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Deconstructing Firestone Walker XV

The last time I was at the Avalon in Hollywood wasn’t for a beer tasting event, but that’s a story for another day. On November 12th of LA Beer Week, we arrived at the usually bustling nightclub to a long line of eager attendees anxiously anticipating what’s to come, Firestone Walker Deconstructed. Once inside the venue however, there was no world renowned DJ or high tempo club music, just really good beer and really great food from world renowned Firestone Walker and Homebrew Chef, Sean Paxton. I use the word “just” loosely because there was nothing minimal about an event that featured 8 food courses paired with a selection of 11 different beers.

The real star of the night was the highly anticipated Firestone Walker XV, their annual blend of barrel aged beers. Hailing from the wine country of Paso Robles, blending is nothing new to the region however it wasn’t until Matt Brynildson, head brewer at Firestone Walker, had a “eureka moment” to bring the technique over to the craft beer world. We had the pleasure of asking Matt some questions as the night went on and got more insight into the blending process.

LA Craft Beer Crawl

LA Craft Beer Festival

Los Angelenos, put on your walking shoes and bring an empty belly because this Saturday, August 13th is the annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl. This event will feature over 50 different taps at 7 different bars, all walking distance from each other. There will also be local food trucks in between the bars, oh and one more thing… UNLIMITED TASTERS!

Event organizers, The Beer Chicks and 213 Nightlife have also decided to graciously donate a portion of the events proceeds to Heal The Bay. General Admission tickets are $49, and something I’m a huge fan of, Designated Driver tickets are only $10. Tickets are being sold until the event sells out so don’t miss out on a great afternoon of beer tasting.

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