The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest in Paso Robles, Cali. was created by Matthew Brynildson, Firestone Walker's brewmaster, to bring together a brewer's idea of the best in artisanal beer. It's not a marketing gimmick. It's not a public relations fest. It's not about selling beer so much as it's about drinking good beer with good food. Brynildson says in his vision statement: "These are folks of like mind and spirit, some new friends, some of many years, who share our same passion for making craft beer and sharing it with the world."
And unsurprisingly, Brynildson has managed to deliver on that seemingly lofty goal year after year, resulting in a beer fest that sells out every year. Many in the industry call it the best beer event in the country. This year, 44 breweries mingle with 22 restaurants, all to the sound of two awesome bands. It takes place on June 1, and you're still pouting because you couldn't get tickets.
Just call this your lucky day. Firestone Walker has graciously saved a pair of tickets for us to giveaway. Here's how we're going to do it:
Tell us how old you were when you had your first beer. Either leave us a comment down below, or tweet it to us @lamagfood and @FirestoneWalker.
We'll pick one winner at random next Monday, May 20 at 9 a.m.
The (not-so) small print: These tickets are strictly nontransferable and are only available to persons 21 years of age and older.
May the best man or woman win!
UPDATE: Congratulations to WINNER Liz Cappola, whose first beer experience involved an Old Style on a hot, summer day.
The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest takes place on June 1 in Paso Robles, Cali.