Oct 14, 2013 2:31 PM by Jeanette Trompeter
Theses gang over at Firestone Walker is clearly doing something right. Not only are their beers the favorite of a lot of locals, but they seem to have captured the attention again of another panel of judges. Brewmaster Matt "Merlin" Brynildson and his brewing team at Firestone Walker Brewing Company just earned "Mid-Size Brewing Company and Brewer of The Year" honors at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. It was held this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. This is the fourth time that Firestone Walker has earned top honors at the Great American Beer Festival in the last two years. (It won in 2003, 2007 and 2011). Three weeks ago, the Firestone Walker brewers were in Munich to accept the top award at the prestigious European Beer Star Competition for the second straight year. And last year, Firestone Walker Brewing Company was named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster (Mid-Size Brewing Company) at the World Beer Cup for a record fourth time out of the past five World Beer Cup competitions held (It isn't held every year.) At this past weekend's Great American Beer Festival, Firestone Walker's Wookey Jack black rye IPA, Pivo Hoppy Pils and Taproom IPA all won gold medals in their respective categories. The brewery's Union Jack IPA earned a silver medal. Only one gold, one silver and one bronze medal were awarded in each category. Owner Adam Firestone says the brewers deserve the credit. "It's a testament to how relentless our brewers are when it comes to quality." Owner David Walker echoed his partner's sentiment. "The amount of remarkable beers at this event is staggering, so it's really humbling and gratifying to earn this distinction. Merlin and his team continue to amaze."