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Boulevard Brewing owner adds California brewer Firestone Walker

Firestone Walker is a specialty brewer in Paso Robles, Calif., that distributes its beer in 21 states, including Missouri. The beer can be found in the Kansas City area.
Firestone Walker is a specialty brewer in Paso Robles, Calif., that distributes its beer in 21 states, including Missouri. The beer can be found in the Kansas City area.

Duvel Moortgat, the Belgian brewing company that bought Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing in 2013, has combined with Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone Walker is a specialty brewer in Paso Robles, Calif., that distributes its beer in 21 states, including Missouri. The beer can be found in the Kansas City area.

Duvel Moortgat and Firestone Walker are private companies, and no financial details were released. But it appears that the two companies will combine their business efforts while operating independently.

“The partnership will allow Firestone Walker to develop our capacity in the U.S. in a conservative and thoughtful way,” Firestone Walker co-founders David Walker and Adam Firestone said in a statement.

Duvel Moortgat’s U.S. operations are projected to produce 270,000 barrels this year, with 200,000 of those barrels brewed through Boulevard. Firestone Walker’s brewing capacity is slightly larger, with projected production at 275,00 barrels in 2015.

Worldwide, Duvel Moortgat produces 1.3 million barrels through five craft breweries in Europe and now three in the U.S., including Firestone Walker and Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y.

“This is about more than finding financial help,” said Simon Thorpe, CEO of Duvel Moortgat USA. Rather, Thorpe said, it’s about craft brewing companies helping each other out and accelerating investments, such as Duvel Moortgat’s investment in Kansas City.

Firestone Walker is family owned. Adam Firestone, great-grandson of the founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., founded the brewery in 1996 with Walker, his brother-in-law.

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