Bellingham Becoming a Brew Pub Haven

beerThe beer business is booming in Bellingham.

There are currently 3 microbrewery/ pubs in Bellingham that are brewing and serving local popular beers,  Boundary Bay Brewery,  Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen, and Kulshan Brewing Co. are all popular establishments in the community.  The number of Brew Pubs is about to double in size with 3 new arrivals opening soon.

Aslan Brewing Co., which is preparing to open at 1330 N. Forest St. very soon, they are aiming for an opening at the end of April, or  early May, at the latest.

Wander Brewing, at 1807 Dean Ave., on the west edge of downtown Bellingham, has  set the first weekend of May as their opening date.

Stones Throw Brewery, with no opening date in sight, has recently applied for licensing from the Washington State Liquor Control Board to start a microbrewery at 1009 Larrabee Ave., in Fairhaven.

Beer’s growing popularity and Bellingham’s buy local attitude, along with the cooperative nature of Bellingham’s competing brewers is making this growth possible. They sponsor local events and help each other out. Some are also brewing root beer for the underage crowd and serving food, or having food truck on the premises and having live music

Wander Brewing plans to have a rotating selection of 10 beers on tap as well as a root beer and cider, with an 80-seat tasting area between Dean and Cornwall avenues, . They  plan to have outdoor seating space with space for a food truck similar to the way Kulshan Brewery has food available. They will be capable of producing 2,000 barrels of beer a year. One barrel being equal to 31 U.S. gallons or 248 pints.

Aslan Brewing Co. first establishing a test brewery in a garage behind the Upfront Theater on Bay Street. At their new downtown location on Forest Street home, they are looking at producing 2,800 barrels of beer annually. They will also offer wine, homemade soda and food, a tasting room, an upstairs area that can be rented out for private parties, and an outdoor seating area. They hope to have their  products certified organic by the USDA in time for their grand opening.

Kulshan Brewing Co., which opened it’s door in April 2012 at 2238 James St., has since expanded its capacity twice.

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen, has added five 20-barrel fermentation tanks in 2012, after maxing out its capacity the previous year.

Boundary Bay Brewery, the first of our microbrewery’s opened  in 1995, and has added three 60-barrel fermentation tanks inside a 4,000-square-foot space next door to its home at 1107 Railroad Ave. They are estimating the company’s new production somewhere around 10,000 barrels a year.


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