Yesterday (July 15) a group of brewers gathered at Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham to brew a special batch of beer: NW Local Lager, the official Bellingham Beer Week beer. Representatives from eight Bellingham area breweries participated in the brew session—Aslan Brewing, Boundary Bay Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery, Gruff Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, North Fork Brewing, Stones Throw Brewing, and Wander Brewing. The fellas from Menace Brewing were on the road and could not be there, except in spirit.
NW Local Lager lives up to its name. It was brewed using malted barley from Skagit Valley Malt (Alba and Copeland) and hops from Yakima (Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo, and Mt Hood).
Bellingham Beer Week runs from September 11th through September 21st and features various different events across the city. Among the events, an Oktoberfest celebration at Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen on Saturday, September 12th and a Session Fest in downtown Bellingham on Saturday, September 19th. Tap takeovers, brewers nights, beer dinners and other events will fill the calendar.
Before things get swinging in Bellingham, Naked City Brewery in Seattle will host a Bellingham Tap Takeover event on Thursday, August 3rd. Details about Bellingham Beer Week are still coming together. Keep an eye on the website and the Facebook page.