Firestone Walker Brewing Company of the famed DBA and 805 brew…

If you’re wondering if the Firestone in Firestone Walker Brewing Company is of the Firestone Tires? The answer is yes! Adam Firestone and David Walker are brothers-in-law and they came together with an ambition to create great beers. Right off the bat, you’d think that the brewery may be just another “investment” of the rich and probably just riding on the fame of the Firestone Walker names (no, we do not know if Walker is of the Johnnie Walker fame). However, if you have tried the Double Barrel Ale (aka DBA), you’d quickly be a convert, just like us! 😉

Firestone Walker Brewing Company California
Firestone Walker Brewing Company California

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Tour

Tour of the Firestone Walker Brewery

We started off with the tour at 1030am and it only costs $3 during weekdays and $6 on weekends (including tasting of the DBA). Make sure you make an appointment and arrive on time…

Map of Firestone Walker Brewery California
Map
805 Souvenirs
805 Souvenirs
Firestone Walker Brewery Secret Brewing Process
Brewing Process
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Tour
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Tour

As we started the tour, we were introduced to the sensory analysis room. Staff head over to have their drinks as part of the job! It turns out that they will be handed a “brew” and they will have to decipher the contents and their scores will be tabulated and displayed on a chart like a league table of sorts. If you’re not visiting the room enough, you’ll probably be “reminded” to visit a little more often 😉

It was also here that we learnt that the now famous 805 brew was originally named as a blonde ale, which didn’t go well with the guys. Nope, “blonde ale” doesn’t really click with “macho”. With a name change to 805 which actually represents an area code in the Monterey County, it suddenly became familiar and “macho”, making it an instant hit.

Sensory Analysis Room
Sensory Analysis Room
Guide explaining the brewing process at Firestone Walker Brewery
Guide Explains
Today's brew at Firestone Walker Brewery
Today’s Brew
Kate and the famed Double Barrel Ale of Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Kate and the famed Double Barrel Ale of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Close to the end of the tour, we were introduced to the famous Double Barrel Ale (DBA). At first, we thought that it was probably just another gimmick. Brewing in oak barrels? From UK? Sounds like a publicity stunt just at the sound of it. But there’s really more than meets the eye. You can only try the pure DBA at the brewery itself. It is not sold anywhere and because it is so expensive to produce, only a percentage of the pure DBA is used in the DBA sold in stores. Well, expensive because of the oak and that problems occur with brewing beer in oak which leads to a higher frequency of change for the barrels.

But having said all that, the pure DBA is magical. Definitely a first for us to taste smoky woody beer. Tasted that for whiskeys and wine but definitely a first for beer. Thank you Firestone Walker Brewery!

The Pure DBA at Firestone Walker Brewing Company
The Pure DBA
Fermentation of Double Barrel Ale
Indicators of Fermentation
Bottling and Packaging Firestone Walker Brewery
Bottling and Packaging

Taproom Restaurant at Firestone Walker Brewing Company

What better way to end the tour than to have more beers and some pub grub? We’ll leave you with some photos of the Taproom as well as the awesome brews that we had…

Kate and Hammersmith IPA
Kate and Hammersmith IPA
Crimson Peak, Oatmeal Stout with nitro, Hammersmith IPA, Bretta Weisse
Crimson Peak, Oatmeal Stout with nitro, Hammersmith IPA, Bretta Weisse
Tom and beef brisket sandwich
Tom and beef brisket sandwich
Taproom Restaurant Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Taproom Restaurant
Bar of Firestone Walker Brewery
Bar
Menu Taproom Restaurant Firestone Walker Brewery
Menu

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