Podcast: Interview with David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing @ 10 EAST

In this very special Ale Evangelist Show, The Scotsman and Drew are back at one of their favorite haunts, 10 EAST Kitchen and Taproom for a tap takeover.

David Walker: the Lion, himself, is a class act, truly. A very gracious person, and we were privileged to sit with him for this interview. Many thanks to David and to Firestone Walker for the great event!

David Walker: the Lion, himself, is a class act, truly. A very gracious person, and we were privileged to sit with him for this interview. Many thanks to David @ Firestone Walker, as well as Derek Walker @ 10 EAST for the great event!

Firestone Walker had a stellar showing with an amazing taplist. The Scotsman and Drew try a couple of very special barrel-aged beers, and in a special treat for the listeners they interview David Walker, the Lion himself. The co-founder of the 4-time mid-size brewery of the year award-winner from the GABF is a truly gracious and personable guy, and they had a great time with him for over a half hour!

David Walker is truly one of the luminaries in California Craft Beer, and the guys are truly appreciative of Derek Walker at 10 EAST for the opportunity to interview him. You don’t want to miss this show, listeners!

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Beer Review: Big Sky Brewing Co., Heavy Horse Scotch Ale

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