Drink up: It’s Bellingham Beer Week

Aslan Brewing, 1330 Forest St., will donate a percentage of beer sales to local nonprofits during Bellingham Beer Week, Sept. 9-18.
Aslan Brewing, 1330 Forest St., will donate a percentage of beer sales to local nonprofits during Bellingham Beer Week, Sept. 9-18. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

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.

Here are a few highlights by location. Events are free unless noted. For a complete schedule, go to bellinghambeerweek.com or visit Facebook.

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.

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. 9: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Sept. 10: Washington Trails Association

Sept. 11: Conservation NW

Sept. 12: North Cascades Institute

Sept. 13: RE Sources

Sept. 14: Brewshed Alliance, with a screening of “DamNation” at 8 p.m.

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.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme