Monday, March 18th, 2019
Introducing the new Illuminati Brewing in Bellingham

Have you been to the new Illuminati Brewing Company in Bellingham? If you visited before 2019, the answer might be “no”.

Illuminati Brewing Co. originally opened in 2017, becoming the 14th brewery in Whatcom County. At the time, it was the only dual winery-brewery in Washington state. Fast forward a couple years, and the taproom is nearly unrecognizable.

Image Credit: Lauren Hurst

Now remodeled, rebranded, and under new ownership, Illuminati Brewing is shedding its former identity as a winery-brewery to shine the spotlight on beer. But don’t worry — while wine is no longer being produced onsite, they still serve wine flights. Here’s what you can expect from the new Illuminati Brewing.

The Taproom

The Illuminati Brewing taproom has transformed. Inside, strings of lights hang from the ceiling and outdoorsy photos decorate the walls. The new taproom gives off more of a Bellingham-y vibe than before — a welcome change. Think rootsy tunes, an outdoors focus, and inviting lighting paired with quality brews. The bar itself is completely rebuilt, showcasing owner Chris Luna’s construction skills (Luna also owns a local masonry business). If you visited before the renovation, it’s worth stopping by again just to see the extensive improvements. And of course, to taste the new brews.

Beer

Illuminati is rebooting with a strong tap list. While they’re phasing out the old recipes, you’ll find plenty of classic styles (American Wheat, Brown Ale, and Porter) along with experimental brews across the 12 tap handles. Luna favors the Belgian-style Golden Ale and Tripel, and he promises more IPAs to come. With new brewer Dave Meadows at the helm (former brewer at Melvin Brewing in Bellingham), there’s no doubt that Illuminati will consistently crank out solid IPAs. Current iterations include a Brut IPA, Single Hop IPA, and British Style IPA.

We can also expect to see some fun, experimental brews coming from Meadows in the future. Perhaps the wildest one so far is Illuminati’s Cosmic Berry Glitter Sour — a gorgeous glitter beer made with marionberries and strawberries.

What’s Next?

Just about everything about Illuminati Brewing — except the name — is new and improved. So what’s next? Luna and Meadows are looking forward to upgrading their 7-barrel brewhouse to a 30-barrel system soon, for a big increase in production potential. They’ll soon begin canning as well. Luna says that they recently acquired a canning line from Kombucha Town and are excited to get Illuminati beer into cans.

Food and Drink

The kitchen at Illuminati Brewing serves barbeque in all forms. Go for the baby back ribs, or try their slow-smoked meats in burritos, tacos, and sandwiches. For now the choices are meat-heavy, but vegetarian options are in the works.  

In addition to beer, Illuminati Brewing serves local cider and wine.

Family Friendly?

Yes! Kids are allowed in the taproom, and board games are available.

Location

Illuminati Brewing is located in the Irongate Business Park, approximately 4 miles from downtown Bellingham.

3950 Hammer Drive, Suite 101

Bellingham, WA

Hours

Sunday — Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday — Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more info on Illuminati Brewing, check out the Bellingham Tap Trail.

Also see our Beer page for more posts about Bellingham Craft Beer.

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About the Author:

Freelance writer Brandon Fralic has called Bellingham home since 2006. He writes about the outdoors, travel, and craft beer for a variety of regional publications. Brandon co-founded Beers at the Bottom in 2013 to highlight Pacific Northwest trails and ales. His first book, Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest, was released in 2018.