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Firestone-Walker releasing their 12th Anniversary Beer

By William Brand
Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 3:47 pm in Uncategorized.

Flash news. Firestone Walker is releasing their 12th Anniversary beer on Nov. 8 at the brewery in Paso Robles. Bottles will be on sale for $19.95 (Well, they’re big bottles).  A limited amount of the beer is making its way northward to the San Francisco Bay Area and all the usual good beer stores and good beer pubs will have it, however briefly. Hint: Reserve a bottle today. This is a beer that will improve with age, although I’ve never had enough self-discipline to to keep one long enough to find out. I always drink it.

Here’s a bit of detail from Firestone-Walker:

  • Head brewer Matt Brynildson enlisted the help of Paso Robles area wine makers to assist in the blending of several barrel-aged beers into the finished product.  Parabola, a Russian Imperial Stout and Bravo Brown, an Imperial Brown are just two of the beers making up the final blend.  Some of the component beers have spent over 2 years aging in a combination of retired bourbon, rye, and wine barrels.  This process contributes unique and one-of-a kind flavors not typically found in beer.
  • The anniversary release will be available to select accounts in limited quantities throughout California and Oregon later in the month.  Only 600 cases of this vintage beer were made and Firestone Walker co-founder David Walker doesn’t expect it to last long.
  • “Our anniversary beers have become somewhat of a phenomenon.  Each year beer fans make the pilgrimage to the brewery to get this limited release and before we know it, it’s gone,” said co-founder David Walker.
  • The release party on the 8th of November will also feature a few other special beers only available at the brewery.  Bottles of  “XII” will be on sale for $19.99 plus tax with a 12 bottle limit per person to insure everyone has an opportunity to purchase.

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  • jeff


    Any idea if Monument Liquors will be selling bottles of the 12? I drank bottles of the 10 and 11 in the past and purchased them at Ledger’s Liquors.

    Do you know when the stores up here will actually receive their allotment of the 12?

  • William Brand

    I’m pretty sure they will. I bought the 11 here. Will ask the beer buyer and post something here.

  • Mario (Brewed For Thought)

    I found a bottle of 11 at BevMo in February, so my guess is BevMo gets quite a larger supply, check there.