Silverado Brewing Company



This brewery closed on Nov. 25, 2012

Striking gold at Silverado

Likely the first thing you notice as you approach Silverado Brewing Company is the unique stone building in which it is housed. The historic building once housed a winery and sits adjacent to the Freemark Abbey Winery complex.

This physical connection gives you a strong hint as to the close relationship Silverado Brewing keeps with the local wine industry. Could that be because so many of its customers are wine people?

The Brews

Silverado specializes in ales. On the beer list you won't find many things too far out of the mainstream -- a blonde, a pale, a wheat, an amber, etc. -- but it is the care that they take with these basics that belies their roots in super-premium wine country. Brewer Ken Mee's years of experience show through with his emphasis on quality ingredients, brewed in small batches and not rushed to market.

Normally you will find four full-time beers and a couple of seasonals on tap when you visit. Come here looking for well-made, food friendly ales, and you won't leave disappointed. You might even find an occasional bourbon-barrel-aged specialty.

Some beers to look for

Certifiably Blonde an easy drinking, but satisfying beer. Very clean and fresh. Made with certified organic ingredients. ABV 5.4%

Wheat Ale – really nice with hints of mango, apricot and honey. A summer favorite.

Amber Ale – toasty, malty and nice. The hops give a pleasant bitterness to this creamy smooth beer. ABV 5.4%

Oatmeal Stout — dark roasted coffee/chocolate aroma and taste. Creamy mouthfeel. Offered year-round.

I.P.A. – a cool season specialty with more hops and malt.   60 I.B.U. and 7.7 ABV.

Wander in at the right time of year and you can find other fresh seasonal specialties such as a malty Octoberfest lager or a Porter. A total of 14 different seasonals and specialty releases happen throughout the year.

The Restaurant

The restaurant is general American cuisine done right. The Silverado kitchen, led by chef Bernardo Ayala, emphasizes pure, organic, sustainable, and high quality local ingredients. Standard bar food such as wings and burgers are there, but they take a backseat on the menu to grilled free-range chicken salad, ceviche, Pacific salmon, pork chamorro, and spicy cajun prawns. The prices are a good value as well.

Proof that proprietors Michael Fradelizio and Ken Mee run a first-class operation can be found in Silverado's periodic Brewer's Dinners. They are truly first-class affairs. What's impressive is that so many of the guests are winemakers and winery employees, yet there is not a glass of wine to be found on the table. It's 100% beer, and everyone is completely happy with that.

This is the indoor bar area, which also includes a table seating area. A little beer garden is located out front. The restaurant is in a totally separate section of the building.



You will find Silverado directly along Hwy. 29 approximately
2 miles north of the town of St. Helena. Just look for the Silverado Brewing and the Freemark Abbey Winery signs. If you are headed north, the brewery is on the right, soon after you pass Lodi Lane. You’ll find plenty of free parking.

Tours: offered seven days a week at 11:00 a.m. Call ahead for reservations and additional information

Address: 3020 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena CA 94574

Phone: 707-967-9876

Go ToSilverado Brewing Web Site

             Silverado Facebook page

You'll find the actual brew house located at the end of the main barroom behind a ceiling-to-floor glass wall.

Above is the scene at one of Silverado's incredible Brewer's Dinners. This one aptly paired five delectable food courses with five Silverado ales. All the food was prepared in-house by their chef and kitchen staff.

The evening was outstanding. Take for example the Grilled Black Mission Fig Salad (with Point Reyes Blue Cheese, asparagus, candied walnuts, crispy Niman Ranch bacon and a balsamic glaze) paired with the malty Amber Ale and the Cedar-Planked Wild Pacific Black Cod (with quinoa pilaf, mango-avacado-red onion salsa, watercress and honey butter sauce) paired with the flavorfully fruity, yet dry, Wheat Ale.


Silverado Brewing Company is the building just above the map marker. You turn off Hwy 29 into the parking lot right below the marker. The Freemark Abbey Winery complex shares the parking areas.

Silverado Brewing Company uses premium ingredients in its brewery and restaurant. For instance, see above the stacked bags of Weyermann malt from Bamberg, Germany,

When you enter the building, you are always greeted by the announcement board that tells you what's happening. a separate board by the bar lists the current beers on tap.

Silverado head brewer
Ken Mee 
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