Firestone Walker, wow.

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  1. MLucky

    MLucky Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 California

    No doubt, FW is one of the very best. Just had this year's Parabola last night and was fairly blown away. Also really liked their FW15 anniversary beer this year. (Haven't tried Sucaba yet--only have one bottle and I'm savin' it.) Their ESB is one of the great Brit-style pales in the US, Pale 31 is one of the best Cali style pales, and their Reserve is one of the best porters. No wonder they won best mid-sized brewery again.

    Plus, David Walker's a nice guy.
  2. glitchedmind

    glitchedmind Initiate (0) May 8, 2012 California

    I guess I could've phrased that question a little better. I know they can't be compared head to head being completely different styles. The question should have been, is Parabola as good of an RIS as Abacus is as an EBW....
    Hopefully they have it on tap at the tasting here on Thursday.
  3. BdubleEdubleRUN

    BdubleEdubleRUN Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 California

    Yep. Parabola is a world class RIS just like Abacus is a world class BW
  4. mylar

    mylar Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Their beers are amazing. I first was introduced to the brand ( not the beer itself) about a year so when I was at an anual training for the army at Fort Hunter Ligget. Being from Pennsylvania I was very unfamiliar with everything out there but when I saw the beer in the PX on the base something was telling me I've heard od it before but didn't think much of it, espescially since I was told since I was at a training I wasn't allowed to even purchase any alcohol. Well a couple months later I a visiting some relatives in philly and came across some union jack. Had I known at the time when I was in California on the training what I found out it would have been worth the article 15....I would have left all my shit there and bought enough to fill a duffel bag if I could have. It's till a nice treat whenever I go to philly, too bad philly is as far of a drove as it is a flight to San Jose from where I'm at....
  5. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,623) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    Firestone Walker is on the short list of my favorite breweries, period. Really enjoyed anything I've tried from them and some like Double Jack and Velvet Merkin have been pretty much awesome.
  6. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (714) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Merkin, the barrel aged one, or the original Merlin?
  7. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,623) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    Had a fresh growler of the barrel aged Merkin recently, and found it really jaw-dropping. Just pour that baby into a snifter, let it warm a bit, and all is good.
  8. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (714) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    What's the abv on that puppy? I'd bet they'll add it to their reserve series next year. THAT would be cool.

    Also interested in how Double DBA will be.
  9. abcramer

    abcramer Disciple (348) Feb 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Firestone Walker has been one of my favorite breweries since I discovered them on a visit to California four years ago. I've visited the brewery the last two years during trips to the Central Coast. Great beer! And, picked up a variety case of 24 bottles (Pale 31, DBA, Union Jack, and Velvet Merlin) at a California Costco for about $24. How can you beat that? Only wish it were that available and that cheap here in Central Pennsylvania!!!
  10. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Initiate (132) Jan 12, 2009 California
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    This thread just made me go out to my chest freezer (temp controlled) and get some Pale 31 (best pale on the planet) and a bomber of Dbl Jack!
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  11. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,121) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    Sometimes I feel like the only one who's very underwhelmed by Firestone's offerings. But if you're a hardcore fan of the brewery, check out their offerings at the Yardhouse chain. I do like Velvet Merkin and unfiltered DBA, but the others I've had (including Abacus) have been very mundane.
  12. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,449) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    "Firestone Walker, wow" about sums it up. quickly moved up to a top 5 brewery for me since they started distributing to boston a year or so ago.
  13. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (2,444) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    N.H just started getting Union Jack last week and is probably the IPA in the state now. Sorry Green Flash, but $11.99 for six not four and a easy to read bottle date. Just wonderful!
  14. bhir

    bhir Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Firestone 15 is one of about 4 or 5 beers that awakened something in me. It was the first FW beer I'd ever tried and was in disbelief that a beer could taste like that. Sucaba, Parabola - they both have that special barrel aged character that I only taste in a FW beer. I've had plenty of BA beers, but there is nothing quite like what comes off of the FWs. Add to that the fact that Union Jack and Double Jack are masterpieces and you have yourself a brewery who I'll gladly spend a lot of my money on.

    Despite being a self-admitted ticker, I'll always go back to the FW beers.
  15. garylite

    garylite Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2010 Connecticut

    Do you guys know that a Merkin is a pubic wig!!
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  16. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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    B/c of hype. I bought my bottles at half that price and worth every penny.
  17. TenHornsProud

    TenHornsProud Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2010 Colorado

    I really appreciate how consistent the quality is from this brewery. All the beers are spot on, and the reserve series is amazing. Add that Pale 31 is one of my go-to beers (what other pale ale, pray tell, is as good as this?) and you have a great brewery for sure.
  18. Giovacchini

    Giovacchini Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 California

    I just picked up 2 bottles of parabola yesterday for 15.99 each. Basically it's because of the hype
  19. mcaulifww

    mcaulifww Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2011 Virginia

    :grimacing: NO WAY
  20. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Never thought I'd learn so much on a beer forum...
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  21. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,623) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    Lists at 8.6%, and felt even lighter. I didn't find the BBA made it awesome; it is darned good on its own.
  22. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    WTF? Report this store to Firestone Walker. That is a 100% markup. Should be about $15 a bottle. I got a bunch @ $11.99 on Sunday because Whole Foods had a 20% off all beer sale. Magnificent.
  23. glitchedmind

    glitchedmind Initiate (0) May 8, 2012 California

    The same store also sent friends and family around to other stores to snag all of their supply as well. It's just sitting in the cooler and has been since the last release of it. I definitely plan on speaking to the FW rep tomorrow night.
  24. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    That's the lamest tale of beer-related douchebagery I've heard in a while. If I'd known about this a week or two ago I'd have personally brought it to David Walker's attention. He's been up to Seattle for the last two Parabola releases, last year Bottleworks & this year Chuck's Hop Shop.
  25. glitchedmind

    glitchedmind Initiate (0) May 8, 2012 California

    Apparently its just the hyped up beers, PtE was being sold for $15. Everything else is decently priced.
  26. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    You're in California? I can get Pliny for $5 in Seattle, easily. This sounds like a story from NYC or DC...
  27. glitchedmind

    glitchedmind Initiate (0) May 8, 2012 California

    "Technically" I'm in California. However, I'm in Bakersfield. It's pretty much the wasteland of California. Any distribution by truck throughout the state at some point travels through the town but doesn't stop. All the stores blame the one distributor here, and the distributor blames the stores for not ordering it. There's a pretty large group of craft beer connoisseurs trying to rid the bud light stigma that's attached to the city, but getting gouged and tugged around in the meantime.
  28. Mantooth

    Mantooth Meyvn (1,177) Dec 6, 2011 North Carolina
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    I picked up a bottle of 15 in a trade early this year - haven't tried it yet... nice to hear good things.
  29. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    Well if you like Dirty Bastard you will go crazy for Backwoods Bastard!! BTW, Backwoods Bastard is similar in taste and smoothness to Sucaba and KBS is very similar to Parabola!!
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  30. bhir

    bhir Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Kind of agree about Sucaba/Backwoods, but don't agree at all on Parabola/KBS. I'd personally drink Parabola over KBS any day of the week.
  31. Chickenhawk9932

    Chickenhawk9932 Champion (898) Jul 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Thank you, I will keep this in mind.
  32. largadeer

    largadeer Poo-Bah (3,495) Sep 24, 2006 California
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    You know that Firestone dates all their beers? Kind of hard to see, but it's printed in black ink on the bottle neck.
  33. BlackIIPAJK

    BlackIIPAJK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Arizona

    Yeah ridic....$13.99 at my shop
  34. Stockfan42

    Stockfan42 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2009 Massachusetts

    I bought a 6er of union jack last week and was very impressed. I'm currently drinking a double jack and i'm in hop heaven.
  35. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Aspirant (211) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Firestone Walker is a wonderful brewery. I cant say I have had a beer from them that I have not liked. Drinking a Union Jack right now.
  36. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,533) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Thanks. No, I did not realize that. That's good to know and should make sure I don't make this mistake again in the future.
  37. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,170) Mar 18, 2010 California

    MerkinAdvocate. Check the ISO/FT forums over there.

    On a beer related note, I gave Solace another shot recently and it was much better than I remember in the past.
  38. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Initiate (83) May 25, 2005 Nebraska

    yeah, it's a really great brewery

    ive had union jack quite a few times before, even tho its not available here, but never had sculpin...recently picked up sixers of each and i honestly have to say i prefer fw by a lot. it's one of the best ipa's i've ever had.

    excited to try parabola.
  39. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (714) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    I've only had that beer once and I found not a single thing wrong with it. It was even a little aged, but so smooth and juicy. Absolutely zero alcohol presence. That and Pliny were the best I've had for the style.
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  40. Cyrano41

    Cyrano41 Disciple (325) Aug 7, 2009 Virginia

    I was impressed with the union Jack. I'll have to give the rest of the lineup a shot.
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