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Brew Corner: For Dads

Not all Dads enjoy a cool, sudsy brew – but many do! This Father’s Day treat the dads in your life to quality beer by seeking out these local brews in the Skagit Valley Food Co-op:

Premium Lager

5% alcohol by volume ~ 12 IBU ~ Kulshan Brewing of Bellingham, WA ~ $7.49 per 6-pk cans ~

With nostalgic packaging and smooth, crisp flavor, Kulshan’s Premium Lager is a “Dad beer” for the modern age. It’s crystal clear and light straw in color.

This craft brew tastes like a classic domestic beer – with a crisp carbonation, subtle grain flavor and light Mt. Rainier hop aroma. Kulshan Lager is one of our most affordable local brews, and is made from quality Cascade water, local hops and malts.

Pair it with: burgers & sweet potato fries / baked coconut shrimp / pepperoni pizza

Boundary Bay Fielder’s Choice Ale

5.1% alcohol by volume ~ 35 IBU ~ Boundary Bay Brewing of Bellingham, WA ~ $9.99 per 6-pk 12 oz cans ~

Summer nights at the ballpark have been a tradition for Boundary Bay since the partnership with the Bellingham Bells Baseball Club began in 1999. Now you can celebrate community with a fresh, new canned beer, brewed in support of the Bellingham Bells. Fielder’s Choice is an approachable, mildly hopped golden ale.

Made from a balanced blend of 2-Row Pale, Pilsner and Honey malts with Lemondrop, EXP 04190 and Saaz hops. Just add Boundary’s proprietary yeast strain and clear water from Lake Whatcom Watershed and you’re set. Fielder’s Choice is a smooth drinking ale, with a touch of citrus zest and light floral hops. Pick up a 6-pk, root for the home team and crush a few with Dad!

Pair it with: falafel sandwiches / pulled pork nachos / fried green tomatoes with pink chili sauce

Maiden the Shade India Pale Ale

6.8% alcohol by volume ~ 72 IBU ~ Ninkasi Brewing of Eugene, OR ~ $9.49 per 6-pk 12 oz bottles ~

Folks in the Pacific Northwest (and elsewhere) enjoy IPAs year-round. Keep the hoppy vibes going with Maiden the Shade, a “summer” India Pale Ale release from Ninkasi Brewing. It showcasing an impressive balance of eight hop varietals with delicate malting. A lively bouquet of Summit, Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus, Crystal, Palisade, Amarillo & Magnum hops help make Maiden Shade a bold yet drinkable IPA.

Robust yet not overwhelming, Maiden the Shade pink grapefruit and pineapple. This brew carries a Northwest spirit – it’s made from Yakima and Willamette Valley hops and water from Cascade mountain-fed, volcanic filtered McKenzie River.

Pair it with: fish tacos / savory herb French toast / caramel apple tart

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.