Out of the barrel and into the bottle
Available for only the past five years and only on draft, Parabola Imperial Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will be bottled for the first time beginning May 8.
But be quick. Only 1,000 cases of the beer will be distributed to select areas of California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington by mid-May.
The Pasa Robles, California-based brewery has offered Parabola as part of its limited-edition anniversary series of blended barrel-aged beers, but only on draft.
“We brewed our first Parabola five years ago as an experiment in barrel aging,” said Firestone Walker Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “This first bottle release showcases what we have learned and what we love about barrel-aged beers and the amazing flavors and textures that oak can bring to beer.”
Firestone Walker says Parabola Imperial Stout features dark cherry, chocolate, espresso and bourbon aroma and flavor. A not-too-shabby 13 percent alcohol by volume promises to deliver a pleasant warming mouthfeel on the palate, and hopheads should note its IBU of 80.
If you’re road tripping in Northern California this weekend, note that the Parabola will be available beginning May 8 at 11 a.m. at the Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles and The Taproom Restaurant in Buellton, California. Twenty-two ounce bottles will cost $15.99, with a one-case-per-customer limit.