Firestone Walker Propagator Citra – very light on the palate almost like a session IPA. Getting grapefruit first and foremost. Getting a bit of Meyer lemony notes as well. Hazy yellow in color. They certainly know how to keep it murky.
Double Mind Haze – another FW hazy appearing masterpiece. This is a rather odd beer to me. Has a cheek warming amount of alcohol and a bit of a bite to it. Texture is there but the flavor leads more to buttery or barely blood orange.
Wasn’t super jazzed about either to be honest but I would take the Citra if forced to choose.
Bears and Lions on surfboards and New Zealand hops for the next 16oz can from the Propagator branch of Firestone Walker. Gen-4 was really good so I will be heading to their company store to find this one.
Firestone Walker is amping up the Propagator brand with a new IPA series of single hop Hazy IPA’s. Starting with the Motueka hop which has a prominent lime note and is known to be a good option for single hop pales and IPA’s. (Crossing my fingers for Strata to be next)
The southernmost arm of Firestone Walker’s California empire will be 3 years in Venice / Marina Del Rey and are throwing a ticket-LESS party.
Here are the details…. “Enjoy live art & photography from our friends at Venice Arts, as well as outdoor games, amazing beer & food specials! No tickets necessary, just stop by & join us for the fun. Anniversary Special: two beers & one small plate of food for just $15!”
There will be live music and a commemorative logo’d Klean Kanteen re-usable cup for your beer (while supplies last). Plus some really good FW beers.
This milkshake collab between Los Angeles Ale Works and the Firestone Walker – Propagator pours like a grapefruit juice. The aroma is pineapple mixed with coconut. First taste unveils a lot of lactose. A lot. This is sugary. Only little over a week old and the hops of a DIPA are just not to be found. There is some orange juice but that just creates a creamsicle effect.
As it warms some of the bitterness starts to peek through but by then the battle has been won by the lactose. Strong fun flavors but the balance is off to me.
There are few beers that I will bypass new or hyped beers for but the Pils from Birrificio Italiano, Tipopils is one of them and now they have teamed up with Firestone Walker at the Propagator for the Pils & Love event on July 28th.
From 11am – 4pm, over 40 breweries from around the world will be pouring Pilsner. Nothing but Pils. Brewery list to come.
Tickets on sale Tuesday, April 24th at 9am and will cost $65 per person with “food plates from Chef Justin Lewis available during the event for additional purchase.”
The Propagator brewery is starting to pay off some dividends as Firestone Walker is creating more hoppy beers outside of their Leo V Ursus and Luponic Distortion lines. If I had to choose, the Ex-1 would be the first to try.