Firestone Walker beer fest brings together craft beer makers, enthusiasts

Monday, June 15th, 2015

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The 2015 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival returned to the Paso Robles Event Center this weekend, bringing together over 3,000 beer fans with dozens of local restaurants and different craft breweries from around the world.

Craft breweries from all over the world were invited to come and pour tastes of their brews.

Craft breweries from all over the world were invited to come and pour tastes of their brews.

From humble beginnings in a small facility behind Firestone Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, Firestone Walker has gained international attention and a cult following of California devotees. Brewing operations moved to Paso Robles in 2001, and since that time the brewery has seen steady growth.

Councilman Steve Gregory was in attendance, posing here with his two friends Craig Bonelli Jr. and Steve Kroener of Silver Horse Winery and Krobar distillery.

Councilman Steve Gregory, at right, was in attendance, posing here with his two friends Craig Bonelli Jr., middle, and Steve Kroener, left, of Silver Horse Winery and Krobar distillery.

The festival this weekend featured special craft breweries hand selected by the crew of Adam Firestone, David Walker and brewmaster Matthew Brynildson, along with local restaurants and musical guests.

Texas breweryAttendees strolled from tent to tent, sampling craft beers of many varieties and small bites from local restaurants.

BorJon Racing brought a display of race cars.

Borjon Racing brought a display of race cars.

“We had been to so many beer festivals,” said Brynildson, “We were sick of them! We really wanted to make something different; something special and hand-selected.”Beer-fest

As a condition of attending, each brewery’s brewmaster needed to be in attendance. The brewmasters held conferences during the festival where they talked about their brews and their processes.

The public response to this event has been overwhelming, with tickets this year selling out in 30 seconds.

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-By Skye Ravy

 

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