|This time on A Whale A Week, we break out a special Anniversary beer from California’s Firestone Walker Brewery. I’ve been a huge fan of this brewery for years, but alas, distribution into Minnesota is still a no-go. I’ve really liked every beer I’ve tried from the brewery.
In 2006 the brewery put out their 10th anniversary beer, a strong ale aged in barrels. Since then, taking a cue from the local wine makers, they’ve started a program of blending several different batches of their strong ales into a special anniversary release. The bottle I had was from their 16th anniversary and was brought back for me by Rob Wengler when he went to the release event. For this batch they blended 226 barrels of 8 different beers into the final blend. The brewery hosts a small group of local winemakers in to help them out with the beer blending! The final product for this year is 13% ABV. It has a rating of 95 on Beer Advocate and 100 on Rate Beer. Here is the very complete info from the webs …
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