It took some time, but a new Fairhaven brewery is ready to go.
Fairhaven Stones Throw Brewery will begin its normal hours of operation — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — on Wednesday, April 13. The brewery will be open five days a week, closed on Monday and Tuesday. Six beers will be on tap; customers are encouraged to bring food in from nearby restaurants.
The brewery at 1009 Larrabee Ave. has several unique features, including the use of shipping containers for some of its space. Customers will get a chance to keep their pints cool with refrigerated cup holders set in the bar or sit on the terrace to take in views of the Fairhaven district. Much of the brewery was enhanced by designers and contractors adding to the original concept, said Jack Pflueger, who founded the brewery with Tony Luciano.
It took about three years for the brewery to be built, but it wasn’t because of any unusual problems. Pflueger said the biggest hold-up was themselves.
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“We wanted the beer to be done in a certain way,” Pflueger said. “It turned out even better than we originally thought.”
The atmosphere they are going for is one similar to what you might find at a hostel, with people hanging out and swapping stories with old friends and those they just met. Bellingham is known for its outdoors, and the owners wanted that reflected at the brewery. One example is the outdoor pit where people can swap stories around the fire.
The owners originally thought using shipping containers would speed up the construction process. It turned out to be longer, however, with acquiring the containers and renovating them to handle the brewery equipment. Now that they are in place, Pflueger said the unique construction is a marketing win as people have taken to the idea.
One other unusual aspect to this brewery is that it is set in a residential neighborhood. Pflueger said they worked to be respectful of the neighbors, inviting them over for barbecues for open forums.
At this point the beer is available at a variety of local restaurants, including Fairhaven Pizza, The Black Cat, Archer Ale House, The Green Frog, McKay’s Taphouse and Grahams Restaurant. The owners are thinking about producing cans of beer for stores, but right now they want to build their base by interacting with the customers face to face, Pflueger said.
ART MARKET MOVES
The Whatcom Art Market is moving into a more visible spot in Fairhaven.
The market is having a grand opening Sunday, April 24, in its new space at 1103 11th St. near Fairhaven Bicycle. The gallery had been in McKenzie alley near The Rustic Coffee & Wine Bar.
The market is a co-op gallery with about 45 artists from Whatcom, Skagit and the San Juan Islands. All aspects of running the business are done by the participating artists. Items include paintings, stoneware, glass, jewelry, textiles and hand-woven fabrics.
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