Five years after opening, the Chuckanut Brewery will begin a $ 2.5 million expansion for bottling and canning at their Port of Skagit, Washington facility, North of Seattle. A regular winner at the North American Beer awards and International Beer Awards the project will double the brewery’s footprint and increase production from 4,000 to 8,000 barrels a year. As with many other breweries they were stifled by Covid-19 and couldn’t keep up with the demand for packaged products. They expect to double their staff to a total of 35 once the expansion is complete. The owners said they routinely hire interns and staffers from the Skagit Valley College Craft Brewing Academy. The husband and wife team of Mari and William Kemper established the original brewery in Bellingham in 2008, and specialize in German-style beers.

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