In my hometown of Kirkland, where my parents still live, there are two(!!) craft breweries--which to me feels severely lacking. One, the recently opened Chainline, is situated right along the newly opened Cross Kirkland Corridor trail. With patio seating, inviting interior, and plenty of bike parking, the place was hopping when I visited just a few days after its opening. Kirkland is far from saturation--I think they’re still pretty damn thirsty down there.
But I am a little, well,worried is the wrong word. Trepidatious? I agree that Bellingham can handle more breweries, but I also know that competition is stiff. Boundary Bay and Kulshan have both recently expanded, and newest brews Aslan and Wander have been enthusiastically received. Stone’s Throw will benefit from its unique Fairhaven market, and there has been plenty of buzz about Gruff. Each seems to be serving quality and diverse offerings to craft beer drinkers. But what happens when the next brewery just doesn’t meet the hype?