New brewery Gunwhale Ales announcess its team and Grand Opening
The company reveals the opening of its taproom and the involvement of local Chef Justin Miller of Pizzeria Ortica.
By: Gunwhale Ales
Although brewing is cross between science and culinary art, it is unusual for a production brewery to have an experienced Executive Chef working directly with the brewing team to develop its portfolio of beers. Craft brewing has introduced (even re-introduced)
Miller's experience with balancing the complexities of flavors (acidity, sweetness, bitterness, etc) will provide an opportunity for Gunwhale to better take advantage of the brewing process from sourcing and preparing raw ingredients all the way to dialing in various blends of beers from future releases of the brewery's barrel program. With an experienced chef and head brewer in collaboration, expect unique processes, surprising flavor profiles, elevated food pairings and the highest quality tasting events.
Miller is Co-Founder with JT Wallace and Robert Fitzgerald, two of his close friends, and together they have been working on bringing their unique approach to brewing over the past few years. Wallace and Fitzgerald are creative technical hybrids along with Miller, and they believe their team is prepared to make a splash on the local beer scene by bringing to market beers that are not so easy to find on the shelf. Wallace has a background in manufacturing, and actually worked for a different business in the facility that Gunwhale occupies. Fitzgerald is a veteran artist and designer who has developed the brewery's brand identity, merchandise, and packaging. The Co-Founders are native to the Southern California coast, and the history and landscape of the area inspires their passion and pushes them to explore terroir in brewing.
The team also tapped Head Brewer Derek Testerman, whose experience in production brewing both locally in Huntington Beach as well as back east at Iron Hill Brewery helps to deliver the highest quality beer in this new chapter in his career. The team sought out Derek due his formal education in brewing, his ambition, and his humble personality.
The Gunwhale Team called upon Hauck Architecture (http://www.hauckarchitecture.com/
The new brewery opens its taproom for the first time to the public on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am. Gunwhale plans to be open Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11am – 11pm and Thursday through Saturday 11am – 8:30pm. View opening weekend event details at : https://www.facebook.com/
Gunwhale Ales strike a balance between the raw, wild spirit of farmhouse brewing, and the pioneering hop forward styles of California. We have an obsession with yeast driven Saisons, aromatic, hoppy pale beers, and other rustic, wild and sour ales. This gives our beers uncommon qualities that are both surprisingly delicate and nuanced, yet refined and robust in their simplicity. From bright, billowy summer ales to rustic, fortifying stormers that stand up to the rougher seas, Gunwhale makes beers that reflect the culinary and cultural heritage of the West Coast.
For updates about launch events and beer releases, visit gunwhaleales.com (http://www.gunwhaleales.com/)