Wander Brewing

The second brewery I visited with my brother before he moved away from Bellingham was Wander Brewing. Located in a large, open-floor warehouse with a vaulted ceiling running the length, it kind of has a cathedral feeling to it, with the mash tun and kettle and the raised platform in between right where the altar would be. A good-sized seating area and a patio with food trucks give Wander a pretty cool overall vibe.

the view down to the Wander altar-- i mean, brewhouse

Hand-made taster boxes at Wander Brewing — Bellingham, WA

    Rob’s Picks

  • Warehouse Farmhouse – 5.7% – Saison. Light and smooth. Light on the funk. Some orange, some coriander, light lemon.
  • Belgian Brown – 6.9% – This might now be called Together Belgian Dubbel. Banana/clove start, then caramel and honey malts catch up.
  • Global Mutt – 7% – Coffee Baltic Porter. Coffee, some chocolate. Dry. Touch of citrus brightness.
  • Correspondent Foreign Extra Stout – 6.4% – Crisp citrus edge to roasty, chocolate, coffee malt mix. Touch of dryness. Very easy drinking.
    The Rest

  • Wanderale – 6.2% – Belgian Blonde. Banana/clove aroma and flavor, more on the clove side. Earthy hops and some bitterness. Slight rye spicy dryness.
  • Summertime Weizen – 5.2% – Some breadiness. Honey and lemon sweetness. Touch watery at the end.
  • Ramble On Roggenbier – 5.5% – Somewhat sweet, light banana/clove, caramel.
  • WA Uncommon – 5.5% – Smooth. Some caramel malt, some floral hops, and light lingering bitterness.
  • Belling-Hammer – 6.8% – Wee Heavy. Caramel malt and floral hops.
  • Shoe Toss – 7% – Rye IPA. Floral. Decent biscuit and caramel malts. Rye spice edge and some lingering bitterness.

They’ve been doing some barrel aging, but none of it was ready when I visited. Maybe next time I’m up there I’ll be able to get a taste of some of that. Just gotta have faith, right?

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