Stellwagen Beer Co. still has that new brewery smell.
The place opened in early July, in a building that once housed a roofing company in a Marshfield office park, and when you walk in you can see and smell the warehouse-to-brewery transformation that has just taken place.
“We used a lot of locally sourced pine,’’ said cofounder Mike Snowdale, a Cohasset native. “The counter tops came down in those storms in early March, the ones that were killer.’’
There’s a nautical theme, too, a nod to the nearby Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary that is the company’s namesake. Whale Watcher, a dry-hopped session ale with floral aromas and notes of candied mango, hints at the popular activity in the sanctuary, and at 4.5 percent ABV is highly drinkable.
“The idea was something you could drink a bunch of when you have other stuff to do,’’ says Snowdale. “It’s a fishing beer, a boat beer, with big enough hop flavor to keep it interesting.’’
Snowdale’s partners in the business are his brother Dave Snowdale and brewer Brian Flach. As a teenager in Connecticut, Flach hung around New England Brewing Co. in Woodbridge, offering his services as a kind of unpaid intern until they gave him a job. He’s since held brewing gigs at a couple John Harvard’s locations and at Bloomfield, Conn.’s Back East Brewing Co.
Flach isn’t shy about the kinds of beers he’ll be brewing most of at Stellwagen.
“The focus is definitely going to be on hop-forward beers,’’ says Flach, and there are several excellent options already on tap. Fireworks Display IPA (7.1 percent ABV) was first brewed for the July 4 holiday and is bitterly tropical, while Invisible Airwaves (7 percent ABV) is a New England-style IPA heavy on orange and pineapple that Flach says will be a regular release.
If hops aren’t your thing, Flach says he’ll almost always have a dark beer on tap (right now it’s a porter), while Brian Goes Dancing (5.3 percent ABV), brewed with raspberries and pink Himalayan sea salt, is Stellwagen’s first go at a fruited sour.
Stellwagen Beer Co.’s tap room is open Wednesday through Sunday for flights, pints, can, and growler sales. Several South Shore restaurants carry the beer, but the plan is mostly to sell direct from the tap room. It’s located at 100 Enterprise Drive, Marshfield.