If I said you could get a great beer for a buck-fifty, you’d probably think I was nuts. Well, I am… Chuckanuts, that is. Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham is hosting Tuesday Kolsch Night -your chance to get a rare bargain on a great beer. The Kolsch Beer will be $1.50 a glass, served in traditional German Kolsch glassware. Tuesday Kolsch Nights will be a weekly event at Chuckanut.
The Kolsch offers the simple pleasures of a well-crafted beer. It is very pale in color, and the aromatics are a light melange of hops, malt, and fruit. The Kolsch Beer maintains a bitterness that is quite restrained, although the palate is light-bodied and bone-dry, with a soft malt flavor in the center giving way to a drying, slightly acidic finish. Smoothness is conferred by one to two months of cold conditioning.
Kolsch Beer originates from the city of Köln, Germany, pronounced “Cologne”. They drink and brew Kolsch Beer and the brewers’ guild has protected it since 1254. Kolsch is a top-fermented ale, a throwback to the days before lagers took over the Germanic world. Cologne, far closer to Brussels than to Munich, has always had close links to the Low Countries, and these links extended to the local beer culture. The link between Kolsch and Tuesday nights is unique to Bellingham, as far as we know.