Firestone Walker (finally) comes to Minnesota

Firestone Walker Brewing Company's production facility in California // Photo courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s production facility in California // Photo courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

A bear and lion are soon to be uncaged in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, for the beers of Firestone Walker Brewing Company are set to roam free in Minnesota.

Matt Brynildson and the Firestone Walker crew are looking forward to sharing a pint with you // Photo courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Minnesota native Matt Brynildson and the Firestone Walker crew are looking forward to sharing a pint with you // Photo courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

The rollout of Firestone Walker beers will begin the week of April 16. To celebrate the launch, the Firestone Walker team will be visiting select bars and restaurants across the state that will be pouring a lineup of special releases like Sucaba, Stickee Monkee, Helldorado, Agrestic, Parabola, Parabajava, and Sour Opal.

Artisan Beer Company will handle Firestone Walker’s distribution in Minnesota, the 34th state in the pioneering Paso Robles, California craft brewery’s distribution footprint. Get ready for 12-ounce cans of Firestone Lager, Luponic Distortion, Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, Pivo Pils, Union Jack, Easy Jack, and a 12-pack variety pack, hitting shelves in late April. Other Firestone favorites from the Proprietor Series, as well as some barrel-aged beauties from their Barrelworks facility, will also see limited release throughout the state.

“We are honored and excited to be introducing this incredible portfolio of craft beers into the State of Minnesota,” said Todd Johnson, CEO of Artisan Beer Company. “This is one of the most highly anticipated craft beer introductions for the State of Minnesota in many years. Minnesota craft beer lovers have been waiting a long time for this day.”

Growler Nation, the moment you have been waiting for—Firestone Walker’s Minnesota Launch Week Schedule. Grab your calendar, and write these down:

Monday, April 16th

  • 11am – The Harriet Brasserie, Minneapolis
    • Food pairings each day featuring Firestone Lager, Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Nitro Merlin
  • 3:00pm – Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill, Eagan
    • Featuring Firestone Lager, Pivo Pils, Union Jack, Luponic Distorion, 2018 Parabola
  • 4:00pm – HopCat, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Pivo Pils, Firestone Lager, Nitro Merlin, 2017 Parabola

Tuesday, April 17th

  • 11:00am – Red Cow, 50th St Minneapolis
    • Featuring Pivo Pils, Union Jack IPA, Luponic Distortion
  • 3:30pm – Zipps Liquors, Minneapolis
    • In-store sampling
  • 4:00pm – Uptown Tavern and Rooftop, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Pivo Pils, Nitro Merlin, Bravo
  • 4:00pm – The Local, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Luponic Distortion, DBA, 2018 Parabola
    • Extra special note: The Lion, aka David Walker, aka one of the owners, will be here!
  • 4:00pm – Lunds and Byerly’s, Minneapolis
    • In-store sampling
  • 4:30pm – Hum’s Liquor, Minneapolis
    • In-store sampling
  • 5:00pm – JL Beers, Burnsville
    • Featuring 2018 Parabola, Union Jack IPA, Nitro Merlin, Firestone Lager
  • 6:00pm – Sweeney’s Saloon, St Paul
    • Featuring Luponic Distorion, Nitro Merlin, Firestone Lager
  • 6:00pm – Butcher and the Boar, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Union Jack, Pivo Pils, 2018 Parabola, DBA
    • Extra special note:The Lion, aka David Walker, aka one of the owners, will be here!
  • 6:00pm – New Bohemia, Mankato
    • Featuring Pivo Pils, Nitro Merlin, Union Jack, Luponic Distortion

Wednesday, April 18th

  • 12:00pm – Boulder Tap House, St. Cloud
    • Featuring DBA and Luponic Distortion
  • 3:00pm – McCoy’s Public House, St Louis Park
    • Featuring Sucaba, Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Pivo Pils
  • 4:00pm – Lone Oak Grill, Eagan
    • Featuring Firestone Lager, Luponic Distortion, Union Jack, Nitro Merlin, 2015 Parabola
  • 4:00pm – MacKenzie Pub, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Union Jack, Firestone Lager, Nitro Merlin
  • 4:00pm – Tamarack Taproom, Woodbury
    • Featuring Luponic Distortion, Pivo Pils, Walkers Reserve Porter
  • 5:00pm – Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake, Duluth
    • Tap invasion
  • 5:00pm – Pub 42, New Hope
    • Featuring Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Pivo Pils, 2018 Parabola
  • 5:00pm – New Bohemia, St Paul
    • Featuring Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Pivo Pils, Firestone Lager, Nitro Merlin, Sour Opal
  • 5:00pm – Boulder Tap House, Mankato
    • Featuring Pivo Pils, Nitro Merlin, Union Jack, Firestone Lager, 2016 Parabajava
  • 5:00pm – Busters on 28th, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Lager, Pivo Pils, Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Nitro Merlin

Thursday, April 19th

  • 11:00am – New Bohemia, Golden Valley
    • Featuring Union Jack, 2018 Parabola, Luponic Distortion, Nitro Merlin, Pivo Pils
  • 11:00am – Grizzly’s, Plymouth
    • Featuring Helldorado, Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Nitro Merlin
  • 4:00pm – The Happy Gnome, St Paul
    • Featuring Pivo Pils, Luponic Distortion, Union Jack, Nitro Merlin, 2018 Parabola
  • 5:00pm – The Tap House on Historic 3rd St – Rochester
    • Tap invasion
  • 5:00pm – House of Pizza, Sartell
    • Tap invasion
  • 5:00pm – Smokey’s Pub and Grill, Wyoming
    • Featuring Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Firestone Lager, 2017 Stickee Monkee paired with maple bacon cheesecake, live music 6-8pm
  • 5:00pm – Turtle’s Bar, Shakopee
    • Featuring Union Jack, Luponic Distoriton, Nitro Merlin, 2018 Sucaba
  • 5:00pm – Pizza Luce, Richfield
    • Featuring Pivo Pils, Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Nitro Merlin
  • 5:00pm – The Bulldog Uptown, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Union Jack, Pivo Pils, Luponic Distortion
  • 5:00pm – 99 Bottles, Moorhead
    • In-store sampling
  • 5:00pm – House of Pizza St Cloud
    • Featuring Luponic Distortion, Union Jack, Pivo Pils, 2018 Parabola
  • 5:00pm – Burger Jones, Burnsville
    • Featuring Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Nitro Merlin, Pivo Pils, Stickee Monkee
  • 6:00pm – Rathskeller, Duluth
    • Tap invasion
  • 6:00pm – NaKato Bar and Grill, Mankato
    • Featuring Union Jack, Nitro Merlin
  • 7:00pm – 7 West Taphouse, St Cloud
    • Featuring Union Jack, Firestone Lager, Nitro Merlin, 2015 Parabola

Friday, April 20th

  • 11:00am – Stub & Herb’s, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Pivo Pils, Union Jack, Luponic Distortion, Nitro Merlin, 2015 Parabola
  • 11:00am – Town Hall Tap, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Union Jack, Nitro Merlin
  • 12:00pm – Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Union Jack, Firestone Lager, Nitro Merlin
  • 4:00pm – Savage Wine and Spirits, Savage
    • In-store sampling
  • 4:00pm – Grumpy’s NE, Minneapolis
    • Featuring Union Jack, Pivo Pils, Luponic Distortion
  • 5:00pm – Old Chicago, Duluth
    • Tap Invasion
  • 5:00pm – Pub 310, Duluth
    • Tap Invasion
  • 6:00pm – Patrick’s on Third
    • Featuring Firestone Lager, Pivo Pils, Nitro Merlin, Union Jack, Luponic Distortion

Saturday, April 21st

  • 12:00pm – Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits, Shakopee
    • In-store sampling
  • 12:00pm – Total Wine and More, Eagan
    • In-store sampling
  • 4:00pm – Yarmo Liquor, St Paul
    • In-store sampling and sale pricing on Firestone 6pks and 12pks
  • 5:00pm – Hy-Vee Market Grill
    • Featuring Pivo Pils, Firestone Lager, Luponic Distortion, Union Jack, Nitro Merlin, 2018 Parabola