A Beer Week countdown
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
By the time this paper hits the streets, only four days will remain of Bellingham Beer Week.
But the pint party is far from over, and even if you forgo adult responsibilities to devote days and nights to attending all of the remaining events highlighting the city’s ever-growing craft beer scene, it’s unlikely you’d be able to cram them all in. That said, it won’t hurt to try. Following are many—but not all—ways to enjoy the frothy festivities.
On Wed., April 25, bring your dog (or cat) along for “Walk for Paws,” starting at Boundary Bay Brewery and continuing along the scenic Boulevard Trail to Fairhaven’s Paws for a Beer. If that doesn’t entice, Overflow Taps will host an IPA Challenge, Bellingham Cider Company’s first Tap Takeover will feature liquid goods from Stones Throw Brewing, the new Firefly Lounge will open its doors for a Left Hand Brewing Brewer’s Night, brews and Beethoven will combine at “Classical on Tap” at Chuckanut Brewery, there will be Beer Trivia at Kulshan Brewery, and a premiere screening of the trailer for the documentary Brewingham: Crafting a Community can be viewed at Aslan Brewing Company.
If Thurs., April 26 arrives and you’re still in the game, head to Kulshan Brewing for a StrEAT Food Beer Pairing, snag tickets to a Sossusvlei Flanders-Style Red Bottle Release Party and Tour at Wander Brewing, heckle your favorite beertenders at a Beer Themed Trivia event at Stones Throw, attend Brewers Dodging Balls at Boundary Bay Brewery’s Mountain Room, or play Brewery Bingo at the Local’s Annex.
The end will be in sight come Fri., April 27, when Overflow Taps hosts its third annual Pre-April Brews Day Block Party. Beer Week aficionados can also hobnob with “Beerlebrities” at Kulshan Brewing’s Barleywood Squares competition, attend a Beer Week Finale with Firestone Walker at Elizabeth Station, hit up “SMASH Fest” at a Stones Throw Brewery block party, or enjoy live music, food and wild, sour and mixed culture beers at the “Funk Forum” at the Aslan Depot.
It will all come to a head Sat., April 28—the final day of Bellingham Beer Week—when brews, barbecue and classic cars combine at an April Fools Cruz-In Car Show at Jeckyl & Hyde Deli and Ale House, and Beer + Yoga merge at Menace Brewing. Head home for a nap, then make your way downtown to the Depot Market Square for the 17th annual April Brews Day.
Much more than a way to sample local and regional beer—at last count, more than 70 breweries were signed up to sling suds—the popular event also raises funds for the Max Higbee Center. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s programs for people with developmental disabilities, meaning that, with every sip, you’ll be helping the cause. It’s a fitting farewell to Bellingham Beer Week, and a swell reason to stick around until the end of it.
For a complete schedule, go to http://www.bellinghambeerweek.com
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