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Third annual Bellingham Beer Week will run from Sept. 12 through 21, 2014

The 2014 Bellingham Beer Week will run Sept. 12-21
The 2014 Bellingham Beer Week will run Sept. 12-21
Aubrey Laurence

The third annual Bellingham Beer Week (BBW) will run from Sept. 12 through Sept. 21, 2014, in the Bellingham, Wash. area. Following in the success of last year’s BBW, which saw more than 50 unique events at 20 different venues featuring two dozen breweries, organizers expect this year’s BBW to be even better, with more breweries and more participating businesses.

This 10-day celebration of craft beer is a time to salute the rapidly growing number of breweries, beer bars and beer stores that serve the Bellingham area. It’s also an opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts to try many new beers and enjoy a wide variety of beer-focused events.

Events will include tap takeovers, brewer nights, beer-and-food pairings, a beer documentary showing, many special beer releases, beer trivia, visits from respected brewers and beer writers, the Barleywood Squares game show, a huge Sour Ale Fest, and many other events.

This year’s main event will be the Bellingham Oktoberfest at Depot Market Square, which will benefit the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County. This event will feature food, music and beer from more than 30 breweries – including many German-style beers.

BBW also will coincide with other beer-related events featuring local breweries, including the Bite of Bellingham, Sustainable Connections’ Eat Local Month, the Bellingham Traverse and the 5Point Film Festival.

Of course, beer will be the highlight. Many limited-release beers will be brewed by local and regional breweries especially for BBW, including one by Fremont Brewing Co. of Seattle and one by 10 Barrel Brewing of Bend, Ore. Chuckanut Brewery will release Local Malt Alt made with malt from Skagit Valley Malting. And, once again, there will be a special collaboration beer made by all of Whatcom County’s brewers, named Whatcom Wheat, which will be available on draft and in 16-ounce cans.

The mission of Bellingham Beer Week is to celebrate and promote craft beer in Bellingham and beyond, and to recognize our local craft beer producers, retailers, distributors and consumers who positively impact this community in so many ways. Bellingham Beer Week is a not-for-profit, collaborative effort run by passionate members of the local beer community.

For more information and to see the continuously growing calendar of events, visit BellinghamBeerWeek.com and Facebook.com/BellinghamBeerWeek.