beer, she strives to build layers of flavor. The beer is unfiltered and more malt-driven, favoring a less bitter or heavily ‘hopped’ profile for friendlier food pairings.
Our beers are available on tap in our Wine & Beer Garden, in select establishments around the Napa Valley, or through our Beer Club. All beers are hand-bottled and hand-labeled, with love, by Elaine and Bren in 750ml champagne bottles.
The current line-up includes Pilsner, Honey Wheat Ale, Kölsch-Style Ale, Farmhouse Saison, Belgian Ale, Vienna Pale Ale, Märzen, Red Ale, Scottish Wee Heavy, Brown Ale, Red IPA, Porter, Oatmeal Stout, and Black IPA. We offer three beers on tap at a time. The rotation changes weekly. Check our menu for current rotation.
With the exception of the Honey Wheat Ale, all beers are vegan.