Firestone Walker Brewing Co. was named Champion Mid-Size Brewery and Brewmaster for a record fourth time at the World Beer Cup earlier this month, continuing its strong showing at national and international brew contests.
The Paso Robles-based craft brewery and its brewmaster, Matt Brynildson, previously earned the distinction in 2004, 2006 and 2010 at the Brewers Association’s biannual competition.
At this year’s event, held May 1 and 2 in San Diego, 799 breweries from 54 countries entered 3,921 beers.
Firestone Walker’s win was in a category covering a large range of breweries that produce from 15,000 to as much as 6 million barrels of beer a year. Firestone Walker would not publicly disclose its production numbers.
The brewery also earned a gold medal at the World Beer Cup for its Firestone Walker Pale 31 in the American-style pale ale category.
“We are honored to have our beers recognized by our peers in the international brewing community, in the company of the greatest beers from around the world,” co-proprietor Adam Firestone said in a news release.
This is an eventful year for Firestone Walker. In March, it opened a restaurant, The Taproom, next to its brewery on Ramada Drive in Paso Robles. And on June 9, it will host its inaugural Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival at the Paso Robles Event Center’s Frontier Town. The sold-out festival, to feature about 40 microbreweries from across the United States, will raise money to support Pioneer Day, Paso Robles’ annual celebration of its heritage.
The brewery was established in 1996 in Santa Barbara County and expanded to Paso Robles in 2001.