Great news for local beer lovers!  Venice’s own brewery, Firestone Walker, has done it again.  Teaming up with legendary brewery Russian River, they are rolling out a top of the food chain mashup of two iconic California pilsners.


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“STiVO” Returns with Limited Small-Batch Release

Available in Cans for the First Time Venice, CA–California’s cult pilsner is back with the return of STiVO, a small-batch release from Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Russian River Brewing Company.

STiVO is an immaculately conceived mashup of the breweries’ flagship pilsners, STS and Pivo. Previously released only in draft and last seen winning a gold medal at the 2018 World Beer Cup, STiVO is now available in cans for the first time ever.

STiVO is available for a limited time at all Firestone Walker locations; on draft at Russian River Brewing Company locations; and online at

Sam Tierney (FW Propagator Brewhouse Manager) , Matt Brynildson (FW Brewmaster), Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River Co-Owner/Brewer).  Photo Courtesy of Firestone Walker

Respect & Friendship

Brewed at Firestone Walker’s Propagator R&D brewhouse in Venice, California, this latest batch is once again a testament to the longtime friendship and mutual pilsner passions of Russian River Co-Owner/Brewer Vinnie Cilurzo and Firestone Walker Brewmaster Matt Brynildson.

“Vinnie and I respect each other immensely as brewers, but more important, we’re good friends,” Brynildson says, noting that their collaborative connection spans more than 15 years.

Brynildson recalls that when Cilurzo and his wife Natalie built their brewery, Cilurzo would call regularly seeking technical input. Conversely, when Firestone Walker established its Barrelworks wild ale facility, the brewing team leaned on Cilurzo for his expertise. Cilurzo even gifted his original bottling line to Barrelworks.

In 2014, when Russian River was undergoing a brewhouse expansion, Firestone Walker temporarily brewed the brewery’s iconic Pliny the Elder to help keep the taps flowing—“That was the ultimate collaboration,” Brynildson says.

Vinnie & Matt at work brewing STiVO.  Photo Courtesy of Firestone Walker

Passion for Pilsner

But it wasn’t until 2016 that Brynildson and Cilurzo decided to brew their first official collaboration beer, and there was no question as to what they would brew: a pilsner. By that time, Russian River had made its mark with its STS pilsner, and Firestone Walker had done the same with its Pivo pilsner.

“We’re both mad about pilsner brewing,” Brynildson says. “We just love these types of beers and the simple recipes surrounding them.”

The result was STiVO, a happily arranged marriage of the STS and Pivo recipes, which were already quite similar except for the hop bill. They ultimately split the hops down the middle between Pivo’s German Saphir hops and STS’s French Aramis hops, both of which belong to the new wave of European hop cultivars.

After their initial batch in 2016, they perfected the recipe over a few additional batches, ratcheting down the ABV to 5.3 percent and brewing it in the unfiltered “Keller pils” style, ultimately snagging the lone gold medal in that style at the 2018 World Beer Cup.

As a Keller pils, STiVO presents a hazy appearance. “We leave it unfiltered in the Keller style because we both love visiting breweries and drinking pilsner straight from the lagering tank,” Brynildson says. “This is a small non-production scaled brew, so we can afford to leave the beer this way.”

For this latest batch, Cilurzo journeyed down to the Propagator for a memorable brew day and a celebration of pilsner fanaticism. “STiVO is everything Vinnie and I love about a new-age craft pilsner—clean and aromatic, with a subtle hop imprint,” Brynildson says. “It’s a true passion project.” # # #

Photo Courtesy of Firestone Walker

About Firestone Walker:

Founded in 1996 by brothers-in-law Adam Firestone and David Walker, Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery located on the coast of California.  Click here to read more!

About Firestone Walker Venice:

The Propagator is our R&D pilot brewhouse that sets the pace for what’s next from Firestone Walker. The Propagator is a wellspring of ideas, flavors and beers that are unique to—and inspired by–our Venice neighborhood.

Venice Taproom:

Our Venice Taproom presents a gastropub feel with a menu geared for beer. The adjoining bar offers Firestone Walker favorites, including taps dedicated to Barrelworks wild ales as well as limited Venice-only beers made in the adjacent Propagator brewhouse.
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The Propagator Store offers Firestone Walker merchandise; cold packaged beer; and growler and crowler fills.


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The Propagator Store offers Firestone Walker merchandise; cold packaged beer; and growler and crowler fills.

David Walker & Adam Firestone. Photo Courtesy of Firestone Walker

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