Drink Local First

Summer refreshments are abundant.




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What’s Sasquatch sippin‘ on these days? Well, if our mysterious and furry friend is anything like us, they’ve got no shortage of options! From coffee to cocktails to kombucha, follow along on social media to find Sasquatch at locations throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County that offer delectable summer refreshments and find out how you can Drink Local First at home, too.



Relaxing with the Chuckanut Reader from Village Books

Sasquatch loves local drinks in the summer!

Celebrate with local beer, coffee, and cocktails

Celebrate Bellingham craft beer with Tap Trail – your passport to amazing local beers, ciders, breweries, and tap houses!
The guide map to all the best breweries and tap houses can be found at any over 38 stamp locations as well as local hotels and visitor centers! Grab one and hit the trail, collecting stamps you can trade for rewards along the way!

Coffee Crawl!

A joint project between Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism and Sustainable Connections, the Coffee Crawl on the Think Local First Passport encourages visitors and locals alike to support local coffee shops, earn points, and win prizes!


Pair local distilleries with fresh fruits, berries, and vegetables, and you have a recipe for deliciousness! Spirits from Probably Shouldn’t Distillery, Bellewood Farms, and Terramar Brewstillery are the perfect ingredients to mix with local berries from Upick farms and vegetables from local farmers markets.

11 ways to drink local first this summer

After all your activities in the sunshine, you’re probably feeling a little… thirsty! Sasquatch certainly is after they spent the morning tromping through the secret forests in the Mount Baker Wilderness. Post-hike, Sasquatch heads to one of the many spots throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County that offer delectable summer refreshments. From cocktails to coffee – we’ve rounded up 11 of Sasquatch’s favorite local drinks you need to try this summer.  


Plastics Free July

Join the Plastic Free July movement and bring your reusable mugs and growlers to fuel up on java, beer, and more!


Recipes to help you Drink Local First at home

When you you find yourself with berries bursting out of every bowl on your counter
The *royal wedding* of sweet and savory. Full of spirit (but alcohol-free!)
Tomatoes nestle in among spicy peppers, fresh greens, and ruby-hued beets.


Gin and Tonic Cucumber Cooler

Cucumbers are summer classics and lucky for us, local farmers have plenty to share
Uses ingredients that might otherwise head to the compost or even the *gasp* trash

Show your local love

Show your love of local with custom “Think Local First” and “Drink Local Frist” Merch! Suuuuper soft cotton-polyester blended fabrics are sure to keep you comfortable and stylish! Don’t need another tee shirt or mug, but still want to support local? Consider a Think Local Frist donation, gift card, or browse our online directory of locally-owned businesses before running to that big box store or ordering from an online giant.

Whatcom County’s Think Local First eGift Card has many of your favorite retailers, restaurants, services and entertainment in one place. Use the Think Local First gift card at any participating location in Whatcom County — there is truly something for everyone!
How does it work? Choose your recipient and send your gift card via email or text message. The recipient can use it to make purchases at participating businesses.

Many Thanks To Our Think Local First Sponsors and Partners: