Two award-winning Western breweries, Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing and Washington’s Wander Brewing kick off the Bellingham Beer Week pre-party on April 14with the limited release of their collaborative craft brew, 20 Days of Beer Week.
The collaboration between Melvin and Wander Brewing was in conjunction with Brouwers and Elizabeth Station who helped conceptualize the beer, provide label and design input as well as brewed day of.
Available only while supplies last, catch this outstanding one-time brew for bragging rights at Bellingham Beer Week, which officially starts April 21 with a week of brewery tours and tastings, new releases, block parties and more. The beer spree continues May 4-14 with Seattle Beer Week.
For 20 Days of Beer Week, a hoppy Imperial Red Ale, (8.4% ABV), Melvin/Wander sourced two amazing Australian hop varietals for finishing and aroma — newcomer Vic Secret and the highly sought after Galaxy. They were also able to source some ‘Citra LupuLN2 Hop Powder’ for dry hopping. This is a unique new hop product and Melvin/Wander is excited to bring yet another beer from the future.
20 Days of Beer Week will start flowing at 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, at four locations in Bellingham and Seattle including Wander Brewing’s Brew Hall. 20 Days of Beer Week will be sold in cans and 16-ounce 4-packs (SRP $15) at three locations.
Brouwer’s Café, 400 North 35th St., Seattle
Elizabeth Station, 1400 West Holly St, Bellingham
Bottle Works, 1710 N. 45th St., Seattle
Wander Brewing, 1807 Dean Ave., Bellingham
Melvin Brewing was founded in 2009 by Jeremy Tofte and Kirk McHale to fulfill their need to drink the biggest, most exciting West-Coast Style IPAs in Jackson, WY. Experimenting on a 30-gallon, then three-barrel brew house system, they developed the Melvin IPA and 2×4 Imperial IPA, which went on to win gold medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, back-to-back Alpha King awards in 2012 and 2013, and a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup. On the strength of these and other beer brands, Melvin Brewing was awarded the 2015 Small Brew Pub and Small Brew Pub Brewer of the year.
Founded by Chad and Colleen Kuehl, Wander is all about the fermentation. In May of 2014, Wander Brewing opens its doors to their warehouse brewery space to express their passion for craft and fermentation. In short time, Wander has found a strong following as well with high accolades including medals at both the Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup®. A small, family-run team, Wander Brewing produces traditional styles in addition to blurring the lines of mixed fermentation, blending, and barrel aging through its barrel-aging and coolship projects.