WBEZ | Firestone Walker http://www.wbez.org/tags/firestone-walker Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New brew launches in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/new-brew-launches-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//beer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-21/firestone.jpg" title="" alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 388px;" /></p><p>There's a new brew on the block as California's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.firestonebeer.com">Firestone</a><a href="http://www.firestonebeer.com">&nbsp;Walker Brewing</a> made its highly anticipated Chicago debut last night at <a href="http://www.piecechicago.com/">Piece Brewery and Pizzeria</a>. Knowingly entering an already thriving craft beer community, Firestone Walker poured just three samples from their barrel-aged Proprietor's Reserve line, an&nbsp;Anniversary 14, Walker&rsquo;s Reserve Porter, and Double Jack IPA, which&nbsp;will only be available on tap and bottled at gourmet restaurants and select bars. A&nbsp;purely &quot;not-so-strategical&quot; approach according to co-founder&nbsp;David Walker.</p><p>&quot;The beer community in&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;is intense and socially networked,&quot; said Walker. &quot;They know we're here, they know where the beers are, and they'll try them and they'll drink them,&nbsp;that's our strategy.&quot;&nbsp;Considering Firestone Walker's Brewmaster, Matt Brynildson's strong ties to Chicago, that shouldn't pose too much of a problem. A founding partner in Piece and former head brewer at <a href="http://www.gooseisland.com/ ">Goose Island</a>, Brynildson is &quot;ecstatic&quot; with the Chicago launch, said Walker, and his friends, Nick&nbsp;Floyd of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.3floyds.com">Three Floyds Brewing</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;Munster, Indiana, and former Firestone colleague Jim Cibak of <a href="http://revbrew.com/">Revolution</a> came out in support and celebration.&nbsp;&quot;It's great to be here,&quot; said Cibak, who has already been tapped by Walker for a future collaboration.&nbsp;</p><p>With no other goals at the present time than to just service and add spice to the market, Walker said he is confidant Chicagoans will embrace the limited brews. &quot;People have wanted us here for awhile, so we're not too worried about the beer just sitting around.&quot;</p></p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/new-brew-launches-chicago