Chad and Colleen, 2016 World Beer Cup
But that’s just the space. I’m a brewery lover and not a beer nerd, but Chad and Colleen will tell you, the beer is at the center of Wander Brewing. Chad brings a precision that is executed across a multitude of styles. Steam beer, The Barrel Project, sours, saisons, stouts, collaborations, cans, bottles, foeders and their burgeoning coolship project are all signs that Wander likes to play with the many toys that are at their disposal. Chad tells me that Wander is likely as big as it will get, at 2,000bbls a year. They are happy to bring jobs to the community and see their beer in various spots around the region, including a recent entry into Boise, ID.
Wander won 10 awards in 2016, with Wild Warehouse leading the way. Let’s reflect on that one beer and what is has, most prominently, won.
- 2015 – Gold GABF
- 2016 – Gold NABA
- 2016 – Gold WA State Beer Awards
- 2016 – Bronze World Beer Cup
That shit is not an accident.
And get this, Chad and Colleen, are married! They did all this while being married. I’m married, in business with my wife (Mindy does Tap Trail’s books, taxes, accounting, etc.), but we don’t own a brewery together, and our little side business can be tough on us. Chad and Colleen are a heck of a power-couple.
Wander’s logo is often thought to be a sail boat, or a compass. It’s actually a paper airplane. When you throw a paper airplane it floats, loops, glides and spins its way to its destination. A paper airplane goes many directions before finding its home and, hopefully, lands safely. After three years, it’s safe to say Wander’s airplane has made a safe landing on Dean St. beside Whatcom Creek and into the Bellingham craft beer community.
As business owners, Bellingham feels smaller than it looks on paper. The beer community might look large, but it is small and tight knit. – Chad Kuehl, Owner Brewer, Wander Brewing
Today Wander Brewing is releasing Mango Antlers IPA in $13 16oz four pack cans and on draft. It’s an eponymously named IPA because it’s fermented with…mangoes. The antlers imagery is a play of their past can releases.
Saturday’s 3 Year Anniversary will have an armada of food trucks and the release of another bottle from their Barrel Project, Pearywinkle. It will join the ranks of their numerous other bottles. On that day, they will also be tapping a number of special beers from their cellar (Warehouse?). Who knows what goes on tap?! Their “Olympic” bonfire will be lit and music starts at 5pm. Grab the family and come down to celebrate 3 years of Wander Brewing this Saturday. All day.