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Find out where this Bellingham brewery is opening a new taproom

Menace Brewing co-owner Ben Buccarelli works on a hose fitting while setting up the brewery at its new location on Meridian Street in Bellingham Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The new Fountain District brewery and tap room should be open by the end of December.
Menace Brewing co-owner Ben Buccarelli works on a hose fitting while setting up the brewery at its new location on Meridian Street in Bellingham Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. The new Fountain District brewery and tap room should be open by the end of December. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

For those who have patiently waited for Menace Brewing to get back to making beer, the wait is almost over.

The company is in the home stretch of putting in a larger brewery and taproom at 2529 Meridian St., in the former Meridian Collision car repair building in the Fountain District.

The tanks are in place and should be brewing beer at the end of next month, said Tom Raden, who operates the business with Benjamin Buccarelli.

In the taproom, the brewery will have four beers on tap, selling pints and growlers. A food truck also will be nearby. The Meridian Street brewery is bigger than Menace’s original space in Ferndale.

Raden said they envision the taproom as being a neighborhood hangout with some similarities to the company’s other business, The Local Public House at 1427 Railroad Ave. It serves a variety of beers from the Cascadia region, particularly those brewed in Whatcom County.

Menace Brewing got its start in 2011, producing small batches. Raden said they like to experiment when it comes to beer, but many have a Northwest style. After establishing The Local in 2013, they quickly found they needed to expand and added a taproom.

Going into a building long known as an auto body shop has some advantages for a brewery and taproom. With a big garage door, the building will have an area for a beer garden during the summer. Customers also will discover the bar top was formerly a bowling lane.

Given the work that still needs to be done, the owners don’t have an exact opening date yet. The best way to get updates is on Menace’s Facebook page.

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