Correction – 3:00pm: The highly scientific process overlooked the fact that you can’t bring kids into K2. You can ignore that and bring your kids if you want, but it probably won’t work since it’s illegal and stuff.
So you want to grab a pint at one of Bellingham’s local craft breweries. With so many on the map and even more coming out in the next year, how do you decide where you want to go? Well, I’m here to help make your life a little easier. Using strategic scientific* methods, I’ve constructed a flowchart to help guide you to your ideal brewery based on the characteristics you’re looking for.
*This post is entirely opinion and not scientific whatsoever.
Wander Brewing: With it’s laid back atmosphere that puts you right into the brewery, this is the place to go when you’re looking to kick back with a pint. You can also expect to try something a little different than what you’re used to at Wander, such as a Kuehl Kuyt, Pomegranate Sour, or the Anita Rustic Ale.
K2: Love Kulshan but hate the crowds? K2 is Kulshan’s new location on Kentucky Street. Come here for the delicious, award winning Kulshan brews you love and enjoy them in a more easy going environment than the original location.
Menace Brewing: The microbrewery to rule them all. Menace Brewing is part of The Local which makes this the ideal location if you’re looking for a low key craft beer experience. The Local has an incredible kitchen with a calm atmosphere, perfect for catching up with work or with a friend. Order a Reuben and unwind with Menace Brewing.
Kulshan: The perfect marriage of traditional and hip. Although Kulshan has only been around since 2012, it has truly become an essential component of Bellingham’s craft beer community. Kulshan brews classic beers in a fun, thriving environment. With plenty of games, space, and beer, Kulshan is always packed with people. Not to mention, it’s one of the most family friendly breweries in town.
Aslan: With its tall glass windows, strategic lighting, and minimalist decor, Aslan is one of the most beautiful breweries to go to. Not to mention, it’s located in a prime area, just steps away from downtown Bellingham. Definitely come here if you’re hungry too; Aslan has one of the best kitchens in town. While they’ve only been operating for a little over a year and took on a scathing Herald review, Aslan is BOOMING with business and beloved by so many people.
Boundary Bay: Going on 20 years, Boundary Bay is an institution of Bellingham. This place is as classic as it gets, while still maintaining a fun, active vibe. They hold one of the best beer gardens, which hosts live music, a fish fry, improv, and more. Come to Boundary Bay for delicious, award-winning brews in an exciting and thriving environment.
Chuckanut: If you love traditional German style beer, Chuckanut is your ideal brewery. While their other beers are fantastic, Chuckanut has mastered the art of German brewing. Come here to discover your love of Kolsch beer, ideally on Tuesdays when Chuckanut sells their Kolsch in its traditional glass for only $1.50.
And there you have it. The solution to all your indecisive beer problems. Atleast until all the new locations open their doors.