So far autumn has been the best time of year to love beer in Bellingham, thanks to fresh hop IPAs, early-bird cold weather brews and a fine crop of local pumpkin-flavored ales.
Let’s talk about those pumpkin beers.
Last month’s column, “ On Second Take, Aslan beer still a work in progress,” stirred strong reactions from readers for unfavorable reviews of three beers made by Aslan Brewing Co. So, to be clear: I’m rooting for Aslan to succeed and to make good beer, and I’ll certainly give the brewery another chance soon. In the meantime, check out Aslan’s brews for yourself, and feel free to send your thoughts my way.
Another day, another new and intriguing beer on tap at Chuckanut Brewery, 601 W. Holly St. This time it’s a Schankbier, a golden, low alcohol-by-volume German-style brew. It’s a collaboration from former Chuckanut brewer Kevin Davey (now of Gordon Biersch) and current Chuckanut head brewer Bryan Caldwell. Chat with the brewers when it’s tapped at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7.