Firestone Walker did not scoop the Best Mid-Size Brewery award at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) out of luck or anything of the sort. As a matter of fact, it is an honor most breweries crave seeing that it is among the highest. That is not the only award this revered brewery has bagged; Firestone Walker also has collected an award under the same name on the global stage at the World Beer Cup for four times in three years. All beer lovers know that it is quality rather than quantity that provides that smooth sensational feeling elicited by well-brewed beer.
Unlike many other beers that focus on an individual brand, Firestone Walker boasts of five brews, which I must admit will give you a tough choice when trying to settle on one brand. Enjoy any of these brands at your home on a sunny afternoon with barbecue and friends. Also, you have it out with pizza; nothing compliments the crunchy seasoned taste of pizza more than a cold Firestone Walker fresh out the fridge.
So what makes Firestone Walker the ideal beer for you? Let’s look at some of its brands.
Double Barrel Ale
Commonly known as DBA, this beer was the first to be manufactured by Firestone Walker. It has collected the GABF award once (2012) as well as numerous other medals over the years since its invention. Seeing that it was the first brew from the company, it is a good idea to try it as your first beer from Firestone if you haven’t tasted these beauties. This brew is fermented in oak barrels and mixed with beer fermented in stainless steel barrels to give a pale British flavor to your taste buds.
This 4.5 % ABV beer is dry-hopped with Mosaic, Halltertau Melon, and Bavarian Mandarina to elicit a citrus whiff that compliments its natural flavor. It was the first beer from Firestone Walker to be introduced into the IPA trend and has fared very well in that regard considering its flavor sounds different from most IPA’s on the market.
Parabola is a Russian stout made out of bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. This gorgeous mix gives this product a smooth feel as it goes down your throat and a very sweet aftertaste. It’s no wonder the distribution of this particular brand is limited, and it can be tough to find. However, be careful with this one as it has an alcohol percentage of 14% ABV.
The brews mentioned above are just but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to beers produced by the Firestone Walker brothers. Other include Velvet Merkin, The Lion and Bear series, Anniversary Ale, Leo vs. Ursus cans, and the proprietor vintage series, where the Parabola originates. Whatever your choice, you can be sure to get a great taste and a relaxing feel from all Firestone Walker brews.
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