When it comes to specially curated beer festivals, the shining star of all festivals makes its return after a two-year COVID slumber. Yes, the 2022 edition of the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest is set to return on June 4, 2022 to Paso Robles, California.
“The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest was born from a dream of creating a world-class festival featuring some of the best brewers in the world,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “This is a day when we can set the sales pitches aside and simply share our beers and stories with passionate craft drinkers.”
For those that purchased Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest (FWIBF) tickets for the 2020 fest, these tickets will carry over to this year’s event. Due to this, no additional FWIBF tickets will go on sale to the general public. However, Firestone Walker has put together the Ultimate Firestone Walker Experience to attend this year’s SOLD OUT festival. (Details are further down in the article.)
One of the features that makes the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest unique is that the brewers themselves come to the event to personally share their creations, ensuring that the experience is steeped in craft beer culture. For 2022, there will be 60 breweries in attendance.
2012-2019 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest Recaps:
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2012
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2013
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2014
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2015
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2016
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2017
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2018
Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest 2019
Attending breweries at the 2022 event include many first timers, including a few from the Pacific Northwest. Serving for the first time at the FWIBF include Wayfinder Beer, Great Notion Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery, Cloudburst Brewing, and Bale Breaker Brewing. These newbies will be both Boneyard Beer, that has been in attendance all nine years and Gigantic Brewing, who arrived a five years later in 2017 and have been serving every year since!
The 2022 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest collaboration beer will be brewed with Green Cheek Beer Company. Parrotphrase is a dry-hopped grisette ale that’ll be packaged in cans and on draft. This beer will be poured for all fest patrons, and will be available for public pre-sale in April.
The fest will also feature offerings from local food artisans as well as live music by The Stone Foxes and The Lil’ Smokies. Proceeds from the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest benefit the nonprofit Paso Robles Pioneer Day, a beloved local institution.
Firestone Walker today also unveiled the “Ultimate Firestone Walker Experience” sweepstakes, which includes two tickets to the 2022 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest.
The full prize also includes private tours and behind-the-scenes experiences at Firestone Walker’s Venice and Paso Robles breweries, and three nights at local hotels plus lunch and dinner at the brewery taprooms.
The sweepstakes is open from now through April 3 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Interested craft beer fans may submit their entry via the Ultimate Firestone Walker Experience sweepstakes page. The winner will be randomly drawn after the close of the sweepstakes period. Best of luck!!!
2022 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest: Attending Breweries:
- 3 Floyds
- Alvarado Street
- Bagby Beer
- Bale Breaker
- Beachwood Brewing
- Blackberry Farm
- Brouwerij ‘t IJ
- Casey Brewing
- Cervecerìa Antares
- Cervejaria Bamberg
- Cigar City
- Creature Comforts
- Crooked Stave
- Firestone Walker
- Firestone Walker Propagator
- Fonta Flora
- Garage Project
- Great Notion
- Green Bench
- Green Cheek
- Half Acre
- Highland Park
- Humble Sea
- Kern River
- La Source
- Liquid Gravity
- Other Half
- Pinthouse Brewing
- Pizza Port
- Private Landbrauerei Schönram
- Russian River
- Sante Adairius
- Side Project
- Sierra Nevada
- The Bruery
- The Lost Abbey
- The Veil
- There Does Not Exist
- Topa Topa
- Urban Roots