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.

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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