Get ready—September is coming. Here in the Pacific Northwest, September is one of the best months to get outside. Cooler summer weather, fewer crowds, and less bugs! Fall colors edge in near the end of the month, but the rains are kept at bay and the temperatures are still plenty warm. It’s our favorite month for hiking here at Beers at the Bottom.
September also means Bellingham Beer Week! Mark your calendars, as beer week will be held from Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 21 this year. Celebrating its 3rd consecutive year, BBW promises to be bigger than ever, with more events and MORE BEER!
From the press release:
“The mission of Bellingham Beer Week is to celebrate and promote craft beer in Bellingham and beyond, and to recognize our local craft beer producers, retailers, distributors and consumers who positively impact this community in so many ways. Bellingham Beer Week is a not-for-profit, collaborative effort run by passionate members of the local beer community.”
Below, we highlight a couple of events and this year's collaboration beer. For the full schedule of beer week events, visit www.bellinghambeerweek.com.
The main event of this year’s celebration will be an Oktoberfest featuring 20-30 breweries, including selections of German beers. There’s sure to be an Oom-pah band and giant soft pretzels--so shake out those dirndl and lederhosen and get ready to drink some Marzen! Prost!
Bellingham Beer Week will be larger and more festive this year due to the participation of Bellingham’s newest brewpubs, Aslan Brewing and Wander Brewing. These breweries, along with fellow Bellingham beer scene newbies Gruff and Stone's Throw, will be participating in Bellingham Beer Week’s traditional collaboration beer. This year’s limited release is Whatcom Wheat—featuring all nine (count 'em!) Whatcom county breweries. Canned August 20, 2014 at Boundary Bay Brewery, Whatcom Wheat will be available on draft and in 16-ounce cans throughout the city.
Hike + Brewery Meetup
Beers at the Bottom will also be hosting our second annual Bellingham Beer Week Hike + Brewery Meetup! This year we’re featuring some of Bellingham’s newest trails and ales: The Rock Trail and Wander Brewing.
The hike will start at Cyrus Gates Overlook. Participants should arrive at 12:45pm and the hike will begin at 1pm, followed by a meet-up at Wander Brewing at 4pm.
From the Cyrus Gates Overlook parking lot (Discover Pass required), the Rock Trail to Lost Lake overlook is approximately 4.5 miles roundtrip. Built by volunteers, this new trail winds down a series of staircases from Chuckanut Ridge, past large mossy erratics before connecting with the Lost Lake Trail. After working up a thirst, the event will continue again at Wander Brewing. Opened in spring of 2014, Wander Brewing has a selection of eight styles on tap including their award winning WA Uncommon California Common and Correspondent Foreign Extra Stout.
Check out our write up of the Rock Trail here.
Please join our Facebook event for more details.