Melvin Brewing Bellingham Expands Their Hours

Just a couple of years ago, beers from Melvin Brewing Company out of Wyoming started appearing in the Seattle area.  Being a big fan of hoppy beers as well as strong beers, I was immediately drawn to Melvin’s offerings, which satisfied both of these cravings quite nicely.  I can recall drinking quite a bit of their Melvin IPA and, of course, their extremely popular 2X4 Double (some might say triple with its 10% ABV) IPA.

Fast forward now to 2017 – just a few months ago.  Melvin Brewing decided it was time to expand and opened their first brewpub up in Bellingham on June 3rd.  I visited them a few weeks after their opening but  had to plan my day out carefully, because Melvin’s Bellingham location wasn’t set to open until 4 pm.  That’s about to change.  Starting on Monday, August 14th, Melvin Brewing Bellingham will start opening at 11 am and serving lunch.

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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.

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The Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow Returns Next Month

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A few years back, IPA fans in Washington were dismayed to discover that Russian River Brewing would no longer be distributing their beers to Washington State.  That meant no more Pliny The Elder or Pliny The Younger for Washington (among many other great Russian River beers).  That drought of Pliny (and the over-the-top clamoring for it during the years when we could still get it here) led many Washington breweries to start crafting their own Triple IPAs.

The first two Triple IPAs I recall seeing, which were intended partly as a joke due to the insanity surrounding Pliny releases, were Big Time Brewing Company’s ‘Whiny The Complainer’ and Naked City’s ‘Cry Me A River’.  Super strong and over-the-top hoppy, I was an instant fan of both.  Since that time, more and more Washington breweries started crafting their own Triple IPAs and soon after the Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow was born.  That first year, just 14 Washington breweries participated.

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Cease & Desist IPA Returns For the 2015/16 Seahawks Season From Foggy Noggin

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Back in January of 2014, Foggy Noggin Brewing Company introduced a new beer to honor the Seattle Seahwaks return to the Superbowl.  They named their beer “12th Man Skittles IPA” and, as you might expect, were immediately contacted by Texas A&M University due to the use of “12th Man” in the beer’s name.  I’m guessing Mars, Inc. (owner of Skittles) wasn’t too thrilled over the name either.  So, in order to avoid any legal issues, Foggy Noggin cleverly renamed the beer “Cease & Desist IPA.”

Now, as the Seahawks prepare for their 2015 regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams, Cease & Desist IPA is back to help you quench your Fn game day thirst as you cheer on the Hawks.

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Fremont Brewing Releases Bellingham Beer Week No. 4

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The 4th Annual Bellingham Beer Week (BBW) is almost here.  Kicking off this year on Friday, September 11th, BBW is a 9 day long event designed to celebrate and promote craft beer in Bellingham and beyond.

Fremont Brewing has released a special Bellingham Beer Week beer each year.  This year’s release is already on tap in the Fremont Brewing beer garden and will be coming in bottles this Labor Day weekend.

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