Category Archives: Brewery Tours

Payette Brewing: Idaho Will Be Known for More Than Potatoes

New Payette Brewing Location

Looking for the next big craft brewery out of Idaho? If you haven’t tried Payette Brewing yet, it should be at the top of your wish list from the West. We had the opportunity to check out the new brewery, taproom, and offices the night before they started moving in. Continue reading

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Sun King Brewery Tour Photos and Flavors

Awesome Special Release Beer

Back in August 2012, I was in Indianapolis for GenCon so I contacted Sun King Brewing and set up a private tour of their facilities. It was amazing to see the massive size of their brewery despite the fact that, at the time, they only distributed in a 50 mile radius around Indianapolis. These days their distribution is larger. In this post I will provide you a glimpse into this brewery through photos of the brewery and flavors of the beer.

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Boxing Cat Brewery: The Challenges & Rewards of Craft Beer in Shanghai, China

To chime in the New Year, we visited Shanghai, China and received a personal tour of Boxing Cat Brewery by the head brewer, Michael Jordan.  While sampling some beer right from the fermenters, we learned insights about creating and offering an American craft product in China as well as the challenges of doing business as a foreigner in China.

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Firestone-Walker Brewery Tour

The Firestone-Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, CA.

Back in April I arranged for a tour and visited the Firestone-Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, CA. During the tour of their facilities I took several photos and learned a few interesting facts about Firestone-Walker.

First off, the brewery was founded in 1996 by two brothers-in-law, Adam Firestone and David Walker, who also happen to be members of the Firestone family, known for making rubber and tires. The original location of the brewery (according to the ol label pictures below) was in Santa Maria, CA. In 2001, Firestone-Walker moved to their current facility in Paso Robles where the San Luis Obispo Brewery used to be.

Firestone Windsor Pale Ale label

Firestone-Walker bottling machine

Firestone-Walker distributes their beer only to locations that are within a 24 hour, or so, drive to make sure the beer stays cold and fresh. Their beer can currently be found in California, Nevada, and Oregon. They recently added Washington and Arizona to the list. Last year in 2008, they produced 60,000 barrels of beer and for 2009 they are planning for 75,000 barrels, that’s 1.86 M and  2.325 M gallons respectively. A barrel is 31 gallons and standard size kegs are considered half-barrels with 15.5 gallons of beer.

Firestone-Walker Brewery has created several award winning beers, including a Gold Medal at the 2008 GABF (Great American Beer Festival) for Union Jack IPA in the American Style IPA category. In 2007, Firestone-Walker was awarded with the Mid-sized Brewery of the Year at the GABF.

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