Firestone Walker is a brewery based in Paso Robles, California. It’s owned by two brothers in law, the Firestone and Walker in the name, and began life in the Firestone winery in Los Olivos (Santa Barbara County). I tried this beer in a bar in Paso Robles when I was there just over a week ago. This is the fourth largest craft brewery in California, and it’s now partnered with Duvel Moortgat.
The malts are Premium Two-Row (Metcalf & Kendall varieties), Munich, Cara Pils, Simpson’s Light Crystal. Hops: for bittering, mgnum; late kettle, Cascade, Centennial; dry hops, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Simcoe.
Firestone Union Jack IPA
This is a full-throttle hoppy (70 IBU) beer that’s a tribute to the original IPA style. It’s fresh but rich with a malty edge, showing texture with lovely sweet richness and some bitter hoppy notes. Malty bold and bad, with richness and intensity, this is not for the faint-hearted. 8/10