Earlier this year Aslan Brewing Co. opened its doors, and I wrote a column about the modest, but promising, first impression made by their first few brews. Most of their ales seemed adequate, to say the least, and it seemed likely they would improve in the coming months. So I promised to follow up once the Aslan crew had really gotten settled and comfortable.
Here we are, five months later. On a recent Tuesday I revisited the glass-cube-slash-brewpub on North Forest Street that is Aslan Brewing. We ordered flights of beer, and sampled close to a dozen Aslan ales and lagers that night, then took home a couple of growlers for further testing. Aslan seems to be doing good business. It was packed, both inside and on the patio, on a chilly evening in the middle of the week. The food was great, the atmosphere’s youthful and alive, and their graphic designer deserves a raise.
But it’s a brewery, and as someone who direly wants to see Aslan succeed, I’m sad to report that so far most of the beers still taste, to me, like works in progress. And frankly, the beer is still a rung or two below the other fine brewing establishments in Bellingham.
Three examples from across the spectrum of beer styles offered at Aslan …
So, wasn’t Bellingham Beer Week great? Sixty-plus events, jam-packed with great beer. You can still find some leftovers of the festivities around town, as of press time. For example, Fremont Brewing’s Cowiche Canyon No. 3, which earned a solid ‘A’ grade last month in this column, was being sold in bottles at Haggen, and on draft at places like Goat Mountain Pizza, 215 W. Holly St.
Small-batch Menace Brewing Co. still had some fantastic, unique beers you need to try — like the Chile Bravo, the Earl Grey Extra Nitro Mild and the Sorachi Wheat — left over from their brewer’s night at The Local Public House, 1427 Railroad Ave.