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Firestone Walker | Luponic Distortion IPA Series #10

June 13, 2018 |

I just got back from a weekend of epic proportions. World class beer, informative talks, great music,  new friends, and an impressive brewery tour. The Firestone Walker Invitational is definitely the ultimate beer festival every beer fanatic should experience. While … Read More

Event Recap | 2018 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

June 7, 2018 |

“The BEST beer festival I’ve ever been to!,” Seriously amazing breweries here!” and “I haven’t had a bad beer all day!” – these are just some of the quotes we heard from attendees during the 2018 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest this past weekend. In an attempt to crush the media coverage, the NorCal PorchDrinking.com team survived the 97+ degree Paso Robles heat during the Invitational weekend, but also drank some tasty beers. Now, onto some of our favorite moments, beers, and bites!

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Event Preview | 2018 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

May 24, 2018 |

Summer is upon us and that means there are at least 1,000 beer festivals already announced, or at least it seems that way. However, when you’re one of the country’s preeminent breweries, you’ve got the ability to handpick other elite level breweries to join for an invitational; enter the Firestone Walker 2018 Invitational Beer Fest. We hope you were able to snag your tickets before they sold out (no tickets will be available at the door) and you have started to hydrate because this year is going to be a doozy.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018 |

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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Firestone Walker | Mocha Merlin: Who Says Winter Has to End?

May 10, 2018 |

Firestone Walker Brewing Company, California’s Central Coast brewing behemoth, has become a frequent visitor to the Colorado craft beer scene. With hazy memories of tasters at past beer festivals, I eyed a can of Mocha Merlin with hesitant hope.

Sure, the hearty coffee-infused stout is a beer intended for the cold season — a great beer to warm you up as you sip from your chalice in the (Game of Thrones’) Winterfell Great Hall — but why must winter ever end? Recent posts on various “beer check-in” websites show that the beer continues to be enjoyed, even as the weather turns more summer-like each day.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company | Nitro Merlin Milk Stout

May 1, 2018 |

There was one week in Denver where I saw the weather go from 75 degrees and almost too sunny to 35 degrees and white-out snowing the following day. So, when I finally arrived home after a day of being surrounded by drivers without their headlights on, I needed a beer. I am very much a seasonal drinker. Nothing sounds worse to me than a light beer during the colder months or a thick, dark beer during the hotter months. Therefore, I was extremely thankful that I had a Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout in my fridge.

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A Beer Insider’s Road Trip Guide to Northern California

February 12, 2018 |

For most, the foray into the world of beer trading is swiftly met with an introduction to the secondary value world, as that perceived value tends to drive the trading market. Fortunately, there are still areas free from the shackles of “me first” mindset. Luckily, through my own beer journey, I’ve been fortunate enough to find a small group that acts as a family. While the group mostly allows us to maintain connections online and send each other beers as presents, surprises, and BIFs (beer it forward, essentially chain mail but with beer as presents); recently I have focused my domestic travels on meeting these people in person. With SF Beer Week in progress and more than a half dozen faces I had yet to meet in person, I “sailed off for the San Francisco Bay”.

“Ride, captain ride upon your mystery ship. Be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip.”

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The Weekly Buzz | January 26 – February 1

February 2, 2018 |

Foxboro, Mass. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy, and the New England Patriots are no exception to this. Our heroes, the Philadelphia Eagles, are about to meet these cheaters on the gridiron and bring the Lombardi Trophy home to the City of Brotherly Love. I know you’re all rooting for the right team. You’re impatient for the game to start. So, why not read a bunch of tweets about beer? This is The Weekly Buzz.

From Wentz we came. In Foles we trust.

Fly Eagles Fly.
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The PorchCast | Ep 47 Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker & Neil Fisher of WeldWerks

January 19, 2018 |

Episode 47 of the PorchCast had Tristan, Hunter and Sam recording from the Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Festival at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, CO. In town for the special occasion was Matt Brynildson, brewmaster for Firestone Walker and Neil Fisher, co-founder and brewmaster for WeldWerks Brewing in Greeley, CO.

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Firestone Walker Releases Generation 1 IPA

August 17, 2017 |

In a world full of juicy IPAs, Firestone Walker (FWBC) is bringing Generation 1, an unfined and unfiltered West Coast IPA, to all its markets for a limited time (eight weeks). The beer is a product of the FWBC R&D program, located at the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice, California.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | August 2, 2017

August 2, 2017 |

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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Brewing News Roundup | Several New Beers Are On The Way

July 5, 2017 |


While we can’t pretend to list every new beer release, here are several tasty tidbits that have come across the PorchDrinking.com desk from around the nation. New beers, new packaging, new collaborations and so much more.

Jump to the beer release(s) from the following breweries:

Avery Brewing | Bear Republic | Bell’s Brewery | Brewery Ommegang | Firestone Walker | Forbidden Root | Fremont Brewing | Green Flash | Great Divide Brewing | Modern Times Beer | Moody Tongue | New Belgium Brewing | Reformation Brewery | Rogue Ales & Spirits | SweetWater Brewing | Terrapin Beer Co. | Hopstix

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Event Preview | Firestone Walker Invitational

June 2, 2017 |

Part of being an adult is understanding what your priorities are in life. That is exactly why my wife and I are heading down to Paso Robles, California for the Firestone Walker Invitational one day after closing on our house. Yes we could spend the weekend moving out from the in-laws and settling into our first house, but we can do that anytime. And this is the Firestone Walker Invitational, a beer festival described as “An epic yet intimate gathering of 50+ leading brewers from around the nation & world celebrating craft beer in our hometown of Paso Robles.”

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Vinyl & Beers | Milli Vanilla-i and Other Tales

April 20, 2017 |

As with all great vices, we tell ourselves that as long as we are contributing something positive to the world, then we can indulge our heart’s desires. At least that is what I have convinced myself with Vinyl and Beers, that I can drink as much beer and buy as many records as I deem necessary for the sake of beauty. Being fully committed to my art, I pair a record from my collection with every beer I drink at home, and these are their stories. DUN DUN.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017 |

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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BREAKING | Firestone Walker 2017 Invitational Tickets Go On Sale Monday!

February 5, 2017 |

Featured Image Credit: Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Tickets for this year’s Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest (FWIBF) will go on sale Monday, February 6, 2017! This celebration of craft beer will take place on noon until 5 p.m. on June 3, 2017 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. FWIBF will feature over 50 breweries from around the country. The Invitational will also include food samples from several California restaurants.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

January 30, 2017 |

Sierra Nevada issues a huge recall, North Carolina brewers make plans to repeal the distribution cap law, and a Virginia senator hopes to boost farms and breweries in his home state. No matter where you live in the country, we got you covered. Keep reading to catch the details of these stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Firestone Walker to Offer Bravo & Future Vintage Reserves in 12 oz Bottles

January 26, 2017 |

Cover Photo Courtesy Firestone Walker

Bravo is the first beer release from Firestone Walker as part of its shift from offering Vintage Reserve barrel-aged beers in 22-ounce bomber format to 12-ounce bottles in 2017. This transition includes longtime stalwarts such as Parabola and the annual Anniversary Ale.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

November 14, 2016 |

New Belgium heads to Massachusetts, Bell’s names home brewing winners, and Upland sends their sours to Boston. The election is over and chances are, you’ve been drinking heavily. We’re not here to stop you, we’re just here to educate you about the fine breweries that have been keeping you sane for the past few months. Keep reading to catch the details of these stories and more, in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

November 7, 2016 |

AB InBev scoops up Karbach Brewing, Todd Haug joins Three Floyds, and Innis & Gunn crowdfunds over one million Euros for their next expansion. With only one day left until the election, we know you’re hiding from your TV and the barrage of political ads. We also know you’ve probably been drinking heavily. Stay informed about the issues that matter: craft beer news. Keep reading to catch all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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