Bellingham's rich brewing tradition – yesterday and today

They started brewing beer in Bellingham back in 1885. Fast forward twenty-five years. It’s 1910 and the Bellingham Bay Brewery is producing 50,000 barrels per year. Even by today’s standards that’s a pretty big brewery. Who knew? Fast-forward another 85 years and Ed Bennett opens Boundary Bay in 1995.

Today, Bellingham is home to the small brewpub of the year (Chuckanut Brewery, according to the 2009 Great American Beer Festifal) and one of the largest brewpubs in the nation (Boundary Bay Brewery).

The Bellingham Business Journal recently published a nice article celebrating the history of beer in Bellingham. Read it here. It is an entertaining, quick read. I love it when I know more than the other humps sitting at the bar. Go read this article and you’ll be armed with the greatest power on earth — knowledge.



4 comments

  1. Interesting that they forgot the two breweries that proceeded Boundary Bay in the post-prohibition era: Orchard Street Brewing and Mt. Baker Brewing(I think this was the name, it was short lived downtown on Cornwall).

  2. Interesting that they forgot the two breweries that proceeded Boundary Bay in the post-prohibition era: Orchard Street Brewing and Mt. Baker Brewing(I think this was the name, it was short lived downtown on Cornwall).

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