Chuckanut Brewery has crafted some of the most impressive beers in town and, in some cases, the nation.
Yet sometimes it feels like, locally, Chuckanut doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Maybe it’s because European-style lagers don’t fit with the Bellingham beer ethos like robust American ales do.
But beer pioneer Will Kemper and his team at Chuckanut tend to get plenty of respect at national competitions, and the proverbial trophy case got a little more crowded this year. On Black Friday the brewery tapped a fresh batch of its Dunkel (“dark” in German) lager, a brew named the best in the country, for its style, at this year’s Great American Beer Festival.
All three of the beers below earned national gold medals at one time or another. You can find them on tap at the brewery and, now, in pint-sized bottles around Bellingham.
Find Chuckanut Brewery's beer with this handy map.