Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Sound Beverage owns the Melvin Brewery building on Meridian. In fact, Sound Beverage owner Dean Shintaffer owns the building.
Bellingham, get ready to tack on another brewery to your belt. The timing of Melvin Brewing opening in Bellingham couldn’t be better. Our boutique Beer Town is at its apex of craft beer culture. It’s fitting that Jeremy Tofte, owner of Melvin Brewing, and Bellingham native, has returned to his roots and to add to Bellingham’s craft beer history.
Melvin Brewing is a nationally renowned brewery and was named Small Brew Pub of the Year in 2015 at the Great American Beer Festival. Their 2×4 IPA has won the prestigious Alpha King Award, two years in a row at the GABF. They have collaborated with Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Bellingham’s own Wander Brewing (2x), Great Notion and Fort George. Melvin is also rapidly expanding. The eight new 240 barrel tanks they just bought are for distribution expansion and can production. Tofte tells me they just sold their first kegs in San Diego and that’s just the beginning. There are also plans for more Melvin Brew Pubs in other cities. Their Wyoming location saw a 3848% increase in volume between 2015 and 2016 and some in the industry tell me those new tanks may account for a 3x volume increase over its current volume. This is a brewery on the rise and Bellingham is a big part of that.
Melvin Brewing (aka MelvingHam) will likely open sometime later this week at 2416 Meridian Street and it will make for 11 breweries in Bellingham and 13 in Whatcom County. We have an about idea of when exactly they’ll open, but in an effort to help out the new 20 employees and not set too many expectations, we’ll just let it play out. Might be best to stop by every now and then to see what’s going on.
So what is going on at MelvingHam? Well, a brewery with a full kitchen will be opening and serving all of Bellingham. Business hours will start off 4pm to 11pm, everyday. The kitchen will be serving apps and dinner first, but in a few months, Tofte tells me, hours will expand and lunch will be on the menu.
Like all things Melvin, the kitchen reflects an eclectic flair. Tofte called it, “Asian inspired pub food.” This is going to be an interesting twist for Bellingham, but business as usual for Melvin. They’ll be serving up things like “Pad Thai Dumplings”, “Beer Miso Ramen”, “Grilled Flat Iron Steak”, “Melvin Burger”, “Tofu Po’ Boy” and many others. Prices range from $8 apps to $25 entrees for steak and salmon. The Asian theme is a perfect symbiosis with the other elements of Melvin, including the nunchucks on the entry doors. Melvin Brewing was founded in Jackson, Wyoming and was originally called Thai Me Up Restaurant and Brewery. From the website
Thai Me Up was founded in 2000 by a ski bum