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Structures Brewing Crypt Key

  Structures Brewing Crypt Key is a mixed fermentation IPA that simply blew me away. It was served in 10oz stemmed glassware and topped by a creamy white head. Crypt Key clocks in at 7% abv, has an orange-gold hue, and is moderately hazy. It’s an attractive beer in all …

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A visit to Atwood Ales’ farmhouse brewery in Blaine

I recently had the opportunity to visit Atwood Ales’ brewery in Blaine, WA, which sits on an idyllic, 5-acre farm that is less than 2 miles from the Canadian border – as the bald eagle flies. The brewery isn’t open to the public, but Atwood Ales owner/brewer Josh Smith and his …

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Gruff Brewing Co Blonde Ale

I finally had the opportunity to head down to Gruff Brewing Co’s taproom. What a beautiful space and location! The taproom is warm, comfortable, and open with exposed wood overhead, a massive flat screen TV, and two nice pinball machines. The outdoor area is dog friendly and offers beautiful westward …

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Beer Review #67 — Uinta Pit Stop Sour Apricot IPA

Happy Monday folks and welcome back for another Tap Trail Review. As it continues to warm, albeit slowly, I keep reaching for lighter and brighter offerings. Todays offering comes from Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing. Back in Colorado I would find myself consistently reaching for their flagship Hop Nosh IPA, …

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Tap Roundup – 3/27

Pint Points April 1st head to the Skagit Valley Malting Showcase, presented by Farmstrong Brewing! Chuckanut Brewery’s Brewer, Bryan Cardwell has left for opportunities with Pfreim Brewing in Hood River. Two weeks ago, Kulshan Brewery’s Head Brewer, Abe Ebert, left for other opportunities. Kulshan’s Christopher Noskoff left about a month …

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The state of Bellingham craft beer

  The national craft beer scene has peaked from its once unstoppable momentum upward. With over 5,200 craft breweries in operation, we’re entering a new era. The big movers in the market such as Stone, Sierra Nevada and many others, are slowing their volume, or even regressing. There have been layoffs and …

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Our beer options are exploding, and what it means

Two years ago, back when Bellingham had half the number of breweries that it does today, I outlined many reasons why I thought this city could sustain many more breweries. Even though Bellingham now has 10 breweries (with more in the works), plus a continuously expanding selection of beers from …

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Beer Review #66 — Hopworks Ferocious Citrus IPA

  Happy Spring folks! We’re officially out of Winter, at least as far as the calendar is concerned. The rain and cold may continue, but I wanted to reach for something bright and vibrant in hops of encouraging the weather to do the same. Hopworks in Portland is going through …

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Tap Roundup – 3/17

Our email list got this before you did! They’re the first to hear about new local brewery openings, breaking news, exclusive gear deals & general craft greatness. Infrequent and always full of beer. Sign up here. Pint Points New Tap Trail maps have been distributed throughout the Tap Trail. Go forth, multiply and …

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Boundary and Gruff collaborate for Bellingham Beer Week

  I woke up to one of my favorite things, a text from someone in our craft beer community. It was from Bryan Krug, Brewer at Boundary Bay Brewery. Krug said, “I have a tasty morsel for you!” OOOO! I love morsels. He went on to describe what can only be called …

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Wander Brewing releases collaboration with world renowned Willows Inn Restaurant

  I’ve been talking to Wander Brewing Owner Chad Kuehl about this collaboration for a week or so and I’m excited to see it come out today. It’ll be on tap at the brewhall when they open up at 12pm. “Willows and Wander.” Sounds like a pairing I could eat …

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Brewers Association releases list of 50 largest breweries of 2016

The Brewers Association (BA) – the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers – just released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 40 were craft brewing companies. …

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Menace Brewing American Wheat

Oh, how I love me some fragrant and brilliant American wheat ale. Been missing this kind of stuff since the Dude Man at another famous B’ham brewery stopped production. Enter our friends at Menace Brewing! Menace Brewing’s American Wheat is beautifully brilliant and golden, made with 50% each wheat and …

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Beer Review #65 — Fort George Suicide Squeeze Special Edition

Happy Monday! We’ve got a freshly released hoppy treat to sample today. Fort George has long been a staple in my fridge, their Three Way IPA is always a treat, Suicide Squeeze is one of their rotating IPA releases, along with Magnanimous, Overdub, and Fresh IPA. These beers are always …

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Unique beers in the plans at Gruff Brewing

Gruff Brewing is planning to use some interesting ingredients in upcoming beers. The brewery has made unique beers before, such as its pineapple hefeweizen, spiced imperial Belgian brown, and chocolate coffee stout, but it’s about to take things to another level. No, it’s not going to use odd or gross …

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Machine smashes glass bottles into sand in 5 seconds

  This is amazing and could be revolutionary for waste reduction in at bars and breweries that serve bottles. Every time we find a new gadget, we like it better than the last. Basically, this machine has a slot where you insert your bottle. A few seconds later, voila, sand. …

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Elizabeth Station and Structures Brewing teamup for Bottleshop Collaboration Project

  Bottleshops are the way we get exposed to so many new things and they keep our eyes on the horizon for what’s new in the craft beer world. They are sort of a sudsy cornucopia for you to peruse through. Elizabeth Station is one of the region’s premiere bottleshops, …

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The resurgence of light lagers

Decades ago, beer lovers began gravitating toward full-flavored craft beers (“micro” beers back then) while abandoning the likes of Miller, Coors, and Budweiser. The vapid light lagers that dominated the market at the time were essentially industrial products made with adjuncts (see the definitions at the end of this article) …

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Big Boots Brew Day: Stones Throw Brewery and Women in Beer

  Led with the help of Janelle Pritchard, Stones Throw Brewery is raising money for the Pink Boots Society and hosting a “Big Boots Brew Day.” A team of women in the local craft beer industry have collaborated on a beer recipe and will be brewed at Stones Throw Brewery …

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Update on Illuminati Brewing

You might have seen some of Illuminati’s posts on Facebook and wondered when the long-awaited brewery will be opening. Here’s a quick update. Illuminati Brewing (and Masquerade Wine) co-owner and Chief Fermentation Officer Bill Kimmerly told me all his paperwork is in, and that the opening date is ultimately in …

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