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Truth be told, I couldn’t wait. I am here, in Bellingham, right now. Been up here this week catching up with the ever-changing, ever-expanding beer scene in the ‘ham. This weekend (June 25-27), Bellingham is the place to be. Hurry, before they open the border again and all them pesky Canadians flock into town. Kidding of course. I love our Canadian brothers and sisters and I miss them dearly.
Likely, the temps will be a bit lower in Bellingham this weekend than they are down south in the Seattle area. Beyond that, there are beery reasons to make the trip north. Two different anniversaries and one grand opening.
One Year of Otherlands Beer
It might be the best brewery that you don’t know about. Their beer? Well, it’s really frickin’ good. The place and the people are just lovely, too. So many good things to say about Otherlands Beer.
Opening during the pandemic certainly presented some challenges, but Otherlands Beer was up to the task. This weekend the brewery celebrates its one-year anniversary. If you haven’t had Otherlands’ beers, you are missing out on something pretty special. We told you all about the brewery, the people, and the beers in a previous story.
From social media: “This weekend celebration will feature: “Songs of Courtship” our Anniversary Festbier from gravity kegs; funky and fun specials like giant grilled pretzels, chilli & cornbread and mushroom skewers; and a ceremonial burning Saturday at sundown to commemorate the end of last year (aka “The Year of the Beast”) .We’ll also have One Year Anniversary Tankards for sale, along with bottles of “Songs Of Courtship”. Big thanks to our incredible community. We wouldn’t have made it through this last year without you. Now let’s celebrate!”
Two Years of Stemma’s Beers
Like Otherlands Beer, Stemma Brewing quickly earned the admiration of Bellingham’s beer geeks. Think about that for a second. Beer lovers around Bellingham enjoy an embarrassment of riches. They are not easy to impress. When you ask beer-loving Bellinghamsters about the local beer scene, they’ll likely mention this brewery somewhere near the top of their list. This weekend, Stemma celebrates its second year.
From social media: “We’re gearing up for a fun (and toasty) weekend ahead of us and we hope you can join us in celebrating! We’ll have daily special beer releases starting on Thursday, both our food trucks on-site, new merch and glassware releases coming too! Keep your eyes peeled on our socials for updates We’ll also be expanding our outdoor space for extra seating and keg yard games. On top of all the great stuff, the weather report is looking stellar and we’re pumped about it!”
Three Kulshan Brewing Locations
As we reported recently, Kulshan Brewing is opening a new location: a sort of seasonal pop-up bar down on the waterfront. Trackside Beer Garden celebrates its grand opening this weekend. As I explained in the previous story, this is just one part of a big plan to reclaim some vacant industrial land on the waterfront in Bellingham. Why is it called Trackside? Well, I suggest you read the story linked above to learn the details.
From social media: “GRAND OPENING: Kulshan Trackside Beer Garden this Friday, June 25th! Downtown Bellingham, right next to the waterfront pump track- 298 W Laurel St. See you there friends!”
Those giant bomb-looking things are part of the old Georgia Pacific pulp mill that used to inhabit the site. They dwarf the beer garden. Read our previous post. Stay tuned, I’ll likely be adding photos of Trackside Beer Garden to this post. I have a hunch that I’ll be getting a preview of the new waterfront location soon.