Pairing Preview: CO: 10/10 Firestone Walker pairs with Chef Rosenberg for “The Lion, The Bear, & The Brewmaster”

I guess you can file this event under the category “if you happen to be in Denver during the Great American Beer Festival”.

But what the heck are we talking about? The answer is pretty simple. Firestone Walker is hosting a pre-GABF dinner at Denver’s Mile High Station.

Dubbed the “The Lion, The Bear & The Brewmaster”, Firestone Walker is pairing up with Chef Hosea Rosenberg to pair small plates with four years of FW Anniversary Ales. This event which is sure to sell out will feature a vertical of Firestone Walker XII, XIII, XIV, and XV.

So what's with the title anyway? Another good question. To the uninitiated Firestone Walker get its namesake from the two founders Adam Firestone (aka, the bear) and David Walker (aka, the lion). And the brewmaster? Well that’s Matt Brynildson.

During this one night only event the above mentioned members of the Firestone Walker family will answer questions while The Brewing Network’s Justin Crossley moderates.

“I have no idea what these guys will say; I hope they behave themselves,” said Jamie Smith, the brewery’s marketing guru. “Adam, David and Matt will introduce each anniversary beer and go from there. There’s no script. And if there are any skeletons in the closet, they’ll probably come out.”

The festivities will conclude with an exclusive unveiling of Firestone Walker’s newest anniversary bottling: XVI.

October 10th, 2012 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
“The Lion, The Bear, and The Brewmaster” at Mile High Station
2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue  Denver, CO 80204

The cost is $75 per person, inclusive of food, anniversary beer samples and a Firestone Walker snifter glass. Availability is limited. For tickets, visit


About Chef Hosea Rosenberg

Rosenberg is the proprietor of Blackbelly Catering and the winner of season five of the popular Bravo network television series Top Chef. “Chef Hosea’s talent and creativity will bring the best out of each beer,” Smith said. “The pairings will be unique.”

About Firestone Walker’s Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker’s annual vintage anniversary ales are among the most renowned and anticipated barrel-aged beers in the craft beer industry. Each anniversary ale is composed of multiple components, drawing on a diverse selection of brews aged in retired bourbon barrels. Each year, Brynildson enlists numerous friends in the Paso Robles winemaking community to assist with selecting the final blend. The 2012 release, XVI, will be the seventh release in the series.

About Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery founded in 1996 and located in the Paso Robles wine country on California’s Central Coast. The brewery specializes in iconic pale ales and vintage barrel-aged beers. Firestone Walker Brewing Company was awarded Mid-Sized Brewery of The Year honors at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Great American Beer Festivals® as well as Champion Mid-Sized Brewery honors at the 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012 World Beer Cup® competitions.

About Blackbelly Catering: Our mission is simple: we will bring our kitchen to your house or backyard, and give our guests the gastronomical experience of their lifetime! Blackbelly Catering will deliver the highest customer experience with passion, integrity, knowledge and hands on interaction with our guests. We provide true farm to table dinners from award winning chef, Hosea Rosenberg and amazing specialty cocktails and wine pairings. With our customized mobile catering kitchen, we can provide a five star restaurant quality experience anywhere you desire.

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