The fifth annual Bellingham Beer Week is Sept. 9-18. Bellingham Beer Week began in September 2012 with a like-minded group of publicans, craft brewers and supporters of great beers. In 2016, Bellingham’s many craft breweries and numerous beer pubs, restaurants and supporting businesses will participate.
Kulshan Brewing (K2), 1538 Kentucky St.
Friday, Sept. 9: The inaugural Kulshan Beer Olympics will kick off Bellingham Beer Week, 5-9 p.m., with 10 teams of four; five breweries and five teams of patrons compete in a number of events.
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Sunday, Sept. 18: The Brewers Boutique and Craft Market from 4 to 9 p.m. features local vendors and craft artists, music from Mustafa and a food truck.
Chuckanut Brewery, 601 W. Holly St.
Saturday, Sept. 10: Oktoberfest runs from noon to midnight, with a costume and yodeling contest, live music and a bouncy house for kids.
Wander Brewing, 1807 Dean Ave.
Sunday, Sept. 11: The Wander to Wander 1k race benefits Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. The race will begin at Johnny’s Donuts and end at the Wander Brew Hall. Advanced registration: $20, $25 day of race. Check-in at 11 a.m. Details: wandertowander.bpt.me.
Elizabeth Station, 1400 W. Holly St.
Monday, Sept. 12: Fremont Brewery’s “Super Awesome Night of inCANity” is from 5 to 10 p.m., with a Build-Your-Own Box Can Derby and a Fremont Heron Coloring Contest.
Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 10: The 10th Annual “Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament” is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. Play in the tournament or just come to watch. $25 general in advance, $20 students and seniors; $30 at the event.
Wednesday, Sept. 14: Celebrate women in the beer industry at the Third Annual FemALES event from 4 to 8 p.m. in the beer garden in this all-ages event.
Friday, Sept. 16: The all-ages 21st Birthday Block Party, from 4 to 10 p.m., features 21 beers on tap, fish fry, food trucks, music by Baby Cakes and Polyrhythmics, circus performers, carnival games, face painters, a video game theater and a “Railroad Avenue Zipline.”
Aslan Brewing, 1330 N. Forest St.
Friday, Sept. 9: Aslan’s Ten for Ten Fundraiser, will donate 10 percent of beer sales to 10 local, environmentally-oriented nonprofits.
Sept. 10: Washington Trails Association
Sept. 11: Conservation NW
Sept. 12: North Cascades Institute
Sept. 13: RE Sources
Sept. 15: Whatcom Land Trust
Sept. 16: Long Live the Kings
Sept. 17: Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Sept. 18: Northwest Straits
Friday, Sept. 16: Join the crew of the Schooner Zodiac for a Sunset Beer-Tasting Cruise, departing Fairhaven dock at 5:30 p.m. and returning at 7:30 p.m., with on-board fare to pair with Aslan’s organic beer. Cost: $65 per person, for ages 21 and older only.
Saturday, Sept. 17: The Cornhole Tournament with Schweinhaus Biergarten starts at noon, with half the teams competing at Aslan and the other half at Schweinhaus, with a final game at 7:30 p.m. at Aslan, where there will be live music all day. Costumes encouraged. Two-person teams should register by Sept. 12 at onaslanbrewing.com.
▪ The festival culminates in an “Uncommon Pairing” event, with beers from Wander, Chuckanut, North Fork, Structures and Reuben’s Breweries to partner with Ciao Thyme for a curated food and beer experience from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation’s Central Kitchen Project. Tickets, $58 for general admission tickets and $78 for VIP tickets, are limited.