Beer City, USA, is an hour from Vancouver

Beer City, USA, is an hour from Vancouver

The fourth-annual Bellingham Beer Week celebrates a hopped-up border city from Sept. 11 – 21

This past year has been unprecedented for craft brewing in the city most Vancouverites associate with Trader Joe’s and great hiking. Bellingham has more breweries per capita than almost anywhere else on the planet. With six breweries now open—two in the past 12 months alone—and three more about to, this year’s Beer Week is all about understanding and savouring the boom times.

Held annually in Bellingham since 2012, Bellingham Beer Week is held to celebrate and promote craft beer in Bellingham and beyond and recognize local craft beer producers, retailers and consumers who positively impact the community. It has always been a collaborative effort run by passionate members of the local beer community, demonstrated by the collaboration beer brewed annually in honour of the event. This year, local brewers gathered Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham to brew the 2015 version: the NW Local Lager, crafted using malted barley from Skagit Valley Malt (Alba and Copeland) and hops from Yakima (Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo, and Mount Hood). Here’s what’s on tap from Sept. 11 to Sept. 19. Check out BellinghamBeerWeek.com for more.

Friday, Sept. 11

5 P.M. Cidra Cider Bar Grand Opening at Elizabeth Station

6 P.M. Bellingham Beer Week “Opening Ceremonies” featuring Brews and Reubens with Reuben Brews

7 P.M. Rooftop Cinema lets you sip Chuckanut beer and watch “True Stories” at dusk on the top level of the Bellingham Parkade on Commercial Street

Saturday, Sept. 12

12 NOON Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen’s famous Oktoberfest celebrations

3 P.M. Crooked Stave Vs. Trinity Brewing—The unofficial Vielle fight (and more) at Elizabeth Station

10 A.M. to 3 P.M. Beer Week kick-off brunch with a new menu at The Local

Sunday, Sept. 13

1 P.M. – 4 P.M. Boundary Bay Brewery: AHA Rally at Boundary Bay Brewery’s garden

2 P.M. – 6 P.M. Stones Throw Brewing construction tour

3 P.M. The Copper Hog’s 4th annual Barley Wood Squares

4 P.M. Wander Brewing’s 2nd annual Wander to Wander 1K

Monday, Sept. 14

4 P.M. Elizabeth Station’s Super Special Melvin Monday

7 P.M. The Copper Hog’s Special Bottle Tasting from Anchorage Brewing

Tuesday, Sept. 15

5 P.M. Elizabeth Station’s Reuben’s Brews’ “Best of Reserve Beers”

6 P.M. The Local’s Strange Brew Night featuring strange beers from the Pacific Northwest

Wednesday. Sept. 16

5 P.M. Boundary Bay Brewery’s 20th Anniversary Party

Thursday, Sept. 17

5 P.M. Elizabeth Station’s Holy Mountain and Engine House 9 Tap Takeover

6 P.M. The Local’s Nano Night featuring Washington State’s nano breweries

Friday, Sept. 18

11 A.M.–10 P.M. The Local’s “Beer and Brat” specials all day

5 P.M. Elizabeth Station’s Firestone Walker Tap Takeover

Saturday, Sept. 19

10 A.M.–3 P.M. The Local’s Beer Week Finale Brunch

10 A.M.–8 P.M. Hoppingham Hops and Harvest Festival at the Bellis Fair Mall, featuring a car show, a Seahawks rally and food, music and beer garden

1 P.M.–5 P.M. Elizabeth Station’s SourFest celebrating the region’s best sour beer

1 P.M.–8 P.M. Bellingham Beer Week Session Fest

ALL DAY The Bellingham Traverse Finishes at Boundary Bay. The community relay race includes running, mountain biking, road biking, trail runs, paddling and a final Team Trek

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