The official craft beer of Cal Poly, celebrating the Mustang lifestyle

Paso Robles, California: The pride of Mustang brews on the Central Coast as Firestone Walker Brewing Company introduces Cal Poly Gold, the official craft beer of Cal Poly.

Cal Poly Gold will debut at the Cal Poly Mustangs’ first home football game of 2022 on September 10 and will continue to be available at all Cal Poly Athletics events where concessions are sold. It will also begin rolling out next week in six-pack (12-ounce cans) and draft formats as a year-round offering in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Maria. It will also be available at Firestone Walker’s main brewery in Paso Robles.

“Cal Poly graduates have always played a vital role within the ranks of our brewing team and elsewhere in our brewery,” said co-founder David Walker. “Like us, Cal Poly is passionate about brewing science and craft culture, and this collaboration is the latest example of how we support each other.” Cal Poly Gold is the latest step in a longstanding relationship between Cal Poly and Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Cal Poly athletic director Don Oberhelman said, and will have a variety of positive impacts. Proceeds from all concession sales at football games and other sporting events will help fund student-athlete scholarships and help provide new and exciting Learn by Doing internship opportunities for Cal Poly students. .

“Firestone Walker is one of the best breweries in the world and has hired many Cal Poly alumni and directly benefited from the university’s reputation to produce graduates ready to succeed,” Oberhelman said. “It made perfect sense for us to further unite the excellence of our respective institutions to create this new beer. I’m confident our fans and alumni will love Cal Poly Gold. I am very passionate about this relationship and the mutual opportunities we will enjoy with our friends at Firestone Walker, and I am excited to see how this friendship and relationship will grow for the benefit of our entire community.

Cal Poly Gold is an all malt lager brewed with noble hops. According to Firestone Walker brewmaster Matt Brynildson, Cal Poly Gold was a collaboration every step of the way, from conceiving the idea with the university to finding consensus within the brewing team. “We have a myriad of Cal Poly graduates on the brewing and marketing teams who were involved in formulating and making this beer,” Brynildson said, noting that the can artwork was designed by Alyssa. Hornby, Cal Poly alum and artistic director of Firestone Walker. “We collectively decided it should be a light, session beer, as opposed to something hoppy or heavier. So we created Cal Poly Gold as a crisp, refreshing, easy-drinking lager perfect for enjoying the SLO life.

Founded by brothers-in-law Adam Firestone and David Walker in 1996, Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a California beer company with three innovative brewing facilities. Firestone Walker’s main brewery in Paso Robles produces a diverse portfolio ranging from iconic lagers to barrel-aged ales. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes quirky wild beers, while the Propagator pilot brewery in Venice specializes in R&D beers and limited local offerings. Firestone Walker is also the brewery behind 805, one of the fastest growing beers in the country. Firestone Walker was recently named “Best American Brewery of the Decade” by Paste Magazine.

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year, more than 22,000 top students come to Cal Poly to put their knowledge into practice, learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in fields such as engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on approach, small class sizes, and close student-faculty mentorships ensure graduates are ready from day one to make an impact in their communities, California, and the world.

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