Bellingham’s craft beer scene just swelled in size with the addition of Melvin Brewing Company, who officially opened last Saturday. There were lines up the street and the beer floweth-ed. The opening was an exclamation on years of insane brewery growth, accolades and Bellingham making it onto numerous Top Lists.
Without missing a beat Bellingham’s craft beer scene showed up to the 2017 North American Beer Awards and walked away vindicated, yet again. Chuckanut Brewery, Wander Brewery and Boundary Bay Brewery came home with a lot of metal to show for their efforts.
Chuckanut Brewery took last year off from NABA and came back in a big way, winning 6 awards and, as far as I can find, is their biggest haul yet. Boundary won for their one off 6,000th brew Baltic Porter. Wander won for it’s perennial favorite Global Mutt and their Belgian Together Dubbel. Basically, Bellingham won across the stye board, from lagers and ales and into porters, pilsners, dubbels and beyond. It was a great representation of what we can do.
Melvin Brewing also won Golds for Killer Bees and Drunken Master. But Melvin’s parent location in Jackson, Wyoming is where all the brewing is happening, for now. Their Bellingham brewery’s (MelvingHam) 7bbl location won’t be brewing beer until later this fall and we congratulate them and all winners at NABA.