Monday, February 22, 2010
Day 53 Drink: Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing is nestled in Paso Robles, Calif., a part of the world better known for wine than it is for beer. The brewery actually started in 1996 at the home of the Firestone Winery in Santa Barbara County. In 2002, Firestone Walker purchased the former SLO Brewery and relocated its operations.
Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale is a 5 percent alcohol by volume pale ale created using the patented Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system which employs 60-gallon new American oak barrels. Marris Otter Pale, Munich, Crystal and Chocolate malts are brewed along with Magnum, Styrian Golding and East Kent Golding hops. The ale was the first product brewed at Firestone Walker and still accounts for 50 percent of the company’s sales.
Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale offers up plenty of smooth flavor. It pours a bright copper color with a sturdy tan head. Aroma offers a slight sweetness that is paid off in the flavor. Very drinkable ale, with drying hops emerging in the finish.