Best Firestone Walker Beers

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  1. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (355) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    For my trip in July, i'll be visiting Firestone Walker. What would you guys recommend I get? Seasonal (summer obviously) or regular lineup.
  2. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Champion (896) Nov 30, 2008 Wisconsin
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    Only ones I've tried are Union Jack and Double Jack.....are they're both freakin' amazing.
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  3. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Initiate (197) Dec 10, 2010 California

    Generally the Tasting Room/Visitor Center attached to the brewery has multiple beers including some their limited release beers available for growler fills.

    I always take home some UDBA since it's growler only.

    Grab some Parabola if it's top of July or DDBA if its middle to the end of July.
  4. skycracksopen

    skycracksopen Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 Colorado

    Sucaba is my favorite. Possibly my favorite barley wine ever.
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  5. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Defender (614) Aug 10, 2010 New York
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    Double Jack ALL THE WAY!!!
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  6. Madskill

    Madskill Aspirant (243) Nov 25, 2012 California
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    Wookey Jack!
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  7. JoEBoBpr

    JoEBoBpr Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2004 Missouri

    Wookey Jack is good. Parabola is my fave though.
  8. Stockfan42

    Stockfan42 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2009 Massachusetts

    Double Jack, Wookie Jack, Union Jack and Sucaba are all very good. I haven't had Parabola but I hear its very good.
  9. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
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    Well seasonal or regular is the question or which is best? Can't really go wrong with seasonal OR all year. But Sucaba and Parabola take the cake id say.
  10. Teleweizen2

    Teleweizen2 Defender (656) Oct 27, 2009 New Hampshire
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    I've heard they have a hoppy pilsner, if I were going in the summer i would be all over this.
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  11. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Devotee (470) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Sorry is there a point to this hahaha . . . drink them all, they're great; surely one of the most reliable brewers out there.
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  12. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    Matt Brynildson is a savant. Fresh DJ and UJ are about as good as it gets.
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  13. Irishize75

    Irishize75 Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2012 California

    I am not too familiar with their regular offerings, when I was in Cali last August, I was able to pick up both Parabola and DDBA. Parabola is a top 5 barrel aged stout in my book, and the DDBA while not quite on that level, was easily worth the $15 I paid for it. If you can find Sucaba lingering, definitely snag that one. The anniversary beers I've tried have been pretty good, but maybe not worth the $20 or more they fetch.
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  14. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    I've yet to have something from them that I didn't absolutely dig. Try 'em all, I says.
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  15. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

  16. hctap00

    hctap00 Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 Maryland

    I've been blown away by Double Jack both times I have had it. Also, Wookey Jack is an incredibly refreshing beer. Wish I have had the chance to try Union Jack, but it is hard to find at all fresh where I am.
  17. MicroFanatic

    MicroFanatic Initiate (152) Mar 21, 2009 Washington

    Parabola, Anniversary, Sucaba, and Double Jack.
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  18. chefduff2

    chefduff2 Zealot (531) Feb 17, 2008 New York
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    My wife just had an amazing time there. She was out there for business and unfortunately I was home. She was poured pretty much everything. Sucaba, DDBA, roofus?, Parabola, etc etc. She was kind enough and brought back some to the east coast for me. She had a great time and people were friendly to her. She said the beer is so much better there fresh then back in NY... Maybe someday I will get out there.
  19. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Devotee (448) Jul 31, 2010 California
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    Go to the Buellton Tap Room. Barrelworks just opened and are pouring basically everything rare and its amazing. The regular bar has all the regular lineup, which is also fantastic. I live 15 minutes from the place and am very familiar with all their beers, and recommend setting a few hours aside for this. They serve pretty good food too, so halfway you can grab a bite, and then finish the second half of your tasting. They started doing sours, and they are available in the Barrelworks room as well. The Paso Robles location does not have these available. Go to the Buellton location. Cheers!
  20. sil1

    sil1 Aspirant (228) May 19, 2012 California
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  21. SoggyCoasters

    SoggyCoasters Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2013 New Jersey

    Union Jack might be the most well balanced IPA's across the states. They are really putting out some good beers.
  22. caguiar

    caguiar Initiate (132) Jul 5, 2011 New Hampshire
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    Parabola, Union Jack, Sucaba, Wookey then Double J for me.
  23. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Meyvn (1,374) Oct 30, 2005 Arizona
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    Yes, the Pivo Pils is phenomenal. One of the best I've tried brewed west of the Mississippi. I would recommend also the Porter, the Double Barrel, and the Union Jack. Obviously the big limited releases are all nice, but the beauty of Firestone is how excellent and consitent their regular offerings are.
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  24. Crackerroll

    Crackerroll Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Missouri

    Love Union Jack.
  25. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,235) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Parabole & Wookey Jack. I'd love to say Sucaba, but I've yet to have some
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  26. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,604) Sep 24, 2008 California

    I love Velvet Merlin, Solace, Double Jack and the Reserve Porter. Not big on the Pale 31, Union Jack or DBA. Those are the only 7 FW beers I've tried to date.

    The rest refuse to go out with me.
  27. Pnell316

    Pnell316 Initiate (164) Aug 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    There you go I've fixed it for you and answered it too.
  28. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (469) Aug 30, 2012 California


    Great brewery with no bad beers in their line up. Might be my favorite brewery. FSW anniversary beers if they're around (Might be as I picked up FSW XIV and XVI just this week), DDBA, Wookey Jack, Parabola, Sucaba, etc...
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  29. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Everybody's mentioned all the high abv. and barrel aged beers, standard BeerAdvocate mentality.

    Grab yourself a pitcher of Pale 31 and enjoy it, one of the best Pale Ale's out there.
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  30. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    Dunno what's available when, but Sucaba and Double DBA are both AMAZING English barleywines with 1-1.5 years on 'em...I'd say DBA, as it sounds amazing, but don't get it here yet in MO...the only FW beer I was underwhelmed by was the Porter, and their Double Jack was just 'good' IMO...
  31. Lagger

    Lagger Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2013 California

    Going at a good time. Try Unfiltered DBA, Helldorado.
  32. hophead247

    hophead247 Disciple (370) Jan 27, 2008 California
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  33. moyalva2003

    moyalva2003 Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2007 California

    I agree. We were there a few weeks ago (buellton). The Rufus w/Brett is amazing, the DDBA Barrell#66 (DDBA aged 4 years in white oak barrells) is phenomenal. Actually.....don't go there will be more for me.
  34. Beerz

    Beerz Initiate (128) Mar 6, 2006 California

    Double Jack is quite nice!
  35. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,446) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Best answer - try all of them.
  36. InfernoBoss

    InfernoBoss Devotee (498) Apr 7, 2011 California

    Agree completely. I've been to the tasting room. It's worth setting aside some quality time so that you can enjoy their library in an unrushed session. One of my top 5 breweries. They will pour you some things that will blow your socks off! And they are as low key as can be. Make the trip!
  37. kona650

    kona650 Initiate (153) Jun 12, 2011 California

    Was there last September on a VIP tour they blew me away it was awesome!!!!
    Here's a pic of them making some Parabola!!!
    All I have to say is that they treated us like kings!!!
    The next day was a little rough!!! Lol
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  38. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    Sticky Monkey?
  39. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Helldorado, Sucaba, pale 31, DJ , UJ, WJ.
  40. dawatts

    dawatts Aspirant (211) Dec 27, 2006 Massachusetts

    If you like barley wine you'll love the Anniversary Ale and the Sucaba. Aside from that Double Jack is a superb DIPA.
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