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Pico introduces less expensive Pico C brewing appliance

Pico has recently introduced its new Model C brewing appliance, which builds on the technology created for its big brother, the Pico Model S (and its even bigger brother, the Zymatic). The company says this new machine is easier to use and more affordable. As of today (5/9/17), nearly $1.7 …

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Another craft brewery acquisition, and why it’s upsetting

  It happened again. AB InBev acquired yet another craft brewery. I know, shock of the century. Except, this time it was the highly praised and respected Wicked Weed Brewing of Asheville, N.C., and it nearly broke the internet. After reading hundreds of comments from various sources, the same arguments, …

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Chuckanut & Cloudburst Tap Nut Burst Collaboration

Press Release Chuckanut Brewery and Cloudburst Brewing are good brewing friends with lots of respect for each other’s expertise in the brewing field. ‘Nut Burst’ is a collaboration lager made at Chuckanut Brewery that’s got a creamy white head and tropical fruit notes with an ABV of 6%. This delicious …

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Washington Largest Brewery, Redhook, to close brewhouse

  Redhook Brewery is almost as synonymous with Northwest craft beer as Rainier and, well, maybe craft beer itself. It’s ESB was ubiquitous across in grocery stores aross the Northwest and the region. It was announced today in the Seattle Times that Redhook will be closing its 220,000bbl. It’s likely …

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Anheuser-Busch looking to make Wicked Weed Brewing 10th craft brewery acquisition

  2017 is quarter old and AB InBev is at it again with the announced purchase of Wicked Weed Brewing out of North Carolina. The proposed purchase won’t happen until it gets regulatory approval. In a press release, Wicked Weed co-founder Walt Dickinson expressed excitement for the potential acquisition. We …

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BBW17 was one for the books

  The results are in and Bellingham Beer Week 2017 was absolutely sensational. This year’s events were the most varied, well organized, thoughtful and reflective of our craft beer culture. Everything from Kulshan’s Beer Olympics, to Boundary Bay Brewery’s Cedar Dust Alley, to Aslan’s Cornhole Championship, to everything in between …

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The ever-evolving IPA and its many variants

By far, the India Pale Ale is the most popular style of craft beer, and I don’t see its status changing anytime soon. Every so often, another critic claims this hop-craze “trend” will fade, and that it will be replaced by the rising popularity of light lagers or the surge of …

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Beer Review #69 — Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee IPA

  Oxymorons. What are some that you know well? Cruel kindness, disgustingly delicious,  busy doing nothing. There are a few out there, but how about this one, coffee IPA. Two seemingly contradictory terms colliding in one unassuming can. Hotbox Coffee IPA comes to us courtesy of Longmont, Colorado’s Oskar Blues …

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Spring beer dinner inside Chuckanut Brewery

  Chuckanut Brewery has world class lagers. This is known. They also have incredible food. Follow them on Facebook and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about. Even better, stop in and grab a bite. So much of their menu is locally sourced. I recently had the tuna poke …

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Celebrate nine days of craft beer in Bellingham

  Nine days of Bellingham Beer Week starts on Friday, April 21st. Seems like a lot of days, doesn’t it? When you take a look at the Bellingham Beer Week events calendar, you might rethink that. There are more than 50 events spread across 9 days. Even with a well …

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Tap Roundup – 4/14

Our email list is 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 Wander Brewing releases it’s Melvin Brewing Imperial Red collaboration today. Limit is one case per customer. Chuckanut dropped us …

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Tap Roundup – 4/7

Our email list is 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 It’s National Beer Day! Raise a pint of beer…to beer, I guess. It’s basically like every day for you, …

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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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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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