Ready for some serious beer tasting? Bellingham and Whatcom County are now home to 15 popular craft breweries, including some of the most decorated and highly respected in the nation. The region’s natural beauty, abundant outdoor recreation and the community-focused population has inspired a range of talented craft brewmasters here.
In 2018, Bellingham breweries won a total of 55 awards in seven major beer competitions.
These include the 2018 WA State Large Brewery of the Year (Wander Brewing), 26 medals at the 2018 Washington State Beer Awards, nine medals at the 2018 North American Beer Awards, four medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup (Chuckanut, Aslan and Boundary Bay), four medals at the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards (Kulshan), and two medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival (Chuckanut).
Bellingham and Whatcom County are also home to a brewery with a beer shrine (Northfork), a tide-to-table brewery (Atwood Ales), a unique co-licensed winery/brewery (Illuminati), and a Cozy Microbrew Airbnb (Stone’s Throw). For more lodging information click here, or see our hotels with beer packages.
Fun beer-related activities in Bellingham include Tap Trail, Bellingham Beer Week, April Brews Day, and summer BREWers cruises on Bellingham Bay. Learn more about upcoming events and fun local venues with the links below.
Craft Brewery Updates
- Introducing Twin Sisters Brewing and Bellingham Beer Garden
- Kulshan Brewing Brings Four Medals Home from The Best of Craft Beer Awards 2018
- Aslan Brewing’s Newest Addition The Aslan Depot Is Open For Business
- Atwood Ales Farm Brewery Receives Prestigious Good Food Award
- Couples Share Advice on Running a Brewery and a Business
Fun Breweries, Taphouses and Activities
- 4 Arcade Bars Serving Craft Beer in Bellingham
- 9 Dog-friendly Breweries and Bars in Bellingham
- Bellingham Bay Brewers Cruise: The World is Your Oyster
- Atwood Ales: What’s Brewing on the Family Farm
- 5 Beery Happy Hours in Bellingham
- Chuckanut Brewery Excels with Classic European-style Ales and Lagers (Downtown)
- A Beer Garden Oasis in Bellingham
- The Classic Combination: Pizza and Beer at McKay’s Taphouse (Samish Way)
- Gluten-Free Beer in Bellingham
- Enjoy Some Very Special Beers at The North Fork Brewery (Mt. Baker Highway)
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Bellingham
Annual Oktoberfest Celebrations in Bellingham
- Chuckanut Brewery Oktoberfest
- Kulshan Brewing Oktoberfest
- Oktoberfest Brewers Cruises
- Bellingham Oktoberfest
- Deming Log Show Oktoberfest
- Trails to Taps Relay Race
Need more drink ideas?
Chuckanut Brewery was awarded National Small Brewpub of the Year 2009 and Small Brewing Company 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival, Denver. The restaurant serves lunch, happy hour and dinner with an eclectic, fresh, local menu.
Closed to the public. Our family owned farm and brewery produces a variety of ales, with many in the spirit of the French and Belgian farmhouse ales that help to inspire our brewing passion. Grange, Lodge, Dark Harbor and Mos are our regular offerings, with an endless stream of seasonals, experiments, sours, blends and estate beers pouring alongside and complementing them.
Stones Throw Brewery, located in Historic Fairhaven, is the perfect place to relax for a post/pre-adventure pint on the South Side. Cozy up by the fire-pit, catch some rays on our outdoor patio – this family & dog friendly taproom’s unique approach to sustainability & beer will have you coming back for more.
Experience the best of Bellingham beer and get rewarded for your travels! The Tap Trail map directs you to more than 20 of Bellingham’s best breweries, tap houses and cideries. Collect stamps for each visit and trade them in for Tap Trail rewards! Learn more at taptrail.com
The Aslan Depot serves as a barrel-aging facility, taproom, and event space located in the historic Union Depot building in downtown Bellingham. Featuring a diverse range of artisan beer, cider, and wine. Aslan’s barrel-aged, blended, and unique brews are joined by guest taps of varied craft breweries.
Our mission is to produce colorful and flavorful World street food with flare. We also distribute world-class 100% Organic ales, lagers, and soda-pop using local resources, sustainable and low-impact practices in order to promote a healthier, happier, and more environmentally conscious community.
We are a 15 Barrel brewery on James street in Bellingham Washington. We have a lovely tap room you can come and visit, as well as a dart board and a nice sitting area. For us, it’s all about the beer. Come in and try some! Or you can visit one of the many establishments around town that are already carrying our brews.
Located in the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar evokes a fun, urban dining experience. True to its roots, B-Town’s dining room offers a familiar Northwest coastal vibe paired with a mouthwateringly mod twist. Fresh, fun, innovative featuring quality ocean to table cookery.
Twin Sisters Brewing Company brings you the ales and lagers you want to drink — authentic, approachable and brewed with pure ardor. Twin Sisters Brewing Company is projected to begin brewing in May and open to the public June 2018.
Besides brewing bold NW beers, we’re big on community & a sustainable Bellingham economy. We partner with local suppliers/farmers to create a menu of fresh Northwest pub food and support over 100 local non profits annually. Save the Ales!
This classic Northwest eatery is situated on the waterfront with an expansive view of Semiahmoo Bay. Locals and guests rave about the oysters on-the-half-shell and the fish-and-chips. A local hotspot for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or a late-night get-together.
“The best beer and the best pizza. All under one roof. Come see our selection of Brews from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Bring in the family, or order out for pizza delivery. We have something for you.”