From our humble beginnings in 1999 with just a half-dozen picnic tables at Fairhaven Park to what we see today, Bellingham Pride has grown to become the second largest pride event in Washington State. Through local support and activism, we’ve been able to organize festivals, parades, youth events, and various other outreach activities which now host over 10,000 participants annually.
Our goal at Bellingham Pride is to cultivate and preserve a safe and healthy community for LGBTQ+ folks and their families to live, work, grow, and thrive. We want to celebrate the diversity of human life, promote equal rights, increase the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community, and have fun doing it.
-source, Bellingham Pride
Like the charity, Bellingham Pride, Aslan Brewing Company began as something small with the goal of being one of the areas only Organic certified breweries. Today, the brewery is not only a steadfast supporter of organic ingredients but also a member of the B Corporation which recognizes businesses that trade profits for the greater good by helping others instead of themselves. We'd like to believe that Aslan Brewing Company has another example of their commitment in B Proud IPA.
Brewed to benefit Bellingham Pride, in support of national PRIDE month, B Proud begins life with pilsner and wheat malts before being joined with hops Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade. The result is a beer, described by the brewery as "... a light, dry, and refreshing take on IPA". Like prior generations within the LGBTQ community, these three C hops were popular in their heyday but today are still worth remembering for their impact. Take it from the brewers who say this about B Proud.
More bitter than most un-clarified IPAs, but that keeps your pallet refreshed. Lemon/lime, with overtones of pine and background notes of pineapple anyone?! Special thanks to Skagit Valley Malting, and Yakima Chief for their generous contributions to this beer.
At 6.5% ABV and 60 IBU, B Proud should inspire thoughts of classical-style IPAs but the importance of including others, no matter the orientation or identity.
Aslan Brewing Company is located at 1330 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225. For more information, visit https://aslanbrewing.com/ which includes hours, current releases and their second location Aslan Depot.
About Aslan Brewing Company
IT ALL STARTED IN THE SUMMER OF 2012, as a conversation over a pint of beer at a local Bellingham pub. We shared our dreams and soon realized that the elements of our future were sitting amongst us: a businessman, a craft beer believer and, most importantly, a brewer. Together, Frank Trosset, Pat Haynes, and Jack Lamb would go on to build and operate a pilot brewery in Downtown Bellingham, where, for the next twelve months of our lives, we would research and develop the knowledge and skills needed to start our own commercial microbrewery and restaurant.
We called it ASLAN BREWING COMPANY, and quickly realized its identity through our personal commonalities. With a commitment to organic ingredients, locally sourced goods, and low-impact practices, we aimed to offer the community something new and refreshing, the sustainable way. As for “ASLAN”: a lion is the King of the Jungle, a regal figure rooted in nature, and aslan is the Turkish word for lion. This aligned our desire to operate a world-class brewery all while preserving the raw and exotic elements of the world. Through hard work and perseverance, we brewed over 130 original pilot batches, connected with local brewers and beer lovers alike, and designed a business plan catered to craft quality and creativity.
In the final days of Summer 2013, we were given the keys to what would become Aslan’s Brewpub. Plans and permits in hand, we began our nine-month journey into construction that was done primarily by us, Boe and Don Trosset. After months of unconditional commitment, Boe Trosset was added as an invaluable member of the ownership team. Fast forward to today and we are four great friends who have together manifested our dream of owning and operating an organic brewery. We are proud and fortunate to be working with many of our close friends and to be part of the amazing community that is Bellingham.
CHEERS TO LOCAL BEERS!