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Bellingham food trucks A-Z (okay, A-W)

by June Hathaway

Food trucks are like the craft breweries of Bellingham grub on the go – they’re trendy, they’re local, and there’s a new one every time you turn around. In fact, the local food truck scene has grown by piggybacking on the proliferation of brewpubs, as the mobile eateries allow  kitchen-less breweries to keep hungry patrons bellied up to the bar.

While not all of these fit the classic food truck mold – the taco trucks pretty much stay in one place, and Mile Pie Club is bicycle-based – they all provide satisfying to-go eats. The links will take you to each truck’s Facebook page, where you can see their upcoming locations.

A Que Tacos

Back East BBQ

Bare Bones BBQ

Big Stick BBQ

Big Trouble Dumplings

Chow Gourmet Hot Dogs

Cicchitti’s Pizza

Cubano Cubano Sandwiches

El Tule Tacos

El Tapatio Tacos

Hot Mess Cheese Steaks

JT’s Smokin’ BBQ

Mile Pie Club

Mouth Hole Chicken and Waffles + Sandwiches

Ovn Wood Fired Pizza

Sage Against the Machine Vegan Eats

Simmering Tava Organic Indian Food

Something Cheezy Grilled Sandwiches

Streat Food Burgers and Sandwiches

Super Mario’s Salvadoran Food

Tacos Tecalitlan

Weeny Bunz Hot Dogs

 

 

Comings and goings: Old friends edition

Tonight we say goodbye to two old friends, and Oh Hey! to another. Note that if you have been blessed with stamina today, you could do both of these things.

Long-time ‘hamsters, musicans and all-around cool guys Peadar MacMahon and Bradley Leckron are packing up and moving to Ireland. Say goodbye at Menace Brewing tonight at 7pm, where Peadar and the Black Lung Canaries will be playing a farewell show.

In other news, Jordan Rain, aka DJ Yogoman, has been kickin’ it in Texas for some time now. Yogoman’s back, and he brought Reggae Night with him. Dance and say hello at Boscoe’s, tonight and every Monday night at 9pm.

–June Hathaway

Washington Beer Awards 2018: Bellingham kicks ass

by June Hathaway

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are, and take our local breweries for granted. Good thing the Washington Beer Awards are here to remind us! Here are the Bellingham (and thereabouts) breweries that brought home medals from the 2018 awards.

Aslan Brewing

Gold

American-Style Stouts: American Stout

Specialty Saisons:Justice Temple

Bronze

Berliner-Style Weisses: Disco Lemonade

Atwood Ales (Blaine)

Best Washington Malt Beer: Triticale

Gold

Herb & Spice Beers:  Mo’s Saison

Chuckanut Brewery

Gold

Vienna-Style Lagers: Chuckanut Vienna Lager

Other German Amber Beers: Chuckanut Marzen

Silver

Bohemian style pilsner: Chuckanut Pilsner

Bronze

German Dark Lagers: Chuckanut Dunkel

International Lagers: Chuckanut Mexican Lager

Bocks and Doppelbocks: Chuckanut Doppelbock

Kulshan Brewing

Gold

Other American-Style Lagers: Amber Lager

Bocks and Doppelbocks: Kulshan Maibock

Irish Red Ales: Red Cap

Belgian Strong Ales: Belgian Golden Strong

Silver

German-style Pilsner: Kulshan Pilsner

Melvin Brewing

Gold

American-Style Strong Pale Ales: Tiger Style

Silver

Strong Porters: Melixor Baltica

North Fork Brewery (Deming)

Bronze

Abbey-Inspired Ales: Brother Crazy John

Belgian Fruit Beers: No. 13 Baby

Stones Throw Brewery

Bronze

English Pale Ales: Flat Penny Pale

Wander Brewing

Large Brewery of the Year

Gold

Irish Stouts: Correspondent

Belgian Ales: Wanderale

Berliner-Style Weisses: Foeder-Aged Berliner Weiss

Silver

Wood & Barrel Aged Beers: Wild Warehouse

Bronze

Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers: Plum Bob
German-style Pilsners: Doglost

Downtown Bellingham Happy Hour – every Thursday in March

I’m just gonna share this announcement from the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, who have done a wonderful thing in putting this together:

“$6 craft cocktails! | $5 wines! | $4 beers! | 1/2 off apps! Every Thursday in March from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Simple as that!

Join us for Downtown Bellingham’s first-ever Happy Hour Thursdays, a full month of amazing happy hour specials at some of Bellingham’s best bars and restaurants.

RSVP to keep updated on the deliciously discounted bevies and snacks coming to you soon, all at:
Bayou on Bay
Black Sheep on Holly
Camber
Casa Que Pasa
Cosmos Bistro
Grand Avenue Alehouse
Horseshoe Cafe
Hundred North
La Fiamma :: Wood-Fire Pizza
The Local Public House
Old World Deli
The Orion
The Racket – Bar & Pinball Lounge
Redlight
Rook & Rogue Board Game Pub
Uisce Irish Pub
Vinostrology”

Bellingham breweries offer tours and more for Washington Beer Open House, February 24

The Washington Beer Open House is a chance meet local brewers, get a peek at the means of production, and sample some tasty brews.

Yes, it’s cold and crappy out, but if you get your crew together and trade off Uber fares, you can spend your whole day in a succession of toasty pubs. Participating breweries are listed below.

Aslan Brewing: Self guided tours with the owners and head brewer available to answer any questions you might have. Check out the newly upgraded brewhouse, and take home an exclusive Aslan Brew Process sheet.

Chuckanut Brewery: Tours will be held at 12 noon and 1:30 pm. All ages are welcome; kitchen will be serving food starting at 11 am. Meet the brewers and learn more about award winning Chuckanut beers.

Illuminati Brewing Company: Tours of brewery/winery facility at noon, 2pm, and 4pm Release of “Hammer of the Gods” Scotch Ale aged in Highland Scotch Whisky barrels.

Kulshan Brewing (both locations): Both taprooms, Sunnyland and Roosevelt, will have beer tastings, food, games, giveaways, and brewery tours. Learn about small-batch beers at the Sunnyland location and canning and production at the K2 Roosevelt location.

Stones Throw Brewery: Tours of the brewery, which has been built in shipping containers, at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm . The owners will tell of the disreputable history of the property, the sustainable building process, and, of course, how they make their beer. Tours will end with tastes straight from the tanks for those who purchased $2 tasters. Family-friendly, dog-friendly.

Wander Brewing: Brewery and Barrel Den tour at 2pm (shown in the pic up top).

Mardi Gras happenings in Bellingham

For most responsible adults, you’re a loser if you party all night on a Tuesday. On Mardi Gras, you’re a loser if you don’t.

Fat Tuesday is all about too much fun, so get out there and do stuff that’ll hurt in the morning. Here are a few ideas to get those good times rolling.

The Aireeoke fun machine is throwing a sidewalk Mardi Gras parade at starting at Comics Place on Holly St. at 3:30pm.

Bayou on Bay will be celebrating Cajun-style all night long (and part of the day; they open at 3pm) with tarot readings and face painting, 4pm-9pm, and music from the Hot House Jazz Band at 7pm.

Soul Nite is back at the Wild Buffalo with a Mardi Gras edition at 9pm.

Wrap up the night with the Culture Cafe’s Costume Dance Party Sing-Along with costume prizes, music videos, and bouts of karaoke with Aireekah.

Out with the old, in with the new: Bellingham bar comings and goings

As I go through the sad business of deleting all the Green Frog’s recurring events from the Bellingham on Tap calendar, I’m moved to run through the notable openings and closings in town this past year (and a couple coming up).

IN:

Black Sheep 

Boscoe’s 

Orion

Rook and Rogue

Best Buds Gaming Lounge

Menace Brewing

Melvin Brewpub

Blue Abode

Copper Hog (same place, new owners)

Red Rum

OUT

Green Frog

Swillery

Real McCoy

Dos Padres

Glow

Der Schweinhaus

 

Did I miss anything? Please feel free to dish bar gossip! – June Hathaway

Fancy bingo, unfancy beer (updated)

UPDATED UPDATE: Fancy Bingo is back! Every third Tuesday at Boundary Bay – event info is updated below.

UPDATE: Sadly, Glow closed in July, 2017. RIP.

What: Fancy Bingo

When: The third Tuesday of every month at 8pm-11pm

Where: Boundary Bay Brewing,  1107 Railroad

For the past few years bingo games have been popping up, generally as monthly or one-off events. Now Glow Nightclub’s bingo is a weekly event – you can get you dabber on every Wednesday.

Each drink purchase gets you one free bingo card (with three grids); you can nab more for $1 each. The proceedings are made a little weirder with “bingo lingo,” nicknames for numbers that traditionally mixes British rhyming slang and military jargon. The Glow crew’s own contributions to the lexicon include “69, dinner for two.” Alas, 68 is “dinner for one.”

Host Aireekah Laudert lovingly bundles themed prizes from sponsor merch and, in one recent game, props left behind by a bachelorette party.  Past prizes have included a Hecka Goth bag –“Quoth the Raven” incense, krampus soap, and a sweet Sailor Jerry’s tee — and the Stay at Home basket that included a leopard print onesie and a microwave egg cooker.

Fancy dress is welcome but not required – Aireekah and her accomplice Jackie Kersten (who ran bingo at the old Cabin Tavern) are fancy enough to carry the whole room.

This week’s game includes a cheap beer tasting to determine which mass-market swill is the finest. I got in touch with Aireekah to learn more.

BoT: Is this a blind tasting?

Aireekah: It’s a blind tasting! There will be seven different beers along with a sheet that tells you what beers are being served, but not in order. Then you guess which beer is which! Whoever gets the most correct wins a big prize at the end of the night, which they don’t need to be present for to win.

Also, there will be a special prize for the best description of a beer! And lots of swishing of cheap ass brews in mouths, talks of nuances, head, and legs.

BoT: Will there be palate cleansers? I read somewhere that they are an important part of a serious beer tasting.

Aireekah: We will have Glow’s regular array of tapas including cheeseballs, cotton candy, gummy worms, pretzels, and more! Did you know that Glow is Bellingham’s premier tapas bar?

BoT: Tell me why Fancy Bingo is a thing I should do.

Aireekah: Fancy Bingo is an amazing thing to do because bingo rules. We feature the best Bingo Lingo brought to you from the UK, the USA, and Glow. Also it’s an excuse to dress up like you’re going to the Golden Globes or a brunch with the Golden Girls!

And we have SO MANY PRIZES! Our sponsors include Sea Witch Botanicals, La Fiamma Woodfire Pizza, Red Boots Design, The Pickford Film Center, Comics Place, Shrimp Whisperer AK, and Glitt3r Lyfe! There’s even opportunities to win things without getting a bingo! It’s a blingo miracle every single frakin’ Wednesday.

 

Cheap Wine Chronicles: Five Ton Zinfandel, 2013

by June Hathaway

So I went to the Gross Out to buy dish soap and coffee and came home with two bottles of this zinfandel. At 2/$6, how could I not?

After an epic struggle with the cork (seriously, it’s not supposed to be this hard) I was rewarded with a dry-but-not-tannic, round and oaky red with a pronounced woody aftertaste.

Not as big as I would expect from a zinfandel but definitely richer than other wines at this price point, and tastes delicious with a Criminal Minds marathon. It ain’t five tons – more like twelve ounces – but I recommend you buy some before it all gets scooped up.