Happy, Fourth of July. Even on a holiday, we have beer news.
The staff of Napa Smith Brewery will be on hand at the Napa County Fair tonight from 8:30-9:30 p.m., pouring their pilsner and amber ale, paired with some sausage. It’s part of the fair’s Chef Showcase series that runs throughout the weekend.
The fairgrounds are in Calistoga, on North Oak Street. Gates open today at noon, fireworks are at 9:30, and things wrap up at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and the tasting is included with the admission (provided you’re over 21, of course, because we are talking beer at this event).
This is the only explicitly beer-related event I am aware of at the Napa County Fair this year, but they do usually have some decent beers on draft at the various stands around the fairgrounds, so there is plenty to enjoy while you do the County Fair thing. Last night, the opening night, they were pouring Firestone Walker DBA, which is never a bad thing. Oh and Bud and Stella too, if you’re so inclined.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that my wife is helping organize the Chef Showcase, which is how I know about it in the first place. But my bigger conflict of interest, really, is that I live in Calistoga and think it is a super little town and I am not afraid to give it a shameless plug. I could talk about it all day, so don’t get me started.
– Sean Scully