Napa beer doesn’t always get as much attention as the region’s wines, but if you know where to look for it, you’ll find a diverse array of craft beers sure to please any brewski enthusiast. And what better time to enjoy a pale ale, stout, or porter than at a Napa brewery happy hour that never disappoints?

Happy Hour at Downtown Joe’s features delicious brews, good food, and fun bartenders ready to serve you every Monday through Friday from 4-6 pm. Enjoy your half-price appies, beers, and wines by the glass on the patio overlooking the river or indoors, where live sports viewings and music are always on tap.

Why Do We Call It Happy Hour?

It’s said the US Navy coined the term “Happy Hour,” using the 1920s slang to describe relaxing on-board activities that let them, at least for a short while, forget the drudgery of life at sea. However, the phrase itself appeared much earlier. For instance, in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Lorenzo tells Portia he hopes, “Fair thoughts and happy hours attend you.”

Another theory is that during Prohibition, people were forced to do some “secret drinking” before going out to dinner. They weren’t necessarily called happy hours, but the tradition of people getting together for a few drinks before dinnertime continued long after Prohibition ended. It was sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s that the term became associated with discount drinks. By the 1980s, it became the social event we know and celebrate today.

Napa Beer: Happy Hour Get-Togethers at Downtown Joe’s

Downtown Joe’s is hands-down the best local’s bar for mixing and mingling with your friends at Happy Hour. A Napa staple since the 1990s, our hops history dates back even further, to 1985. Our high-quality local craft beers include:

  • Pale ales ranging from our crisp and drinkable “Golden Ribbon” to the British-style hoppy IPA we call Tantric India.
  • Ambers and wheats like our overly hopped “West Coast Bitter” and lighter “Lazy Summer American Wheat.”
  • Stouts and porters for those who like their beer a little stronger, including the slightly sweet “Old Magnolia Oatmeal Stout” and our “Rebob Porter,” named after the freaky flying foe that may or may not be a myth!

Whether you’re planning a Happy Hour meetup to welcome new staff, wish a co-worker well on their retirement, or celebrate a colleague’s birthday, there’s no place like Downtown Joe’s for one-of-a-kind IPAs, tasty pub grub, and entertainment. Of course, you don’t need a special occasion to celebrate Happy Hour. Sometimes, it’s just about the magic of connecting and the timeless tradition of sharing stores over excellent brews.

Have questions or want to make a reservation for lunch or dinner? Contact us online or call 707-258-2337. Cheers!

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