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Does anyone know who brews Whaler Ale?  I had it at Nikita's in Middletown, but neither they nor the Hartford Civic Center could tell me where it's brewed. 

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Comment by jared pietrella on August 9, 2011 at 10:46pm
Hey all. The beer is NOT brewed by HARPOON. The beer is BUD AMERICAN ALE.
Comment by Joe Fuller on August 9, 2011 at 3:21pm

Fishy, indeed.  There is astoundingly little information on Whaler Ale on the web.  There are nebulous ties to both Anheuser-Busch (the best being the below Examiner article) and Harpoon.  However, Harpoon hasn't responded to an inquiry sent two weeks ago.  Anheuser-Busch only replied to ask where I had seen Whaler Ale and how I had heard of it.  I provided that information a week ago and am still waiting to hear back from them.  This is taking a puzzlingly long time.  Hooker confirmed right away that the beer is definitely not theirs.  The mystery lives on.   




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Comment by Tony Leone on August 4, 2011 at 12:31pm

Found an article online that connecting and confirmed the Whaler Ale to Bud American Ale.  After posting the article on Facebook, the article suddenly became unavailable.  Hmmm...


Honestly, it was a good beer, but why is the brewery that makes this so sketchy.  Bartender at Keys to the City said Hooker, article send Bud, and Mike in this thread says Harpoon.  Just sounds all kinda fishy to me.


Pun intended.

Comment by Brien Stephen on June 22, 2011 at 9:15pm
Weird. I was just thinking how much some CT Brewery could make if they got in cahoots with The Whalers and made a balanced, inexpensive beer. If it was brewed and bottled in CT and was sponsored by The Whale, I would have to keep a cycling stock of it in my fridge.
Comment by Mike on June 22, 2011 at 8:47pm
Whaler Ale isn't Bud American Ale. It's made by Harpoon.
Comment by Joe Fuller on February 20, 2011 at 10:42am
Bryon, it's actually a balanced and somewhat respectable amber-colored ale for something that is mass produced.  After all, it was their big effort to make a "distinctly American" ale after they just sold out to InBev.
Comment by Joe Fuller on February 20, 2011 at 10:36am

Thanks, I figured it was an Anheuser-Busch product.  They were charging $10 per glass at the Whale Bowl last night.  The power of marketing...

Comment by Bryon Turner on February 12, 2011 at 1:13pm
How does it taste?

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