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The Past, Present & Future of Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival with Matt Brynildson

In this episode of Hoptalk, Gary chats with the legendary Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

Coming off the heels of the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival 2022, we dig into the history of the Invitational, recap the latest fest, and I get his thoughts on the evolution of the Central Coast beer scene.

We talk about collaborating with some of his favorite brewers, the significance of Pilsner beer, the one-of-a-kind barrel-aged beers included in their Brewmaster’s Collective membership club, his time brewing in Belgium, and sooooo much more.

Stay up to date on everything Firestone Walker, including next year’s Invitational, upcoming releases, their three California locations, and everything else at


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