One of the newest kids on the block is Whaler’s Brewing Company in Wakefield, which opened its doors in late April.
Currently the brewery occupies 1,200 square feet of a 4,500 square foot warehouse; owners Andy Tran, Josh Dunlap and Wes Staschke plan on filling the space as they grow.
The setup consists of a staging and brewing area; a fermentation room; a conditioning cold room; and a fun tasting parlor featuring a pool table and a bar with six taps. “It looks like it’s a business that’s owned by a couple of 20 year olds,” Andy says with a smile. “We’ll be doing a tour of the equipment and process followed by a tasting and discussion.”
The grand opening was a culmination of several years of work and planning. Andy and Josh, a skilled brewer, went to middle school together; the friends began collaborating on the project in 2011. “Wes has his own passion for brewing,” Andy says. “Late last year, Josh and I brought him on after he reached out to us.”
Currently, Whaler’s has five different styles ready for sampling. “When we enter into the draft market, we’re going to lead in with two to keep things simple,” Andy explains. “One will be our Hazelnut Créme Stout. It’s a darker offering but very accessible. We will also present a Strawberry Blonde that’s light and refreshing for summer with a strong strawberry presence.”
You will see Whaler’s Brewing Company on tap at local establishments statewide beginning Memorial Day. “Josh and Wes have over two-dozen recipes that they’re excited to bring to our tasting room,” Andy adds. “We’re never going to be at a lack of interesting selections!”