David Walker founded Firestone Walker Brewing Company with Adam Firestone in 1996. Some years later, and after more right decisions than wrong, the brewery gained a solid foundation as one of California’s leading craft brewers. An earlier career developing businesses in the world of high tech did little to prepare David for the life of a brewer. He relies on a passion for pale ales, a bias for small enterprise, and his brewing peers to help him understand the daily riddle of building a brewery. He also spends a chunk of each year on the road, living beer and spreading the gospel of the craft beer revolution.
But for him, it all starts at the brewery’s home in Paso Robles. He says, “Our brewery is based in the middle of a great wine region, one that’s unpretentious, growing, and full of brilliant individuals; winemakers, farmers, artists and chefs. That’s what makes us different, it’s who we are, it’s where we are.”