Firestone Private Label Amber Ale

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by cavedave, Jan 11, 2013.

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  1. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,286) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Hey California BA's, this just hit here, pretty limited info, one old and very poor/unhelpful review -sorry if that person is reading this, heh heh-, some hads with even less helpful numbers next. Anyone try? Any good? Overall impressions? Is this fresh, or a hanging around the distro warehouse thing? Didn't know FW made Ambers. Well, never had a beer from them I didn't like/love. Anybody know anything? Thanks.
  2. drgonzo2k2

    drgonzo2k2 Aspirant (264) Aug 24, 2012 California

    Heya Dave,

    FW contract brews for a number of places. There's an establishment not too far from my house that has 3 beers on tap under their own name, but all brewed by FW in Paso.

    I've not tried their Amber, but a couple of the others, and they were decent. Here's something like I think you just had:

  3. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,286) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Thanks, good info. That is probably the same beer with a diff. name. Didn't realize they contract brewed, but hey why not, when you can make money in between barrel projects brewing simple stuff, why not?

    Anyone actually tried the amber recently?
  4. Hopsycho

    Hopsycho Initiate (61) Feb 5, 2012 California
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    They were private contracting for Lonestar but when Lonestar shutdown most of their locations in California FW decided to stop contract brewing their Amber. They still do the IPA & Honey Blonde for Lazy Dog Cafe on private label.
  5. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Initiate (197) Dec 10, 2010 California

    Yup Firestone contract brews out for quite a few restaurants. Claim Jumper's beers are like that. Their Honey Blonde Ale and their Red Ale are brewed by Firestone, says their right on the menu too, which is nice, they don't need to necessarily credit them but they do, which is the right thing to do.
  6. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Do they actually use a different recipe for each restaurant?
  7. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    I don't think so, it's essentially a house line that any restaurant can buy and call whatever they want. I beleive the Bluepalms has their Hefe and IPA brewed by FW.

    A place near me carries, what I beleive to be, the full house lineup, Honey Blonde, Hefe, Pale Ale, IPA, Amber, Brown, and Porter.
  8. Seanvino

    Seanvino Aspirant (248) Jan 5, 2009 California

    I believe FW also brews Trader Joe's Mission Street line of brews.
  9. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    They do.
  10. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,286) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    We'll be sampling the Amber on Sunday as Ken, BA doomXsaloon, picked up a growler and we are brewing together Sunday. Thanks for all the info. Cheers!
  11. Hopsycho

    Hopsycho Initiate (61) Feb 5, 2012 California
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    We make Claim Jumper Hefe & Original Red Ale for them. We also brew for Lucille's, Wood Ranch, Lazy Dog, Kings Fish House, Outback, Original Roadhouse are all brewed by us for private labeling. Firestone is only private contracting IPA & Honey Blonde.
    RobertV916 and pinkgrenade like this.
  12. sportstsar

    sportstsar Aspirant (225) Jan 23, 2012 California
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    Intriguing. Gonna have to check those out next time we shop for groceries

    Off the top of my head, I know FW has also brewed for Yardhouse, Blue Palms, and Masa in Echo Park
  13. dmoser

    dmoser Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2009 California

  14. Rau71

    Rau71 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2011 California
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    This is most likely correct. At the Paso Taproom all of their old Nectar Ale's beers are still there but now listed as private label (Blank) IPA, Brown ale with hemp, amber, ect.
  15. Hopsycho

    Hopsycho Initiate (61) Feb 5, 2012 California
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    Firestone Walker sold Nectar Ales they have no affiliation with them anymore or ownership.
  16. Zbeetleman

    Zbeetleman Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2012 California
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    FW also makes a few beers for the Islands in Carlsbad. Their IPA and I believe a brown ale. The restaurant does not necessarily list the beer as FW but when I looked at the server with a BS look when they said it was their IPA, they said it was contracted by FW. Makes the Islands visit a bit more enjoyable.
  17. Hopsycho

    Hopsycho Initiate (61) Feb 5, 2012 California
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    Up here in OC the Islands are done by Karl Strauss hmmm interesting.
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