Brewery News: WA: Bellingham: Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen collaborates with Skagit Valley Malt for a unique Alt Bier

Press Release

Chuckanut Brewery is excited to be one of the first breweries to use Skagit Valley Malt from barley grown in Skagit Valley and malted in Burlington, WA in their beer. In honor of Bellingham Beer Week and Eat Local Month Chuckanut will be tapping their Local Malt Alt on September 12. This German style Alt is made with over 75% Alba barley grown and malted in Skagit Valley. Chuckanut’s head brewer Bryan Cardwell will be on hand along with representatives from Skagit Valley Malt (and maybe some farmers) to talk about using local malts at 5:30pm in the Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen bar.

The Alba barley used in the Alt was grown by Roozen Farm, better known as the Skagit Bulb company only thirty minutes south of Bellingham. The farmers of Skagit Valley were looking to make their farms more sustainable by growing barley and wheat as their cover crop to sell instead of simply mulching back into the land to replenish it. But growing the barley meant they would need a malting company to malt small quantities of barley and wheat for bakers, cooks, brewers, and distillers. Skagit Valley Malt was created to do just that. The originators of the malting company knew they would have to create their own machine to malt the small quantities of product. And the WSU test farms in Skagit had to find and breed the seeds that would work in our wet climate. This multi-million dollar project has been years in the making and Local Malt Alt is one of the first beers using such a large quantity of Skagit Malt.

Alt is a deep amber, malt forward old style German ale with a snappy, crisp hop finish. Chuckanut Brewery Alt has only a hint of fruitiness that gives it away as an ale - otherwise the flavors are very clean and round, with a medium-bodied malty center supported by a refreshing bitterness at the end. Local Malt Alt pairs great with roasted chicken with its caramelized malt flavors. The hops in Alt give the beer the cutting power to handle sauces and gravies with aplomb.  Chuckanut’s Alt is very good with all types of sausages, and robust enough to handle a loaded-up burger or pizza. Chuckanut Alt won Bronze at the Great American Beer Festival 2011 and Gold at the North American Beer Awards 2013. Alt has ABV 5.5 % and 35 IBU’s. The Local Malt Alt will be available at the Kitchen, Chuckanut Beer Dinner at the Cliff House (Bellingham) Sept 15, other Bellingham Beer events, and selected accounts around the Sound.

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, located at 601 West Holly St, makes world class nationally and locally awarded ales and lagers. The full service “Kitchen” serves lunch, happy hour, and dinner with an eclectic fresh local menu for all ages. Monday Night $3 Pints, Kolsch Night Tuesdays, Taco Tuesdays, and Friday Liter Nights are some of the specials offered at the “Kitchen”. Check out more about Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen at

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