Bellingham and Whatcom County breweries continue to bring home awards. To date, the region’s 15 breweries have received at least 55 medals from seven 2018 beer competitions. Three additional honors bring the total awards to 58 for the year, making the region one of the top craft beer destinations in Washington State.
The medal count includes nine medals awarded to Bellingham Breweries by Sip Northwest magazine in October, as part of its 2018 Best of the Northwest Awards. Kulshan Brewing won six of the medals (2 double gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze). Aslan Brewing won a gold and a silver. Wander Brewing won one gold medal.
In September, Chuckanut Brewery won two medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
Bellingham breweries won 13 gold and 26 total medals at the 2018 Washington Beer Awards in June, which evaluated 1,297 beers from 181 breweries. Wander Brewing won six medals (3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze) at the event and was named 2018 Washington State Large Brewery of the Year. The 2017 Large Brewery title holder, Chuckanut Brewery won six medals at the event (2 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze.) Kulshan Brewing Company won four gold medals and a silver. Aslan Brewing won two gold medals and a bronze. Melvin Brewing Bellingham won a gold and a bronze. Atwood Ales won a gold and received the title Best Washington Malt Beer for its Triticale. The number of gold medals won by Bellingham region breweries at the event tied Seattle for most in the state.
Also in June, Bellingham breweries won 9 medals at the 2018 North American Beer Cup. Chuckanut Brewery won five medals (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze). Kulshan Brewing won one gold. Wander Brewing won a gold and a silver. Boundary Bay Brewery earned its 51st NABA award with a silver.
An additional 4 medals came home to Bellingham from the 2018 World Beer Cup in May, which is considered the “most prestigious beer competition in the world.” More than 8,000 beers were judged from 2,600 breweries worldwide. Chuckanut Brewery won two gold at the event. Aslan Brewing also won a gold, and Boundary Bay won bronze.
Earlier in the year, Kulshan Brewing won four medals at the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards in January. Atwood Ales Farm Brewery won bronze for its Brett Saison Beer, Triticale, at the 2018 New York International Beer Competition in February, and Atwood Ales received a 2018 Good Food Award for its rhubarb sour ale, Rhuty.
The secret to all this success is the sense of community and collaborative environment between Bellingham’s breweries. “We’ve got a really close-knit group of brewers that communicate with one another, and that share information,” explains Kulshan Brewing owner Dave Vitt in the new Bellingham Beer Culture video.
For a full list of 2018 awards by Bellingham craft breweries, see below.
For more information about the Bellingham’s craft breweries see https://www.bellingham.org/eat/beer/. With a population of 85,000, Bellingham is located in the upper northwest corner of Washington State near the Canadian border. The Bellingham region is widely known as an outdoor adventure and recreation haven for its proximity to Mount Baker and the Salish Sea.
2018 Best of the Northwest Beer Awards by Sip Magazine
Double Gold Medals
- Kulshan Brewing – Premium Lager (Lager category)
- Kulshan Brewing – Kulshan Pilsner (Pilsner category)
- Aslan Brewing – Batch 15 (Juicy/Hazy IPA category)
- Wander Brewing – Global Mutt (Porter category)
- Kulshan Brewing – Transporter (Porter category)
- Aslan Brewing – Frances Farmer (Saison category)
- Kulshan Brewing – Greenwood Summer (Session Ale category)
- Kulshan Brewing – Transporter (Porter category)
- Kulshan Brewing – Heliotrope (American-Style IPA)
2018 Great American Beer Festival
- Chuckanut Brewery – Dunkel Lager
- Chuckanut – Helles Lager
2018 Washington Beer Awards
2018 Large Brewery of the Year – Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA
2018 Best Washington Malt Beer – Atwood Ales Farm Brewery (Triticale)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Vienna Lager (Vienna-style lagers)
- Kulshan Brewing Co. – James Street – Amber Lager (Other American-Style Lagers)
- Kulshan Brewing Co. – K2 – Kulshan Maibock (Bocks and Doppelbocks)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Marzen (Other German Amber Beers)
- Kulshan Brewing Co. – K2 – Red Cap (Irish Red Ales)
- Wander Brewing – Correspondent (Irish Stouts)
- Aslan Brewing Company – American Stout (American-Style Stouts)
- Melvin Brewing Bellingham – Tiger Style (American-Style Strong Pale Ales)
- Wander Brewing – Wanderale (Belgian Ales)
- Kulshan Brewing Co. – James Street – Belgian Golden Strong (Belgian Strong Ales)
- Aslan Brewing Company – Justice Temple (Specialty Saisons)
- Wander Brewing – Foeder-Aged Berliner Weiss (Berliner-Style Weisses)
- Atwood Ales Farm Brewery – Mo’s Saison (Herb & Spice Beers)
- Kulshan Brewing Co. – K2 – Kulshan Pilsner (German-Style Pilsners)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Pilsner (Bohemian-Style Pilsners)
- Melvin Brewing Bellingham – Melixor Baltica (Strong Porters)
- Wander Brewing – Wild Warehouse (Wood and Barrel Aged Beers)
- Wander Brewing – Doglost (German-Style Pilsners)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Dunkel (German Dark Lagers)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Mexican Lager (International Lagers)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Doppelbock (Bocks and Doppelbocks)
- Aslan Brewing Company – Disco Lemonade (Berliner-Style Weisses)
- North Fork Pizza & Brewing Inc – No. 13 Baby (Belgian Fruit Beers)
- North Fork Pizza & Brewing Inc – Brother Crazy John (Belgian Strong Ales)
- Wander Brewing – Plum Bob (Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers)
- Stone’s Throw Brewing – Flat Penny Palme (English Pale Ales)
2018 North American Beer Awards
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Dunkel 3D (Munich-Style Dark)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Alt 9G (Altbier)
- Kulshan Brewing – Gose 14G (Classic Gose)
- Wander Brewning – Doglost 2B (German-Style Pilsner)
- Boundary Bay – Old Bounder 11E (American-Style Barley Wine)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Vienna Lager 3B (Vienna Lager)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Doppelbock 4C (Doppelbock)
- Wander Brewing – Correspondent 10J (Foreign-Style Stout)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Marzen 3C (Marzen-Oktoberfest Lager)
2018 World Beer Cup
- Aslan Brewing Co. – Frances Farmer (Specialty Saison)
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Pilsner
- Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Kolsch Style
- Boundary Bay Brewery – Old Bounder
2018 New York International Beer Competition
- Atwood Ales – Triticale (Belgian Style Witbier)
2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards
- Kulshan Brewing – Gose
- Kulshan Brewing – Doppelbock
- Kulshan Brewing – Belgian Blond
- Kulshan Brewing – Premium Lager
2018 Good Food Awards
- Atwood Ales – Rhubarb Sour Ale