Firestone Walker Collaborates With Creature Comforts on Mother’s Milk for the 7th Annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

image of Mothers Milk, a collaboration between Firestone Walker and Creature Comforts, courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing

For those fortunate enough to be making their way to Paso Robles, California next weekend to attend the 7th annual Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest (FWIBF) you are sure in for a treat. Firestone Walker Brewing collaborated with Creature Comforts Brewing on the festival’s collaboration beer, Mother’s Milk, a barrel-aged imperial milk porter.

This collaboration began a few years back when Firestone Walker brewer Evan Partridge, now R&D Head Brewer at Firestone Walker – Propagator, visited Creature Comforts in his home state of Georgia. This brewery friendship then became a bit more solidified when the Athens, GA brewery attended the FWIBF for the first time in 2016.

Then last year the plan to brew a barrel-aged beer with Creature Comforts became a reality when Firestone Walker’s Brewmaster Matt Brynildson invited Creature Comforts’ Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp and Head Brewer David Stein to collaborate with.

“This beer is a great example of what happens when you combine forces with a young innovative brewery, 2,000 miles away, and plug their ideas into our well established barrel program,” said Brynildson in a statement.

image of Mothers Milk a collaboration between Firestone Walker and Creature Comforts courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing

Mother’s Milk was aged for nearly 12 months in rye whiskey barrels. The base beer was made with five malts – Two-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Franco-Belges Kiln Coffee, and Crystal 45 along with oats, lactose (milk) sugar and a dash of sea salt.

Rye whiskey barrels were specifically chosen to balance the sweeter tones of the milk porter with a spicy bitter quality. The end result is a 11.6% ABV barrel-aged beer.

“The sweetness inherent to bourbon would have made this beer too cloying, given the presence of the milk sugar,” said Eric Ponce, Firestone Walker’s barrel program manager, in a statement. “We designed the base beer with the intent of aging it in rye whiskey barrels—we thought it would be the perfect marriage. The dash of salt just makes everything pop on the palate.”

“Firestone Walker is a brewery we greatly respect and have been inspired by long before starting our own brewery,” said Beauchamp in a statement. “We’ve enjoyed the friendships we’ve made with them and were thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate on a beer together.”

“Creature Comforts is one of our favorite new breweries hailing from the South and it has been a blast getting to know these guys and make beer with them,” Brynildson said in a statement. “Both of our breweries are members of the Hop Quality Group and we both recently poured beer at the Mikkeller Fest in Copenhagen, so we have had some quality time together—and that will now continue at the upcoming Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest.”

Mother’s Milk will be served to each attendee of the 2018 FWIBF on Saturday, June 2nd and will also be available for sale in 12 ounce bottles the same day at all Firestone Walker locations for $10.99 each. This beer is very limited as only 300 cases (12 x 12-oz bottles) of Mother’s Milk was produced.

Firestone Walker Brewmaster Matt Brynildson giving thanks to the crowd during the 2016 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest.

For those attending the 7th annual FWIBF, here is a rundown of the advance list of breweries and beers pouring at this coveted beer festival.

2018 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest Beer List:

3 Floyds Brewing Company
ChemTrail Mix
Von Munshtr
Cheer Team
Zombie Dust

Allagash Brewing Company
Coolship Red
Allagash White
Shiro’s Delight
Interlude 2016

Alvarado Street Brewing
Anniversary Ale IV
Blue ‘n Gold
Wave Jammer
Kettle Cooler

Arizona Wilderness
Sonoran Prince
Dirty Hop Water
Sangio Cerveza
Connection Saison

Avery Brewing
Go Play IPA
Apricot Sour
White Rascal

Bagby Beer Company
Shwarz Story
Boy Wonder
Gotta Pay the Pils
Sweet Ride Bohemian Pils

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Chaos is a Friend of Mine
Dia de los Mangos
Barrel Aged System of a Stout

Beavertown Brewery
Heavy Lord
I Finally Invented Something that Works

Bell’s Brewery
Pooltime Ale
Double Two Hearted
Two Hearted Ale
Lager of the Lakes

Birrificio del Ducato
La Formula Moderna

Boneyard Beer
Barrel Aged Suge Knite
Funky Bunch
PABO Pilsner
Enzymatic IPA

Boulevard Brewing Company
Saison Brett
American Kolsch
Jam Band

Hoppy Kellerpils

Brewery Ommegang
Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Smoked Porter
Pale Sour

Buxton Brewery Company
Very Far Skyline

Cigar City Brewing
Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
Whateley Family Farmhouse

Creature Comforts
Golden Door
Booher Hill

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Nightmare on Bret Fruit Party
Von Pilsner
Sour Rosé

Crux Fermentation Project
Wild Farmhouse
Lawn Party
Double Sevens
Berryful Bounty

Faction Brewing Company
Hipster Conformant
The Penske File

Firestone Walker Brewing
Pivo Pils
Luponic Distortion Rev. 010
Propagator: Shawrzbier
Propagator: OPALesence
Propagator: Buddha’s Hard Pink Lemonade
Propagator: Patrick Hayze V.1
Propagator: Patrick Hayze V. 2
Propagator: Single Hop Galaxy

FW Rare Beers
2014 Sucaba
XIX Anniversary Ale
Maltose Falcons Brownywine
Coconut Rye Parabola
2015 Parabola

FW Barrelworks
Pixie Dusted
Nec Bones
Krieky Bones
Feral Vinifera
Thin Skin
Oudenaarde #1
Oudenaarde #2
Feral Estevez

Fonta Flora Brewery
Urban Monk (Carrot Cake Variant)
House Lagah #3
Funk Fuzz
Snug Glove

Rasberry Provincial
Saison d’Brett
Oud Bruin

Garage Project
Cockswain’s Courage – Double Barrel Edition – Hot Poker
Yuzu Rising Son
Ziggy’s Carrot Cale Ale – Nitro
We Are a Family

Gigantic Brewing
Big Brett Love
Sassy Pony
End of Reason

Green Cheek Beer
Sweet Gold Bird
Radiant Beauty
Oaked Just Right

Half Acre Beer
Pony Pilsner
Move Through the Hills like a Ghost

Highland Park
Barrel Aged Griffith J. Griffith
America’s Preference
No Stress
Lazier Susan

Hollister Brewing Company
Low Winter Sun
Tiny Bubbles
Hippie Kicker IPA
Astro Boy

Jack’s Abby Brewing
Kriek Mythology
Post Shift Pilsner
Hoponius Union

Jackie O’s Brewery
Hopfen Helles
Skipping Stone
Vision is Lost Without Eyes to See it Through

Jester King
Colour Five
Le Petit Prince

Liefmans Brewery
Kriek Brut

Mahrs Brau
aU Unfiltered Kellerbier

Melvin Brewing
Melvin IPA

Modern Times Beer
Monsters’ Park
Revolution of the Moon
Hedge Witch

Monkish Brewing
Mas Fruit Cart
Interstellar Hitchhiker
Triple IPA
DDH Double IPA

New Belgium Brewing
Le Terroir Noir
Mural Agua Fresca Ale

Odell Brewing
Green Coyote
Ten Paces

Giedon’s Pancake Stack, 3 Sons collab
Plemora Rasberry Creme Brulee Sour
Noa Cocoalmondcoffee Imperial Stout

Oxbow Brewing

Revolution Brewing
Double Barrel VSOJ Cherry Rye
Sun Crusher
Cafe Deth
Freedom of Speech

Russian River Brewing Company
STS Pils
Pliny the Elder

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
We Are You
Collective We
Saison Bernice
Tomorrow, Today

Side Project Brewing
Derivation Blend #8
Grisette Blend #5
Fencerow Blend #3
Fuzzy Blend #3

Sierra Nevada Brewing
Barrel Aged Narwhal
Pale Ale

Societe Brewing Company
The Swindler
The Mistress
The Highbinder

Stone Brewing
Stone Mission Sour – Sauvignon Blanc
Stone Brewing Berlin – White Ghost Berliner Weisse
Mikhail with Coconut
Liberty Station 5th Anniversary IPA

Sun King Brewing Company
Golden Girls
Afternoon Delight

Surly Brewing Company
Barrel Aged Darkness
1 Golden Ale
Mosaic Kettle Sour

The Bruery
Double Barrel Black Tuesday with Vanilla
Thanks for the Hops!
Bruesicle: DFG
Bruesicle: Mango Fire

The Lost Abbey
Duck Duck Gooze
24 Steps
Veritas Peach

The Rare Barrel
Alchemy and Magic
Raging Waters
2018 Map of the Sun
Bourbon Barrel Aged Home Sour

Days of Creation
Pineapple Halcyon

Trillium Brewing
Peach Fated Farmer

Mexican Medianoche
Extra Extra Juicy Bits
Peach Pie Berliner
Single Barrel Medianoche (16 months)