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Firestone Walker’s ‘XXIV’ anniversary ale now available at Paso Robles taproom 

-A message from Firestone Walker Brewing Company-

Firestone Walker Brewing Company invites locals to be among the first to taste XXIV—the brewery’s latest barrel-aged anniversary ale blended with the help of local winemakers.

XXIV is being released today at all Firestone Walker locations, and the Taproom restaurant in Paso Robles is marking the occasion by offering an “Anniversary Ale Vertical Tasting” featuring XXIV along with anniversary ales from the preceding three years.

Individual bottles of XXIV may be purchased at the Brewery Emporium. Gift packs featuring two bottles with two commemorative Glencairn glasses are also available.

XXIV: blended to perfection

“Winemakers are practicing experts in the art of blending, which is why we have sought their involvement ever since making our first Anniversary Ale in 2006,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson.

Each year, the winemakers break into teams; create their own preferred blends from several barrel-aged component ales; then vote as a group on the winning blend—which then becomes the next anniversary ale.

The result this year is XXIV—a masterwork of richness and complexity, blended from six distinct ales aged primarily in bourbon barrels, with a small portion aged in tequila barrels.

This year marked a change in the blending process. Instead of hosting the usual group gathering, the brewery safely delivered the component ales to the participating winemakers for remote participation.

Winemakers from the following wineries participated in this year’s blending: Denner, Halter Ranch, Herman Story, Ledge, Linne Calodo, Lone Madrone, Tablas Creek, Thacher, TH Estate Wines and Saxum. The winning blend—the basis for XXIV—was ultimately created by Winemaker Kevin Sass at Halter Ranch.

Taproom open for dine-in & takeout

In addition to offering the new Anniversary Ale Vertical Tastings, the Taproom restaurant is open for both dine-in and takeout.

Current takeout specials include a choice of two Signature Pizzas and a six-pack of a core Firestone Walker beer for $30; and 10 Chicken Tinga Tacos and a six-pack of a core Firestone Walker beer for $25.

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