Cal Poly and Firestone Walker Brewing Company launch beer
Cal Poly has partnered with Firestone Walker Brewing Co. to create Cal Poly Gold, a new craft beer collaboration that is now the university’s official beer.
Cal Poly Gold will make its debut at the first home football game of the season on Saturday, but it will also be available at local stores in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and at Firestone Walker’s tasting room in Paso Robles.
The beer is an “all malt lager brewed with noble hops,” according to a press release, and is the result of a collaboration between the Firsetone Walker brewing team and Cal Poly students and alumni.
Can’s artwork, which features Musty the Mustang wearing a CP logo sweatshirt, was designed by Cal Poly alum and Firestone Walker art director Alyssa Hornby.
“We have a myriad of Cal Poly graduates on the brewing and marketing teams who have been involved in formulating and making this beer,” Firestone Walker brewmaster Matt Brynildson said in the release. “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.
Cal Poly Athletic Director Don Oberhelman said the collaboration will have many positive benefits for the university, as proceeds from concession sales will go to student-athlete scholarships and students will be able to participate in “Learn doing” with the brewery.
“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.
This story was originally published September 9, 2022 11:11 a.m.