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A local brewery won champion brewery and champion brewmaster awards at the world’s largest beer competition in Seattle on April 14. For the second time in a row. Firestone Walker Brewery and master brewer Matt Brynildson were named champions at the World Beer Cup.
“It is especially significant this year,� Brynildson says. “The second time around cemented in our minds that we actually know what we are doing.�
A total of 2,221 beers from 540 breweries in 56 countries were submitted to the contest. International beer experts from 19 countries judged the beers primarily on flavor. Firestone Walker falls under the category of Mid Size Brewing Company, which includes breweries that produce between 15,000 and two million barrels annually.
Firestone Walker, billed as the only American brewery that ferments its ales in oak barrels, began producing beer in Paso Robles in 1995 and now distributes its beer throughout California. For more info call 238-2556.
With National Bike Month quickly approaching, San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare is introducing a unique way for businesses to show support for a great program. During May, businesses are encouraged to participate in this year’s display contest by decorating their windows or providing displays that represent the “Bikes in Bloom� theme. “There are a number of ways for businesses to take part in bike month,� said Lisa Quinn, Program Coordinator for Regional Rideshare in a statement. “A Bike Art window display shows a business’s support of bicycling as a fun, easy, and friendly way to get around, which untimely helps to reduce the demand of vehicle parking.�
The winning bike art display business will receive recognition on the Main Stage at Bike Fest on May 18; a full-page, color advertisement in New Times; $1,000 worth of scheduled media on KSBY; and $300 from the ARTery in Atascadero. All participants in this community-spirited event will be recognized on a printed map and interactive website page.
SLO Regional rideshare is dedicated to reducing single occupant vehicles on SLO roads, reducing air pollution, and conserving fuel. For more info visit, contact Lisa Quinn at 781-4462, or e-mail ∆
Staff writer Karen Velie compiled this weeks Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to

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