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Q&A: Firestone Walker’s David Walker

Firestone Walker has experienced rapid growth over the past decade, and a driving force in that success has been the vision of cofounder David Walker. In this conversation with Jamie Bogner, he offers advice to brewers following their own trajectories.

Jamie Bogner Mar 25, 2021 - 9 min read

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CBB // What are some key timeless takeaways that you have learned from the journey of Firestone Walker?

DW // I think the most humbling takeaway looking back on our journey is how the customer and circumstance drive so much. When you start an enterprise like a brewery, your instincts are telling you, “this is huge risk,” and you have to develop a thick skin to prevail. The hardest thing is shedding that skin at the right time and not believing everything you think. Learning how to listen to customers and circumstances is critical and inevitable.

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