The Washington Beer Commission, an organization that promotes Washington Beer, is once again inviting you to visit breweries across the state during the Washington Beer Open House event on Saturday, Feb. 21, from noon to 5 p.m. All five Bellingham breweries will be participating with brewery tours and more.
Boundary Bay (1107 Railroad Ave.) will be giving tours from noon to 3 p.m., and they will provide snacks at the end of each tour. The brewery will also be selling special-release bottles of its Imperial IPA.
Wander (1807 Dean Ave.) will have tours at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
Kulshan (2238 James St.) will be pouring samples and running guided tours at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. “We will also be operating in true open-house style, so anyone is welcome to walk into the brewery and look around,” says Kulshan owner Dave Vitt.
Chuckanut (601 W. Holly St.) will be offering free tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. (meet at the bar on the restaurant side), led by Chuckanut’s brewers. “For those over 21, we will offer tastes of our Keller beer,” says Chuckanut co-owner Mari Kemper, “which will be taken directly from our fermentation tanks – yeast and all.”
Aslan (1330 N. Forest St.) will have tours at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Also, once again, the Baker Bus will be circulating around town and making stops at the breweries. The bus will be free for anyone wanting to visit some of Bellingham’s five open breweries. The bus will start circulating at 11 a.m. from Chuckanut brewery, and then it will head to Boundary Bay, Aslan, Kulshan and Wander, before heading back to Chuckanut to start the loop again. The bus will run every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. It will switch to every 15 minutes from 1 to 4 p.m., and then go back to every 30 minutes from 4 to 6 p.m. It will be continuous so that you can get on or off at any brewery and spend as little or as long as you like at each stop.
The Washington Beer Commission encourages you to take advantage of this is unique, once-a-year opportunity and:
GRAB YOUR FRIENDS and make a day of it
HEAD OUT to a new neighborhood you’ve never visited
LOOK AROUND your local brew houses
MEET the BREWERS behind some of your favorite WA brews
SAMPLE their unique fermented creations
TAKE HOME some souvenirs
TWEET your trip with the hashtag #WAbeerOH
POST PICS on the Washington Beer Commission’s Facebook page