Firestone Walker's 4 New Beers
Firestone Announces Release of Four Seasonal Brews For 2009
Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced their first official release of seasonal beers today. There will be four limited draft-only releases in 2009 starting March 1st. Each release will consist of less than 100 kegs and be available to select accounts throughout California.
The first release on March 1 will be a Belgian pale called Little Opal, which was originally released on a limited basis in select test markets last year.
“We have found a real interest in a seasonal beer program from our customers,” said Proprietor David Walker. “Little Opal was so well received last year, it made complete sense to make it the first of our seasonal beer releases. It is a lighter, low-alcohol beer full of flavor and ideal for a spring release,” he added.
Following Little Opal will be a double IPA version of Firestone’s already popular Union Jack to be called Double Jack. Fall will bring Oaktoberfest, a Vienna-style lager which the brewery has made in the past for its annual Oaktoberfest event. Oaktoberfest was awarded a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival and a bronze medal at the European Beer Star awards, both in 2008. Winter will see the release of Velvet Merkin, an oatmeal stout which won a silver medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival and a bronze medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup.
“These beers will be a great addition to our current lineup and will allow the brew team to experiment a bit with some interesting styles of beer,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson.
Established in 1996 on California’s Central Coast, Firestone Walker a regional brewery committed to making the world’s best pale ales, Firestone Walker remains the only American brewery to ferment beer in a union of oak barrels. Firestone Walker Brewing Company was named “Mid-Size Brewing Company of The Year” at the 2007 and 2003 Great American Beer Festivals and “Champion Brewery” for the category of Mid-Size Brewing Company at the 2006 and 2004 World Beer Cups.