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Kulshan Brewing Company

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 114
Beer Avg: 3.76

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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9 Ratings
Ratings: 9
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar ]

2238 James St
Bellingham, Washington, 98225-4142
United States
phone: (360) 739-3608

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(Place added by: beertunes on 01-31-2012)
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$

Bellinghams newest brewery just opened a couple of weeks ago and I finally made my first visit last night. The first room as you enter is all ages, To the right is a narrow alcove that houses a dart board. To left after you enter is the bar room, which is 21+.

They have 5 beers on tap a time, with selections rotating. Their Bastard Kat IPA has proven to so popular that they aren't selling any to accounts, only serving it at their tasting room, and on the day of my visit they weren't filling growlers even.

No food is served, but you welcome to bring in food from one of the restaurants in neighborhood. They also have food trucks in their parking lot on a rotating basis. Trader Joes is just up the street a couple blocks if you just want to grab some cheese and crackers.

The service is friendly without being clingy. One of the beer slingers is Jim Parker (who also handle their outside sales) who has vast career in the beer industry in many roles. Jim is one of the most knowledgeable beer people I've ever met and if he's slinging the brews while you visit, you can learn a lot of interesting things. Ask him how old his beard is.

This is a dog friendly establishment and there were a couple of friendly pooches during my visit. If you come visit our section of the Fourth Corner, a visit to Kulshan is a must on your agenda.

Edit 4/1/13: Kulshan has been open about a year now, and I thought I'd update. Dogs are no longer allowed inside, but are still allowed in the outside seating area. There has been some staff turnover, nothing unusual for the industry, and Jim Parker is no longer with the Krew. The rest of the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The place is very busy most of the time, but they bust ass to get everybody taken care of. They recently added some new taps to bring the total up to 14. One tap will be for cider, and one will sometimes feature guest beers.

This means that there are more of Kulshans own brews on tap, and that's a very good thing, as they are doing lots of different styles. I'll say it again, a stop at Kulshan is a MUST, even if you're just passing Bellingham going up or down I-5.

04-16-2012 00:26:43 | More by beertunes
More User Reviews:
Photo of jellikit


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$

The beer at Kulshan is a fresh divergence from the over-the-top, in-your-face hoppy North West ales. The beer is good. A much more mellow version of what is served in the territory.
There is no food, but some great food trucks are parked out front.
Dog friendly.

04-07-2014 04:38:24 | More by jellikit
Photo of heyealex


4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

Great beer, I just wish they had a real brewpub. Instead they have rotating food trucks outside, and I'm not a fan of having to leave my beer and walk outside into the chilling Bellingham air to get some okay food. It also doesn't provide much of a choice, the food they have that day is what they have.

That being said, its the best beer in Bellingham in my opinion, so I tend to pick up growler from Kulshan about once a week and go to Boundary Bay if I actually want to hang out at a good brewpub.

03-31-2014 18:52:06 | More by heyealex
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

03-27-2014 23:41:01 | More by staceya2
Photo of Kurmaraja


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-05-2014 01:37:28 | More by Kurmaraja
Photo of CletisVandamme


4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-20-2013 02:55:00 | More by CletisVandamme
Photo of dirtylou


4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$


Ever since stumbling into a really cool bar in Glacier, WA (enough said) that featured only Kulshan brews, I've had Kulshan on my list for a visit. After a hike in the Chuckanuts, I hit the spot around noon and the outdoor patio was overflowing. A local truck was slinging burgers and falafel (tasty) and solid music was playing from the inside. Very cool place, inside and out.

The saison was OK, but their IPA is solid. It was too nice out to go after the RIS, but it appears to rate out pretty nicely.

Located in a section of Bellingham I wasn't too familiar with but only about 5 minutes from the central area. Will be returning - lots of cool Swag too, though completely out of normal sizes..

03-31-2013 01:10:32 | More by dirtylou
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $

Weekday lunch. The six beer sampler is great value at $6. The beers were all good (PA, D-IPA, IPA, Red Ale, Porter, Fresh Hope Pale Ale) but not exceptional. My fave was probably the Double IPA which isn't usually a style I love. Friendly attentive service. Wish there were more seats at the bar inside. Nice to sit outside on wooden picnic tables and eat from the adjacent food cart. Too bad the outside seating is right beside the road. The location next to Trader Joes is pretty handy for us Canadian Cheese/Milk Piranhas.

10-08-2012 23:58:35 | More by EspressoGuy
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3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$

This place is growing by leaps and bounds and it's only been around for a few months. A friendly place with nice outdoor seating and a food truck every night (or you can get something from one of several places in the area). Right now they only have 5 beers on tap but they have 5 fermentors going and just received a lot of new equipment so I expect that will be expanding greatly in the near future. All in all, a great spot to chill out for awhile with a $4 pint. They also will be doing a growler exchange program soon.

06-11-2012 23:12:51 | More by Bfarr
Kulshan Brewing Company in Bellingham, WA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.