image courtesy of Firestone Walker Paso Robles, CA – With Seattle Beer Week coming soon and the prospect of numerous dinners,  festivals, and tastings, you have no doubt seeing a few Firestone Walker events. Within those events was a particular tasting at Bottleworks and a beer you may have heard of.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced the first bottled release of Parabola Imperial Stout today. This limited one-time release will go on sale for the first time at Firestone Walker Brewing Company on May 8.

Parabola has long been  a component of Firestone’s anniversary beer series. These anniversary beers are a blend of barrel-aged beers released one time each year in very limited quantities. Over the past few years the individual component beers have been available on draft only and have garnered quite a cult following.

We brewed our first Parabola 5 years ago as an experiment in barrel aging. This first bottle release show cases what we have learned and what we love about barrel aged beers and amazing flavors and textures that oak can bring to beer”, said Brewmaster Matt Bryndilson.

This Imperial Stout will feature dark cherry, chocolate, espresso, & bourbon aroma and flavor. It is a perfect pairing to desserts like chocolate cake covered with a cherry chocolate ganache. A bold 13% alcohol by volume will leave the palate with a pleasant warming mouthfeel.

Parabola will be available beginning Saturday, May 8 at 11am at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles and The Taproom Restaurant in Buellton, CA. Twenty two ounce bottles will be available for $15.99 with a one case per customer limit, while supplies last.

Only 1000 cases of Parabola will be released and made available to select accounts throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington by mid-May. Co-producer David Walker doesn’t expect the beer to last long.

“We’re always amazed at the response to these barrel-aged beers. A year in the barrel. This Russian Imperial Stout is the grandaddy of beer styles and we hope we do it justice, “ David Walker said.

About Firestone Walker

Founded in 1996 on California’s Central Coast, Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a regional brewery committed to quality, innovation and tradition. Firestone Walker Brewing Company remains the only American brewery to ferment beer in a union of oak barrels, a classic British brewing method that dates back to the mid 19th century. Firestone Walker Brewing Company was named “Mid-Size Brewing Company of The Year” at the 2007 and 2003 Great American Beer Festivals and “Champion Brewery” for the category of Mid-Size Brewing Company at the 2006 and 2004 World Beer Cups. –source, Firestone Walker Brewing

Look for this to be featured at Bottleworks during Seattle Beer Week, May 15th.


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