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

The District    Denver, CO   3.3.17

Shamrocks    St. Louis, MO    3.3.17

Stosh's    Fairlawn, NJ   3.3.17

Last Drop    Seattle, WA   3.4.17

Back East Bar & Grill    Denver, CO   3.4.17

Biagios    Paramus, NJ   3.4.17

The Boynton Restaurant    Worchester, MA  3.7.17

Whole Foods, Hillcrest    San Diego, CA   3.8.17

Malt and Vine    Redmond, WA   3.8.17

Flynn's Irish Pub    Mansfield, MA   3.8.17

Toronado    San Diego, CA   3.9.17

Back Yard on Bell    Denton, TX   3.9.17

Olympic Tavern    Rockford, IL   3.9.17

Lulu's    Allston, MA   3.9.17

Woodstocks    Isla Vista, CA   3.10.17

Taphouse Grille    Hackettstown, NJ   3.11.17

Link's Taproom    Chicago, IL   3.12.17

Gingerman    Austin, TX   3.13.17

Santa Barbara Brew Co.    Santa Barbara, CA   3.16.17

Toronado    Seattle, WA   3.18.17

Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden    Chicago, IL   3.12.17

Alchemist & Barrister    Princeton, NJ   3.21.17

Beer Market   Bolingbrook, IL   3.22.17

DryHop Brewers    Chicago, IL   3.22.17

Marshall Stack    New York City, NY    3.22.17

Crafty Chameleon    St. Louis, MO    3.23.17

Jake's Brew Bar    Littleton, CO    3.23.17

Hogshead Tavern    New York City, NY    3.23.17

British Beer Company    Plymouth, MA    3.25.17

Eureka!    Dallas, TX    3.29.17

Bangers & Lace    Evanston, IL   3.29.17

Bangers & Lace - Wicker Park    Chicago, IL   3.30.17

Jake's Brew Bar    Littleton, CO    3.30.17

Trolley Tap House    Wilmington, DE    3.30.17

15 Degrees C    Templeton, CA   3.30.17

Cheba Hut Champa    Denver, CO    3.31.17

Loop & Lil's    Lockhart, TX    3.31.17

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  

Zodos  Goleta, CA

Basin 141  Montrose, 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

Republic Pi    Spokane, WA    

Elk Public House    Spokane, WA 

Flying Goat    Spokane, WA

Capones    Coeur D'Alene, ID 

Capones    Post Falls, ID 

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

Three Kings Delmar    St. Louis, MO

Three Kings Des Peres    St. Louis, MO

Iron Barley    St. Louis, MO

The Bridge    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

Zeppelin Hall    Jersey City, NJ 



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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