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Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

Not Rated.
Chuckanut Brewery & KitchenChuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
Based on:
31 Beers
288 Hads
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 16
Visits: 31
Avg: 3.7
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

601 W. Holly St.
Bellingham, Washington, 98225
United States
phone: (360) 752-3377

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2008

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Reviews: 16 | Visits: 31
Reviews by canucklehead:
Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

It is cool that another brewery/brewpub exists in Bellingham than Boundary Bay and that the brewery makes lagercentric beers rather than the ales from BB. The place is funky in a laid back local sorta way with eclectric stuff hanging on the walls including an awesome 18 foot frame of a kayak. The menu is pretty cool and the veggie sandwich that my wife and me split was different as it was warm ( we like it). The beers are all quite good and fairly conservative in ABV and styles. I wondered why no wheat beer such as Hefe but that is a small quible. The service was good and attentive and the place was not to busy on a Tuesday afternoon. Worth the trip if you have already been to Boundary Bay.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kristinc
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I visited Chuckanut on a recent trip to Bellingham and I quite liked the place. It's got a very welcoming brewpub atmosphere that I dig, and the staff were all cool and knew the product. There were about 8 beers on tap, mostly German styles and focused on lagers. The selections I had were pretty decent and I could definitely see spending a few hours there quaffing these session-strength lagers. Overall I'd say it's definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.96/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Moose90
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of TheBungyo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Nice selection of beers if you enjoy lagers. This place was voted best small brewery of the year on BA a few years ago. Most notably, this place offers the best food amongst all of the breweries in Bellingham. I like it.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of soccerbrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Ghoerner91
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tongatim
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This place is amazing for one reason: the consistent quality of their beers, especially their lagers. Will and Mari Kemper put their passion for great beers into action, not just in their mission statement. Not the swingin'st joint in Bellingham, no live music, and food that is merely good in a town that already serves a lot of good food. Initially, a lot of turnover of wait staff made for spotty service, but lately they seem to be retaining staff, who seem to have become infected with the Kempers' passion for great beer and show it in their interactions with customers.

Want great beer---especially absolutely fresh classic European lagers? This is the spot.

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Photo of staceya2
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

I came here a few times, enjoy their beer, but on one visit I brought 2 of my friends from out of town in for a few beers. When we were about to leave I ordered a growler fill to-go and the server broke the top of my growler while pressing it upside against the machine that sprays water into them. He refused to replace it for me and the owner came in and was extremely rude to me and still did not replace it. It seemed like such a small thing to ask but they were so rude that it was slightly embarrassing for them and I have not gone back since. I recommend everyone that I talk to now to only visit the other breweries in town.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of PhillipNordwall
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of slander
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Truth be known, the double espresso on an empty stomach and the ride in from Vancouver (read: Phil drove) have left me a bit jittery. I am in need of something in the way of chowder. Oh, yes, there will be chowder. Exited for points Bellingham, the lunch plan being Chckanut. We’ve been hearing good things about this place since, you know, yesterday...

A seemingly small place on the side of the road, but it’s because you’re really only seeing ½ of it. You drive in between two buildings (Pub & kitchen to the left, brewery to the right) connected by an overhang piece, roll to the rear and park. Okay, so the brewery is over there (pointing), showing a row of fermenters in front panel windows, and we’re heading for the pub side.

Inside, up front, you’re greeted by a bit of a bar, piecemeal; 2 straight pieces coming together to a corner with the meeting open to get inside it, but it’s a swing top so it closes down to form a functional ‘L’. Laminate wood topped, corrugated aluminum base, and piping foot rails; seating for 5 on the front side another 4 on the side side. Corner cold box room behind the bar, with growlers lined atop, a glassware shelving rack alongside, and a colored chalk tap list board around the side of it. Frame of a kayak angled from the ceiling above (thinking it will fill up with water quickly without, you know, solidness), and rowing oars on the far wall.

Concrete red painted floorings and high ceilings with a black fabric something contained in steel rod framing. Dangling industrial lamps and what looks like rice paper covered weisse glass drop lamps over some seating and the bar. Walls painted a light mustard color, with old tyme b/w pics (horse, buggy, train cars, steam ships, and group portraits of the lumber people this area was built on and around. There are also Japanese beer prints on the wall; I don’t know what that’s about. Window off the bar lined with logo pint glasses, and a door next to that it leading to an outside side seating area with 10 tables overlooking the Whatcom Creek. Phil locked himself out there while, you know, smoking, and I laughed at him.

A wall of garage doors face the brewery across the way, and 3 windows on the front side to the street, with a single flat screen mounted above. 8 small tables around the bar area; a few sharing a bench off the corner. And we grabbed one of a pair of hightops off the side of the bar, along a ½ wall sill showing weisse glasses displayed.

A large mural piece up front, and as you hook to the right of the bar they’ve got GABF medals & World Beer Cup awards displayed. Past there to the side room; a dozen & a half tables, square, round & recs, and kitchenings there. Square windows along the wall with smaller ones above them opening out, and what look like b/w linoleum block printings in between the windows. They’re for sale as are the paintings. Snowshoes on the back wall, signage from behind their GABF tables hanging, and another kayak frame suspended above the kitchen, this one of some metal alloy (again, I see them sinking quickly without whatever you wrap them with, I’m just a-saying). Through and to the rear, an area out back awninged over off the parking lot with a few tables, dart boards, heat lamps and a small bar; it’s a baby event space.

6 taps on a tower with logo display handles on the front side of the bar, I played the sampler game (Pilsner, 5%, dry, a bit grainy, floral, with a nice bite, well done; Vienna Lager, 5%, light caramel, malty, slight bitterness, crisp; Rauch Marzen Lager, 5%, some smoke, a bit bandaidy, curse of the Rauch, beechwood; Alt German Ale, 5%, light fruity something, some bitterness, hoppier than I would have expected, good malt backbone; Chuckanut IPA, 5.5%, earthy, piney, good bite, nice easy hoppiness; British Brown Ale, 4.5%, nutty, a bit of roast, and there’s the malt, it’s a nice Brown). Pilsner Lager, Vienna Lager, Alt German Ale, & Chuckanut IPA Ale were the best of ‘em.

They do a Chuckanut gumbo, but I stuck to my guns and went with a cup of the Chuckanut chowder (clams, smoked salmon, veggies, a bit of bacon, 2 croutons a-floating, & toast points for the dunk). I fucked up; should have done a bowl. And then the Thai sweet chili chicken salad (roasted chicken in a sweet Thai chili sauce over greens, cucs, red onions, rice noodles, carrots, and hold the edamame, please). Totally gone fixed my head. I don’t recall what Phil had ‘cause I was all about the me, just then.

Hey, ‘Small brewery of the year’ GABF 2009 & 2011, too. Not. Too. Shabby. Nice beers and good food set me straight; Pattender was good enough to put up with my nonsense ‘til I got there. And tunes, yes, well Siriusly, ’77 was a great year for the Dead, thank you for all that. Excellent stop on the way back down, but goddamn, we have a long way to Portland yet and I suspect we’ll be stopping along the way. So, what’s our play from here, Philip?

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4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I frequent this brewery often, typically once or twice a month. When I go it is typically a large party of people and we get great service. Food comes out quick enough and the beer is flowing. I would agree with many of the other reviewers and say that this is a great alternative to Boundary Bay.

The food is nothing amazing but the amount of medals this brewery has won from there beer is reason enough to give it a chance. My fav's include Kolch ($1.50 on Tuesdays), Stong Bock and Helles. Great prices on beer and growlers.

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Photo of LazyL
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon so I cant rate the vibe on say a Friday afterwork. Quaint place with views of the water and piers. Lots of natural lighting with kayaks hanging from the high ceiligs. A TV on the corner was playing a Mariners game and then switched to MLS soccer once that was over. A non imposing place with better than average food and beers worth a tasting. Seems like mostly locals and although only 6 taps they seem to change them quite often. The brewery is right next door and has good window glimpses into the iner workings.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Chuckanut Brewery is a very utilitarian little place. The interior looks almost unfinished with very little decoration or even a paint job as though they left the place the way it was and just put out some tables and chairs. The indoor seating area is quite small although there is a more extensive outdoor area and beer garden in the back from what I saw. The indoor area has a fairly open view of the kitchen although it's not a particularly interesting view. A small bar area has one small T.V. and a nice patio area.

Food and beer quality seems good. I only tried a couple of different pizzas which were quite good and some chips and salsa which was pleasantly on the spicy side. The beer is some good European and German style beers which is a nice departure from all the American craft brewpubs.

Service was very friendly albeit a little slow while the selection both in the food and beer departments are diverse enough to warrant a couple return trips.

A nice quiet place (even on a Friday night) to get some good food and beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A: From the outside it does not look like much but who cares. Patyio out back this is dog friendlky, overlooking water and much of Bellingham. Laid back, local vibe

Q: Beer quality is average at best, subpar to average I would say

S: Slow at times but not to complain about. They were nice but maybe understaffed

S: A mix of Bavarian, American and English styles but nothing to write home about

F: Ok, yam fries were decent but that was all we had. BB had ruined out appetite bland food

Ok to stop but not impressed.

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Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham, WA
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.