Chuckanut Bay Distillery

Chuckanut Bay Distillery, Bellingham: Hours, Address, Chuckanut Bay Distillery Reviews: 5/5

Chuckanut Bay Distillery
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12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Located in the heart of Bellingham, Chuckanut Bay Distillery is a must-visit gem in central downtown Bellingham. Chuckanut Bay Distillery painstakingly slow crafts award-winning spirits from agricultural products (wheat, rye, potatoes, corn, and more) grown within just a few miles of the distillery. Come by and enjoy a cocktail or tasting flight through our portfolio of spirits, including bourbon, whiskey, gin, vodka, coffee liqueur, and Krampus. Be sure to sign up for a guided tour to see our historic building and grain-to-glass process up close.
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klmfoster
Seattle, WA19 contributions
Jan 2020
My friends and I joined a group of 10 others to tour this unique space ~all while getting a lesson and tasting of some very fine spirits! I have lived in Bellingham for 26 years, and was thrilled to see this building open up to make space for an amazing artist (art with both the space, and the artisan distillery) Right downtown, so easy to miss ~ but don't!
Very friendly (and knowledgeable) tour guide and staff. we also bought a bottle of the bourbon. Can't wait for the gin to come out
Written January 29, 2020
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Thanks so much for coming by and checking out our new space. Gin is right around the corner - look forward to having you back!
Written January 30, 2020
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lmaill61
Stanwood, Wa.66 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
I found out more about distilling in a 45 minute taste and question session that i have known my entire life about spirits.
our host was polite, very knowledgeable and very good (great) at his craft. We tried all distillery products except one (they were out of) and all were top of the line product. this is the distillery you want to go to first if you have never been to one. Loved it. I ended up buying the coffee Liquor which seems to be a favorite. I have found the gin to be another favorite, this distillery gets it. they are not just pumping out a product they craft it. I felt each selection was award winning.
I can't recommend them enough. ask about the bike hanging from the ceiling.
Written January 31, 2016
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Thanks for sharing your experience in visiting the distillery, and I'm very glad to hear that you found it educational. That's what we strive for, along with some fun.... And we love having that old bike hanging from the ceiling better than using it to grind potatoes! :)
Written October 6, 2016
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Wklstoywife
Camano Island, WA2,451 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
We got there a little early to make sure we could find the place. Remember to enter through the alley...you will NEVER find it from the street. Matt was friendly and we walked around for a little while before the tour started. Matt went through the entire process from beginning to end. He is very passionate about what he does. They use local ingredients from Whatcom county and potatoes from Skagit County. While i must admit Matt lost me once we left the first room it was still a nice time. Did seem a little long to us though but there were some interesting questions for him and some people really understand a lot more. Then came the tasting and while most of the women there could not take the hard stuff by itself, we did enjoy the coffee liqueur and i also enjoyed the seasonal one. My husband had a great time, it was special for him for Father's Day. I would recommend this place. I am glad they support local farmers. Take a tour...think you might need reservations though...not sure on that.
Written June 25, 2016
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Hi, Wklstoywife. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience in taking the tour, and so glad to hear your husband enjoyed his Father's Day activity! We do indeed have a reservations system for the tours w/tickets available for purchase on our website.
Written October 6, 2016
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Paul Rains
1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Friends
Awesome spirits. Awesome people. A must visit for Bellingham. We went in just to try the spirits and enjoyed all of them, especially the whiskeys and Krampus.
Written November 28, 2018
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So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and the spirits you sampled. I, too, love the whiskey (particularly the bourbon, ideally with a large ice cube), and Krampus is tough to beat this time of year. I hope you'll come visit us in the new distillery in 2019. Will be interesting to contrast your two experiences!
Written November 29, 2018
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Christian S
Coquitlam, Canada25 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
We were down in Bellingham for the day, visiting from Canada.We'd seen a few review for Chuckanut Bay Distillery and thought it would be fun to visit. When we arrived at the distillery we were greeted by a friendly staff member, who welcomed us and asked if we wanted to taste the spirits.

What we didnt realize until about a few minutes in after getting a history of the place is one of the owners Matt was the one serving us. Matt gave us not only a history of this distillery but also where the dream, the passion and the vision for their products came from. We ended up trying their full product line and getting the back story about why different spirits were created the way they were.

On top of the amazing experience we had with Matt, the spirits are fantastic. We ended up buying two bottles to take back with us.

If you are in the area, or driving through I highly recommend stopping and enjoying this distillery. You will not be disappointed.
Written February 13, 2018
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Christian, thank you so much for your kind review. We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit, as well as the product. Hope you'll stop by and see us again, particularly once we're in the new space (should be November of 2018). Cheers!
Written September 14, 2018
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Donald J
Bellingham, WA865 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
Nice little distillery tucked in a back ally. Matt, one of the owners gives a great tour explaining their philosophy, goals and the way they make the different liquors with custom designed equipment. One of the few times I enjoyed drinking straight gin. Definitely worth a visit.
Written January 20, 2018
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Thanks for stopping by, Donald. Hope you'll come visit us at our new location on Cornwall Avenue once we get settled in!
Written September 14, 2018
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Carole H
Bellingham, WA85 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
Not only is the vodka, whiskey, and gin spot on, but the seasonal coffee liquor is to die for...wow, this young man seeks to build a reputation and following that is worth both his efforts and the pleasures gained by being one of his customers. Hidden away in the alley behind the famous Boundary Bay Brewery it is both funky and well crafted...
Written September 17, 2017
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Hi Carole - thank you for your kind words. Glad to hear that you're enjoying our spirits, and I hope you'll come visit us in our new spot once construction is complete!
Written September 25, 2017
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treerod1
Tacoma, WA422 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
I do like learning about new things, processes and history. This is the second distillery I've visited in the last six month (last Oct visited the Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery in Maui), Once again, I learned a lot. I spent a little over an hour at Chuckanut Bay Distillery and I totally enjoyed it.

The guide/ host was very knowledgeable and was very good at explaining his craft. After a brief instruction on how to sample/test a product, I tried a few of their products and frankly, I was impressed ... even with their Gin, which is not usually one of my favorite spirit.

When in Bellingham, do stop and take the tour.
Written March 16, 2016
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Thanks for coming to see us! I visited the Ocean Vodka Distillery in Maui as well, and really enjoyed seeing their operation. Love that they use the sugar cane grown right there for the vodka - always nice to be able to trace your spirit back to the agricultural product from which it comes. Come see us again some time!
Written October 6, 2016
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Fish_R_Kewl
Abbotsford, Canada7 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
The place was hidden from the main drag down a back lane. The tasting room was small, clean and comfortable. The experience was well worth the effort of finding the place. The guy that presented the samples obviously knew what he was talking about, was very friendly and I learned from him more than I ever thought I could about the creation of distilled spirits. The company supports local farmers and creates specialty flavours unique to the area. As others have already said, the coffee liquor was very good as was my favorite, Krampus with the taste of honey and hazelnut.
Written January 24, 2016
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Glad you found us! Hope you can make it back to try this year's batch of Krampus!
Written October 6, 2016
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Sarah D
Bellingham, WA1 contribution
Aug 2015 • Friends
I am a huge fan of Chuckanut Bay Distillery. Not only to do I love their product, but the people that work at and own the distillery are awesome! It's a fun location downtown right near a brewery. I live in Bellingham and always bring visitors here to check it out. Pop in and give them a try - you won't regret it!

Make sure to try their Potato Vodka and the Old Busker!
Written September 29, 2015
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Hi, Sarah. Glad to hear we're on your "to-do" list when showing folks around town. There are some awesome places to visit in Bellingham and it's nice to hear we're among them for you! Come see us again soon.
Written October 6, 2016
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Wed 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Sat 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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