MARYSVILLE — Aaron Wight and Sean Wallner were both veteran home-brewers with the Stilly Mashers, who had an affinity for well-crafted beer and a propensity for swearing that, one day, they’d get around to coming out with their own beers, until their wives finally challenged them to make good on their promise.
From this seed was born Marysville’s first craft brewery, Whitewall Brewing, whose name is a play on the combined last names of its founders, and whose taps are set to begin flowing at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, in Suite 1 at 14524 Smokey Point Blvd.
“The craft beer market is exploding, so I doubt we’ll be alone in Marysville for long,” Wallner said. “What we have to offer is a selection of beers that we wouldn’t put on tap if we wouldn’t drink them ourselves. We wanted to share what we’ve been creating in our garages for years with the surrounding community.”
“There’s a distillery in Marysville, and it seems like there’s a new craft brewery opening every week in Seattle, but we couldn’t believe that there were no craft brewers in Marysville,” said Wight, who expressed his respect to the Skookum Brewery for cornering the market in Arlington.
Wight and Waller built Whitewall Brewing out of donations and saved-up pennies — in one case literally, with a bar counter that’s covered in donated pennies, encased in glass — so that they can open up debt-free, and they look forward to offering regularly returning patrons a rotating variety of about five beers at any given time, plus hard cider and root beer on tap.
“We’re sticklers for quality because we’re beer geeks,” Wallner laughed. “We’ll do what we know well, and we hope that’ll keep people coming back.”
You can follow Whitewall Brewing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whitewallbrewingcompany.