Milk & Cookies

Nitro Merlin Milk Stout

Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout has been transformed into a mindblowing mouthful known as Nitro Merlin Milk Stout—and it will launch in early 2016 with a series of nationwide “Milk & Cookies” promotions in collaboration with Brown Butter Cookie Company, a beloved family operation located in Firestone Walker’s backyard of California’s Central Coast.

On Tap Here:



Dunbar Brewing    Santa Margarita, CA

Baywood Ale House    San Luis Obispo, CA    

Libertine Pub    Morro Bay, CA

Laguna Grill     San Luis Obispo, CA
MoTav    San Luis Obispo, CA    

Kennedy Club Fitness    San Luis Obispo, CA

15 Degrees C  Templeton, CA  

Blast 825 Tap House    San Luis Obispo, CA   

Street Side Ale House    Atascadero, CA  

Wicked Shamrock    Lompoc, CA    

O'Sullivans Pub    Santa Maria, CA

Hot Shots    Pismo Beach, CA    

Chop Street Restaurant    Pismo Beach, CA    

Shell Beach Brewhouse    Shell Beach, CA    

The Spoon Trade    Grover Beach, CA    

Mason Bar    Arroyo Grande, CA    

The Padre Hotel    Bakersfield, CA

Eureka! Burger    Bakersfield, CA

Imbibe    Bakersfield, CA    

Sandrinis    Bakersfield, CA    

Moo Creamery    Bakersfield, CA    

Eureka! Burger    Fresno, CA

Kuni Sama    Fresno, CA

Goldstein's Mortuary & Delicatessen    Fresno, CA

The Planing Mill    Visalia, CA

Pita Kabob    Visalia, CA

Westwoods BBQ & Spice Co.    Fresno, CA    

Barrel Republic    San Diego, CA

Lumberyard    San Diego, CA

Backyard    San Diego, CA

Bruski's    San Diego, CA    

Board & Brew    San Diego, CA

Ale Alersenal    San Carlos, CA

City Beer Store    San Francisco, CA

Hopmunk Tavern    Sebastopol, CA

Piaci Pub & Pizzeria    Fort Bragg, CA

Taps Restaurant    Petaluma, CA

Belly    Santa Rosa, CA

Rincon Valley Wine & Beer    Santa Rosa, CA

Hopland Ale House    Hopland, CA

Olde Sonoma Public House    Sonoma, CA

Hopmunk Tavern    Sonoma, CA

Public School    Culver City, CA  
The Daily Pint    Santa Monica, CA  

The Chestnut Club    Santa Monica, CA  

Busby's West    Santa Monica, CA

The Surly Goat    West Hollywood, CA
The Irish Times Pub & Restaurant    Los Angeles, CA    

West 4th & Jane    Santa Monica, CA    

City Tavern    Culver City, CA

Phantom Carriage    Torrance, CA

Naja's Place    Redondo Beach, CA

Silvio's Brazilian BBQ    Hermosa Beach, CA    

Simmzyz    Venice Beach, CA    

Simmzyz    Long Beach, CA  
Simmzyz    Manhattan Beach, CA    

BrewCo    Manhattan Beach, CA  
Library Ale House    Santa Monica, CA    

Rock & Brews    Redondo Beach, CA    

Rock & Brews    El Segundo, CA  
Congregation Ale House    Long Beach, CA  
Hot's Kitchen    Hermosa Beach, CA  
Whole Foods    El Segundo, CA    

Whole Foods    Playa Vista    

Whole Foods    Venice Beach, CA    

Sausal    El Segundo, CA    

Four Points Hotel at LAX    Los Angeles, CA    

Larry's    Venice Beach, CA    

K.C. Branaghan's    Long Beach, CA    

Alex's Bar    Long Beach, CA    

The Stache Bar    Long Beach, CA 

Titled Kilt    Long Beach, CA   

The Art of Beer    Sacramento, CA

Samuel Horne's Tavern    Folsom, CA

Capitol Beer & Taproom    Sacramento, CA

de Vere's Irish Pub    Sacramento, CA

Pangaea Bier Café    Sacramento, CA

Burgers & Brew    Chico, CA

Round Table Clubhouse    Chico, CA

Fernwood Resort    Big Sur, CA    

Burger    Aptos, CA

XL Public House    Salinas, CA

Beer Thirty Bottle Shop & Pour House    Soquel, CA    

Woodstock's Pizza    Isla Vista, CA

Zodos Bowling & Beyond    Goleta, CA

The Growler    Danville, CA

Sunset Beer Co.    Los Angeles, CA

Eureka! Burger    Claremont, CA

Eagle Rock Lounge    Eagle Rock, CA

City Tavern DTLA    Los Angeles, CA    

Verdugo Bar    Los Angeles, CA 

California, Cont:

The Chestnut Club    Santa Monica, CA     

Commons Ale House    Santa Monica, CA  

Stout Burgers & Beers    Santa Monica, CA  

Congregation Ale House    Pasadena, CA    

Congregation Ale House    Azusa, CA    

Grits    Fullerton, CA    

Pizza Press    Orange, CA    

Pizza Press    Fullerton, CA    

Eureka! Burger    Irvine, CA

Eureka! Burger    Huntington Beach, CA

Board & Brew    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

The Anthill at UCI    Irvine, CA    

Bad to the Bone BBQ    San Juan Capistrano, CA    

Gina's Pizza    Irvine, CA    


New Jersey:

Porta    Jersey City, NJ

Ott's Medford    Medford, NJ    

Mohawk House    Sparta, NJ

Cowan's Public    Nutley, NJ

Cloverleaf Tavern    Caldwell, NJ

Blue Monkey Tavern    Merchantville, NJ

Firkin Tavern    Ewing, NJ

Willie McBrides    Branchburg, NJ

Salt    Stanhope, NJ



Trolley Tap House    Wilmington, DE



Hops & Props    Seattle, WA    

George and Dragon    Seattle, WA    

Barking Dog Alehouse   Seattle, WA    

Toronado    Seattle, WA    

Tarvern Hall    Bellevue WA

Copper Hog    Bellingham, WA  

Obsidian    Olympia, WA  

Eastside Club    Olympia, WA 

North End Social Club    Tacoma, WA 

Special Brews    Lynwood, WA    

Manito Tap House    Spokane, WA    

The Lantern    Spokane, WA    


Frisco Tap House    Columbia, MD

State Line Liquors    Elkton, MD

World of Beer - Baltimore    Baltimore, MD



Cambridge Commons    Cambridge, MA

Rosebud Kitchen & Bar    Somerville, MA


Link's Taproom    Chicago, IL

Rabbitt's    Chicago, IL

Map Room    Chicago, IL

Bangers & Lace    Chicago, IL

Fountainhead    Chicago, IL

The Hard Rock Hotel    Chicago, IL

Village Inn    Skokie, IL

Olympic Tavern    Rockford, IL



Side Bar    West Chester, PA

Tria Taproom    Philadelphia, PA

Good Dog    Philadelphia, PA

Kite & Key    Philadelphia, PA

Via Marconi    Hatfield, PA

Pinocchio's    Media, PA

Sancho Pistola's    Philadelphia, PA



Bier Station    Kansas City, MO



Cheba Hut - Lodo    Denver, CO

Three Four Beer Co.    Ft. Collins, CO

Alehouse at Amato's    Denver, CO

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids    Denver, CO

Cheeky Monk    Denver, CO



Paragon Brewery    Coeur D'Alene, ID    

Bitter Creek Ale House    Boise, ID    

Moscow Ale House    Moscow, ID    

Pour Authority    Sandpoint, ID    

Capones Pub & Grille    Post Falls, ID    

The Growler Guys    Meridian, ID    

The Growler Guys    Coeur D'Alene, ID     

Milk & Cookies Events

Fatpour    Chicago, IL   3.23.16

Sutter Creek Provisions    Sutter Creek, CA    3.25.16

Hopsmith    Chicago, IL   3.30.16

Open Bottle    Tinley Park, IL    3.25.16

Chatter Box    Long Grove, IL    3.31.16

3 Corners Grill & Tap    Lemont, IL    4.5.16

Brixies    Brookfield, IL    4.22.16


Unfortunately, no system is perfect, especially in the world of beer distribution.  This information provided is subject to change.  We recommend contacting locations ahead of travelling to them to confirm that Nitro Merlin Milk Stout is still available and being poured.

The Brown Butter Story

Sometimes you taste something and you immediately know it’s different in the best way possible— delicious, distinctive and bursting with quality. And no, we’re not talking about beer. We’re talking about the signature Sea Salt Cookie that was an immediate local—and soon to be widespread—sensation when sisters Traci and Christa Hozie opened their Brown Butter Cookie Company on California’s Central Coast in 2008. On the one hand, the Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookie is the essence of simplicity. Each cookie is hand rolled with just six ingredients: flour, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, baking soda and sea salt. But much like a brewmaster who can work magic with the basic ingredients of water, malted barley, hops and yeast, the sisters knocked it out of the park by creating a decadently wholesome cookie that stands out from the crowd.

Sisters Meet Brothers-in-Law

Firestone Walker Brewing Company was founded on the Central Coast by two brothers-in-law on the strength of one flagship product, so you could say that we are kindred spirits to the Hozie sisters and Brown Butter Cookie Company. So when we started kicking around ideas for launching Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, a collaboration with Brown Butter Cookie Company seemed like a natural fit. “They have a great story and a great product that just happens to go perfectly with this new brew of ours,” says David Walker. “It was a no-brainer.”

Sweet, Salty & Malty

Nitro Merlin’s rich, creamy smoothness and subtle sweetness is a perfect match for the shortbread goodness of the Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookie, while the browned butter and hint of sea salt are tasty complements to the beer’s dark roasty notes. In the words of Brewmaster Matt Brynildson: “This is a pairing of local flavors that taste really awesome together.” ‘Nuff said. So keep an eye out for a Milk & Cookies event near you.

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