Brewmaster Matt Brynildson sat down with Nicolas Stecher from Robb Report to talk through the launch of Firestone Walker’s first-ever beer club, Brewmaster’s Collective.
Read the full article here, or see below for a short excerpt from the article talking with Matt Brynildson.
Paso Robles’s Firestone Walker is giving 1,000 hop heads the chance to taste its boldest craft beer creations.
Excerpt from the Robb Report article
Among the rare bottles are wine cask blends from the brewery’s Barrel Works program. The Terroir Collection, which arrives in September, is one such offering. The beer-wine hybrids are made using wild fermentation, blending in 50 percent grapes with wort beer, then aging them in wine barrels.
Other beers in the program will come from Firestone Walker’s Vintage Reserve Program, which ages craft beer in unique spirit barrels. Most of the club’s brews will derive from these two separate and very different barrel-aging programs, including some collaborative blends of the two. “We just have so much to tap into, so the whole program is basically going to be beers aged or fermented in wood,” brewmaster Matt Brynildson tells Robb Report.
The driving notion behind the membership, Brynildson says, is to let serious beer drinkers enjoy the brewery’s boldest concoctions.
“I would say the genesis for Brewmaster’s Reserve was just our desire to be creative, and all these ideas would never translate to any large release,” he says. “We’ve got all these crazy beers we’d love to release, but the only way to do this right is small volume—because some of the ingredients are really expensive, or we can only get so many barrels. And then how do we get it into hands of the people that are going to care about it most? If we go to smaller scale, then you don’t have to worry about the bean counters.”
Membership in Brewmaster’s Collective includes eight curated collections of small-batch Vintage and Barrelworks releases shipped to your door throughout 2021.
Your eight collections will span a total of 27 separate beers, including 14 member-only exclusives.
2021 Membership is now closed. Join the waitlist and be notified about 2022 memberships later this year.