Summer Happenings in the Ham


By Michelle DeLong / Photos by Jennifer Irwin

Melvin Brewing’s Bellingham brewpub, aka Melvingham, embraces the madness and makes it their own. Big things are happening on the real West Coast this summer (Melvin isn’t just about Wyoming) so let’s get you up to speed.

New GM, Who Dis?

We’ve happily hired a shiny new general manager, Denise Irey. Born and raised in Bellingham, Irey has a background in marketing and PR and is bringing a community-based mindset to the table. She is spearheading an ongoing summer partnership with local nonprofits, to start, and wants her beloved community to see Melvin the way she sees it. Irey explains,

My vision for Melvin in Bellingham is the development of a healthy, positive and fun partnership with our neighbors and local businesses. As a Bellingham native, I’m committed to this community… when we all work together, everyone wins. That’s how Bellingham rolls!”

Yeah, we picked a good one alright. Welcome to the Melvin family Denise!

Drink Up and Give Back

Beginning July 1st, Melvingham will partner with a new local nonprofit every week, chosen based on their community involvement and suggestions from our regulars and employees. You’ll be able to pick between two rotating $3 beers each week at our brewpub, and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these beers will go towards the featured nonprofit. This is more than a fundraiser, it’s a partnership: Melvin will act as a platform for each nonprofit to self-promote and raise awareness.  Melvin has a long history of community involvement in Wyoming, so it’s only natural that the Bellingham location would follow suit and make it their own. Melvingham is, of course, part of the Melvin brand (duh) but it’s also a local business that employs community members and has a lot of love for local nonprofits. Here’s the list of participating nonprofits by the week, so you can scoot on in to the Bellingham brewpub and enjoy a $3 beer for the righteous cause of your choice (check our facebook page for updates).

July 1–7 Animals as Natural Therapy uses the power of pooches to heal veterans and at-risk youth

July 8–14 Meals on Wheels / Whatcom Council on Aging hooks up the aging population with nutritious food, counseling, and social events

July 15–21 Brigid Collins Family Support Center works to end the child abuse cycle and cares for the community’s children

July 22–28 Rebound Whatcom County brings hope to families in crisis who have suffered from trauma

July 29–4 Whatcom Humane Society cares for domestic, farm, and wild critters in Whatcom county


Oh Hey, Fairhaven, Nice to Meet Ya

This past May saw the opening of a brand spanking new taproom in nearby Fairhaven. This July, we are even makin’ it official in a ribbon cutting ceremony with the chamber of commerce.  Two taps will flow with beer made in our Mothership taproom in Alpine, Wyoming, and the other six will feature beer brewed right here in Bellingham. Some brews are tried and true Melvin staples and some are exclusive, experimental, and full of Bellingham flavor. We want the beer sold in Washington to be made in Washington, too, which is why we recruited a badass brewer, Dave Meadows, who’s already been hard at work making a name for Melvin in the PNW. Two of his beers, Tiger Style and Melixor Baltica, just took home medals at the Washington Beer Awards.

Look out for some dope artwork on the walls of the Fairhaven Taproom around July 27th, too, because we are participating in the art walk every 4th Friday of the month by featuring a new local artist.  

Save the Date

Delicious beer and gourmet grub are getting married on the third Tuesday of every other month, so mark your calendar for July 17th and witness some perfect pairings. The five course meal will feature menu items by head chef Drew Trepanier expertly paired with Melvin beers that bring out every flavor.  Check our facebook page for updates, bring a date, a friend, your mom–  impressive fine dining isn’t just for winos anymore. Turns out beer drinkers can flex their palates with the best of them.