Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Firestone Walker Brewery

Here's the press release about a new restaurant for Paso Robles set to open on March 15, 2012.  Locally-grown food ingredients and local wine and beer are promised.

Paso Robles, CA — Firestone Walker Brewing Company is advancing its commitment to local flavor with the upcoming official opening of The Taproom restaurant in Paso Robles on Thursday, March 15.
Located adjacent to the brewery at 1400 Ramada Drive, The Taproom offers a full-service dinner menu with a focus on locally grown ingredients and wines as well as a broad selection of fresh-brewed Firestone Walker beers.  The restaurant and accompanying bar are open daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“The Taproom is an extension of our brewing philosophy—the finest and freshest ingredients, prepared with care and presented from a distinctively regional perspective,” said co-proprietor Adam Firestone.  “It fits the larger celebration of the culture of food, wine and beer on the Central Coast.”
The Taproom menu blends traditional California cuisine with other influences to create what co-proprietor David Walker calls “brewhouse bistro cooking.”  Signature dishes include Grilled Pork Chops brined and prepared with a DBA beer mustard demi-glaze, and served with sweet potato fries and sautéed broccolini;  Beto’s Fish Tacos made with crispy halibut, avocado and paprika lime dressing, and served with jicama fruit salad;  a Taproom Burger with Kobe beef topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions and chipotle mayo on a potato bun;  and the 805 Salad made with fresh, locally sourced organic greens tossed with shallot thyme vinaigrette and topped with goat cheese and crostini.  The menu also includes five different wood-oven pizzas, including a steak and cheddar pizza and portabella mushroom pizza. 
Themed specials will be offered each night of the week as well, such as pasta specials on Mondays and steak specials on Saturdays.  Featured local ingredient providers include Windrose Farm, Thomas Hill Organics, Olea Farm olive oil and Joebella Coffee Roasters.  Ingredients from the brewing process will also be incorporated into select dishes, such as spent grains used to make pizza crusts, and “beer honey” made with sweet beer from the early stages of fermentation.  
“The motto at the brewery is ‘fresh and local,’ and we want that to be reflected in our dishes and wine list as well,” said General Manager Rob Giesler, noting that Brewmaster Matt Brynildson has developed friendships with numerous winemakers whom he has conscripted into his annual blending team for crafting the brewery’s acclaimed anniversary ales.  “Matt’s team has a prominent presence on our list.”
Designed and built by local craftsmen, The Taproom features a spacious modern ambiance that echoes the brewery environment, including brushed steel, corrugated metal, rustic wood and copper appointments.  Design touches include a mini “bottling line” with bottled beers circling over the bar;  a deconstructed brewing tank that serves as the entrance to the restrooms, with the floor of the tank serving as the host station;  and the original Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system mounted on the far wall.
Seating includes booths and tables, as well as long-table seating, whereby patrons sit side-by-side for a community dining experience.  A patio offers outdoor dining, and the bar features numerous Firestone Walker beers, including ongoing special releases.  The restaurant is staffed by 64 local employees.  Maximum inside seating for the main dining room and bar is 234 patrons.
“Whether you are a visitor or a local, we want the dining experience to have a real neighborhood feel, with high-quality but friendly food that goes great with our beers and wines,” Giesler said. 
The Taproom accepts reservations at (805) 225-5911 ext. 800.  For more information, visit Firestone Beer.

I'm told the wines featured at The Taproom will include selections from Tablas Creek, Curtis, Saxum, Terry Hoage, Linne Colado, Thacher, Andrew Murray, Cass, L'Aventure, Jarhead, Hearst Ranch, Storm, Brochelle and Halter Ranch. 

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