Shipping container-constructed “Stones Throw Brewing Co.” opens in Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District
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Written by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism   
Monday, May 16, 2016 01:47 PM

After months of anticipation, Stones Throw Brewing Co. opened for business in April 2016, marking itself as Bellingham’s 10th brewery in operation. The name “Stones Throw” comes from the idea that its Larrabee Avenue location is the “closest pint to adventure.” Just a “stones throw” away from the Interurban Trail, Boulevard Park, downtown Bellingham, and Chuckanut Drive, the venue appeals to beer lovers and adventurists alike. Stones Throw is owned by Jack Pflueger and Tony Luciano, the latter of whom is also the brewer.

“Our mission is to craft quality beers for a culture that embraces the passion, adventure and beauty of the Pacific Northwest,” the Stones Throw Brewing website says. “We aim to foster a greater sense of community in the pursuit of stronger social and environmental responsibility.”

Stones Throw is Whatcom County’s first commercial shipping container project. There are over two million unused shipping containers in the U.S. and the Stones Throw owners repurposed some of them in their sustainable building design. Stones Throw joins a very short list of shipping container restaurants, which also includes the Container of Food restaurant at Ska Brewing in Durango, CO and 40FT Brewery in Dalston, East London.

Stone’s Throw was built from three 20-footer and one 40-footer shipping containers, which had to be lowered into place very carefully. See how it happened in this video. The 7-barrel brew house, grain room, fermentation vessels and restrooms are in the containers, while the deck is on top of one. The bar itself, featuring refrigerated cup holders, is made from two huge pieces of scrap steel once part of a bridge near Mt. Vernon. Stones Throw also features a beer garden, fire pit and upstairs deck. The Taproom is dog and kid friendly. Customers can order snacks at the bar or bring in food from other restaurants.

Special brews include but are not limited to; Flat Penny Pale Ale, 4.8% ABV, 63 IBU; Blanchard ESB, 5.2% ABV, amber and balanced malt/bitter; Two Dollah Porter, 5.5% ABV, 18 IBU, named after the Two Dollar Trail in the Chuckanut Mountains, mellow and smoky; and the Hose Blend, 5.0% ABV, taken from the hose leading from the fermenting vessels to the bright tanks. Half of one batch goes into a keg, and then it’s filled up with the next one.

The 6.3% ABV Neighborhood IPA, known as Stones Throw’s flagship beer, will be renamed the Nookie IPA in honor of the Madam of Larrabee Avenue from Fairhaven’s saloon days. Stones Throw was built on the site of former the brothel “The Palace” run by Miss Annie Boston. A popular attraction in Fairhaven is the Bellingham Bureau of Investigation’s “Sin & Gin” tours led by guides in period clothing.

“We raise a glass to Bellingham’s questionable past, and one of the best damn places on the Earth,” the Stones Throw Brewing website says. “Miss Annie will be remembered always at Stone’s throw.”

Stones Throw is a unique venue where locals and guests can rest after outdoor adventures and appreciate the charm of historic Fairhaven.

For more information about Stones Throw Brewing Co., visit their website, or contact the owners at [email protected] or (360) 462-5058.

Press contact:
Annette Bagley, Director of Marketing
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
[email protected]
(360) 671-3990 ext.18