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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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 18
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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Photo of Ghoerner91
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of beertunes
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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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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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 barleywinefiend
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 Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of canucklehead
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%

Photo of italianstallion
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of LazyL
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 gandres
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on an afternoon Saturday, December 26, 2015
Bartender was very attentive even with a full restaurant
Limited choice coming from brewery
location and place is very good but parking is a challenge

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Photo of snaotheus
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Went there on a Saturday afternoon for a couple beers. It's a strange building, which makes it kind of interesting. Surprisingly large brewing facility.

Service was good, even as it got busier. Apparently it's a fairly popular hangout. We each had a couple beers, generally $4.50 apiece.

Selection is entirely lagers (six taps), which isn't my favorite, but they were pretty good for the style. The Schwartzbier and the Vienna Lager were my top picks.

We had an order of sweet potato fries, which were crispy, well-seasoned and quite tasty.

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Photo of Briken
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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 John_M
3.88/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Have to agree with Terry (Beertunes) that the atmosphere is not the best feature of this place. It really does look like it might have been a hardware store in a previous lifetime, and the layout inside is a bit odd. You actually park your car in the middle of the building set-up, with the small brewery operation on your right as you drive in, and the brewpub on the left. As you walk into the brewpub, there is a small bar area to your left, with tables and chairs scattered around the interior of the pub. The brewpub really looks more like a small breakfast cafe, but what the hell, I wasn't here for the ambiance anyway.

Chuckanut was recently named the 2009 small brewpub of the year at GABF, and after tasting through the beers here I could see why. The pilsner and smoked amber were both excellent, and the schwarzbier was pretty good as well. Wasn't in love with the vienna lager, but the taste I had later of the alt over at Terry's place later confirmed that the brewer here (Josh) clearly knows what he's doing when it comes to making good beer. Josh was kind enough to provide a quick tour of his 10 barrel bewing operation and was just an all around pleasant, easy going guy. Back to the brewpub... there was also an amber and kolsch the day I was there, neither of which I had an opportunity to try, though Terry told me it (the kolsch) was pretty good. We were served by a pleasant young lady, who was quick and efficient while we were there. I didn't get the impression she was particularly knowledgable about the beers available, but that really wasn't required anyway this day. Food was OK. I got the "local" 10 inch pizza, which came with smoked salmon and red onions. While nothing memorable, it was tasty and filling (which was all I required).

There's no doubt about it, the beers here are very, very good. If the brewpub was the only place I could find Chuckanut beers, I'd stop by pretty frequently if I lived in town. However, their beers appeared to be pretty available all over town, and I know there are now beer bars in Seattle where you can find Chuckanut beers as well. That being the case, the brewpub itself is nothing memorable, and with all the other interesting options in Bellingham, I suspect I'll probably take my business elsewhere next time I'm in town and want to drink Chuckanut beer.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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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Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham, WA
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