Milk & Cookies

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.

Milk & Cookies Events

Street Side Ale House    Atascadero, CA   2.9.17

Old Kings Road    Santa Barbara, CA    2.9.17

Small Bar Logan Square    Chicago, IL   2.9.17

Visalia Brewing Co.    Visalia, CA   2.10.17

Harry's Sports Bar & Grill    Countryside, IL   2.10.17

Capital Craft    Green Brook, NJ   2.13.17

Flying Saucer    Sugarland, TX  2.15.17

Flynns Irish Pub    Mansfield, MA   2.15.17

Eureka! Burger    Woodland Hils, CA   2.15.17

Goldstein's Delicatessen & Mortuary    Fresno, CA   2.15.17

British Beer Company    Franklin, MA   2.16.17

Rainier Growlers    Puyallup, WA   2.16.17

P. Wexford's    Modesto, CA   2.16.17

15 Degrees C    Templeton, CA   2.17.17

Planing Mill    Visalia, CA   2.17.17

Wades Wines    Agoura Hills, CA   2.18.17

The Rodeo   Paso Robles, CA   2.20.17

Three Kings Delmar    St. Louis, CA   2.21.17

Whichcraft Mueller    Austin, TX    2.22.17

Whole Foods    Santa Barbara, CA    2.23.17

Fatte Albert's Pizza Co.    Hanford, CA    2.23.17

Beach Hut Deli    Fresno, CA    2.24.17

Loop & Lil's    Lockhart, TX    2.24.17

Morris Tap & Grille    Randolph, NJ    2.24.17

Elkhorn    San Miguel, CA    2.25.17

Barley's Brewhaus    Shawnee, KS    2.28.17

On Tap Here:

The Rodeo    Paso Robles, CA

Elkhorn    San Miguel, CA

Street Side Ale House    Atascadero, CA    

Black Sheep     San Luis Obispo, CA

15 Degrees C  Templeton, CA  

Sutter Creek Provisions  Sutter Creek, CA

Westwoods BBQ & Spice Co.  Fresno, CA

Yard House  Fresno, CA

Daily Grill  Fresno, CA

Hooters  Fresno, CA

KuniSama  Fresno, CA

Beach Hut Deli  Fresno, CA

Taps and Tacos  Fresno, CA

Piazza Del Pane  Fresno, CA

Goldstein's Mortuary & Delicatessen  Fresno, CA

Visalia Brewing Co.  Visalia, CA

Pita Kabob Gastropub  Visalia, CA

The Pub  Reedley, CA

Colton's Social House  Clovis, CA

Twisted Pig  Modesto, CA

Divine Swine  Modesto, CA

George and Dragon    Seattle, WA

Hops N Props    Seattle, WA    

King's Hardware    Seattle, WA

King's Hardware    Federal Way, WA

British Beer Company    Franklin, MA

The Ginger Man    Boston, MA

Flynns Irish Pub    Mansfield, MA

Cambridge Common    Cambridge, MA

Brewers Coalition    Newton, MA

Whiskey Cake    Plano, TX

The Cellar    St. Louis, MO

Beer Kitchen    Kansas City, MO

Up Down    Kansas City, MO

Waldo Pizza    Lee's Summit, MO

Merchants Pub & Plate    Lawrence, KS

Set Em Up Jacks    Lawrence, KS​

Burger Stand    Topeka, KS​

Burger Stand    Topeka, KS​

Barley's Brewhaus    Shawnee, KS​

The Other Place    Overland Park, KS​

Houlihan's    Olathe, KS​​

Beercade    Omaha, NE

Cunningham's Pub & Grill    Omaha, NE



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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