July 21, 2017

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in Paso Robles, Central California. The company was formed in 1996 by Adam Firestone and David Walker. In 2002 they acquired SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA. The original SLO Brew, built in 1998, featured seven 200-barrel JV Northwest unitanks and a 200 barrel JV Northwest bright beer tank. Firestone Walker has added to the original brewery, now featuring 17 interior fermenters, four 500bbl exterior fermenters, a KHS keg line and Krones bottling line among other improvements.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company has grown to become one of the “Top 50″ largest craft breweries in the U.S. brewing over 60,000 barrels of beer in 2009.

After developing a patented oak barrel brewing system named "Firestone Union" based on the 19th century Burton Union brewing method. The ale resulting from this method is called Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale. The company was named World Beer Cup Champion Brewery for mid-sized breweries in 2004, 2006 and 2010 and their Firestone Pale Ale was named "Best Beer in America" by Men's Journal in 2006. Firestone Walker also brews Nectar Ales, a company it formally acquired in 2005. Nectar Ales was founded in 1987 by Mario Celotto under the name "Humboldt Brewing Company", and was one of California's first microbreweries. Nectar Ales brewed its beer in Arcata, California until the company reached capacity in 2002 when it formed a partnership with Firestone Walker and moved the majority of its production to Firestone's Paso Robles facilities.

Beginning with their 10th Anniversary Ale in 2006, the brewery has started a tradition of making annual premium craft beers (some aged in 4 barrels for as long as 5 years) for the connoisseur. Available in 750 mL bottles both editions produced thus far have proven extremely popular. Their 11th Anniversary Ale was released in 2007 to some fanfare and anticipation, selling out rapidly through most suppliers.

Union Jack India Pale Ale

A / 4.6
Union Jack India Pale Ale

Union Jack is the aggressive IPA that you’ve been searching for. Citrus, pineapple, and a full chewy malt profile finish clean on your palate. Over 70 IBUs and 7.5% alcohol by volume, Union Jack won’t have any problem competing with the big India Pale Ales. A beer true to its origins; deeply hopped and bolstered for a long voyage.

Firestone DBA (Double Barrel Ale)

A- / 4.2
Firestone DBA

STYLE:
English Style Bitter / Amber Ale
Color- 16.0L (Amber)

FERMENTATION:
Selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system.

MALTS:
Premium Two-Row
Maris Otter Pale
Munich
Crystal
Chocolate

HOPS:
Bittering – Magnum
Late Kettle – Styrian Golding, East Kent Golding
Dry Hops – East Kent Golding

FOOD PAIRINGS:
Versatile – Grilled meats, pizza, Italian red sauce dishes