Limited, specialty cult beers can be really exciting, but not when they only reach the hands of the privileged few. This is why I am thrilled to announce that Firestone Walker Brewing Company plans on making several of its rare beers, called the Proprietor’s Reserve Series, available outside of the West Coast market (which includes New York, New Jersey, Virginia and for the first time, Colorado.
“Every brewer relishes testing the outer limits of their creativity and equipment.” — Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Co. “We have been honing these beers for a while, but I wasn’t sure that we would ever produce them at any appreciable level. The brew team is fired up!”
The Proprietor’s Reserve Series includes Double Jack, a double IPA based off of Firestone’s award winning Union Jack IPA; Walker’s Reserve, a bottle-conditioned robust porter; Parabola, a barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout; and Abacus, a barrel-aged barleywine, as well as their anniversary blend. Firestone Walker will kick-off the launch with the release of its 14th Anniversary blend in November.
Personally, I am pleased to see a renowned craft brewery increasing and expanding the offering of its specialty beers. Craft beer should not be crafted for only the few and the privileged — non-hardcore beer geeks should have the opportunity to enjoy exciting specialty beers as well. And now, some of them will!
“Firestone Walker Brewing Co. is a regional player on the West Coast, but we think that these unique beers have a strong appeal and a constitution that will support the travel away from our local markets. The volume will not be large, it just helps save some of our loyal customers an East Coast flight to Cali.” — David Walker, Firestone Walker co-owner.