image Paso Robles, CA – Usually when a major festival awards a medal or trophy to someone not from the Northwest, we usually avoid mentioning it unless, they respond to an inquiry. For some time we have spoke regarding Firestone Walker and their recent recognition at the Great American Beer Festival. Last Saturday the brewery from Paso Robles took home six (6) medals in Denver.

With Gold Medals for Velvet Merkin (soon to be renamed Velvet Merlin), Red Nectar, and Mission St. Pale; it seemed that was all they would go home with. But they also took home Silver medals for their Pale 31, Double Barrel Ale and Nectar IPA.

“The 40,000 beer fans at the three day festival really inspire us to keep making great beer. Six percent of the beers entered won a medal and we won six.  We are very happy,” David Walker, co-proprietor said.

This year’s Great American Beer Festival hosted 151 judges from 10 countries judging more than 3523 beers.  The GABF, held each year in Denver, is the largest beer competition in the world.

“Pale Ales are the focus of our brewing program,” said brew master Matt Brydilson. “The brewing team is extremely proud to have won first and second place against 109 other American Style Pales Ales from across the country. And we are even more excited to have our flagship DBA win as well.  It’s a very good reason to raise a fresh pint of DBA and cheers.”

The medals round off a very good year for the brewery, which was named Champion Mid-sized Brewery at the 2010 World Beer Cup back in April, a feat it has repeated a record 3 times.

About Firestone Walker Brewing

Firestone Walker Brewing Company was founded in 1996 and is located in Paso Robles, Ca.  The brewery prides itself in producing the world’s finest pale ales to a regional market.  Firestone has been awarded Best Mid-sized Brewery honors at both the 2003 and 2007 Great American Beer Festivals as well as Champion Mid-sized Brewery at the 2004, 2006 and 2010 World Beer Cup competitions.


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