Barrel-aged Beer from Firestone WalkerAugust 12, 2013
Firestone Walker was started about 20 years ago by two beer snobs looking to carve out their own small portion of the industry. Of course, if you want to make a splash in the craft brewing industry, you had better come up with something different and tasty. David Walker and Adam Firestone have done just that with their barrel-aged brews.
When they first started, using barrel fermentation was rare throughout the country, but many other breweries have added this process to their line of beers. With various strains of wild yeast used in the Firestone Walker brews and the unique fermentation process, the company has created an amazing line up of craft brews ranging from pale ales to barley wine.
The Reserve Series
If you want a taste of the best from Firestone Walker, pick up a bottle of the limited barrel-aged beers from the proprietors reserve series. These are some of the absolute best brews they’ve released and includes:
• Walker’s Reserve
• Double Jack
• Wookey Jack
• Velvet Merkin
• Double DBA
All of these beers have won awards at a number of local, national and international beer festivals. Some have placed at the World Beer Championship.
A Limited Release Blended Ale
The XVI Anniversary Ale beer created by Firestone Walker comes from an oak-aged barrel and provides one of the best in their Anniversary Series. It’s released once per year and comes in a 22- ounce bottle for $23. This special beer blends a total of eight different ales and has included many different liquors in the making. It’s a darker beer with flavors of molasses, mocha and chocolate.
Whether you decide the reserve series is the right choice for your drinking pleasure or you prefer a beer from the anniversary series, you won’t be disappointed. Firestone Walker is one of the best craft breweries in the country and consistently produces award-winning beer ready for the serious beer lover.