After retiring their Proprietor’s Reserve Series last year (which included one of my all time favorite IPAs, Double Jack), Firestone Walker Brewing Company embarked on two new series of IPAs. First came the Luponic Distortion series, which is currently on version #6 and then came what is probably my new favorite IPA from Firestone Walker, Fortem; the first in their new Leo v. Ursus series.
I’ve been enjoying plenty of Fortem since it arrived in late February. Now, I’m eager to try the next beer in the Leo v. Ursus series: Adversus. It was released at Firestone Walker back on June 10th and should start arriving on Seattle store shelves and taps any day now.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company puts out some truly exceptional beers. Their Proprietor’s Vintage Series (which includes beers such as Bravo, Parabola, Stickee Monkee and more) can’t be beat and they make some excellent IPAs as well. Their Double Jack Imperial IPA used to be my favorite (determined through repeated blind tastings) but, in late 2016, they decided to retire their Proprietor’s Reserve Series of beers which included Double Jack, Opal (a dry-hopped Saison) and Wookey Jack (Black Rye IPA).
I was initially disappointed when Firestone discontinued Double Jack but I later realized that they were merely adjusting to the ever changing landscape defined by all the craft beer enthusiasts out there. Lately, the underlying attitude seems to be that having a few well known beers, even if those beers are excellent and highly rated, isn’t enough anymore. Sure, you’re still respected and people will still think highly of your beers but, if you want to keep that buzz going and stay on the forefront of what’s happening in the craft beer World, you have to keep constantly coming out with something new and exciting.
Pyramid Brewing Company was one of the first breweries I ever visited in Seattle, before I even moved here from California back in ’98. In those days there were far fewer breweries in Seattle. In fact, I’m not sure any of my current favorite Seattle breweries even existed back then. So Pyramid has been playing the game for years now, and they still have a few new tricks up their sleeve.
Today Pyramid is pleased to announced the limited release of their new H7 IPA. This unfiltered, imperial offering joins their new Brewer’s Reserve Series which, so far, only includes H7 and their Super Snow Cap, which I told you about just last November.
I’m a fan of all different styles of craft beer, but I think my two favorite styles are barrel aged Stouts and IPAs (actually, double IPAs). So, whenever I hear of an impending barrel aged Stout release, I get a little excited.
Unfortunately, since I’m currently doing a dry 30 days (no alcohol from January 26th to February 25th), I won’t be able to enjoy the latest Alta Series release from Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) until this Saturday. For the rest of you, however, drop by The Woods today when they open their doors at 3 pm and grab yourself a few bottles of Fall Line Russian Imperial Stout. They’ll also have it on tap for you to enjoy.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company has been making lots of changes lately. Their Proprietor’s Reserve Series has been retired, their Vintage Reserve Series is moving from 22 oz to 12 oz bottles, they’re 5 versions deep into their new Luponic Distortion Series and now, Firestone Walker is proud to announce a new chronology of beers: Leo v. Ursus, a quarterly series of bold, hoppy, balanced beers born at their Propagator pilot brewery in Venice, California.
Fortem, an unfiltered imperial IPA and the first release in the new Leo v. Ursus Series, will be available on a pre-release basis at Firestone Walker locations starting on Saturday, February 25, and will begin rolling into Firestone Walker markets, including Seattle, at the end of February.
Now, Firestone Walker is ready for another first. All of Firestone Walker’s Vintage Reserve barrel-aged beers will be moving from from 22-ounce bombers to individually boxed 12-ounce bottles. The first beer up for the 12-ounce treatment is Bravo Imperial Brown Ale, which is being bottled for the first time in 12 years.
My craft beer World was rocked recently by the news that Firestone Walker Brewing Company was going to be retiring their Proprietor’s Reserve Series of beers, which includes one of my all time favorite IPAs: Double Jack. As dismayed as I was by the news, the announcement actually follows a trend that seems to be taking hold in the craft beer World. Perhaps you’ve heard the term being thrown around out there: The death of the flagship.
It seems, if you want to remain popular and buzz-worthy in today’s craft beer World, you can’t just rest on your brewing laurels. The breweries that are garnering the most attention and publicity are those who are constantly coming out with something new. Well, if you want to brew something new, that means you often have to stop brewing something old.
Sometimes, saying goodbye to an old friend can be difficult. While selecting just one beer as my favorite is a virtually impossible task, I do have a few favorites for several different craft beer styles. Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s Double Jack double IPA, for example, is on my list of favorite IPAs (double IPAs actually). Now, it looks like I’ll have to say goodbye to Double Jack and a few of his brothers. Read on to find out why.
Part of the reason I don’t have a single favorite beer or a large number of set favorites is that new craft beers come out at such a brisk pace these days. It seems you can hardly go a week lately without discovering one or more new beers on tap each time you visit your favorite craft beer bar or even some local breweries. Sure, there are some breweries out there who come out with their set list of beers and hardly ever change or introduce something new, but that approach can seem downright boring next to the plethora of breweries who are constantly coming up with something new. After all, craft beer drinkers are explorers. Most love trying new things, so we don’t tend to fall into the same rut as those who prefer mass-produced American Lagers like Bud or Miller.
Back in May of this year, Firestone Walker Brewing Company launched a new series of IPAs known as the Luponic Distorion series. Luponic Distortion Revolution 001 flew under the radar a bit, but many more people learned what this series was all about when Revolution 002 arrived in July.
Now, Firestone Walker is getting ready to launch the 3rd iteration in the series: Luponic Distortion Revolution 003. Like the previous beers in the series, Revolution 003 uses the same malt bill but all new hops, including a new, yet to be named hop.
The craft beer World has gone hop crazy. That’s a very good thing for the hopheads among us, as the variety and creativity in IPAs shows no signs of slowing down. Firestone Walker Brewing Company (who already makes one of my all time favorite (double) IPAs: Double Jack), is pushing the experimental boundaries of these delightfully hoppy beers with their Luponic Distortion series.
The Luponic Distortion series is not just one beer but rather an ongoing, rotating, evolving project to release a new IPA in the series approximately every 90 days. Each new release in the series will use the same base malt bill, but will use different, new, experimental hops. The first beer in the series (No. 001) arrived in early May of this year. Well, it’s been about 90 days since then so, now here comes Luponic Distortion Revolution 002.