On Friday afternoon we received an email from Dave Morales of Subdued Brewing Company announcing that the team will be halting efforts to open the brewery in the Gifford Grocery on Elm St. Subdued Brewing would have added to the incredible number of breweries that have opened up in Bellingham and the surrounding area over the past two years.
The team couldn’t justify moving forward with the project in the Gifford’s space because the finances didn’t add up. While they aren’t opening in the Gifford’s space the team is open to any opportunities that may present themselves. For the time being, the effort is on hold.
Subdued Brewing began as a team effort between Dave Morales and Chris Chris McClanahan in the spring of 2015. They then brought on Patrick McEvoy, owner of Elizabeth Station, as an investor and adviser. Even the mere discussion of opening the brewery shook up the quiet Columbia Neighborhood. The proposed brewery would have been right next to houses and the neighbors questioned whether they wanted an establishment that served alcohol right next door.