The fourth edition of the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT). Returning once again to the pleasant surroundings of the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA and hosted by Firestone Walker Brewing, this beer festival is one to put on your Beer To Do List.
Tickets go on sale Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 9:00am PDT. Make sure to get online at this time as last year’s festival sold out within minutes of the tickets going on sale.
The breweries that are fortunate enough to receive a very coveted invite to this festival bring its “A game”. After attending last year’s FWIBF, we can confidently say that this festival is one not to miss. The breweries that attended last year are the “Who’s Who” in international craft brewing. You can check out the list from our preview last year by clickinghere.
The 2015 FWIBF will once again bring over 45 breweries along with 20+ restaurants serving some of the best beer in the world and best cuisine from California’s Central Coast.
Beyond all of the killer beer and food, there is more to the FWIBF. Throughout the afternoon there will be live bands playing the Frontier Town stage. This year’s headliner will be Jackie Greene and he’ll be taking the stage around 3:30pm.
There’s also a chance to take in the “Behind the Beer Sessions” that feature beer tastings along with Q & A sessions with the brewmasters themselves.
The details on the tickets are that there are two options, a General Admission entry and Early Entry. Both entries will get you a nice commemorative tasting glass.
Here are more of the details and the link to purchase tickets beginning at 9:00am on Sunday, February 8th, 2015. Here is the link for tickets.
This allows entry to the festival from Noon to 5:00pm. This ticket price is $80.00 + $4.99 service fee.
Early Admission Entry
This will get you into Invitational an HOUR early beginning at 11:00am to 5:00pm. All of the proceeds from these Early Bird Tickets will go to the “Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation”. Ticket also includes an event shirt & hat and can be claimed at merchandise with your ticket and ID.. This ticket price is $200.00 + $10.99 service fee.
Complimentary Parking at the PR Event Center or Paso Robles Hotel Shuttle provided by Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee (see transportation link)
For the 2014 edition of the FWIBF, 3 Floyds and Firestone Walker collaborated on a beer that was released on draft during the festival and the following day in bottles at the brewery. Ol’ Leghorn was a staggeringly hoppy blonde barleywine made by Nick Floyd of 3 Floyds Brewing Co. and Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker Brewing Company, old friends of nearly 20 years who both cut their brewing teeth in the mid 1990s Chicago craft beer scene.
Will there be a new collaboration for 2015? If so, who will join Firestone Walker for this year’s brew? Time will tell but we here at Brewpublic will let you know when the secret is revealed.
Here’s a photo recap from the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest.
The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival is a benefit for the Pioneer Day Committee that brings in some of the best breweries in the world to Paso Robles.
You can keep up to date on the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival by following the Facebook Page and visiting the website. Remember to use #FWIBF when using social media to discuss this much talked about beer festival.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.