Firestone Walker & Island Brewing Receive Major Kudos


Michael Hepworth


By Bonnie Carroll

Santa Barbara, CA(Spiritsman)5/12/12/—Two Santa Barbara breweries are among the best in the world. Firestone Walker in Paso Robles and Buellton, along with Island Brewing in Carpinteria, won top honors at the 2012 World Beer Cup competition in San Diego .

Firestone Walker named “Champion Brewery” and “Brewmaster.” Island Brewing was presented a gold medal for its “Starry Night Stout.” The judges picked from a very competitive field of entries that came in worldwide.







Island Brewing has been making their popular stout brew for over ten years. According to Paul Wright, “the secret is having perseverance. This winning recipe has been used for ten years since my home brewing days. We compete every year and haven’t changed our recipe. It’s pretty well perfected.” Island Brewing is selling the stout on tap and in bottles. At their beach front tasting room and brewery is just off Linden Avenue in Carpinteria. Visit:












Firestone Walker ‘s honor falls in an extremely competitive category of brewers that produce between 15,000 barrels and six million barrels annually. According to the Firestone Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, “This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire brewing team They all had a hand in this.” Firestone Walker also won a Gold Medal for its Pale 31. It’s the fourth time it has won this award since 2004. Visit:

Michael Hepworth

287 S.Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Bonnie Carroll