Firestone Walker Beerscapades

Brian Wimsett:

This is a great video! I feel the same

Originally posted on beer track mind.:

It's. Just. So. Pretty.

It’s. Just. So. Pretty.

A buddy and I recently spent a couple weekends heading to Firestone Walker breweries in Paso Robles and Buelton taking footage of the trip and our shenanigans along the way. It was for a contest that FWBC was holding in preparation for the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival (#FWIBF). The idea behind the contest was to create a video entry that shows the extent of your inner beer geek regarding Firestone Walker with tickets to that very event on the line.

Editting the final product.

Editing the final product.

We had a lot of fun road tripping around California for this project and, of course, visiting the brewery too! Nothing beats actually visiting the brewery and enjoying some fresh beer with some friends.

So – check it out!

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Opal – Firestone Walker (Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 1)

Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 1
Opal – Firestone Walker – Paso Robles, CA – Dry Hoped Saison – ABV 7.5%
Bright yellow color with a nice white head, Cloudy and bubbly. Light fresh fruity scent, the hops come through the nose after you get through the sweet fruit scent. Light sweet hops and citrus taste is the first thing I get. The dry but sweet hop flavor reminds me of a Belgian white ale. It is much bolder and full flavored then the lil Opal. Light consistency but heavy carbonation in the mouth. This was not what I expected but it is a high quality beer. I give it a 4 out of 5

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Change is coming

Yes change is coming to True Brew Too and change is good. I will be starting a Bi-Weekly beer review. I know I have been writing beer reviews but this will be a regular thing in addition to the beer events and special posts I write.

Please welcome my Wife Monica who will be our chief editor and part time photographer.

New artwork is coming.

We’re starting our 2014 Bottle Shares with our Spring Bottle Spare April 19th at 6:00pm for more information please see https://m.facebook.com/events/1398317943776698

Ramblings of a Beer Runner

Recently I wrote a post about one of my favorite beer blogs and websites The Beer Heads Today I want to write about another of my favorite beer blogs, Ramblings of a Beer Runner. The blog is written by Derrick Peterman. He has been a runner for over thirty years, a home brewer and beer enthusiast. This blog is more then just a beer blog. He writes about running, running events, home brewing, books, breweries, brewers them selfs, and of course beer.

I always find Derrick’s beer reviews very informative. I have tried new beers after reading a review on his blog. The blog posts on brewers and their breweries are detailed and even have interviews with the brewers. I am very impressed by Ramblings of a Beer Runner and it has pushed me to be a better blogger. Anyone can write a beer review, rate the scent, flavor, color, and give the beer a rating but to write about how the beer was brewed, thought up, and general information takes real thought and research.

Since Derrick lives close I got to meet him at a beer event a couple months ago. It is nice being able to talk to other beer lovers in person. I have a big group of friends I drink with at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose that are very knowledgable about beer and have a good palate but it’s fun to meet someone you’ve only read and looked up to.

Go to the official blog and look back at the posts and the Facebook always has quick links that aren’t in the official blog.

Ramblings of a Beer Runner’s Official Blog

Ramblings of a Beer Runner on Facebook

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New Almaden Red Ale – Santa Clara Valley Brewing

I first heard about this beer when Santa Clara Valley brewing posted on their Facebook page a picture of the label and information of the beer. I got excited because I have been happy with this brewery and I have been trying all their beers plus I just love red ales. I have loved how SCVB has been using local history to name their beers. It was really cool learning about New Almaden which I never knew existed prior to reading the labels on the beer. I researched and read a lot and looked at photos about New Almaden San Jose.

New Almaden mine is south of San Jose in the Capitancillas mountain range. This was a quicksilver mine that mined Cinnabar, a red rock that contains a high level of mercury. The mine operated from the 1870′s until 1976. The mine and mountains have history older then that going back to the Ohlone Indians who used the cinnabar in their face paint. In 1820 a Mexican settler found the ore and the mine. During California’s gold rush this mine produced the most mercury in the world. During the civil war President Lincoln dispatched a Calvary unit from San Francisco to take the mine in the name of the United States government to produce money for the North. The miners would not give up the mine and to avoid a battle the Calvary unit left empty handed.

On top of the amazing history I found out about the many hiking trails up at New Almaden so I planed a hiking trip with my wife and two young sons. We started the hike which was mostly up hill for over a mile. It was hard on the kids but we made it up to English Camp and had lunch. It was a good time and very beautiful. To my family New Almaden Red was the beer that sparked a great hike.

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New Almaden Red Ale – Santa Clara Valley Brewing – ABV 10% – Dark red amber color with a nice copper head. Scent of roasted malts and Carmel. Taste of hops and malts. The strong hops and malts make for a complex flavor profile. It is a truly strong red ale brining in a high ABV of 10%. This is a solid red ale!
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Written by: Brian Wimsett
Edited by: Monica Wimsett

The beer Heads – www.thebeerheads.com

The beer heads have a great website for beer lovers, with more information then just a beer blog. Their most popular segment must be their beer review video blogs. They also have news articles on new and upcoming beer releases and other beers news. Sections with beer and food pairings, proper glassware usage, and an online store for their popular shirts and new upcoming merchandise they have a complete beer webpage.

The beer heads team consists of Jaye Specialist, Art and Peter. They are good guys and easy to talk too. I’ve talked with Jaye a couple times and it’s always a great conversation. If you see them at a Bay Area beer event just say hi to them. You’ll catch me wearing their shirts at beer events.

Do yourself a favor a go to http://www.thebeerheads.com

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I got to meet Matt Brynildson head brewer at Firestone Walker

It was Thursday February 13th 2014 and it was SF beer week. Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose was having the Firestone Walker The Roots of XVII. This was a huge event with rare ales from the company and Matt Brynildson giving seminar on blending barrel aged beers.

This wound up to be a good and bad day. My wife and I went to sleep train in the morning to get a new mattress. The event started at 6:00pm and they came to deliver my mattress at 6:00pm and after 30 minutes of the two guys arguing and calling people they tell me the mattress isn’t on the truck and they will be back later. We’ll 45 minutes later they show up with the mattress and now it’s 7:20pm and my family and I still need to eat dinner before I go to the beer event.

My wife and 2 kids have a tradition of going to pizza my heart for two heart shaped pizzas the day before valentines day. We went and did that some I didn’t get to Harry’s until 9:45pm. Without saying I missed the seminar and some of the rare ales.

When I got there I said hi to my group of friends then got my first beer. They still had Velvet Merlin on cask so I got one. When I sat down next to my friend Daniel little did I know on my other side was Matt Brynildson eating dinner. My other friend Scott all drunk came up and made a big deal who I was sitting next too. We talked about stuff but I didn’t talk his ear off about beer I thought he got a lot of that’ll already. I did tell him how the Velvet Merkins release was one of the best beer event I’ve ever been too. My friend Justin opened a bottle of Sante Adairius – Nonna’s blend #5 surprisingly Matt had never had any Sante beers.

I did get to have a couple beers here they are

Velvet Merlin (on cask) – Firestone Walker ABV 5.5% 4 out of 5 nice dark black with a thick tan head. Light and smooth on cask.
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Nonna’s Blend #5 – Sante Adairius rustic ales ABV 5.7% 4.5 out of 5 very good sour!
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Parabola (2013) – Firestone Walker ABV 13% 4.5 out of 5
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Sucaba (2013) – Firestone Walker ABV 13% 4.5 out of 5
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Half Sucaba & Half Double DBA – Firestone Walker – This is an AMAZING mix!! They really work well together. My Friend Daniel said he thought it was the best mix he’s ever had- no photo

Japan Town Beer Walk – SF Beer Week Saturday 2/8/14

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San Jose Japan town Beer Walk was Saturday February 8th and was one of the first events during San Francisco Beer Week 2014. It was a great day with no rain. The event had 22 breweries each at different locations in a couple block radius in Japan town San Jose. We didn’t make it to all 22 stations but we had a great time and had good company. There wasn’t rare ales, most of the brews you can find in store but it was a great event.

I went with my good friend beer Jesus then met up with my cousin Tim. Later we met some co workers of mine. It was great seeing fellow beer bloggers Jaye from http://www.Thebeerheads.com which is always good conversation and Derrick Peterman of http://beer-runner.blogspot.com

I was impressed with two new breweries for me Firehouse and Mavericks. Also I confirmed that unfortunately don’t like San Jose’s Strike Brewery and I really wanted to like them. After the event my buddy and I walked all the way over to Original Gravity for their bruery event and then to Good Karma to see our friend on her last day of work.

I didn’t taste all the beers but here is a list of what I did have.

Big Wave Golden Ale – Kona Brewing Company Style: Golden Ale ABV: 4.4% 2 out of 5
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Pivo Pils – Firestone Walker Brewing Company Style: Pilsner ABV: 5.3% 3 out of 5
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Blonde – Strike Brewing Company Style: Blonde Ale ABV: 4% 1 out of 5

Imperial Red – Strike Brewing Company Style: American Amber / Red Ale ABV: 6.5% 3.5 out of 5
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Barrel Roll No. 3 – Pugachev’s Cobra (2013) – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 13.8% 4 out of 5
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Chocolate Porter – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Style: American Porter ABV: 8% 4 out of 5
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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout – Santa Cruz Ale Works Style: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 6% 4 out of 5
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Tower 10 IPA – Karl Strauss Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 7% 3.5 out of 5
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Sneak Attack – 21st Amendment Brewery Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale ABV: 6.2% 3.5 out of 5
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Mavericks Back In The Saddle Rye Pale Ale – Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Style: Rye Beer ABV: 3.75% 4 out of 5
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Porter – FireHouse Grill & Brewery (Sunnyvale & Palo Alto, CA) Style: Porter ABV: Not Available 4.5 out of 5
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Hops on Rye – FireHouse Grill & Brewery (Sunnyvale & Palo Alto, CA) Style: American IPA ABV: 7.5% 4 out of 5
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Liberty Ale – Anchor Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 5.9% 3.5 out of 5
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DayTime Fractional IPA – Lagunitas Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 4.65% 4.5 out of 5

Cappuccino Stout – Lagunitas Brewing Company Style: American Imperial / Double Stout ABV: 9.2% 4 out of 5
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Maltopia – Hermitage Brewing Co. Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy ABV: 9% 4 out of 5
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Hoptopia Double IPA – Hermitage Brewing Co. Style: Imperial / Double IPA ABV: 8% 4 out of 5
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He’Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company Style: Fruit Beer ABV: 8% 1 out of 5
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Accumulation Winter White IPA - New Belgium Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 6.2% 4 out of 5
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Chang Classic - Thai Beverage PLC Style: Golden Lager ABV: 6.4% 3 out of 5
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Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Oskar Blues Brewery Style: Czech Pilsener ABV: 5.3% 3 out of 5
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Oude Tart (w/ Cherries) – The Bruery Style: Flanders Red Ale ABV: 7.5% 5 out of 5
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Hopocalypse – Drake’s Brewing Company Style: Imperial / Double IPA ABV 9.3% 4.5 out of 5
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The quest to get my pumpkin badge on Untappd (In December)

In the fall when all the pumpkin beers were coming out I tried a bunch but didn’t get my badge on untappd. I thought it’s ok the pumpkin beers will be around in the winter also. It was my winter break from work do I deiced to go out and buy some pumpkin beers do I can get my badge. It was December 27th I went to Royal Liquor across the street from my house and they only had Fat jack and almanac heirloom pumpkin which I’ve had already. I talked to the guy at the counter and yup it’s just a fall thing.

I went to the driving range that night with my friend Moises and after we stopped by Bevmo on the way home. Just like Royal Bevmo had almost no pumpkin beers left in stock. Luckily they had a couple and I hadn’t had any of them. I talked to a stocker and he pointed out the 21st Amendment He Said box which has a pumpkin Belgian Tripel and a Pumpkin Baltic Porter. Then luckily I also found a bottle of Fruit Crate Pumpkin ale by San Jose’s own Hermitage Brewing Co.

Fruit Crate Pumpkin Ale – Hermitage Brewing Co. – ABV 9% – Amber color with the white head. slight scent of pumpkin and malts taste of hops and pumpkin with sweet malts strong pumpkin after taste 4 out of 5
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He Said pumpkin Belgian Tripel – 21st Amendment Brewery- ABV 8.2% – light orange color with a nice white head. The scent is perfect like smelling the best pumpkin pie. The taste is also like pumpkin pie with pumpkin flavor and spices. The nutmeg flavor is strong 4.5 out of 5
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He Said pumpkin Baltic Porter – 21st Amendment Brewery – ABV 8.2% – black color with a tan head very dark black can’t see through roasted malts and pumpkin in the nose string spices and malts with a pumpkin after taste. 4.5 out of 5
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I did get my Badge after this quest!
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Scottish Porter – Innis and Gunn

Scottish Porter – Innis and Gunn – ABV 7.4% – If you have read my blogs in the past you might know Innis and Gunn makes my favorite beers. As I have never found any Innis and Gunn beers in California I got a tip that there are a few Total Wine stores up in Sacramento and Folsom that might have it. I went up to Folsom to see my mom and yes they had it 5 different types no less and this was one I have never had.

Black color with no head. A scent of oak and malts. There is no doubt by the scent this Porter it Oak barrel aged. The flavor has a creamy vanilla hint with oak and roasted malts. This beer has a alcohol burn at the end of this strong flavored beer. I must say this it like no other Porter I have had and lives up to their oak barrel aged Scottish ales. I gave this a 5 out of 5. I do love me some Innis and Gunn.
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