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Kulshan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 141
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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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Reviews by beertunes:
Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

beertunes, Apr 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of mabermud
4.1/5  rDev 0%

The Kulshan Brewery has a nice outdoor seating area. I normally grab beers and food for lunch and avoid the happy hour or evening crowds. It always seems pretty relaxed, and the crowd is usually older and mature when I'm around. The quality of this establishment and what they have to offer is as expected. Service is decent and I can usually find something good to drink, or I can go to their IPA. The food carts are standard, Bellingham has a limited number to offer.

I like the relaxed atmosphere and the nice outdoor seating area.

mabermud, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of soccerbrew
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

soccerbrew, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

bumchilly25, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.06/5  rDev -1%

First time into Kulshan after seeing them at a few festivals in Washington and I wasn't disappointed. Place is rather new and had the expansive patio open on this warm May day. Did only see one waitress responsible for the outside but they had two bartenders inside which helped. Inside as I said was comfortable and spacious, also had quite a bit of old pictures of local brewing history. They coupled that with some rather impressive old cans I found rather insightful.

I had two beers while visiting, the Saison Du Kulshan that was rather good I felt and the Full 90 Session which had a nice orange linger to it. They did have a food truck available and it is easy to find though parking can be an issue.

Definitely put Kulshan on a tour of Bellingham if you are looking to go Northern Washington.

Sound_Explorer, May 18, 2014
Photo of tongatim
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%

Great addition to Bellingham's growing stable of breweries. Where Kulshan excels is in the quality of their basic ales, their Pale Ale and IPA's being the best in town, giving us an alternative to the deteriorating quality of the ales served at our other long-established local ale brewer. Not quite as predictably good as they try to expand beyond the basic ales, but everything they turn out reflects care in brewing, and their winter warmers tend to be especially satisfying.

Very pleasant atmosphere and layout, making it a compelling place to stop for a pint or two, whether on a sunny summer afternoon, or dreary winter day.

And they've really hit on something by being the first local brewery to leave the food to an excellent rotation of food trucks, while they concentrate on the beer.

tongatim, May 12, 2014
Photo of jellikit
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

jellikit, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of heyealex
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

heyealex, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of staceya2
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

staceya2, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Kurmaraja, Feb 05, 2014
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Kulshan Brewing Company in Bellingham, WA
91 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.