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Matt Brynildson

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Sitting down w/ Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

Popping Corks w/ Winemaker Eric Jensen

In this episode, I'm sitting down with a longtime friend, one of the greatest brewmasters in the United States, Matt Brynildson. Matt is current the Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company, 4 time World Beer Champion, 6 time Great American Beer Champion. We're gonna talk about Belgium, get some great stories from California and the midwest. We kick the show off talking about some great beers and then jump into bourbon.


6 Apr 2021

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Episode 171: Firestone Walker’s Matt Brynildson is Relentless in Pursuit of Quality

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine Podcast

For many brewers, winning a medal at the Great American Beer Festival or World Beer Cup is a career-defining accomplishment. Winning two or three establishes a reputation. Win a dozen and it’s a legacy. Yet Matt Brynildson, the brewmaster and creative force behind so many now-classic Firestone Walker beers, counts more than 90 such medals over his brewing career, now stretching into its third decade. For analogues in the sports world you’d have to consider names like Brady, Messi, or Jordan—but unlike them, Brynildson plays just about every position. The medals he’s won cross a breadth of styles, from helles to IPA to barrel-aged stout and mixed culture Brett beer. Under Brynildson’s brewing leadership, Firestone Walker has won GABF medals for the past 18 years straight, taking home four Mid-Size Brewery of the Year honors along the way. Sports hyperboles aside, there’s a method to these winning ways, and it all comes back to quality and constant improvement. With a background in chemistry, Brynildson has matched a technician’s perfectionism to the soul of an artist, absorbing and deploying technical processes to make the best beer possible, while also exploring the creative edge of differentiation and expression that helps his beers stand apart from the crowd. In this extended episode, he discusses: The knowledge he recently gained spending a year brewing in Europe with Duvel-Moortgat The importance of the 162°F (72°C) rest when mashing less-modified malts Takeaways from the 2020 Hops Growers of America annual conference How the Hops Quality Group has worked to close the loop between farmers and brewers The necessity of foam Evaluating new hops, from selecting away from negative traits to running parallel trials Why Citra doesn’t figure heavily in the brewery’s approach to hops Coaxing punchier results out of German varieties like Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon Differences in practices between German and US hop farming The key indicators of quality in hops Creating the 805 blonde ale and building a brewery to handle it Firestone Walker’s entrance into the hazy IPA world, with Mind Haze Current R&D with fruited iterations of hazy IPA Building quality into the DNA of the brewery, so that it lasts for generations While Matt loves hops, he’s particularly fond of swimming against the tide, and finding creative ways of building compelling flavors without resorting to more common default approaches. “We actually have a harder time integrating a high percentage of hops like Citra and Mosaic into our beers,” says Brynildson. “We’re probably one of those rare West coast IPA brewers [where] Citra isn’t a major deal. I sell more Citra to Duvel to make Duvel Triple Hop than I use in this brewery, if that tells you anything. Over time, we’ve found that rather than it being the main player—because everybody else’s beer kinda tastes and smells that way—it has found its way into more of a niche of enhancing, amplifying, not being the star.” *This episode is brought to you by: * G&D Chillers (https://gdchillers.com): As the brewing industry’s premier choice for glycol chilling, G&D Chillers has set the standard on quality, service, reliability and dedication to their customer’s craft. New this year, Redundancy meets Efficiency! G&D’s Micro-Channel Condensers are built with all aluminum construction which eliminates galvanic corrosion. Using half the refrigerant of conventional condensers with fewer brazed connections, translates to a lower GWP and less opportunity for leaks. Call G&D Chillers today to discuss your project or reach out directly at GDChillers.com. BSG (https://bsgcraftbrewing.com/) This episode is brought to you by Rahr North Star Pils, a new base malt to set your compass by. Rahr North Star Pils is crafted for brewers looking for a domestic pilsner malt with low color and low modification. North Star Pils carries overtones of honey and sweet bread, supported by flavors and aromas of hay and nutty character. Suitable for any beer style, but particularly craft brewed versions of classic lagers. Let Rahr North Star Pils guide your craft by visiting BSGCraftbrewing.com, or contact BSG at 1.800.374.2739. Old Orchard (https://www.oldorchard.com/brewer): The world of craft beer is a different place now. Margins are more important than ever, so why not lower your ingredient cost? Craft juice concentrates from Old Orchard are the cost-effective solution for your fruit-forward needs. Old Orchard produces high volumes of their retail juice brand, so economies of scale keep prices low for their bulk supply program. A little concentrate goes a long way, and you won't lose some of it through filtering like you would with purees. To start increasing your margins now, head on over to www.oldorchard.com/brewer. Brewery DB® (https://www.marketmybrewery.com): For years, BreweryDB® has been the industry’s only professionally curated source of brewery and beer information – and responsible for mapping millions of visits to breweries all across the United States. In early 2021, BreweryDB® will reveal a whole new platform with all new marketing features for breweries to attract craft lovers to their unique brewery experience. To take full advantage of the enhanced marketing power of BreweryDB® – and to increase your tap room traffic, visit MarketMyBrewery.com, that’s MarketMyBrewery.com. It’s easy and it’s free! ABS Commercial (https://www.abs-commercial.com): ABS Commercial is excited to be a part of today’s Podcast! ABS is a full brewery outfitter offering brewhouses, tanks, keg washers and small parts. As a part of ABS Commercials on going give back campaign, they will be giving away an ABS Keg Viking Keg Washer in June, so make sure to periodically check the ABS Commercial Facebook page to find out when the contest opens up and how you can enter to win a Keg Viking!Support Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine Podcast

1hr 28mins

31 Jan 2021

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Episode 285 - Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker Brewing

Steal This Beer

Episode 285 - Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker Brewing Happy Monday, Thieves! It's a special episode today as we get deep into hops with Matt Brynildson, the brewmaster of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. He's just back from a year in Belgium where he studied, experimented, and brewed throughout the Duvel Moortgat breweries.  In this conversation he talked about how the brewery has grown and changed, what is in store for fan favorites like Luponic Distortion and Mind Haze, and some of the hops he's jazzed about brewing with this fall.  Plus, he received beers from Justin's super fancy bodega and tasted along blind with Augie and John.  Tune in and let us know what you think!—As always, you can email your questions, complaints, whimpers, or whines to us at stealthisbeerpodcast@gmail.com. We read everything we get and we'll try to respond as quickly as we can. If not online, then on air. And THANKS! You can subscribe to STB on iTunes and PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW!!! Co-hosts: Augie Carton & John Holl Producer: Justin Kennedy Engineer: Brian Casse Music: "Abstract Concepts - What Up in the Streets" by Black Ant.

28 Sep 2020

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Firestone Walker brewmaster Matt Brynildson: Introducing Drink Beer, Think Beer with John Holl

Drinks Adventures

One of America's most respected breweries, Firestone Walker excels in the production of beers that run the full gamut of styles.Brewmaster Matt Brynildson joined the company in 2001. He has since been named Champion Brewmaster four times at the World Beer Cup and Brewer of the Year four times at the Great American Beer Festival.Join the Drinks Adventures mailing list hereThis interview comes courtesy of the Drink Beer, Think Beer podcast presented by John Holl, one of America's leading beer writers and commentators, who also co-hosts the popular Steal This Beer podcast, among other beer programs.Drink Beer, Think Beer is a weekly conversation with brewers, growers, and other brewing industry professionals that explores the art, culture, and business of beer.Hosted by John Holl and recorded on location, this podcast gets to the bottom of every pint and offers insight into the dynamic world of beer.This interview was recorded in the incredible surrounds of the De Koninck Brewery in Antwerp, a sibling brewer of Firestone Walker in that both are owned by the Belgian brewing company Duvel Moortgat.


21 May 2020

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Ep. 1 - Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Drink Beer, Think Beer With John Holl

Matt Brynildson is the Brewmaster of the Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California and in this premiere episode of Drink Beer, Think Beer all he wants to do is talk about foam. It makes sense, actually. He is currently spending a year in Belgium as part of a “beer sabbatical” where he is learning from fellow brewers in the Duvel Moortgat family. Sitting in a barrel room at De Koninck in Antwerp being lulled by the songs of Barry White, Brynildson talks about his brewing philosophy and how it has evolved over a career that started in a hop lab, took him to Goose Island in Chicago, and eventually out west where his beer regularly racks up awards. For more Drink Beer, Think Beer or to check out Beer Edge: The Newsletter for Beer Professionals, follow us on Twitter @thebeeredge and subscribe to our beer industry focused newsletter. There is more information, articles, and engaging content at Beer Edge. Hosted By: John Holl Guest: Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker Brewing Company  Sponsor: Deschutes Brewery Tags: beer, California, craft beer, Belgium, foam, hops 


13 Nov 2019

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Peakender #2: Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker

Beer Here Now

Our second Peakender episode sees us meet the amazing Firestone Walker brewery from California.Brewmaster Matt joins James and our live audience to discuss the brewery's origins, recent expansions and future aims.The rain has stopped, the sun is shining, and we start Saturday afternoon with a nice gentle 12.5% to clear out those camping cobwebs.


19 Aug 2019

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Hops and Firestone Walker with Matt Brynildson – BeerSmith Podcast #139

BeerSmith Home and Beer Brewing Video Podcast

Matt Brynildson, the Brewmaster for Firestone Walker and five time GABF brewer of the year joins me this week to discuss hops and brewing Firestone Walker’s beers. You can view show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.


22 Dec 2016

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Hops and Firestone Walker with Matt Brynildson – BeerSmith Podcast #139

BeerSmith Home and Beer Brewing Podcast

Matt Brynildson, the Brewmaster for Firestone Walker and five time GABF brewer of the year joins me this week to discuss hops and brewing Firestone Walker’s beers. You can view show notes and additional episodes on my blog here.


22 Dec 2016

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2-14-15 Firestone Walker With Matt Brynildson

Beer Massif: A Craft Beer Culture Podcast

Drinking and discussing Firestone Walker Brewing from CA with brewmaster Matt Brynildson this week! The man is a wealth of information and brews some of the best beers available today! A do not miss show!This weeks beer lineup from Firestone Walker features:Pale 31Easy Jack IPAUnion Jack IPADouble Jack IPAWookey JackSucaba


16 Feb 2015

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Beer Download Episode 156(Rebroadcast) - Schlafly – Rye Bock vs Lakefront – Fixed Gear, featuring Matt Brynildson.

Beer Download

Rebroadcast of episode 156 featuring Matt Brynildson from Firestone Walker.

19 Jan 2015