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Willett's Brewing
(Closed)
902 Main Street
Napa CA 94559
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Notes

Visited: May 25, 1993

Opened: 1988

Closed: 1994

Annual Production: 750 bbl

Re-opened as Downtown Joe's Brewery and Restaurant. Same beer, but they completely removed the fun friendly atmosphere that Willett's had, including the enormous beer can collection that used to be behind the bar and on the walls. Now it's more like a hotel bar, very sterile. Too bad. We used to run into the folks from Brown Street Brewery here, back when Brown Street was still a brewery.

Directions: From San Francisco, take 80 East to 29 North to Napa. Exit at First Street and head east into town. First Street winds around and changes its name along the way, but follow it all the way to the end at Main Street. Willett's will be across Main Street, directly in front of you.

Updated: March 5, 2009

Beer List

    • Date: May 25, 1993 (#53)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 11½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Good color, no bubbles. A bit darker than the Lager. Not much aroma. Quite bitter. Light body.

    • Date: May 25, 1993 (#56)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Very nice amber and great head. Lots of odors...can't tell what they are! As advertised, it's a hop bomb. Good thick body. Not sure about this one.

  • Münchner-Style Helles
    • Date: May 25, 1993 (#57)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Amber, thin head. Definite European aromatic character. Good beer! Thick, with just the right hops. Good beer! I'll have a pint...

  • Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
    • Date: May 25, 1993 (#58)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Very dark red, but not black at all. Fairly burnt aroma. Thick, sweet. Black malts could be upped.

  • American-Style Pale Ale

  • Victory Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Willy's Lager
    American-Style Lager