A fun time was had by all at Bellingham’s 14th annual April Brews Day festival. We were there in full force along with some of the greatest breweries from all over the West Coast.

Setup began at 4:30, right when the last vendors from the Bellingham Farmer’s Market were packing up their kale stands. Stones Throw was nestled between our local friends Kombucha Town and Silver Moon Brewery from Bend, Oregon.

People lined up around the block to get in long before the doors opened. Once the event was in full swing, the Depot Market Square was brimming with beer fanatics in various levels of inebriation.

Sorry, kale, but you’ve never drawn a crowd like this.

One little thing was missing from the Stones Throw stand, and honestly, we were surprised anyone noticed.

We didn’t bring any beer.

A brewery with no beer? At a beer festival? Ludicrous, we know. But with our brewery still under construction, we could only offer our house made root beer and ginger ale. Frankly, more than a few people needed a break from all the stiff stouts and hopped up ales.

Plus, we got to do something we love while we were there, talking to the community and getting people excited for Fairhaven’s first brewery. We also assured everyone that next year we’ll be back with a full selection of brews.

But we weren’t just there for great beers, it was for a great cause as well.

The Max Higbee Center has been providing recreational activities for people with developmental disabilities in Whatcom County since 1984. They’ve been putting on April Brews Day since 2001, since then it has grown to include over 40 breweries from as far as San Diego and Hawaii.

We had a great time with the volunteers and everyone else involved with The Max Higbee Center. We’re lucky to have them part of our community, to learn more and donate to this great cause, visit http://www.maxhigbee.org/.