Beer Boot Camp with Brewmaster Elaine St. Clair

For those ready to take their passion to the next level, or gift the ultimate beer experience, St. Clair Brown Brewery opens up their brewery twice a year for a unique Beer Boot Camp. You will spend the day brewing with the Winemaker & Brewmaster learning the art of crafting world-class beer as well as the nuances of food and beer pairing and technical beer tasting. Guests will also enjoy a 3-course catered lunch.

Beer Boot Campers will take home a St. Clair Brown growler filled with their choice of beer, a Beer Boot Camp T-Shirt, and a case of 12 (750 mL) bottles of the beer they helped brew during Boot Camp (available approximately 6 weeks after Camp).

Experience Highlights

Brewing Process


Fully immerse yourself in the technical process of craft beer making with Brewmaster Elaine St. Clair. Participants will start a batch of beer from the grinding of grain, creation of work, all the way through to hop and yeast additions. A case of 12 (750mL) bottles of beer you helped brew will be available approximately 6 weeks after Camp. Please note, we can currently ship beer only to CA and VA.
This is an extremely rare opportunity to learn directly from a master. Elaine St. Clair is the only female in the country that is both the Winemaker and the Brewmaster.
Beer Paired Lunch


Enjoy a 3-course catered lunch alongside a discussion on food and beer pairing nuances with Chef Kelly and Brewmaster Elaine St. Clair.
Tap into the brain of a professional chef to learn how to pair food with different styles of craft beer.
Technical Tasting


Finish off the day with a technical tasting of St. Clair Brown’s current beer offerings. This tasting will be led by Elaine St. Clair and feature an overview of Beer sensory and assessment basics.
Elaine St. Clair’s beers are made only in 60-gallon batches at a time and not found anywhere outside the Napa Valley.

At a Glance

Available on July 21st, 2019.
9 am to 5 pm
Takes place at St. Clair Brown Cellar.
Meet host in the cellar located in the building across the street from the Wine & Beer Garden.
4 Guests
Causal. Please wear functional footwear and nothing you wouldn’t mind getting wet. It is often chilly in the cellar so we recommend a light layer.
Experience is indoors.
Tax are included.

Our take

St. Clair Brown is Napa Valley’s only winery & brewery. This is a unique opportunity to mix up your standard Wine Country programming for an unexpected and unforgettable experience.
This is the ultimate gift for Dads, Grads, or that hardcore beer lover in your life.
Descriptions of beer brewing have even been found in ancient Sumerian texts. One of the world’s most beloved beverages for thousands of years is currently finding the pinnacle of its expression here in California. Time to find out why!


Ask the team to include a special paring for each lunch course.
Dress in layers, the cellar is cool in the mornings.
Take pictures at each stage to help record the day.

Your Host:
St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery

St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery
St. Clair Brown is the only winery & brewery in Napa Valley. The joint venture of long-time friends and industry veterans Winemaker/Brewmaster Elaine St. Clair and President Laina Brown. Award-winning Winemaker/Brewmaster Elaine St. Clair has been making wine in the Napa Valley for over 30 years. As a UC Davis graduate, she attended both their Winemaking and Master Brewer programs and holds a degree in Fermentation Science. During the ’90s, Elaine was also Head Brewer and Co-Owner of Napa Ale Works for 10 years; one of Napa Valley’s original breweries. She is currently the only woman in the country to hold the title of both Winemaker & Brewmaster for the same house.
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