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Chuckanut Brewery releases its Pilsner in bottles

Chuckanut Pilsner is now available in half-liter bottles.
Aubrey Laurence

Chuckanut Brewery is proud to announce the release of its award-winning Pilsner in half-liter bottles. They are currently available for sale at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, as well as select accounts in Bellingham, such as Elizabeth Station. The brewery plans to release other bottled beers as it grows its bottling line, including Kolsch, Vienna Lager, Dunkel Lager, Yellow Card Golden Ale, and Helles Lager.

Chuckanut’s German-style Pilsner pours with a bright golden hue and a pillowy, white head with lasting lace patterns. The beer is crisp, clean, dry and aromatic. Rich, bready and cracker-like malt flavors are complemented by snappy and bright hop flavors, with lingering hop aromas reminiscent of delicate flowers, spices and herbs. A balanced bitterness rounds out the finish on this very flavorful beer.

This is a brilliantly crafted pilsner, and you would be hard-pressed to find a better example of the style in America -- including many German-brewed beers.

Not surprisingly, Chuckanut Pilsner has garnered many awards, even though it is less than four years young. It won Northwest Brewing News’ Reader’s Choice Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012. It won silver and bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival in 2009 and 2010. It won a silver medal at the 2013 Washington Beer Awards in the Pale Lager category (second only to Chuckanut’s own Helles Lager). And, after reviewing hundreds of beers over the course of 2012, The Brewing Network, the producer of a slew of internet-based live shows that focus on homebrewing and craft beer, declared Chuckanut Pilsner the 2012 Beer of the Year.

“We originally intended on bottling when we first opened Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in 2008, but it didn't happen because of so many twists and turns,” says Mari Kemper, who co-owns Chuckanut with her husband Will Kemper. “We finally got the funding to do it, and we’re so happy to get our product out to our fans so that they can enjoy it at home -- or wherever!”

Chuckanut Pilsner is currently on tap at the Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 West Holly St., in Bellingham, Wash., as well as select bars. Eventually, Chuckanut plans to have its distributors (Click and Dickerson) distribute its bottled beers to Seattle and other Puget Sound areas.

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