Chuckanut Brewery Breaks Ground On New Location

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Will and Mari Kemper have a long history in the craft beer movement, not only regionally but internationally. Prior to opening Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham in 2008 the Kempers traveled the world helping new brewpubs and breweries start up, from Turkey to Mexico and back again. Now it’s time for the Kempers to break ground on another, Chuckanut Brewery will start building on a new production facility neighboring the Skagit Airport at the Port of Skagit in the South Nut area. The current estimated grand opening of the South Nut location will be Spring 2016.

The current Bellingham brewery (now being designated Chuckanut’s North Nut location) will stay the same and be open to the public still, the current brewery set up will be used a R&D and for specialty beers. The South Nut location will primarily focus on larger brewing runs of their flagship beers and others, including their award-winning Kolsch and Chuckanut’s Pilsner.

The current location’s brewery has been brewing at maximum capacity (which is 2,500 barrels, equivalent to about 77,500 gallons of beer) and the search for a production facility large enough to withstand demand has been on-going for two years now. South Nut will have the maximum capacity to brew 13,000 barrels, or roughly 403,000 gallons of beer. With about 8,000 square feet in real estate and another 1.5 acres for future expansion,  Chuckanut Brewery will have a sufficient amount of space for brewing, offices, a new beer hall, an outside beer garden, retail keg sales, and bottled beer to go.

Chuckanut Brewery’s North Nut is located at 601 West Holly Street, Bellingham, WA.


Certified Cicerone®, Editor for New School Beer - Washington, she has been in the local beer industry for two years. Currently slinging beers at Stoup Brewing and is founder of the Seattle chapter of Girls Pint Out, member of Pink Boots Society, and contributor to Volume by Alcohol and Brewed For Thought.

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