Correction on 5/11 10:15am: Article corrected to reflect Boundary adding “strawberries” to their Oktoberfest Lager. Originally, the article stated it was “raspberries.”


Strawberries being added to Boundary’s Oktoberfest Lager

We would like to note that there has been no response by Melvin Brewing about our article regarding speculation they are moving to Bellingham.

Is silence indicative that it is happening and Melvin is trying to keep it under wraps, only to have it thwarted by our crack team of sleuths)…or that they just don’t care because it’s so far off from the truth?


We’ll await official word from Melvin, but our research this past week only pushes the Rumor Meter closer to “True.” What have you heard around town?

Pint Points

  • Boundary Bay Brewery is in the middle of a pretty awesome aging process for their Oktoberfest Lager. A few days ago they added local rhubarb and raspberries strawberries to the barrels.
  • Boundary and Wander won medals at last weekend’s World Beer Cup. Wander for their Barrel Aged Wild Warehouse (2015 Gold Medal GABF!) and Boundary for their 2014 Old Bounder.
  • A handful of Bellingham breweries attended the Craft Beer Conference that was held in conjunction with the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia.
  • The Local built a brand new front to their fine taphouse on Railroad. The new open window format is great for this upcoming summer days. Watch a video of The Local’s new store front!
  • Rumors have it that Gruff is near to opening. Sources say they MIGHT be open in the next few months. June?
  • April Brews Day pulled in a record $125,000 at their event on April 30th. What great organization and cause!

New Beers

Aslan Brewing

13147669_1074650709273255_1498526398580963827_oIllmatic – IPA

6.3% ABV // 70 IBU // 1.060 OG

medium body + white grapefruit notes + unfiltered

This IPA is a big citrus bomb of white grapefruit with hints of meyer lemon zest. It’s made with only the choicest of continental pilsner and wheat malts and pungent hops from Yakima Valley; an East meets West show down of ingredients and styles. The bitterness lasts, but at a pleasant, well-balanced level.

Hops: Azacca, El Dorado, Mosaic
Malt: Continental Pilsner, Wheat

Kulshan Brewing Company

Kulshan brewing

Brewer’s Select No. 09 – Kölsch

Described as “a light refreshing ale that is lagered; soft fruitiness and biscuity malt. It’s what blonde ales wish they were”







North Fork Brewing


Electric Berryland 2 – Sour

This is the sequel to their instant classic that was released last November. From Head Brewer, Eric

It’s a blend of two sour barrel aged base beers (blonde, red) in red zin

[fandel] barrels. Blended into another red barrel, on 2lbs per gallon of Whatcom grown raspberries. Fermented out and aged again for 4 more months.

This it only available at the brewery. Head up HWY 542 and grab one!

Structures Brewing

13177345_1375955532430433_4724613937811251725_n (1)Recursion  Pale Ale

Brewed with oats and hopped singularly with Simcoe.
Alongside this will be a pale ale brewed with wheat and Oats and hopped singularly with Mosaic.

Structures says they will be releasing more IPAs soon, but, in the meantime, expect some spectacular saisons!