BELLINGHAM (April 26, 2023) — WECU has partnered with District Brewing to create Vault ’36, a beer that will benefit Max Higbee Center through the donation of $1 from every pint sold at District locations. The beer will debut at April Brews Day, a fundraiser event for Max Higbee Center which WECU is the Title Sponsor.

“This partnership with District Brewing for April Brews Day and the charitable component of the beer makes a lot of sense,” said Kent Bouma, VP of Business Banking at WECU. “District Brewing is a member business of WECU, so we love promoting them. Plus, having a WECU-themed beer, which patrons can taste at April Brews Day, an event that we’re sponsoring, makes our presence at the event that much more authentic.”

The beer was brewed at District’s Mount Vernon location. Members of WECU’s business banking team, including Bouma, were involved in the brewing process.

Vault ’36 is a new recipe from District Head Brewer John Kochendorfer. The light and fruity IPA was crafted with the attendees of April Brews Day in mind. The name is a nod to WECU as a financial institution and the year the credit union was founded – 1936.

“We’ve done some other collaboration beers but this one is special,” said District Brewing Owner Mark Shintaffer. “WECU has been with us since we opened our first brewery in Mount Vernon. We appreciate our ongoing partnership with WECU and are excited to bring this beer to April Brews Day.”

About WECU

WECU is a credit union based in Bellingham, Washington. Founded in 1936 as Bellingham Teachers Credit Union, WECU provides contemporary banking products and services to more than 150,000 individuals and businesses. WECU manages over $2.5 billion in assets and employs approximately 425 dedicated professionals.

Media Contact:
Keith Mader, Program Manager PR & Content at WECU, 360-756-7694,