Firestone Walker is bringing back its Cinnamon Dolce Nitro Stout, a seasonal beer infused with Saigon cinnamon sticks, premium Madagascar vanilla beans and artisan cocoa nibs, made to warm the soul as the weather turns cold. Originally released in the fall of 2021, Cinnamon Dolce Nitro Stout now returns to the Firestone Walker lineup for only the second time.
“Cinnamon Dolce was a bit of an instant classic for us, it rang all of the flavor bells for a fall-winter seasonal,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson in a news release. “It was just a matter of time before we brought it back.”
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. The main brewery in Paso Robles produces a diverse portfolio ranging from iconic pale ales to vintage barrel-aged beers. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes eccentric wild ales, while the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice specializes in R&D beers and limited local offerings.
A Festive Stout for the Fall and Winter Seasons
The base Cinnamon Dolce stout is brewed with dark-roasted specialty malts that impart hints of caramel and chocolate. The beer is then infused with cinnamon and vanilla beans, as well as cocoa nibs from Chocolate Alchemy in Eugene, Oregon. Finally, the beer is nitrogenated for a creamy, velvety texture.
The result is a uniquely delicious stout with all of the festive spice and smoothness one could want from a fall-winter season. Cinnamon Dolce Nitro Stout is now rolling out to all Firestone Walker markets in six-pack (12-ounce can) and draft formats.
The vanilla beans come from Cook Flavorings, a renowned third-generation purveyor of fine vanilla and spices, located in Firestone Walker’s hometown of Paso Robles. Third-generation vanilla purveyor Josephine Lochhead educated the brewing team on all things vanilla and steered them to cured Madagascar-grown beans that were perfect for incorporating into a seasonal stout.
“Vanilla is a flavor amplifier, and the key is to use it in balance to enhance everything else that is going on in the beer,” Brynildson said. “Adding a bit of cinnamon and cocoa makes for a really nice combination that provides a balancing point with the chocolaty character of the stout. This is a beer that fits the season perfectly.”