New Brewhouse Project
New Brewhouse Project: 2012
Firestone Walker’s new brewhouse reflects the brewery’s goal to continuously perfect the brewing process and ultimately the quality of its beers. In the words of co-proprietor Adam Firestone, “For us, it’s not about branching out, but branching in. We are always aiming to make the next brew better than the last. The difference may be tiny, but it needs to be measurable and constant. The new brewhouse is our latest investment in this mission.”
The new 60-barrel brewhouse is the result of extensive research conducted by proprietors Adam Firestone and David Walker, as well as Brewmaster Matt Brynildson and his brewing team. They were ultimately drawn to a company called Huppmann in Kitzingen, Germany, which has been making brewhouses for generations.
“We selected Huppmann for many reasons, none of which was price,” says Adam Firestone. “These involve wort handling, their proprietary wet mill called Millstar, the overall simplicity of the design, the flexibility of the installation, and the technology to marry our existing brewhouse into the new one. The automation package will allow us to precisely replicate each step and track progress unlike ever before. This isn’t about increasing production, it’s about further improving the beers.”
This state-of-the-art brewhouse will also include custom features made to meet Brynildson’s vision for maximizing beer quality, including his personal modifications for milling, hop dosing, and kettle efficiency. The new brewhouse equipment allows Brynildson the ultimate flexibility for making every beer style imaginable.
The tower design of the brewhouse is an efficient way to brew beer, using gravity to move ingredients when applicable, and also requiring a smaller footprint.
The new brewhouse tower was designed by local architect Val Milosevic and incorporates design features that honor two iconic structures in the Paso Robles region—the Farmer’s Alliance building in Paso Robles, and the Templeton Feed & Grain building in the nearby hamlet of Templeton. Both of these buildings are visible testaments to the region’s rich agricultural heritage, and Firestone Walker Brewing Company is proud to reflect this heritage in the design of its new brewhouse tower.