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Award-winning California brewery Firestone Walker finally taps into North Texas market

Award-winning brewery Firestone Walker taps into North Texas

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Firestone Walker Brewing  has earned accolades for best midsize brewery by the Great American Brew Festival as well as the World Beer Cup. Firestone Walker Brewing Co./Facebook

California-based Firestone Walker Brewing Company is bringing its award-winning brews to North Texas, with a handful of events this week to celebrate the launch. Austin was the first Texas market to get Firestone Walker, in February of this year.

Brothers-in-law Adam Firestone and David Walker established the Paso Robles brewery in 1996. Firestone Walker’s highly rated beers run the gamut from a 4.7 percent ABV blonde ale, 805 — which is available only in the 805 area code — to the newly released barrel-aged barley wine, Sucaba, that clocks in at a healthy 13 percent ABV.

 ​Firestone Walker is one of the premier midsize breweries in America, with six beers in the Beer Advocate’s top 250. 

Firestone Walker has grown into one of the premier midsize breweries in the country. It was crowned the best midsize brewery at the Great American Beer Festival in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

What’s more, it currently has six different beers in Beer Advocate’s top 250, including a Russian imperial stout, Parabola, at No. 9.

Parabola and Sucaba are part of Firestone Walker’s Proprietors Reserve Series, in which beer is aged in one of several kinds of oak barrels to give each batch a unique set of flavors. Some of these “strong” beers are held up to three years before being released to the public.

On March 18, the brew officially comes to Texas with tappings at Common Table and Meddlesome Moth. Common Table will tap eight beers, including the Double Barrel Ale and the unfiltered black rye IPA, Wookey Jack, with rounds at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Co-owner David Walker will be in attendance to make sure all the pours go smoothly.

The Flying Saucer in Addison is also getting in the game with a Firestone Walker release party and tapping on Thursday, March 21.