Fall Flavors

Scare up a sip

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

With Halloween and a nail-biting presidential election just around the corner, it seems like a swell time to explore fall-focused imbibing options. You’ll be supporting local businesses, while at the same time getting a buzz that just may help you forget the horrors of the last four years. For the sake of brevity, the following list focuses on venues in downtown Bellingham.

At Aslan Brewing (1330 N. Forest St.) warm up with seasonal sippers such as Simcoe Slice and Charlie Foxtrot (both IPAs) and Helles Vollbier—an ode to the traditional Helles of Southern Germany that is designed to be consumed in a German beer hall (or socially distanced patio, whatevs).

In addition to offering a new fall menu, Backdoor Bellingham (1119 Railroad Ave.) has a special for Halloween weekend. Preorder a bottle of Malört by Oct. 29, then either trick your friends into taking a shot of the bitter liquor, or treat them by turning it into a more palatable craft cocktail on Oct. 30 or 31.

A short walk away, Boundary Bay Brewery (1107 Railroad Ave.) welcomes the season with Autumn Yard Fashioned (bourbon whiskey with Cloud Mountain Farms cider shaken with the brewery’s Harvest Rye-infused caramel sauce). If you prefer the Harvest Rye on its own, it’s there for you.

According to Chuckanut Bay Distillery (1311 Cornwall Ave.), if the leaves have begun to fall it means that Krampus season has arrived. Since they only make the herbal liqueur once a year, it’s wise to stock up before the holidays. Drop by the tasting room to sample the goods, and tell ‘em Santa sent you.

Meanwhile, Chuckanut Brewery (601 W. Holly St.) has added Galaxy Wheat Ale to its award-winning lineup just in time for the change in season. The powers that be suggest trying the wheaty and fruity ale as a start to happy hour to set your palate, or digging into a big plate of nachos with Galaxy for a mashup of flavors. Get it while you can, because the small-batch sippers won’t be around long.

In addition to being one of the best places to catch a Bellingham Bay sunset, Gruff Brewing (104 E. Maple St.) has recently added three new festive fall brews to its tap list—Defroster Winter Warmer, Nitro Cream Ale, and Gruff Helles Lager (pictured above). Quaff on site, then grab a four-pack of Fest Bier to go.

Finally, the Snowy Sour Bombs currently available at the new Snowy River Cocktail Co. (100 N. Commercial St.) are made with the upcoming holiday in mind. They designed the drinks as part of their Halloween lineup, and if you love the taste of Sour Patch Kids, it’ll be a real treat.

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