Back in the day, I never got into Gangstarr, Masta Ace or even A Tribe Called Quest — I know, I know — even now, I never hear the end of it. Like those artists to my hip-hop experiences, Firestone Walker was one of those breweries that just never really came into my world.
My friend Phil who owns the craft beer brand BrewHeads out in Phoenix, AZ brought a bottle of Double Jack to Montreal for me back in 2014, and it was awesome. I loved it, but I’d never got my hands on another bottle since. For some reason, they’ve never bothered to penetrate the East Coast Canadian market, so it just wasn’t available to me unless we took a trip to the U.S.
Speaking of U.S. trips, on our recent one to California we connected with Teo from Dope & Dank, and he knew we’d want to capture some truly legendary content while in Los Angeles. Although the headquarters and production brewery for Firestone Walker is in Paso Robles, they happened to open a satellite brewpub in Venice, so Teo was able to set up a chat with Head Brewer Evan and in-house Cicerone Blanca.
I’m pretty embarrassed to admit this, but the day before I was a mess. We’d interviewed Smog City, and right after, we headed across the street to Monkish, which I was stupid amped about. I didn’t eat enough and consumed a ton of beer, so for the first time in close to a decade, the beer came right back up. Understandably, I was a shit show the next day and I had two craft beer podcasts to record. FML.
But I soldiered through this episode thanks to Firestone’s crisp pils and the great convo with the team. Their story is super cool, the beers were fantastic and the food was on point. It was so dope that they get to actually experiment and do crazy stuff out there that Evan wasn’t able to do at the production brewery.
Check out the video to get the story, and if you enjoy it, head over to Apple Podcasts to listen to the full interview. The energy was a little low as I was dying inside, but when Teo arrived it picked up a bunch. Cheers!