I can’t think of an industry that is more charitable or gives back more to its local communities than the brewing industry, and Bellingham breweries are as generous as they come. A few events this weekend are perfect examples, even though this is just a slice of what our local breweries do for charities and nonprofits throughout every year.

Here are four ways that you can help our local breweries help others this weekend:


Aslan Brewing Co. is excited and honored to announce a partnership with Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood for a special beer release, the I Stand IPA, a Centennial fresh hop India pale ale. In an effort to raise money and promote awareness for reproductive healthcare services, Aslan and MBPP have joined forces to take a stand together for the local healthcare community. On Sunday, Sept. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a free Scavenger Hunt (sign up at aslanbrewing.com/istandipa/), along with a raffle from 5 to 6 p.m. 10% of all drink sales from the evening will be donated to MBPP.


Peg into the 11th Annual Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament benefiting the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting WDRC. Whether you want to play in the tournament or just come to watch, Boundary Bay hopes you will join in the fun and support the WDRC. There will be mimosas in the morning, a food truck in the afternoon, live music and raffles throughout the event, and the beer garden will be open all day. Early registration for the tournament is strongly encouraged. $25 for adults, $20 for students & seniors. Day of registration is $30.


Melvin has teamed up with Saint Arnold Brewing Company and at least 50 other breweries to raise funds for hurricane relief. Tonight, Friday, Sept. 8, Melvin will be donating $1 from every pint sold at all of its locations. #ReliefBeers


The folks at Kulshan have the utmost respect for all the firefighters risking their lives to keep our communities safe and our forests green. This weekend the brewery will be selling 6-packs of Party in the Woods Pale Ale for just $7, and with each 6-pack sold, it will donate $1 to the Washington State Firefighters’ Association. Additional donations will be accepted at both taprooms (James St. and Kentucky St.) and Kulshan will match every dollar.