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Bellingham wins at the 2019 North American Beer Awards

Bellingham breweries had a strong showing at the North American Beer Awards this month, bringing home a total of 14 medals. In addition, Chuckanut Brewery won overall in the Best Large Brewery category. Here are the winning breweries and their entries, listed in order of domination.

Chuckanut Brewery

Silver – Chuckanut Maibock – Helles BockMaibock

Gold – Chuckanut Asian Lager – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Mexican – – Latin American or Tropical-Style Lager or Ale

Silver – Chuckanut Rye Lager – Rye Beer

Gold – Chuckanut Altbier 9 – Altbier

Gold – Chuckanut Dortmunder – DortmunderExport

Wander Brewing

Silver – Correspondent – Foreign-Style Stout

Gold – Oud Bruin – Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale

Gold – Champagne Toast – Berliner-Style Weisse

Kulshan Brewing Company

Bronze – Helles – Helles Lager

Silver – Cherry Gose – Flavored Gose

Aslan Brewing Company

Bronze – Frances Farmer – Brett Beer

Bronze – A Study of Dreams – Berliner-Style Weisse

Melvin Brewing

Silver – Honey, Wheat Shrunk the Kids – American-Style Wheat Ale

City relaxes food truck location rules in time for summer street snackin’

Citing public interest in food trucks and “more creative uses of underutilized parking spaces,” the city announced new rules governing food truck, sidewalk vendors and “parklets,” curb-level decks that extend the sidewalk into the street. The parklets can be used as sidewalk cafes where the existing sidewalk in front of a restaurant is narrower than the required eight feet.

Previously, food trucks had to park on private property. Now they will be able to reserve metered street parking spaces. It’s not a free-for-all, though. The new rules limit food truck parking space permits to ten per district, and each permit must be approved by the abutting business or property owner, as well any restaurants within 50 feet.

Sidewalk vendors aren’t limited in number, but will require similar  approval from neighboring businesses.

Read the full guide with new rules here.

 

WWU construction to add 264 dorm beds

Western Washington University has some big construction projects in the works, including a new science building, academic support offices, and the replacement of an old dormitory with a larger one.

The Highland Hall dorms are slated for demolition this fall. They were built in 1956, and house 136 students. The new building will house 400, and will include amenities to make them more appealing to students beyond their first year of school, according to WWU Director of University Communications Paul Cocke. It’s expected to be completed in time for the 2021 fall semester.

WWU’s student housing includes 16 dormitories and an apartment complex, accommodating more than 4,000 students. In the fall of 2018, WWU had 16,121 enrolled students, including a record number of incoming freshmen, who are more likely to live on campus. Eight-eight percent of WWU freshmen spend their first year in the dorms.

Expect construction delays at Boulevard Park

Crews will be busy in Boulevard Park all summer, removing the wooden pedestrian overpass at the north end of the park and rerouting utility lines that the overpass currently supports. Both the main park entrance off Bayview Drive and the entrance at the end of the South Bay Trail will be closed intermittently while utilities are rerouted underground. Pedestrian access via the Taylor Street Dock will remain open.

“New underground utilities will be installed in Bayview Drive up to State Street, resulting in predictable services to the park for decades to come,” said Leslie Bryson, Bellingham’s Park and Recreation Director. “The City asks for everyone’s patience while contractors move around the site with large equipment.” Completion expected in September.

Boulevard Pedestrian Overpass was built in the 1970s to provide pedestrian access to the park from State Street prior to the opening of the South Bay Trail in 2004. The overpass is in poor condition, and has been closed for safety reasons since 2016.