Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1996
Headquarters Paso Robles, CA
United States
Products Beer
Owner(s) Adam Firestone, David Walker
Firestone Walker Pale 31

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a brewery in Paso Robles, Central California and Buellton, California, USA. The company was formed in 1996 by Adam Firestone (a son of Brooks Firestone) and his brother-in-law David Walker who had studied brewing at University of California, Davis).[1][2] The beers "oaky" taste is attributed to the use of 60-gallon (227 liter) oaken casks for fermentation in the early days of production.[1] The company expanded two times in six years[1] and purchased former SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles in 2002 where they added 17 interior fermenters, four 500bbl exterior fermenters, a KHS keg line, and Krones bottling line.[3] The company maintains a commercial-sized Burton Union system, a system of fermentation in oaken barrels.[4] They are one of only two brewers in the world to do so.[4]

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. The brewery was also honored with the 2007 "Mid-Size Brewery of the Year" award by the Brewer's Association.[5] The company released Union Jack, an India Pale Ale, in early 2008.[6]

Firestone Walker also brewed Nectar Ales, a company it formally acquired in 2005. They sold Necter Ales to Total Beverage Solution in 2012.[7] Nectar Ales reverted to its original name "Humboldt Brewing Company" despite no longer being produced in Humboldt County, California, but at the Firestone Walker plant in Paso Robles and distributed by Total Beverage Solution.[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

2010[edit]

Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Gold Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer %100 barrel aged Velvet Merlin, GABF Gold American Pale Ale Mission St. Pale, GABF Silver American Pale Ale Pale 31, GABF Gold American Amber Ale Red Nectar, GABF Silver Ordinary or Special Bitter Double Barrel Ale, GABF Silver American-Style Strong Pale Ale Nectar IPA, Australian International Beer Awards Gold Medal (Union Jack India Pale Ale); Australian International Beer Awards Gold Medal (Pale 31); World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaster – Mid-Sized Brewery; World Beer Cup Gold Medal (Pale 31); World Beer Cup Gold Medal (Hefeweizen); World Beer Cup Silver Medal (Extra Pale); World Beer Cup Silver Medal (Velvet Merkin); World Beer Cup Bronze Medal (Pale Ale); World Beer Cup Bronze Medal (Mission St. Pale); Draft Magazine Top 25 Beers 2009 (Union Jack India Pale Ale); Maxim Magazine Best India Pale Ale (Union Jack India Pale Ale).[8]

2009[edit]

World Beer Championship Gold Medal (Black Xantus); World Beer Championship Silver Medal (Walker's Reserve); European Beer Star Silver Medal (Union Jack India Pale Ale); European Beer Star Bronze Medal (Honey Blonde); Festival of Barrel Aged Beers Gold Medal (Lil Opal); Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal (Union Jack India Pale Ale); Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal (Firestone Extra Pale); Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal (Nectar India Pale Ale); LA County Fair Gold Medal (Double Barrel Ale); LA County Fair Gold Medal (Hemp Ale); LA County Fair Silver Medal (Red Nectar); LA County Fair Bronze Medal (Pale 31); LA County Fair Bronze Medal (Hefeweizen); San Diego County Fair 1st place (Nectar India Pale Ale); San Diego County Fair 2nd place (Pale 31); California State Fair Gold Medal (Pale 31); California State Fair Gold Medal (Red Nectar); California State Fair Gold Medal (Nectar India Pale Ale); California State Fair Silver Medal (Hefeweizen); California State Fair Silver Medal (Union Jack India Pale Ale); California State Fair Silver Medal (Hemp Ale); California State Fair Silver Medal (DBA); California State Fair Bronze Medal (Walker’s Reserve); LA County Fair Gold Medal (Double Barrel Ale); LA County Fair Gold Medal (Hemp Ale); LA County Fair Silver Medal (Red Nectar); LA County Fair Bronze Medal (Pale 31); LA County Fair Bronze Medal (Hefeweizen); Australian International Beer Awards Gold Medal (Union Jack India Pale Ale); Australian International Beer Awards Silver Medal (Double Barrel Ale); Australian International Beer Awards Silver Medal (Pale 31)[8]

2008[edit]

European Beer Star Gold Medal (Union Jack India Pale Ale); European Beer Star Bronze Medal (Oaktoberfest); European Beer Star Bronze Medal (Honey Blonde); GABF Gold Medal (Union Jack India Pale Ale); GABF Gold Medal (Mission St. Pale); GABF Silver Medal (Nectar Pale); GABF Silver Medal (Velvet Merkin); GABF Silver Medal (Oaktoberfest); GABF Bronze Medal (Firestone Pale 31); LA County Fair Gold Medal - English Style Pale Ale (Double Barrel Ale); LA County Fair Gold Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Pale 31); LA County Fair Gold Medal - American Strong Pale Ale (Nectar India Pale Ale); LA County Fair Silver Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Nectar Pale); World Beer Cup Gold Medal - Other Low Strength Ale or Lager (Firestone Extra Pale); World Beer Cup Silver Medal – American Style Strong Pale Ale (Nectar India Pale Ale); World Beer Cup Silver Medal – American Style Strong IPA (Union Jack India Pale Ale); World Beer Cup Bronze Medal – Oatmeal Stout (Velvet Merkin)[8]

2007[edit]

GABF "Mid-sized Brewery/Brewer of the Year" GABF Gold Medal (Firestone Pale 31) GABF Gold Medal (Nectar Pale Ale) GABF Silver Medal (Double Barrel Ale) GABF Bronze Medal (Firestone Lager) Best Pale Ale in the World Men’s Journal October Issue (Firestone Pale 31) California State Fair Gold medal (Firestone Pale Ale) California State Fair Silver Medal (Double Barrel Ale)[8]

2006[edit]

GABF Gold Medal (Firestone India Pale Ale); California State Fair Gold Medal (Double Barrel Ale); California State Fair Gold Medal (Firestone Pale Ale); California State Fair Gold Medal (Nectar India Pale Ale); California State Fair Gold Medal (Pale Nectar); California State Fair Gold Medal (Red Nectar); World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaster – Mid-Sized Brewery; World Beer Cup Gold Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Firestone Pale Ale)[8]

2005[edit]

GABF Gold Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Nectar Pale Ale); LA County Fair Gold Medal - Brown Porter (Walker’s Reserve); LA County Fair Gold Medal - American-Style Stout (Hemp Ale); LA County Fair Gold Medal - Munchner-Style Helles (Firestone Lager); LA County Fair Gold Medal - American-Style Low-Carb Light Lager (Coastal Light Lager); LA County Fair Silver Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Nectar Pale Ale); LA County Fair Bronze Medal - American-Style Amber/Red (Red Nectar); California State Fair Gold Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Firestone Pale Ale); California State Fair Silver Medal - English India Pale Ale (Nectar India Pale Ale); California State Fair Silver Medal - Northern English Brown Ale (Hemp Ale); California State Fair Silver Medal - English Bitter (Double Barrel Ale); Australian International Beer Awards Best of Class - International Ales (Firestone Pale Ale); Australian International Beer Awards Gold Medal - American Pale Ale (Firestone Pale Ale); Australian International Beer Awards Silver Medal - Porter (Walker’s Reserve); Australian International Beer Awards Silver Medal - British Pale Ale (Double Barrel Ale)[8]

2004[edit]

GABF Silver Medal - American Amber Ale (Red Nectar); California State Fair Gold Medal and First Place - American Pale Ale (Nectar Pale Ale); World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaste r- Mid-Sized Brewery; World Beer Cup Gold Medal - American Style Strong Pale Ale (Nectar India Pale Ale); World Beer Cup Gold Medal - American Pale Ale (Firestone Pale Ale); World Beer Cup Silver Medal - American Pale Ale (Nectar Pale Ale); World Beer Cup Silver Medal - English Bitter (Double Barrel Ale)[8]

2003[edit]

GABF "Brewery of the Year"; GABF Gold Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Nectar Pale Ale); GABF Gold Medal - American Style Strong Pale Ale (Nectar India Pale Ale); GABF Silver Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Firestone Pale Ale); LA County Fair - Gold Medal European Style Lager (Firestone Lager); LA County Fair Gold Medal - Porter (Walker’s Reserve); LA County Fair Silver Medal - Special Bitter (Double Barrel Ale); LA County Fair Bronze Medal - English IPA (Nectar India Pale Ale); California State Fair Gold Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Firestone Pale Ale); California State Fair Gold Medal - European Style Lager (Firestone Lager); California State Fair Gold Medal - Porter (Walker’s Reserve); California State Fair Gold Medal - English Bitter (Double Barrel Ale); RAF Gold Medal - English Bitter; RAF Gold Medal - Best of English Style Cask Ales (Double Barrel Ale); RAF Gold Medal - English India Pale Ale (Nectar India Pale Ale); RAF Bronze Medal - Best of English Style Cask Ales (Nectar India Pale Ale); RAF Gold Medal - American India Pale Ale; Gold Medal - Best of Bottle Conditioned Beers; RAF Gold Medal - American Pale Ale (Firestone Pale Ale)[8]

2002[edit]

GABF Gold Medal - English India Pale Ale (Nectar India Pale Ale); GABF Silver Medal - Munchner-Style Helles (Firestone Lager); California State Fair Gold Medal - English Bitter (Double Barrel Ale); California State Fair Gold Medal - American Style Pale Ale (Firestone Pale Ale); World Beer Cup Gold Medal - English Bitter (Double Barrel Ale); World Beer Cup Gold Medal - English India Pale Ale (Nectar India Pale Ale); RAF Silver Medal - Robust Porter (Walker’s Reserve)[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tom Acitelli (1 May 2013). The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution. Chicago Review Press. pp. 301–. ISBN 978-1-61374-388-1. 
  2. ^ The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club: Past Newsletters: Vol. 11 No. 10
  3. ^ Pale Tales and Exploits, Firestone Walker Company, 2014
  4. ^ a b The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford University Press. 9 September 2011. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-0-19-991210-0. 
  5. ^ Awards and Press at Firestone Walker, Firestone Walker Company, 2014
  6. ^ GAB Honors 2007, Firestone Walker Company, 2014
  7. ^ a b Bradley, Ian, Cashing in on Humboldt’s name: Humboldt Brewing Company absent from local store shelves, The Lumberjack, Humboldt State University Newspaper, November 3, 2013, accessed December 16, 2014
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Awards and Press Trophy Case, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, 2014, accessed January 16, 2014

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