Mustang pride is brewing across the Central Coast as we introduce Cal Poly Gold, the official craft beer of Cal Poly, our local state university located just down the road in San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly Gold will debut at the Cal Poly Mustangs’ first 2022 home football game on September 10, and it will continue to be available at all Cal Poly Athletics events where concessions are sold. It will also begin rolling out next week in six-pack and draft formats as a year-round offering across SLO County and into Santa Maria, and it’s available at our main brewery in Paso Robles.

“Cal Poly graduates have always played a vital role in the ranks of our brewing team and elsewhere in our brewery,” said David Walker. “Like us, Cal Poly is passionate about the brewing sciences and craft culture, and this collaboration is the latest example of how we support each other.”

Cal Poly Gold is the latest step in a longtime partnership between Cal Poly and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. “Firestone Walker is one of the best breweries in the world and has hired many Cal Poly alumni and benefited directly from the university’s renown for producing graduates who are primed for success,” said Cal Poly Athletic Director Don Oberhelman.

Cal Poly Gold is an all-malt lager brewed with noble hops. According to Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, Cal Poly Gold was a collaboration every step of the way, from shepherding the idea with the university to reaching a consensus among the brewing team.

“We have a myriad of Cal Poly grads on the brewing and marketing teams who had a hand in formulating and making this beer,” Matt said, noting that the can artwork was designed by Cal Poly alum and Firestone Walker Art Director Alyssa Hornby.

“We collectively decided that this should be a light, sessionable beer, in contrast to something hoppy or heavier,” he said. “So, we created Cal Poly Gold as a crisp, refreshing, easy-drinking lager that’s perfect for enjoying the SLO life.”

The next time you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to grab a pint or sixer and get a taste of this hyper-local beer.