New Firestone Walker Beers Hit Store Shelves Today

In Beer News by Ryan

Firestone Walker is expanding the number of its offerings available to craft beer drinkers in Chicago beginning today.

The new beers include Double Barrel Ale, Pale 31, Velvet Merlin and – later this year – Solace.

photo courtesy Firestone Walker

photo courtesy Firestone Walker

Below are descriptions of each, compliments of Firestone Walker.

  • Double Barrel Ale – Our patented Firestone Union system uniquely incorporates 60-gallon American oak barrels into the fermentation process which yields beers of extraordinary character and complexity.  This system improves the fullness of the palate, balances hop character and lends a clean briskness to the finish. The influence of the toasted oak also imparts unique hints of smokiness and vanilla, as well as a subtle fruitiness to the flavor profile.
  • Pale 31 is an ode to our home California, the 31st state to be added to the union.  Beer may not be associated with terroir the way wine is, but we believe that where we’re from impacts how our beers taste. This dry-hopped California Pale Ale represents the bold yet approachable spirit that embodies our state.
  • Velvet Merlin is a decadent Oatmeal Stout brimming with cocoa and espresso aromas.  This beer features a rich, dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish. The addition of U.S. grown fuggles hops contributes the perfect amount of bitterness to this exceptionally balanced beer.
  • Solace is an ode to warmer weather in the northern hemisphere. A hint of citrus fruit and clove aroma are followed by tangy dry malt flavor and a silky finish making it an approachable and refreshing session beer. We bring you this beer unfettered, a craftily unfiltered ale full of flavor and perfectly constructed to compliment those lazy warm days ahead. (Coming this Spring)

To celebrate the new arrivals Firestone Walker Brewmaster Matt Brynildson will be in Chicago at a handful of events.

You can find him Tuesday at 6pm and 9pm at a pair of beer dinners at Big Star (1531 N Damen Ave.), Wednesday at Binny’s South Loop (1132 S Jefferson St.) from 5pm to 8pm and Thursday at Binny’s Lincoln Park (1720 N Marcey St.) from 5pm to 7pm.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.

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