Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has chosen the first month of the new year to release the newest incarnation of its most popular stout as well as a never before seen variant.
First, the Paso Robles, Calif.-based brewery will be releasing Parabola 2020, a 14 percent ABV Russian imperial stout brewed with hallertau and Zeus hops along with nine different malts before being aged in a blend of bourbon barrels that have historically been sourced from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace. The stout is part of the Paso Robles, Calif.-based brewery’s Proprietor’s Vintage Series and was first released in 2009.
In addition, Firestone Walker will be debuting Cocoanut Parabola 2020, a 14 percent ABV Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with both cocoa nibs and toasted coconut. As the name suggests, the stout uses the aforementioned Parabola as its base and will be the newest of a number of different variants released of that barrel-aged stout, including Parabajava, Maple Parabola and Scotch Parabola.
This is the second time in as many years that Firestone Walker has released a bottled Parabola variant conditioned on coconut, after Coconut Rye Parabola, a 12.2 percent ABV Russian imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels for one and conditioned on toasted shaved coconut was released on April 7, 2018.
In an email, Jemma Wilson, media manager for Firestone Walker, told Tenemu that both Cocoanut Parabola 2020 and Parabola 2020 will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles priced at $10.99 and $9.99 each respectively and will have no purchase limit when it is released in mid- to late January at the brewery’s three locations in Paso Robles, Buellton and Venice. While Cocoanut Parabola 2020 will be limited to just 150 cases, bottles of Parabola 2020 will be sent to retailers across Firestone Walker’s nationwide distribution network following the release at the brewery.