Napa Smith Organic IPA Wins Silver at the Great American Beer Festival

Napa Smith Organic IPA Wins Silver at the Great American Beer Festival

Napa Brew Pub Now Open To The Public

Napa, CA – November 17, 2011 – Paddington Brands announced today that Napa Smith Brewery won the Silver Medal for its Organic IPA at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. In one of the most competitive categories at the largest beer competition in the world, Napa Smith Organic IPA finished second overall and was the only organic product to win a medal.

J. Smoke Wallin, Chairman & CEO of Paddington Brands & Napa Smith Brewery, said, “We have been saying for some time that despite his tenure as the most experienced craft brewer in America, our Master Brewer Don Barkley doesn’t always get the recognition that his remarkable beers deserve. We can put that concern to rest with this wonderful achievement. The Great American Beer Festival is the foremost gathering of its kind, and only three traditional-style IPA’s were awarded medals. We are extremely proud of Don and his entire team and thrilled to have won this medal.”

“IPA is one of the hottest segments of the craft beer category, but many IPA’s lack complexity and balance. This medal proves that it is possible to brew a benchmark IPA that is drinkable and food friendly,” said Steve Morgan, President of Napa Smith Brewery. “In addition our beer is also certified organic, which makes this achievement even more noteworthy.”

SILVER Medal 2011 GABF

Napa Smith brews a portfolio of award winning beers in Napa, California. Its portfolio is available in 30 states with plans to be available nationally by early 2012. Napa Smith is proud to number Whole Foods, Safeway, and Publix amongst its many retail partners.

“It was a special pleasure to meet and be honored with Jim Koch of Samuel Adams, to walk out on stage with Don and our brew team, and to receive our medal from GABF founder Charlie Papazian,” said Morgan. “Both Jim and Charlie had very kind words for Don. I believe this award will stand as a milestone in our growth.”

The Napa Smith Brewery recently opened the doors of its new brewpub in Napa, CA. The brewpub is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Come visit and enjoy our award winning beers and great people!

Don Barkley - GABF Silver Winner - Napa Smith Organic IPA

About Napa Smith Brewery

Napa Smith Brewery is located at the southern gateway to Napa Valley, just south of the town of Napa. Napa Valley is internationally known as a destination for those individuals who seek the best that life has to offer. Napa Smith is proud to contribute to the Napa tradition of hard work, craftsmanship, and artistry with the introduction of its unique family of beers. It creates its beers using proprietary recipes developed by Master Brewer Don Barkley – the most experienced brewer in the craft brewing industry. Join us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter @Napa_Smith

About Paddington Brands

Paddington Brands ( manages a portfolio of owned and agency premier import and craft beers, artisanal spirits and fine wines. Paddington owns the Napa Smith Brewery & Winery and 3 Amigos Tequila. Paddington is headquartered in the Indianapolis, Ind., metro area with offices in the United Kingdom and Napa, Calif., and a sales team covering the U.S. market and select international markets..