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Brown Street Brewery

(Brewpub - Closed)

Last updated: October 20, 2000

Napa CA 94559

Closed 1992.
Brewer: Dan Holm.

They made a fantastic Jalapeño beer, along with Dan's special ginseng beers. I don't have any notes from those days, but here's a firsthand account:

Hello, My name is .

I was perusing the web, looking for any information on Dan Holms (brewer extraordinaire, Brown St. Brewery), and I stumbled onto your "this is not the official site of Brown Street Brewery" page. I also found a post from you circa 1991 at what appears to be a University of Michigan message board for brewing (Homebrew Digest #691), wherein you spoke of Dan's ginseng and chili beer.

I am a native of Napa California, and was employed at Brown Street Brewery during one of the two years that it was in business. As the cook, I had the good fortune to drink many a partial pitcher of HolmBrew, as well as trade in hours from my time card for pint or pitcher of Dan's miraculous creations. My personal favorite was his Chili Beer. I could drink that stuff forever. I used to get totally tanked and go play music with my buddy (who worked at Brown St. for a BRIEF period of time) after Brown Street Closed.

Ginseng beer - now that was another thing. I never in my life had a beer that woke me up and got me feeling swell like the godlike Dan Holms' ginseng beer. It was amazing. We had "ginseng junkies", two of 'em, that were there almost every night - no joke. One guy named Corey (a construction worker), and another guy named Dane (PacTel) - these guys would lay down $40-$50 per night just on ginseng beer. Not to mention the fact that they were wonderful entertainment and really livened up the conversation at the bar. What a wonderful world it was.

The point of this email is to say "thanks" for acknowledging Brown Street Brewery. It was short-lived but, the time I spent there holds a special place in my very soul. Dan Holm made the greatest beer I have ever tasted to this day, and opened my eyes to a world of possibilities in microbrew and homebrew. Dan Holm was a gracious and considerate man; rough around the edges, almost annoyed by people sometimes - but a good person and a GREAT brewer.

I last saw Dan during the summer of 1998 when I was in Napa. He was working at Schramsberg Champagnerie (or whatever you call a champagne facility) as the Production Manager, I believe. Schramsberg, coincidentally, was the place he left to go into business at Brown Street.

Again, I would like to extend my personal thanks to you for acknowledging a fleeting moment in my life, and in the lives of those that Dan Holm touched with his mystical magical brews.

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