California Dreaming – Introducing Our CCBA Brewers Collaboration Beer
While many of our beers are distributed nationally, we remain a regional California brewery at heart, with a significant majority of our beers still consumed within our home state. California is a land where creativity and innovation are the rule. We live and brew here, and we draw energy from the communities that surround us. This is what it means to us to be a California beer company.
We also consider it a privilege to be the peer of so many other California craft breweries, from the pioneers who set an early example for us more than 25 years ago to the latest neighborhood startups who continually and collectively raise the bar of creativity.
This is why we’re especially proud to announce our CCBA Brewers Collaboration beer today, a limited-edition West Coast Double IPA from our Propagator R&D Brewhouse in Venice. It’s available now at our three California locations and our online store.
This beer is part of a collaborative effort to celebrate and benefit the California Craft Brewers Association, the nonprofit that protects and supports craft brewers in California. All participating breweries are creating a beer in the style of their choice, and we chose the West Coast IPA as the iconic style that helped drive the craft beer revolution in California and beyond. Net proceeds from can sales of this beer will benefit the CCBA.
Brewed in Venice, Made for California
We have produced many double IPAs over the years, starting with our iconic Double Jack, which originally launched in 2009.
With each new iteration, we have followed the evolution of the style and taken advantage of the newest developments in ingredients and techniques. Our latest take on the West Coast Double IPA–the CCBA Brewers Collaboration Beer–is the culmination of this journey. Fittingly, this Double IPA comes from our Propagator R&D brewhouse in Venice, which continues to set the pace for what’s next from Firestone Walker.
To create this beer, we started with a blend of California-grown pilsner malt from Admiral and our trusted Canadian pale malt from Rahr, adding a dash of wheat for a softer mouthfeel and a bit of dextrose for that classic dry West Coast finish.
Two notable West Coast hops lay the foundation in the brewhouse: Columbus for punchy bitterness and pungency, and Simcoe for fresh pine and passionfruit notes. We then dry hopped at an excessive rate with Ekuanot Cryo, Columbus Cryo, Strata, El Dorado, and Idaho 7.
In the words of Propagator Brewing Manager Sam Tierney, “This powerhouse blend brings a sticky and dank profile dripping with ripe mango, pineapple, tangerine, and apricot notes. An assertive-yet-balanced bitterness finishes off our latest tribute to the hoppy delight that is the Double IPA.