Our Space

Chuckanut Bay Distillery Before and After
Chuckanut Bay Distillery Tasting Room

Tasting Room

Chuckanut Bay Distillery Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating Area

Distillery Tour

Immersive Tours

Our Story

Chuckanut Bay Distillery began in 2011, the brainchild of Matt Howell and Kelly Andrews, longtime friends who share a passion for premium distilled spirits and challenging projects. After identifying a downtown Bellingham location, we set about obtaining the necessary federal, state, and local permits, building out the space, and procuring the necessary equipment. Two long years later, in late 2013, we debuted our first spirit, a potato vodka made from Skagit Valley grown Yukon Gold potatoes.
Chuckanut Bay Distillery co-owners Matt and Kelly
We didn’t have an electric grinder at that time, nor could we afford one. So Matt connected a bicycle frame to Kelly’s old apple grinder and proceeded to grind down over 13,000 pounds of potatoes. We’ve since retired the bicycle grinder (much to Matt’s relief), but you can see it if you come take the distillery tour.
Matt on bike grinding potatoes
Since then, we’ve broadened our spirit selection, won national and international awards, moved into a beautiful new space and enjoyed ourselves immensely throughout the process. We’re proud to count ourselves among the growing number of pioneering Washington craft distilleries.

Our Team