PASO ROBLES, California – Firestone Walker’s iconic Parabola barrel-aged stout is back with a few new twists for 2022, including a new limited “Paraboloid” spinoff.
Parabola: Vintage 2022
The story begins with the latest vintage of Parabola, which was aged for a year in 12-year-old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for the first time ever.
“Historically, we’ve aged Parabola in six to eight-year-old bourbon barrels, but this time we seized the opportunity to age it in older barrels,” said Barrel Program Manager Eric Ponce. “It adds a new dimension to what people have come to know and love about Parabola.”
According to Ponce, the older-stock barrels accentuated Parabola’s signature flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate and vanilla with vintage-specific notes of stone fruit, fudge and tobacco. “You get extra layers of complexity that make the drinking experience all the more edifying,” Ponce said.
Parabola 2022 is rolling out to all Firestone Walker markets in individually boxed 12-ounce bottles, and is available at all Firestone Walker locations and online at FirestoneBeer.com.
This year, Parabola is joined by Paraboloid, a limited small-batch spinoff aged in an equal selection of rare older-stock barrels from premium spirits producers—specifically 14-year-old Old Fitzgerald bourbon barrels and 18-year-old Sazerac rye whiskey barrels.
These barrels complemented Parabola’s classic flavor profile by imparting hints of stone fruits, fudge, leather and peppery spice. Additionally, the beer was aged for a full two years prior to blending and bottling.
“The extra year of aging allowed all of the flavors to meld and create an incredibly smooth, mellow and prodigiously flavorful beer,” Ponce said.
About Firestone Walker
Founded by brothers-in-law Adam Firestone and David Walker in 1996, Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a California beer company with three innovative brewing facilities. Firestone Walker’s main brewery in Paso Robles produces a diverse portfolio ranging from iconic pale ales to vintage barrel-aged beers. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes eccentric wild ales, while the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice specializes in R&D beers and limited local offerings. Firestone Walker is also the brewery behind 805, one of the nation’s fastest-growing beers. Firestone Walker was recently named “Best American Brewery of the Decade” by Paste Magazine.
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