Giveaway: So, You Want Tickets to the Sold Out Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest? - Digest - Los Angeles magazine

Giveaway: So, You Want Tickets to the Sold Out Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest?

Well, lucky you. We're giving away a pair of tickets next Monday! Here's how to enter.

Photograph courtesy of Firestone Walker

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.

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  1. Carlos Azucena posted on 05/15/2013 10:44 AM
    I was about thirteen. I remember it like it was yesterday. I grew up in South Los Angeles, at the time crack and cocaine had seeped into my neighborhood, bloods and crips colors were en vogue, Public Enemy and NWA were on every street corner and while out at a house party I took a sip of my first Old English 800. It was disgusting and after the whole forty ounce I was pretty schwasted! My sisters boyfriend had to carry my little thirteen year old body home where I barfed for what seemed an eternity. It was one of the best moments in my life as I understood 1. Cheap beer is the worst tasting beer ever and 2. That I was sure I never wanted another beer again. It took me until my early twenties, while working on an art show that was accompanying my good friends independent film called "Real Stories of the Donut Men" that I was hanging with Tarantino, Rodriguez, Linklater, Beeaje Quick and Mike Judge at SXSW film fest of all places that I had my first Shiner Bock and my palette exploded with delicious goodness! Now at 38, I love all kinds of beer always in moderation as I learned that lesson at 13 very well, and always with good friends. I've tried hundreds of beers and going to this event would be pretty fun and it would be nice to meet local connoisseurs of thine nectar of the gods. Thanks!!!
  2. Patricia posted on 05/15/2013 11:36 AM
    I had my first beer at the ripe old age of 22 :)
    Loved it ever since. True story.
  3. Kendall posted on 05/15/2013 11:39 AM
    15 keystone out of a keg man it was only better beer from there
  4. Susan Solt posted on 05/15/2013 11:42 AM
    12...yikes :/
  5. Debbie V. posted on 05/15/2013 11:43 AM
    I was 18 when I had my 1st beer, oops :/
  6. Jessica Solorzano posted on 05/15/2013 11:47 AM
    I must of been 19 years of age when I first tried this golden liquid.
  7. Carolia posted on 05/15/2013 11:47 AM
    I was 9 when my Dad let me take a sip....actually I snuck the sip when he wasn't looking.
  8. Janell M Mullen posted on 05/15/2013 12:09 PM
    My girlfriend and I were 14. We were home alone. We both grabbed a beer from my dad's stash. Drank one each. Felt weird and buried the evidence in the backyard.
  9. Bo posted on 05/15/2013 12:38 PM
    I think I was 16? I might have had little sips before but that's the first full beer I remember having...
  10. Zella posted on 05/15/2013 12:46 PM
    I was a late bloomer. It was senior year in high school and we were in Yerevan, Armenia's capital for our senior trip and knocked back a few Kotayak's with friends. It's a local brew but I can still taste it. Great memories and somewhat decent beer.
  11. Fernando Franco posted on 05/15/2013 12:48 PM
    I was 17 years old when i had my first sip of grandpa's old cough medicine. Then it was 40 oz. of crap for the next 8 years until i discovered the magic and beauty of craft beer!
  12. K Douglas posted on 05/15/2013 12:51 PM
    I was an 18 year old freshman at UC Santa Barbara when I had my first beer on the night of move-in day. Admittedly it was some cheap college beer but living in Santa Barbara County for four years, one of my favorite beers soon became Firestone's Double Barrel Ale. It quickly developed into my go to beer when I want to avoid the keg parties. Ah, college. I miss SB.
  13. Jose posted on 05/15/2013 01:04 PM
    I was 15 when I had my first beer.
  14. Ramon Sanchez posted on 05/15/2013 01:08 PM
    Oh, man... I remember my first taste of beer SO vividly.

    I was 7 years old and was actually watching UFC 1 with my brother-in-law. When he went to the bathroom I took a huge chug and then tipped the can so it spilled a little. When he came back, I said I accidentally knocked it over. He got another one.

    Well, fast forward a few minutes and spaghetti was all over the living room floor in a red mess.

    My brother-in-law laughed.

    I didn't have my "own" beer until I was 12.
  15. Helena posted on 05/15/2013 01:42 PM
    I was 16 (don't tell anyone). It was at a party in someone's backyard; a keg of golden ale was there for the drinking. All it took was a few sips and I was agoner.
  16. Benjamin Farber posted on 05/15/2013 01:50 PM
    I was seven. At my uncle's wedding. I snuck a swig and hated it (it was Bud - I still hate it!). I didn't touch beer again until eighteen, but since then, I haven't looked back.
  17. katie posted on 05/15/2013 03:05 PM
    probably about 16 or so, in my friend's basement of course.
  18. dvd posted on 05/15/2013 03:26 PM
    8 years old at a family aunt told me it was apple juice...was probably tecate or corona. i just thought it was disgusting! gotta love my family.
  19. Chelsey Rosetter posted on 05/15/2013 03:42 PM
    I was probably 10, sitting on my mom's lap. She asked me, "Wanna a sip of happiness?" It look me many years to understand this happiness, but I now know it's a special one.
  20. James Kemper posted on 05/15/2013 03:51 PM
    I was around 10 years old. My Grandpa would give me and my cousin sips of his Pabst Blue Ribbon. My palate has become more sophisticated but the memories are priceless.
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