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Beer and Food Pairing

Beer and Food Pairing

Pairing beer and food together isn’t easy yet it also isn’t magic. I recently attended a Winter Craft Brew and Beer Pairing with some friends and I wasn’t disappointed. The host was faced with a mixed bag of beer fans ranging from those without much knowledge of craft beer to those hard-core craft beer fans that only drink the mass-market beer to earn untappd badges. For a successful event I believe you must follow these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Beer Pairing, DuClaw Brewing Co., Firestone Walker, Rogue Ales, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Trappist Rochefort, Weihenstephan

Quality Liquor Store – Online Store Review

Quality Liquor Store – Online Store Review

Quality Liquor Store, located in San Diego, has quickly gained a reputation as a great source of western US beers for the online shopping community. They also carry a large selection of other US and international craft releases. Quality Liquors originally opened as a convenience store in the early 1990s and has expanded their beer selection as the craft industry has grown, to include other US and international releases. My purchase is good example of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bear Republic, Brewery Ommegang, Firestone Walker, Flying Dog Brewery, HaandBryggeriet, Samuel Smith Brewery, Stores

SAVOR: Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Churchkey

SAVOR: Firestone Walker Beer Dinner at Churchkey

I was very excited when I saw that Churchkey was kicking off SAVOR Beer Week with a dinner featuring beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. We’ve already taken a stab at a few of their beers on this site (Paige with Union Jack and Greg with 14th and 15th Anniversary) and I personally haven’t found a beer brewed by them that I didn’t like. All I knew going into the event was what beers would … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Pale Ale, American Strong Ale, American Wild Ale, Beer Week, Black IPA, English Pale Ale, Firestone Walker, Imperial IPA, Oak, Oatmeal Stout, Pappy Van Winkle, Porter

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Earlier this month, I reviewed Firestone Walker’s 14th Anniversary Ale, which featured a big proportion of stouts compared to their latest anniversary ale. The official blend ratio according to Firestone Walker is: -76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA -Beers included: Helldorado, DDBA, Sticky Monkey, Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Good Foot, Bravo, and Double Jack Add in aging within bourbon, brandy, and wine barrels and this seems like a recipe for success. Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Barleywine, Beer, Bourbon, Brandy, Firestone Walker, Imperial Stout, Wine

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA

This is my first time trying Firestone Walker’s Union Jack IPA because they started distributing to Illinois just as I moved to Pennsylvania. I have been able to pick up the Double Jack and Walker’s Reserve in the past because they hit the Chicago market before their other beers. It is now available there, despite that the Firestone Walker website has not been updated to reflect that. Union Jack abounds with hop aroma and character. In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Firestone Walker, IPA

Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Ale

Each year, Firestone Walker releases an anniversary beer that celebrates both their brewing techniques as well as their wine and barrel-aging programs. Their 14th Anniversary Ale marries six different beers that are each aged in varying types of barrels, ranging from wine to brandy to bourbon. Here’s what Firestone Walker has to say about this beer and the specific proportions: The Goal: To create complexity centering on oak, in a multitude of forms, by brewing high … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Beer, Bourbon, Brandy, Firestone Walker, Wine