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Firestone Invitational Beer Fest: World-class craft beer comes to a head in Paso

Modified: Monday, Feb 6th, 2012

After a frenzied early-bird sale last week, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. recently announced that more Invitational Beer Fest tickets will go on sale this Friday, Feb. 10 through its web site, www.firestonebeer.com.

The event promises to bring craft breweries from around the world to North County for a day of unparalleled beer tasting at the Paso Robles Event Center come June 9.

“Tickets for the event were sold out by 10 a.m. that same morning, so this is going to be a huge event,” said Firestone events manager Tim Miller.

Partnering with Paso Robles Pioneer Day, Firestone Walker will put on the very first Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest in June. The Beer Fest will feature the very best breweries in the world paired with some of the best restaurants in California, right in the heart of wine country.

The idea behind the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest is to create the premier beer festival in California by inviting the top brewers in the world to come and show off their finest beers. The Beer Fest will be held at the Paso Robles Event Center, taking advantage of one of the most iconic venues on the Central Coast.

“We wanted to take the best parts of our favorite festivals and combine them to make an awesome experience for the festival-goers and brewers right here on the Central Coast,” said Matt Brynildson, brewmaster for Firestone Walker.

Every brewery in attendance will pour one ‘sessionable’ beer, a beer that’s less than six percent alcohol by volume, and one rare beer, along with a brewer to talk to attendees about their beers.

Breweries that are scheduled to appear include Three Floyds from Indiana, Founders from Michigan, Mikkeller from Denmark, Dogfish Head from Delaware, Cigar City from Florida and many California breweries including Russian River, Stone, Pizza Port and Sierra Nevada.

The Beer Fest will also include sampling from some of the best restaurants on the Central Coast so guests will be able to pair their favorite local chef with their favorite beers. Beer Fest-goers will also be treated to live music on two stages featuring both local acts as well as more established artists.

This is the first of what will be an annual event that will be anticipated by locals and beer lovers from all over the West Coast. Expected attendance is more than 2,200 people. Please visit firestonebeerfest.com for more information and a full list of the breweries.

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Established in 1996 on California’s Central Coast, Firestone Walker a regional brewery committed to making the world’s best pale ales, Firestone Walker remains the only American brewery to ferment beer in a union of oak barrels. Firestone Walker Brewing Company was named “Mid-Size Brewing Company of The Year” at the 2011, 2007 and 2003 Great American Beer Festivals and “Champion Brewery” for the category of Mid-Size Brewing Company at the 2010, 2006 and 2004 World Beer Cups.

For the complete article see the 02-07-2012 issue.

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