Paso Robles may be world-famous for their abundance of wineries and vineyards in beautiful Californian, wine country, but the central Californian area also has plenty of breweries for beer lovers.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company was started by three men – two who happen to be brothers-in-laws – started an empire out of a common love for beer. David Walker, British expatriate and Adam’s brother-in-law, brings European influence. Adam Firestone grew up in central California, so his love for brewing began early and with converted winemaking equipment. And Matt Brynildson takes this brother-in-law dream and looks forward to adding new innovation.
The brewery offers 30-45 minute tours of the brewhouse and cellar everyday for a low cost of $3. There is also a Taproom Restaurant where guests can stay for lunch, afternoon appetizers, or dinner.
Beer listings for Firestone Walker Brewing Company:
· DBA: British Pale Ale
· Pale 31: California Pale Ale
· Union Jack: IPA
· Easy Jack: Session IPA
· PIVO: Hoppy Pilsner
· Luponic Distortion: Rotating Hop Series
· Velvet Merlin: Oatmeal Stout
· Double Jack: Imperial IPA
· OPAL: Dry Hopped Saison
· Wookey Jack: Unfiltered Black Rye IPA
The Pour House is another top, Paso Robles brewery that specializes in craft beer, live music, and great company. The brewery features a happy hour special of $1 off their craft beer anytime between their opening and 6 p.m on weekdays.
The Pour House also hosts Stump Live Trivia every Tuesday between 7 to 9 p.m. And with the spirit of community, the brewery welcomes all musicians to join Mr. Rick Pittman, “Burnin” James Scoolis, and Billy Bax in their Pittman’s Blues Jam every other Sunday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Players who join the ultimate blues jam session also receive happy hour pricing. And every first and third Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., stop by for a drink and enjoy music from three local songwriters.
Beer listing for the Pour House:
· Pabst Blue Ribbon
· Trumer Pils
· Bristols/Lone Madrone Hard Cider
· Mission Trail Plum Tart
· Alpine Happy Birthday
· Drakes 1500 Dry Hopped Pale Ale
· Ommegang Real Vos
· Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
· Pizza Port Kook
· Ballast Point Even Keel Session IPA
· Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
· Kern River Just Outstanding IPA
· Big Sky Moose Drool
· The Bruery Share This Coffee Stout
· Sierra Nevada Stout Of The Union
· Deschutes Black Butte XXVI Birthday Reserve
· Coronado Berry The Hatchet
· Alesmith Anvil Ale ESB
Visit either of these two featured, Paso Robles breweries, one focusing on showing guests the art behind the brewing process and the other fostering local community spirit that circles around a craft beer.