Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced the upcoming release of a seasonal
beer called Solace. This is the brewery's first bottled release of a seasonal
Seasonal beers continue to be one of the hottest beer trends in the United
States. Consumers are taking advantage of changing seasonal offerings akin to
vintages in the wine industry.
"Seasonal beers are in high demand right now and we wanted to provide Firestone
lover's with our take on a seasonal offering," said co-proprietor David Walker.
While Solace is somewhat devoid of style, Brewmaster Matt Brynildson said it
will be a sort of unfiltered fusion of a Hefeweizen and a Belgian Saison. Subtle
hints of banana and clove aroma will merge with sweet fruit flavor, a medium
body and tangy finish. This combination will result in drinkable spring/summer
beer with about 6% alcohol by volume.
"Style guidelines are definitely being stretched and exaggerated with the rise
of craft beers in the U.S.," Brynildson said. "I call it a Summertime Belgo-Bavarian
Zwickle Saison," he added jokingly.
While you probably won't be seeing this style added to the books anytime soon,
Solace is sure to be a crowd pleaser this spring/summer. Solace will roll out in
six packs and draft beginning in April and be available through August. The
suggested retail price is $9.99 per six pack of 12-ounce bottles. It will be
available across California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and select markets in
Founded in 1996 on
California's Central Coast, Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a regional
brewery committed to quality, innovation and tradition. Firestone Walker
Brewing Company remains the only American brewery to ferment beer in a union
of oak barrels, a classic British brewing method that dates back to the mid
19th century. Firestone Walker Brewing Company was named "Mid-Size Brewing
Company of The Year" at the 2007 and 2003 Great American Beer Festivals and
"Champion Brewery" for the category of Mid-Size Brewing Company at the 2006
and 2004 World Beer Cups.