Melvin Brewing Opens In Bellingham

Melvin Brewing Company out of Alpine and Jackson, Wyoming brews some pretty tasty beers.  Since they began distribution in the Seattle area in early 2016, I’ve come to really appreciate several of their offerings.  The two of their beers people around here are probably the most familiar with include their wildly popular 2×4 Imperial IPA and, of course, last year’s 3-Way IPA (brewed in conjunction with Fort George Brewing Company and Barley Brown’s).

First launched in 2009, Melvin took off quickly and gained high praise from the brewing industry, including a 2012 Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their 2×4 Imperial IPA (among other awards).  Now, they’ve launched a 3rd location, and their first full-scale brewpub, right here in Washington State.  Opened in Bellingham on June 3rd, Melvin’s brewpub offers 20 taps (including one rotating guest tap) and a full menu.

Here is the full press release from Melvin Brewing Company:


Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing will open the doors to its first brewpub this Saturday in the heart of Bellingham.  The highly anticipated brewpub will open its doors on June 3rd and will feature 20 taps including a rotating guest tap with the best damn, sought after IPAs they can get their hands on, bar and dining menu created by local favorite, Chef Drew Trepanier.

Beverage Offerings:

Beer & Wine

Melvin Brewing will offer a selection of 20 handcrafted beers on tap ranging from $4-$9 each. Featuring Melvin classics such as 2×4, Hubert, Melvin IPA, Killer Bees, and the Rotational IIPA series (RIIPA) — Asterisk, Citradamus, Drunken Master and Lambda Lambda Lambda.

Wines and Proescco by the glass and bottle highlighting unique varietals from California, Oregon and Washington. Glasses start at $6 and bottles start at $24. In addition, the summer favorite, an Aperol Spritz is available for $9.

Food Offerings:

American brewpub fare with Pacific Northwest inspiration and featured highlights from Melvin’s original brewery and restaurant, Thai Me Up in Jackson Hole, WY.  Highlights include the Melvin Burger–Beef, Bacon, Egg, Shisito Pepper and Chili Mayo and TMU Wings–Crispy Wings with Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce.

Nightly specials include:
Monday, Calamari, $6
Tuesday, Ramen, $10
Wednesday, Fish & Chips, $11
Thursday, Mussels & Melvin, $15

Kids menu includes fan favorites such as Goldfish Mac & Cheese, mini Flat Iron Steak and Grilled Cheese.

Happy Hours:

Happy Hour is everyday from 4-6 p.m. (all seatings) and 10-11 p.m. (bar only) with daily food and beer specials.

Select Pints $2
Select tulips $5
Calamari $6
Garlic Fries $2
Pickle Chips $5
Tortilla Soup $4
Melvin Drunken burger $13
Tofu Po Boy $10

Design Details:

Melvin features a modern rustic design with nods to their Kung Fu beginnings. Specific design elements include: 5,000 square foot open floor plan with floor to ceiling windows looking out upon the streetscape, 160 seats broken out by 13 high tops, 20 bar stool seats, and a mix of tables and booths with bench seating made for sharing.    The second floor center of the space is home to the mash tun and kettle.  The 7-barrel brewing system is alongside the kitchen for all to see brewing in process.  The walls are adorned with original Melvin artwork showcasing event posters and labels.


Melvin Brewing Bellingham

2416 Meridian Street, Bellingham, Washington

Opening Date:

June 3, 2017

Hours of Operation:

5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Operating Brewery: Holiday Season 2017

About Melvin:

Melvin Brewing was founded in 2009 by Jeremy Tofte and Kirk McHale to fulfill their need to drink the biggest, most exciting West-Coast Style IPAs in Jackson, WY. Experimenting on a 30 gallon, then three-barrel brew house system, they developed the Melvin IPA and 2×4 Imperial IPA, which went on to win gold medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, back-to-back Alpha King awards in 2012 and 2013, and a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup. On the strength of these and other beer brands, Melvin Brewing was awarded the 2015 Small Brew Pub and Small Brew Pub Brewer of the year.

Melvin brewing now has more than 40 amazing beer recipes to its name, expanding its portfolio of hoppy beers and other styles, with brands or beer syles such as ChChCh-Cherry Bomb (Fruit Beer), Killer Bees (Honey Ale), Coffee Ruckus (Coffee Imperial Stout), Wu’Wit (Belgian Wit), Hey Zeus! (Mexican Lager).

In 2015, Melvin Brewing opened its production facility in Alpine, WY, brewing out of a new 30-barrel brew house. Kirk will keep manning the three-barrel system in the back of Jackson, Wyoming’s Thai Me Up Restaurant to keep creating some of the most exciting beers on the market today, while Dave Chichura will take over the larger scale production in Alpine.

Alpine location:
Melvin Brewing
624 County Road 101
Alpine, WY 83128
(307) 654-0426

Jackson location:
Thai Me Up Restaurant & Bar
75 East Pearl Avenue
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 733-0005

I haven’t had the chance to head up to Bellingham for a visit yet, but I hope to sometime soon.  If you’re a hophead who hasn’t discovered Melvin Brewing yet, I strongly urge you to track down a few of their beers and give ’em a try.  Their Hubert MPA (Melvin Pale Ale), Melvin IPA and 2×4 are all excellent.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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