Firestone XV at Draught’s

Posted by Darryl | Bars, Restaurants | Posted on November 11th, 2011

It’s 11/11/11. There’s a couple of beers that have been pretty well hyped over the past few days, not the least of which is Stone’s Vertical Epic 11/11/11 as well as Firestone’s 15th Anniversary Ale. While I’ve not yet tracked down the former, I’m enjoying the latter as I type.

I hadn’t devoted a post to a single beer before, but the circumstances of the day have put me in the right spot to do so. I’ve found myself at Draught’s Restaurant & Bar in Thousand Oaks for a bit of a visit before moving on to other events of the evening, and through no accidental circumstance they happen to have Firestone XV not only in bottles, but also on tap.

Just to give you my own personal perspective on Draught’s:
Located in the heart of Thousand Oaks, CA on Moorpark rd, Draught’s is a full-service restaurant and bar. Along with tasty pizzas, I’ve personally like the Tortellini in a Wild Mushroom sauce, great appetizers, in addition to a wide varieties of beers on tap and bottles. One of the best features of their beer collection is that they are a “Firestone sister site”. Although I’d never heard of it before, this is a term that one of the owners shared with me. As he described it, they get every beer that Firestone releases and they promote it to Ventura County and areas south of here. (Thousand Oaks is located about 100 miles down the California coast from Firestone Walker Brewery.) I’ve been coming to Draught’s for awhile — since before they changed their name from “Stuft Pizza” — and I realize that they’ve had a number of Firestone brews that I’ve never seen being poured at other places in the area. Notably, I’ve had Velvet Merkin (no typo), Black Xantus, Anniversary Ales, as well as others on tap that I’ve still never seen on tap in Ventura County. I think I’ve known this on a subconscious level, and in part is why I keep coming back.

Watching their Twitter (@draughtsrb) and Facebook feeds, I knew before my arrival that they currently have Firestone XV on tap, so I ordered one as soon as I settled myself into a spot in the bar area. I was promptly presented with an appropriately conservative pour in a stemless wine glass of the 12.5% ABV dark liquid. Burying my partially congested nose into the glass I was engulfed in aromas that, while I couldn’t identify, I enjoyed immensely! With my first taste, I was overwhelmed with flavors and textures that made me appreciate this beer regardless of how much this modest pour may be costing me.

Firestone’s own website describes the Firestone XV as a blend of “76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA”. Candidly, I’ve never been a fan of the Barley Wine style, and I don’t think there is a single one that I’ve tried that I like, but the Firestone XV is so much more than just a Barley Wine that I didn’t even realize it was present as I sipped it: I only knew that I liked what I was drinking. With my sense of smell obscured today, I know that I haven’t yet fully appreciated all that the brew has to offer, but I do know that what my senses have allowed me to experience are experiences that I greatly enjoy.

I do not believe that I’m someone that is anywhere near an expert on beer tasting, nor can I currently fully describe and appreciate all the nuances in a particular brew. But, I do know what I like, and Firestone XV is a beer that I like. In addition to having it on tap, Draught’s is selling it by the bottle at $29.95 for 22 oz. While 3 years ago I would have NEVER considered spending that much on a single bottle of beer, my appreciation of Craft Beer has gotten to the point that there are the occasions where such a cost per ounce is fully justified. After tasting the Firestone Fifteen, the cost is justified.

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2 Responses to “Firestone XV at Draught’s”

  1. I haven’t tried the Fifteen but I am a huge fan of both the Union Jack IPA and the Double Jack by Firestone. I also recently procured a bottle of Firestone Walker Sucaba that is currently residing in my “beer cellar” (aka. a seldom used cabinet in my kitchen!) Looking forward to trying it but will most likely save it for a special occasion due to the cost and abv (built for sharing)

    Thanks for the enjoyable read, Cheers!
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    • Darryl says:

      I haven’t had the Sucaba yet, but I have a bottle of it in my “cellar”; large chest freezer that I use for fermenting.

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