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Having a beer in this new Bellingham bar supports a global effort for clean water

Owners Adam Stacey, left and Jesse Nelson, stand behind the bar in the second location of Overflow Taps in Barkley Village in Bellingham Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The tap house donates 25 cents to a clean water charity for every pint sold.
Owners Adam Stacey, left and Jesse Nelson, stand behind the bar in the second location of Overflow Taps in Barkley Village in Bellingham Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. The tap house donates 25 cents to a clean water charity for every pint sold. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

After a successful start in Lynden, the idea of drinking a beer while supporting a global effort has expanded to Bellingham.

Overflow Taps is now open at 2930 Newmarket St. in Barkley Village. It offers a variety of beers from local breweries as well as other craft beers, said co-owner Jesse Nelson. The first Overflow tap room opened in Lynden’s Waples Mercantile Building last year.

Overflow Taps is also heavily involved in Charity: Water, which funds water projects for people around the world. For each pint of beer sold, 25 cents is donated to the charity. Overflow has raised more than $12,500 at the Lynden bar.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday. Details about Overflow Taps can be found at Overflowtaps.com.

And more adult beverages are on the way for Barkley Village. The Blue Abode Bar is planning to open this fall at 2925 Newmarket St.

CARNE SETTLES INTO NEW DRIVE-THROUGH LOCATION

Shaun Almassy is getting the Carne Butcher Shop settled in its new space in the Columbia neighborhood.

Almassy moved the business from downtown to the corner of Broadway and Elm streets and opened it on Aug. 15. The new space was a former coffee shop. Right now, Carne is in a soft-opening phase as Almassy continues to get the space just the way he wants it. His business partner, Chad Johnson, recently left the company, so he’s had help from family and friends getting the new place ready. Once Almassy gets additional staff in place and trained, he plans on having the drive-through window in operation and begin offering sandwiches for lunch as well as potentially some evening events.

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Carne Butcher Shop owner Shaun Almassy stands outside his new space at the corner of Broadway and Elm streets, near Elizabeth Park. Almassy moved the business from the downtown district into this space in August. Dave Gallagher dgallagher@bhamherald.com

In the meantime, the core part of the business – cutting and preparing meat – is operational. The selection may differ slightly in the first month or so, but he encourages customers to ask about items they don’t see in the front cases.

Almassy has also added seafood to the menu, with much of the selection coming from Jeremy Brown and Nicole Curry of the local fishing fleet.

Carne is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Almassy plans to have a formal grand opening celebration this fall. Details about the butcher shop, including updates, can be found on its Facebook page.

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