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From the outside, the brewery looks like many of the micro-breweries which have popped up in warehouses and commercial office parks complete with metal siding and corrugated—albeit blue—roof. The inside of the tasting room, however, feels more like a rustic lodge with wood siding and artwork by local artists depicting Mount Baker and the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. Boasting darts, board games and Trivia on Monday nights, there seems plenty to keep patrons occupied while sipping a pint or two. Kulshan features The Devilly Brothers every Sunday night at 7pm in their beer garden, and rotating local artists on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Now for the important part: the beer. Kulshan features 9 full-time beers and 3 seasonals on tap, each with creative monikers befitting their full-bodied taste. Some of my favorites (name-wise at least) are the Dude Man Wheat and the seasonal winter ale Kitten Mittens. As is the case with many breweries in the Pacific Northwest, Kulshan’s beers are hop forward including their Midnight Kascadian Dark Ale at 62 IBUs and Reisterbräu Russian Imperial stout at a whopping 100 IBUs! But, there are plenty of other choices for those who prefer a maltier brew, including the Trans-Porter and Red Cap Red Ale.