You’re heading for the brewery when it happens: your dog gives you the look. Like they know where you’re going. Without them.
Fortunately for dog owners who love beer in Bellingham, it doesn’t have to be this way. Fido can come along. Many of our breweries are dog-friendly, and one local taproom even encourages off-leash adventures.
One thing to keep in mind: with few exceptions, you’ll be sitting in the beer garden with your furry friend. For health code reasons and to respect other guests, most establishments only allow dogs outside. That said — with the proliferation of outdoor heaters and a brew to keep you warm — dog-friendly drinking establishments can be enjoyed year-round. So whether it’s sunny and 75 or a chilly 30 degrees out, feel free to bring your pup along for a pint.
At the top of our list is Bellingham’s only off-leash dog bar. Located in Fairhaven, Paws For a Beer welcomes pets and owners alike to their tavern — where dogs are allowed to roam freely about the premises. Inside, dogs can sit on the couches while their owners enjoy a beverage. Out in the yard, they’re free to run. Of course, there are a few rules to ensure safety and dog membership is required at Paws For a Beer.
Humans are allowed in the bar without a membership. When it comes to drinks, they serve a variety of beers, ciders, kombucha, and wine. You won’t find any taps because Health Department regulations prevent the use of washable containers. But you can expect lots of local offerings. Beverages are served in cans or compostable cups to prevent any risk of broken glass. If you’ve ever wanted to have a beer at the dog park or bring your pug to the pub, Paws For a Beer is the most paw-some place around.
Aslan loves dogs. Their covered outdoor patio is heated during cooler months, with doggie water bowls to boot in the “bark garden”.
Dogs are welcome on the patio at Chuckanut. Stop by to sample their GABF gold award-winning Kolsch and Dunkel lagers.
Gruff Brewing (or is it Ruff Brewing?) offers an enormous beer garden out back. It’s absolutely dog-friendly, and last I checked it was even permissible for well-behaved mutts to hang out in the taproom.
Dogs fit right in at Kulshan. Hang out in the laid-back, heated beer garden — where the dog and cat lovers alike will get a chuckle out of their curiously-named Bastard Kat IPA and Kitten Mittens Winter Ale.
It’s not uncommon to spot the occasional doggo at Menace. And now that their beer garden is open, dogs are more welcome than ever. During my most recent visit, a very large, fluffy dog was comfortably sprawled out at its owners’ feet in the taproom — a good indication that dogs are indeed most welcome at Menace.
The beauty of Bellingham’s German biergarten is that the entire establishment is outdoors. And covered, with very effective heaters. So bring your dog out and…well…dog out!
“Take a seat at the bar, relax in our beer garden, or cozy up by the fire-pit: Our tap room is a dog and kid friendly environment where you can raise a glass to your next adventure.” Straight from Stone’s Throw’s website, this quote sums their furry friend feelings up nicely. Go ahead and bring ‘em!
The good folks at Wander are bone-a-fide dog lovers. In fact, they love ‘em so much that they’ve named a couple beers after canines. Sip Doglost Pilsner and the multi-award-winning Global Mutt Porter while hanging with your pooch in the heated beer garden.