If you’ve ever driven to Mt. Baker, you’ve most likely passed North Fork Beer Shrine on the way. Located between mile markers 20 and 21, North Fork Brewery is tucked away on Mount Baker Highway in Deming, Washington, a solid 45 minute drive from Bellingham. With its inconvenient location, North Fork is the perfect mid-week escape to break your routine and push you past that work slump. So why should you get your post-work beer at North Fork? Well, besides their great brews and delicious pizza, the place itself is weird as all hell, incredibly welcoming, and filled with so much history.
Looking at North Fork from the outside, you’d have no clue how they do all that they do. As head brewer Eric Jorgensen puts it, “It’s like Willy Wonka and the Tiny Beer Factory.” North Fork’s brewing system is split into different rooms hidden in the nooks and crannies throughout the site. The front of the house was absolutely packed on a Thursday night, but the beer garden in the back was completely empty. When I asked if the beer garden was closed, Eric just laughed and explained “No, just no one knows it exists.” North Fork isn’t a place that lays everything out on the table for you, it makes you question and discover everything for yourself.