The Napa Palisades Beer Company, at the corner of First and Main Street in downtown Napa, is taking over the Wine Train, which has been in service since 1864. The brewery, which features thirty local craft beers and many others on tap, as well as cocktails, wine, whiskey, weekend brunch, and a gourmet pub menu, will be boarding passengers for a two hour ride through wine country.
Among the brews produced by The Napa Palisades Beer Company that will be served aboard the Hop Train are the 1849 Gold Rush Red, an American style beer with a hint of caramel, smoke, and honey, the Loco IPA, a slightly bitter citrusy tropical IPA, and the light and crisp citrus-flavored Little Loco Session, which has a touch of pine on the finish.
Passengers will check in at 5:15 p.m. for a 5:45 p.m. departure aboard the Open Air car, which offers 360 degree views of the vineyards. They will be treated to their choice of beer and bar snacks. The evening trip starts at $75 per person, though locals can ride for just $50. The first Hop Train ride will take place on June 18 and visit Rutherford.
Last month, the Wine Train hosted a tequila takeover to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The three-hour train ride, which served a four-course meal paired with tequilas, was an attempt to boost tourism in the region in the wake of the wildfires that have ravaged California.
The Napa Palisades Beer Company is one of a growing number of new craft breweries in the region. Despite the trend towards wine tasting, beer-lovers will no longer feel unwelcome in Napa Valley. Other breweries in Napa include, the Stone Brewing Company, which opened just last month after renovating the 19th century Borreo building at the corner of Third Street and Soscol Avenue. Stone Brewing features a 10-barrel brewing system, food, growler fills and a souvenir shop.
The Napa Palisades Saloon on Main Street serves their own beer, as well as an extensive selection of IPAs. Trade Brewing in the Oxbow District focuses on upscale craft beer, snacks and paninis, and Fieldwork Brewing Company, also in Oxbow has a ever-changing selection of craft beers. Finally, Tannery Bend Beerworks brews, small batch beers that feature local ingredients.
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“We love that we were at the start of Napa Valley’s growing beer scene,” said Tannery Bend Brewmaster Matt Cromwell. “For people who grew up in Napa, it’s really fun to be a part of this and give something back to our community, while still doing something totally unique. The saying goes, it takes a lot of beer to make wine, so as a brewery in wine country, we subscribe to the belief that you can’t have one without the other.”