Scot White & Jeff Lazzari worked together in the food & beverage Industry for a few years & have maintained a friendship more than 15 years since first working behind the same bar. For decades, Scot had been an avid homebrewer, and starting in the 2010's his brewing started to become an obsession. It wasn't too long before that obsession became an idea to open his own brewery, and the idea for Fringe was born. Scot knew there was only one man to partner up with, and that man was Jeff, who was equally obsessed...with drinking beer.
While hanging out with some brewers back east, Scot told them about his plans to open his own brewery. When they asked where it would be, he told them where Bellingham was located, and about the great craft beer scene in Whatcom county. "That's way out on the Fringes of society" they commented, and the seed was planted; Fringe Brewing: a brewery named for it's location at the very edge of the continental U.S. and the outskirts of the Bellingham beer scene.
With all the great craft breweries in Bellingham, and their love for Whatcom County, Scot & Jeff knew it was the place to open their brewery. However, with so many breweries already in Bellingham they decided to look look outside the city. Ferndale, with its close-knit community and growing population seemed like the ideal spot to establish the new business, and a new hub for the community... and so, the location was determined.
Once Ferndale was chosen, the location was found in Ferndale's old downtown. The building on 3rd and Alder Street was once the Post Office, then the Library & then the Police Station. It had ties to the community & the next logical use was a Brewery. Scot & Jeff signed the lease and spent a year repairing the building, constructing the production area, and creating a tasting room for the citizens of Ferndale to enjoy. On March 19, 2019 Fringe Brewing officially opened its doors, and the rest is history.
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