Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

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Chuckanut Brewery & KitchenChuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

601 W. Holly St.
Bellingham, Washington, 98225
United States

(360) 752-3377 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-18-2008

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of loren01
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Went here a couple weeks ago while up in Bellingham. Had to check it out...hadn't heard much about the place other than it was somewhat new and just won small brewery of the year at GABF. Parking was good, there was on street parking as well as a small parking lot at the brewery. The actual brewing facility was in a separate building just steps from the taproom. The taproom itself was fairly small but wasnt' too busy when we were there which was good. It seemed like most of their beers were Lagers (which is pretty cool). I had a bock and a german alt both of which were good. Their menu was pretty good as well, we decided on a couple pizzas. Both pizzas were just ok. While this is a pretty good place I wonder how they got best small brewpub in the US. In my opinion they arent even the best small brewpub in Bellingham.

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Photo of staceya2
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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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3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Converted from an equipment rental store, as you enter the brewhouse is to the right and the pub on the left. Only 6 seats at the bar so you'll probably have to grab a table. They are brewing a lot of styles but only six at a time are on tap. They are brewing to style which is a refreshing change from the typical Northwest hop bombs. They insist on the annoying habit of rinsing your glass with water just before pouring a beer. I personally prefer not to have a teaspoon of water in my beer. The bartender explained that this is to rinse the last of the soap out of the glass. Shouldn't the soap be rinsed in the dishwasher? It is obvious that the pub is secondary to the production brewery, with unattractive mustard colored walls and some of the worst "art" I've ever seen. There are some outside tables that give you a view of a neighboring bar notorious for hosting several serial killers. I like the beers and they are gaining distribution so I recommend trying the beer at a different bar.

Edit on 8/24/09. Now having been open a year, this place is finally getting it's groove. The service is better and the beers are dialed in. The room is still ugly, but if you're in town it won't kill you to stop in for a couple of quick pints.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of JTrona11
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

This is the newest brewpub around. The atmosphere is very bad, they couldn't decide if they wanted an industrial look or an artsy look, so they combined them and got a horrible mush.

The quality of the beer is very good, even though I don't drink many Lagers, which is what this place specializes in. I did enkoy the Alt very much when I had it at another bar in town.

The service, while better than it was, is still bad.

The selection of beers is good, they make a lot of different ones over the course of the year.

The food is not very good, certainly not up to the standards set by the other brewpub in town. I agree with another reviewer about the clipboards, very tacky.

For the price of food versus quality of food, this place is over priced. The price of beer is fair however.

Hopefully the recent awards they've won will inspire them to try harder to improve, since they are now on the national beer radar. I also agree with another reviewer that these beers are better enjoyed at another establishment.

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Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham, WA
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 367 ratings