Three Bellingham breweries create special ale for beer week (w/video)

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 20, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - Three breweries joined forces Friday morning, Sept. 19, to can a Belgian-style dark ale for this year's Bellingham Beer Week, which runs for 10 days.

The Collaboration Beer was put into cans in a work session at Kulshan Brewing, using a mobile canning unit from Portland. The commemorative 16-ounce cans will be on sale at Kulshan, Chuckanut and Boundary Bay breweries and Collaboration Beer also will be on tap at more than 15 locations around town.

The beer is the first canned brew out of Bellingham's three breweries, said Rob Whitney, wholesale manager for Kulshan.

Freemont Brewing Company also brewed a special beer for the occasion: a vanilla, coconut, coffee imperial porter made with Tony's coffee. "Bellingham Beer Week #2" will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at a BevX360 event and during a short film showing at Kulshan brewery from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. It also will be available in 22-ounce bottles around town.

The second annual Bellingham Beer Week is a 10-day celebration of craft beers. This weekend's events include a Lager Off at The Copper Hog starting at 1 p.m. Saturday - the first keg of lager killed at the event will be declared the winner. On Sunday, North Corner Brewing Supply will offer a free home brewing demonstration from 3 to 5 p.m. at its store at 1220 Central Ave.

For a full calendar of events, visit bellinghambeerweek.com.

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