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Brew Pub Owners Talk Beer Selection, Equipment, Opening

Wendy Walkun and Rick Cipriani, shown here in the brewhouse, are the owners of Bull and Barrel Brew Pub. It's located at 988 Route 22 in Southeast, in the former Sciortino's building.
Wendy Walkun and Rick Cipriani, shown here in the brewhouse, are the owners of Bull and Barrel Brew Pub. It's located at 988 Route 22 in Southeast, in the former Sciortino's building.
With the recent installation of some essential equipment, the Bull and Barrel Brew Pub in Southeast is that much closer to opening.

A brewhouse, serving tanks and fermenters—all of which will be used to make the 12 original beers co-owners Rick Cipriani and Wendy Wulkan plan to have on tap—sit in what was once the bar area at the old Sciortino's Restaurant.

The brewing process lasts about eight hours. Cipriani and Walkun anticipate brewing two or three days a week. The result will be a beer selection that's rotating, so customers can expect to see a variety of options, with plenty of local ingredients.

At any given time, there will be four mainstream or "entry-level" craft beers, four "aggressive," and four calling for ingredients that are "off the charts," Cipriani said. 

They wouldn't give a timeline or say when the brew pub is opening, but Cipriani and Walkun promise they're "close." 

"We're not far from where we want to be," Walkun said. "We've come this far, we're not willing to sacrifice the minutest detail. We want to live up to people's expectations."

Cipriani agreed.

"You only get one first impression," he said.

The pair started work on the establishment, which will function as a microbrewery and pairing restaurant, a few months ago. The project will be broken up into phases, but the finished product will include seating for about 200 people, a banquet space, a beer garden, a membership room and more—all with a country Western flair. 

Cipriani and Walkun are looking to hire between 30 and 40 employees before they open the doors to the brew pub. Anyone interested should email career@bullandbarrelbrewpub.com.


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Bull and Barrel Brew Pub is located at 988 Route 22 in Southeast.
EG January 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM
What a great addition to Brewster - its about time. Hopefully other new businesses will follow - Congrats and good luck to Rick and Wendy
Bill Banks January 17, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Where will the brewery get the thousands of gallons of water it will consume? I guess from the Village, but the Village has a finite water supply. What happens to the residents when we hit another drought? Would the all-for-profit brewery pay the same water rate as Village homeowners who live here and are raising not-for-profit families? How about the brewery's waste? You can't put it all into a septic system. Even if the brewery were annexed into the Village in order to hook into the Village water and sewer, wouldn't the Village need a revised permit for its treatment plant? A brewery there seems fine, but I wouldn't want to see Village residents subsidizing it or running out of water when they need it most. Anyone know if these issues are being addressed?
EG January 17, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Bill, I heard they are taping into your personal homes's water supply!! Such a negative attitude, which is part of the reason the village is in such a dismal state. Would you prefer another taxi company or maybe another schlocky gift store . Maybe Rick and Wendy will offer a free beer for all Brewster Village residents on the first Monday of every month, would that make you feel better?
Mike O'Riordan February 19, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Until they are Annexed to Brewster they are still in Southeast It is in my opinion that this business would be very beneficial to the village of Brewster once annexed.
John Flynn March 22, 2014 at 10:16 PM
As a family we eat out a lot. We have been fortunate to have very few bad experiences. We went to the Bull and Barrel this past Saturday night. It was the worst restaurant experience I have had in memory. Where to begin... The place looks great and as it goes with new places a good crowd. The mechanical bull is neat. That where the good stops. Too loud. Too many drunks. We were told 45 minutes for a table. It ended up being an hour and a half. Took 20 minutes for a waitress to see us. We ordered appetizers and entres. 1 hour later we get our entres. No aps. Food was cold. My youngest ordered a burger. No burger, yet they served the rest of us. I ordered a beer flight. Belgium Abbey and Wheat Beer was MIA replaced by something they had a tap. Dishonest. Food was poor. It was clear the fries were microwaved. Really disappointed. We walked out. They might do well with the drunks but as a family restaurant it won't make it unless they get it together.

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