Whale owners Jesse Van Note and Andrew Ross | Provided

Craft beer collective The Whale will pop-up at Kwei Fei and Chubby Fish this month ahead of its anticipated August opening in the new Refinery development on upper Meeting Street. Look for owners Jesse Van Note and Andrew Ross of the Whale to supply beer and wine pairings to go with specials from Kwei Fei executive chef David Schuttenberg and Chubby Fish executive chef James London on two nights in July.  

At Kwei Fei on Wed., July 14, Schuttenberg will serve a six-course vegan Sichuan menu ($55) with a curated beer list from Van Note and Ross. Then on Sun., July 25 at “The Chubby Whale Cookout,” the duo will serve “a crushable beer and wine list featuring German lagers and refreshing pét-nat sparkling wines” to go with chili cheese dogs, buffalo wings, caviar bumps and more from London. 

Stop by Kwei Fei Wednesday for a six-course vegan meal with beer pairings from The Whale | Connor Lock, provided

The Whale opened in Asheville in 2017, and the duo added a second location in Greenville two years later. Like its other outposts, The Whale Charleston will sell a curated list of sometimes-hard-to-find beers sourced from around the world, along with wine, sake, cider and non-alcoholic options. 

“In the beer world, hard-to-source beers or rare beers — which can even just be beers not from your area — they’re considered whales,” Van Note told the City Paper in June. “It’s kind of like a reference to the white whale.”

For more information on The Whale, visit thewhaleavl.com.