Firestone Walker Brewing Company makes some truly amazing beers. Their award-winning Double Jack Imperial IPA is probably my favorite beer, and they have received countless awards and accolades for many of their other beers such as: Double Barrel Ale, Union Jack, Pale 31, Parabola, Velvet Merlin and many, many more. Their Abacus 2011 barleywine (now called ‘§ucaba’ as of 2012 due to a name dispute) also took second place at last year’s Hard Liver Barleywine Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe.
So, whenever a Firestone Walker tasting event comes around, especially one that features some rare beers that Firestone Walker doesn’t ordinarily serve outside the brewery in Paso Robles, CA, I take notice – and so should you. Coming up on Sunday, February 24th from 1PM to 5PM, Super Deli Mart, the best little mini-mart around, will be hosting a Firestone Walker Brewing Tasting Extravaganza.
Some of the Firestone Walker beers that will be featured at this tasting include:
- Stickee Monkee (12.5% ABV) – English Barleywine Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels
- Double Double Barrel Ale (14.2% ABV) – DBA Aged in 100% Retired Firestone Union Barrels (from Firestone Walker’s Burton Union barrel brewing system)
- Parabola (13% ABV) – 2012 Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
- Helldorado (11% ABV) – Blonde Barleywine Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels
- Wookey Jack (8.3% ABV) – Double Dry Hopped Black Rye IPA
All of the beers listed above (among others) are blending components of Firestone Walker’s XVIth Anniversary Ale. Each year, starting with their 10th anniversary, Firestone Walker blends several of their beers together to create their special anniversary ales. Some of the more rare beers listed above (such as Stickee Monkee and Helldorado) are, as mentioned above, usually only available at the Firestone Walker Brewery. This is your chance to try them out on their own – unblended.
Other Firestone Walker beers you’ll find at this event include:
- §ucaba Barleywine Ale 2013 (13% ABV) – Releasing This Month
- 16th Anniversary Ale (11% ABV) – A Blend of 226 Barrels of 8 Different Firestone Walker Beers
- Ruffus (12% ABV) – Imperial Red Ale with Brettanomyces – Aged 5 Years in Old Fitzgerald Bourbon Barrels
- Union Jack IPA (7.5% ABV)
- Reserve Porter (5.8% ABV)
- Pivo Pils (5.3% ABV)
- Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout (5.5% ABV)
- DBA (Double Barrel Ale) (5.0% ABV)
- Pale 31 California Pale Ale (4.9% ABV)
That’s an total of 14 different Firestone Walker beers that will be available for you to try. Tickets for this amazing tasting event will go on sale February 19th at 4:00PM for $30 each, during Super Deli Mart’s other Firestone Walker event this month: “Happy Hour with Firestone Walker”, which will feature the following beers on tap:
- Union Jack
- Pivo Pils
- Pale 31
- Velvet Merlin
The first 200 who purchase presale tickets for the extravaganza will get one commemorative Firestone Walker snifter to take home, 8 2-3oz tasters of any of the beers listed above, plus 2 drink coupons (for12oz pours). Additional drink coupons may be purchased for $3 each. Additional tickets for this tasting will be sold on the day of the event, but unless you purchase one of the 200 presale tickets, you won’t get the commemorative snifter.
During the event, Super Deli will be having $3 pint and $7 growler fill specials. Also, if you’re a cigar aficionado, you can use one of your drink tickets to purchase a cigar to enjoy with your beers (must be smoked outside in the beer garden). Food will also be available: Super Deli sandwiches, meatballs, pretzels, peanuts & crackers. There will also be tons of great giveaways, including Firestone Walker pint glasses and T-Shirts.
If you aren’t yet familiar with Firestone Walker beers, this is an amazing opportunity to try some of the very best they have to offer. If you’re already a fan, then you know how incredible this event will be; especially the opportunity to try the rare and wonderful Stickee Monkee and Helldorado barleywines.
A good tasting strategy for this event, as suggested by Super Deli Mart owner, Min Chung, would be to start off with a taste of the XVIth Anniversary Ale, followed by tasters of each of it’s component beers listed above. Then see if you can pick out the individual tastes and aromas of each component of the XVI. Alternatively, you could go the other way around. Try tasters of each component beer first, then have a XVIth Anniversary Ale and see if you can detect each component within.
So, mark your calendar, clean your growlers and I’ll see you at Super Deli Mart on the 24th!
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.