On Tuesday July 17th Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen is celebrating their fourth (4th) year in Bellingham. While this number might not hold much weight with many, this is pretty awesome none the less.
Course it all started in 2009 when they entered their beers in GABF (the Great American Beer Festival) where they not only took home a medal, but actually came home with Best Small Brewpub of the Year. What made it even more special was that Chuckanut did it with only Lager beers.
This is no surprise given that the brewery has made it a mission of producing traditional European-style Lagers and Ales. Accented with the kitchen and its attention to using local ingredients and you have the makings of a respected brewpub.
But the awards haven’t stopped given that the brewery has won in 2011 (Best Small Brewery of the Year, GABF).
Chuckanut comments on production issues and expanding for the future
After receiving the first national title Chuckanut was at capacity and needed to expand. Funds were found and 5 new fermentation tanks arrived in June 2010. With the growth of accounts (with 50% more beer) Chuckanut signed Click Distributing for their Seattle market distribution in January 2011 and Dickerson Distributing in March for northern Puget Sound. After receiving the second national title Chuckanut Brewery needed to expand again. In February 2012 additional funds were secured to order another 5 fermentation tanks which were received in June. Those tanks have been installed and are now operational. This addition will give the brewery another 50% capability in production. The Kitchen continues to spotlight beer pairing and a creative local food menu. The locavore menu changes monthly to highlight local food producers paired with Chuckanut beers.
The future for Chuckanut Brewery looks promising as one of the only traditional lager breweries in the Northwest. With an eye towards bottling and canning their product to make it more readily available to its customers Chuckanut Brewery expects to continue to grow. Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen, located at 601 W Holly St, Bellingham, is proud to be a brewery and restaurant for all ages offering a full-service menu with European style award winning Lagers and Ales. Monday $3 Pints, Kolsch Night Tuesdays and HoPPY Hours Sunday to Thursday are weekly specials held at the brewpub. Dart boards out back in the covered patio offer an additional new activity at the Kitchen. Find out more about Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen at: www.chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com
Best of luck into your 4th year. We look forward to seeing more ‘metal’ hanging from the walls, celebrating your recognition for classic beer styles.