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Tap Trail Craft Beer News

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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Bellingham’s Pack NW Enables You with the “Enabler”

  Tap Trail loves gadgets. Give them all to us. Keep innovating craft beer world and you’ll keep us happy. Pack NW, right here in Bellingham, WA has been making awesome packs and tailored pack goods right in our backyard. They make a litany of goods, including wallets, packs, totes …

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February’s Snapsontap Winner

  Our #snapsontap has been a hoot for our Instagram followers, not to mention a boon of beer-y goodness for its winners. This month’s winner took a snap that was fun, unique, playful, creative and featured a mostly drank beer from Menace Brewing. We just loved it! It was shot by …

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Victoria Beer Week: A curated week of beer

  Many of you know what Bellingham Beer Week is right around the corner, April 21-29. You may ask why we moved it to April. Well, take a look at who else in our region does awesome beer weeks in spring: Seattle, Portland, and Victoria, BC. We just wanted to …

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2016 craft beer sales end flat

  The Alcohol and Tabacco Tax and Trade Bureau just released it’s Beer Statistical Report of December 2016. The numbers show (full report below) that domestic production for December was down approximately 200,000 barrels. The total volume for 2016 was down about 2.3million barrels, or a drop of 1.3%. According to …

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These are the best beer bars in America

  Craftbeer.com held a poll to determine the best beer bars in America. This is what it’s readers determined as the list of the best beer bars around. Only one Washington State beer bar made it, Manito Tap House in Spokane. Never been there, but, clearly, I’ll have to make …

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Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference March 17-18

  Registration is open for the second annual Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference (PNWHC) March 17-18 in Vancouver, WA. The regional conference welcomes homebrewers from British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and beyond to expand their brewing skills through two days of educational seminars, networking opportunities and evening tasting events. The …

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Tap Roundup – 2/24

Our email list is the first to hear about new local brewery openings, breaking news, exclusive email list gear deals & general craft greatness. Infrequent and always full of beer. Sign up here. Pint Points There’s more than substantive rumors of a brewery or two in the works within Bellingham city limits. …

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Wander Belgo-American IPA

  Wander‘s new Belgo-American IPA is a clean, crisp, and refreshing beer. Don’t let the classic copper American IPA color fool you…the Wander production crew made this brew mild enough to crush but nuanced enough to sip and ponder. It’s got a creamy head that I wish lasted a bit …

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The highest rated brewery on UnTapped in every country

  As craft beer moves to a more digital presence we’re much more apt to quantify things and create lists. The always graphically wonderful VinePair release this awesome map for you to peruse. For the full zoomable map, go here.

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South Seattle Brewery Coalition adds to region’s “Ale Trails”

  Surprise! Thankfully for beer drinkers everywhere, we’re not the only “trail” for beer in the region. Ale trails, beer maps and many other iterations are thriving right now. They are found across the US, Canada and outside of North America, from little cities to big cities. The US now has …

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