So Scott and I were invited to take a tour of Whalers Brewing Company, located in Wakefield, RI, we graciously accepted.

We were greeted by Emily, who was kind enough to show us to the taproom where she introduced us to Meghan who would be pouring the beers for the day.

After grabbing a pint, we started to explore the expansive taproom. With booths and barrel tables all around, we found a couple pool tables and a two sets of Corn hole.

There was a pleasant blend of nautical and brewing decor. It was also great to know they are kid and dog friendly.

Emily returned and asked if we would like to check out more of the brewery. It turned out that the brew masters, Wes and Josh, had the canning line up and running with RISE A.P.A.

While working the line Wes and Josh were more than happy to talk. They were equally interested in what we do as French and Hawes Beer Reviews as we were in what they do.

Josh is a former Marine that enjoys brewing and drinking the high ABV, hoppy and barrel-aged beers. This guy answered every question we had, even up to brewing tips that are to be kept off the record.

Wes moved to RI in 2013, but has been brewing beer since 2008. Some of his favorites are session ales, sours and the lighter variety ales. He prefers the twelve ouncers to pints, so we think he will keep us guessing as far as packaging goes down the road.

Whalers tries to keep six beers on draft – we sampled all six they had when we made our visit.

Beers. So Many Great Beers.


This smooth bodied World Beer Award winning pale ale for 2017 has a citrus aroma and subtle hop spiciness. It’s available statewide in cans and on draft.

  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBU: N/A
  • Untappd: 3.72
  • Jeff: 4/5
  • Scott: 4.2/5

East Coast I.P.A.

An IPA containing chinook, centennial and cascade hops, that has a great floral aroma, slightly malty body and a complicated east coast hoppy finish.

  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBU: 60
  • Untappd: 3.59/5
  • Jeff: 4.6/5
  • Scott: 4.5/5

Sirius Sour

This is a tropical twist on a sour ale that has passion fruit, plenty of citrus and nicely ripend mango. Although we don’t drink sours often, this one is one of the best we have had.

  • ABV: 5%
  • IBU: N/A
  • Untappd: 3.65/5
  • Jeff: 3.8/5
  • Scott: 3.75/5

Olneyville Megazord

A Belgian brown ale, rumored to be named after the bartender that happened to pouring our beers, Meghan. A tasty brown ale that has semi sweet chocolate aroma, roasted malt body and a clean bitter cascade finish.

  • ABV: 8.4%
  • IBU: N/A
  • Untappd: 3.65/5
  • Jeff: 3.9/5
  • Scott: 3.8/5

Hazelnut Stout

  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBU: N/A
  • Untappd: 3.89/5
  • Jeff: 4.3/5
  • Scott: 4.4/5

The Wanderer Double IPA

  • ABV: 8.00%
  • IBU: 75
  • Untappd: 3.8/5
  • Jeff: 4.35/5
  • Scott: 4.4/5


Founded in 2011, Whalers Brewing Company is a project by Josh Dunlap and Wes Staschke. They brew beer they like to drink, and they only drink good beer.
Jeff Leduc

Jeff Leduc

Jeff is a foodie from northwest Rhode Island that loves family, friends and beer. He enjoys shooting sports and loves the outdoors. He is also the other half of French Hawes Beer Reviews on YouTube. Favorite Beer Styles: IPA, Double IPA.
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