Dates Set for 2nd Annual Bellingham Beer Week

Bellingham is busily planning the second annual Bellingham Beer Week. Kim and I were recently talking about our favorite Northwest beercation getaway destinations – towns that make for a lovely beer-themed getaway weekend. Cities don’t count. Sorry Portland and Seattle, you have lovely beer but you don’t count as getaway destinations. We’re talking about smaller hamlets with big beer scenes. Places like Bend and Hood River. Bellingham, which has always been a favorite getaway for Mr. and Mrs. Beerblog, is rapidly finding its way to the top of the list.

There are now three breweries in Bellingham: Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, and Kulshan. Not far up the road towards Mount Baker, about 20 or 30 minutes east of town, you’ll discover North Fork Brewing and Beer Shrine, a truly worthy destination. The Bellingham Beer League is a cooperative, community brewery that is just getting its legs but seems to be advancing its cause at a respectable pace. The Copper Hog and The Green Frog are both very worthy beer bars. Catch a show at the Green Frog if you can; great musical acts always find their way to the stage at the Frog. Elizabeth Station is a very cool, uncommon bottleshop with beer on tap. But I digress.

Here is some news about Bellingham Beer Week, which came to us from Mari Kemper at Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen.

Bellingham Beer Week Dates Set

The second annual Bellingham Beer Week dates have been set and plans are shaping up for more events and activities than last year. Mark your calendars for September 20-29, 2013 for the official dates for Bellingham Beer Week 2013. All three Bellingham craft breweries (Chuckanut, Boundary Bay, and Kulshan breweries) plus numerous beer pubs, restaurants, and supporting businesses will be hosting events all around town.

The memorable Barleywood Squares (based on “Hollywood Squares but with well known brewery representatives and beer centric questions), beer book author talks, Oktoberfest celebrations, bicycle brewery tours, brewers nights, beer tastings, brewery tours, bocce tournament, and other activities are in the planning.

To learn more about Bellingham Beer Week watch for updates on the Bellingham Beer Week facebook. Bellingham Beer Week began in September 2012 with a like minded group of publicans, craft brewers, and supporters of great beers!

For questions contact Mari Kemper from Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham, WA at  360-752-3377  or [email protected]

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  1. Kendall, to your list of breweries in Whatcom County, add Menace Brewing in Ferndale. They are brewing in a business park location north of the town, have two or three taps at Maggie’s Pub in downtown Ferndale, and are gradually appearing in other local spots.

  2. Wife and I also love heading up to that area. After a few beers at Chuckanut, its nice to walk some off across the street up to the falls! One place we miss is Orchard Street Brewing. Good beer and food, hard to find. We were first there Sept. 14 2001. And an American flag on the truck!!!

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