Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a craft/microbrewery based in Paso Robles, CA.
The company was formed in 1996 by Adam Firestone and David Walker. In 2002, they purchased SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA, and added 17 interior fermenters, four 500bbl exterior fermenters, a KHS keg line, and Krones bottling line. The company was named World 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. The company released Union Jack, an India Pale Ale], in early 2008 and has won two gold medals at the Great American Beer fest in the most competitive category.
Firestone Walker also brews Nectar Ales, a company it formally acquired in 2005.
Beginning with their 10th Anniversary Ale in 2006, the brewery started a tradition of releasing a blend of their barrel aged beers under the "Quercus Alba" program.
- Double Barrel Ale - an English Bitter
- Pale 31 - California Pale Ale
- Union Jack - IPA
- Solace - Summer Wheat Ale
- Velvet Merlin - Oatmeal Stout
Private Reserve SeriesEdit
- Anniversary Ale - Blended Aged Strong Ale
- Walker's Reserve - Robust Porter
- Double Jack - Imperial IPA
- Parabola - Russian Imperial Stout
- Abacus - Barley Wine
The Flagship and seasonal beers can be found in the western United States in, California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington and Oregon. The Private Reserve Series can be found in those states, as well as in a growing number of other markets which will soon include Chicago, Colorado and the St. Louis area. There are also several other beers that are only available on tap in select locations, such as the Blonde, Hefeweizen, Oaktoberfest as well as other more allusive brews.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company began in 1996, at a small, private facility on a corner of the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County. In 2002 owners Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased 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. We have since 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’s ales are also selectively fermented in the patented Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system. The Firestone Union incorporates 60-gallon, medium and heavy toast American oak barrels
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.