Monday, August 13th, 2018
Introducing Twin Sisters Brewing and Bellingham Beer Garden
Brandon Fralic

The dog days of summer have arrived, carrying Twin Sisters Brewing and Bellingham Beer Garden along with them. And you know what that means? We now have 15 breweries in Bellingham and Whatcom County!

Bellingham Beer Garden. Brandon Fralic photo.

With so many breweries in a city of less than 90,000 residents, new ventures have to do more than offer good beer to stand out. They have to excel. And from my first impression of Twin Sisters Brewing, they are on track to do just that. Here’s the scoop on Twin Sisters and Bellingham Beer Garden — open now in Bellingham’s Sunnyland Neighborhood.

More than just a Brewery

First, an introduction. Twin Sisters is the name of the brewery, while Bellingham Beer Garden is the restaurant side. Both businesses run side-by-side, separated by an attractive lawn. The grounds are open and inviting. It’s a fresh take on the brewpub and beer garden model, with a bigger-than-Bellingham feel you might find in Portland or Seattle. Yet just like Bellingham itself, it’s neither too big nor too small: Twin Sisters is just right.

Twin Sisters Brewing – Bellingham Beer Garden entrance. Brandon Fralic photo.

I’ll be the first to put it in writing: Twin Sisters and Bellingham Beer Garden are the closest thing we have to a McMenamins-like experience in Bellingham. The Twin Sisters team has created a large, open green space between and behind the brewery-restaurant buildings. You can walk from one building to the other — beer in hand — or order a beer from the taproom’s walk-up window. Kids and dogs are welcome here. And the full-service restaurant offers a wide range of menu items in addition to beer, wine, cider and signature drinks. 

Twin Sisters Brewing – Bellingham Beer Garden Tunnel. Brandon Fralic photo.

Located at the corner of Carolina and Grant streets, Twin Sisters Brewing is roughly three years in the making. Buildout on the existing warehouse space began in November 2017, with a remarkably speedy turnaround for the August 2018 soft opening. The end result is impressive: entering through the unassuming Bellingham Beer Garden doors, you’re greeted by a friendly host before walking through a dimly-lit tunnel into the restaurant. The warehouse-turned-restaurant opens up dramatically, with lofty headspace and massive garage doors creating a roomy feel (while letting in plenty of natural light).

Twin Sisters Brewing – Bellingham Beer Garden Restaurant. Brandon Fralic photo.

Eats and Drinks

Take a seat in the dining room, at the expansive bar, or outside in the welcoming beer garden. Twin Sisters’ attention to detail is immediately apparent in the topo-etched menu boards, big, beautiful bar, and warm Northwest decor. A full menu offers small plates, sliders, sandwiches, large plates and a kids menu to keep everyone sated. Outside, umbrella-shaded picnic tables provide beer garden seating while bocce ball (and soon, cornhole) provide the entertainment.

Twin Sisters Brewing – Bellingham Beer Garden Menu. Brandon Fralic photo.

Order brews from your table, or pop over to the brewery for a more intimate, 21+ taproom vibe. While the majority of the grounds are kid-friendly (the entire beer garden back wall is a giant chalkboard), adults can sip away in the adjacent taproom entirely kid-free. Current Twin Sisters taps include a sessionable Summer Ale, Saison, IPA, and Double IPA. In addition to their own beers, Bellingham Beer Garden offers guest taps galore on their 30-tap system.

Twin Sisters Brewing. Brandon Fralic photo.

Twin Sisters Brewing Company and Bellingham Beer Garden are a welcome addition to Bellingham’s growing list of dog-friendly and family-friendly breweries. They will host a Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 24, 2018. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram for event details.

Twin Sisters Brewing Company and Bellingham Beer Garden

Located at: 500 Carolina St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10pm
  • Friday – Saturday, 11am – 12am (midnight)

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.