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Tap Trail Craft Beer News

Draft Magazine’s Top 25 Beers of 2016

Angel of Darkness - Wicked Weed Brewing

  We’re nearing the end of 2016 and all the Top Lists are coming out. Tap Trail will have a list in the coming weeks, but while we’re compiling all the goodness, we’ll continue to provide you with the nation’s top beers. Draft Magazine released it’s Top 25 Beers of …

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The $20,000 Beer Served in a Squirrel


  Yeah…I’m not particularly fond of this, but it’s definitely…intriguing(?). BrewDog is releasing its beer, “The End of History”, served in the carcass of a grey squirrel and is not only the most expensive beer in the world, it’s the strongest at 55% ABV. The brewery teamed up with a …

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Here’s what’s in the #snapsontap gift basket


  We’re offering you a chance to win a $100 craft beer gift basket from Elizabeth Station, courtesy of Tap Trail. All you need to do is snap a photo, post it to Instagram or Facebook and tag with #snapsontap. Best photo by 12/12 wins. Here’s a rundown of what’s …

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Aslan to open a new barrel aging & tasting room in downtown Bellingham


  Correction: The article previously stated Austin of Aslan was introducing “yeast cultures” that’s, clearly, not true. Editorial regrets the error. Aslan Brewing is one of the Northwest’s hottest craft breweries. And while they are burning hot, they aren’t burning without direction or purpose. Jack, Frank, Pat, Boe and the …

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A visit to Anacortes’ newest brewery, Bastion Brewing Co.


With all the new breweries opening in Bellingham and across the country, it’s easy to forget that this growth isn’t occurring in every city. Anacortes is one example, which, until recently, has had just one brewery for many years. The Anacortes Brewery (at The Rockfish Grill), which opened in 1994, …

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Chuckanut Brewery Taps Special Lagers for the Holidays


  Press Release It’s not often that a small craft brewery can say they have Marzen Lager and Baltic Porter for the holidays. But November is a lucky time to be drinking some great Chuckanut beers with these two special craft lagers on tap in the Pacific NW. Both beers …

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Bellingham-Area Brewery Timeline


  I’ve heard some say that Bellingham has hit it’s peak of brewery capacity. Others say we can easily fit a few more. We recently had our first brewery project stop efforts to open because of lack of funding. So what does the landscape look like now? I wanted to take a …

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The Winner of Bellingham’s Best Beertender Award is…


  If anything was learned from the 2016 Bellingham Best Beertender competition, it’s that you all LOVE your beertenders. There were thousands of votes cast over the last month for dozens of Bellingham’s beertenders. We had new faces and old faces compete and campaign for the throne. All of them …

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Off-leash dog bar opens in Fairhaven


  I don’t own a dog. I probably never will. I have a kid and they are enough work. That being said, many of you have dogs and I know many (all of you?) drink beer. There’s plenty of places on the Tap Trail that allow you to have dogs …

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Subdued Brewing halts efforts to open


  On Friday afternoon we received an email from Dave Morales of Subdued Brewing Company announcing that the team will be halting efforts to open the brewery in the Gifford Grocery on Elm St. Subdued Brewing would have added to the incredible number of breweries that have opened up in …

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Tap Roundup – 10/20

Stones Throw Tent

Our email list is the first to hear about new local brewery openings, breaking news, exclusive email-list-only gear deals & general craft greatness. Infrequent, not annoying, always full of beer. Sign up here. Pint Points Make sure to vote in the finals of Bellingham’s Best Bartender Stone Brewing laid off ~75 employees, …

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Chuckanut Brewery’s South Nut Officially Open


  Well, most of you have known for a while, but it’s not official until the press release. Chuckanut Brewery, has officially opened it’s second brewing facility in Skagit County. We reported on this back in November of 2015 when they had just broken ground. The new brewery is open at 11937 …

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AB InBev Purchases Home Brew Supply Company


  AB InBev’s craft beer arm, ZX Ventures, has stepped into the homebrewing business with it’s purchase of Northern Brewer Home Brew Supply and Midwest Supplies. In February 2015 AB InBev started ZX Ventures group, with the intent of investing in high end and non-traditional areas of the craft beer …

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The Craft Beer Storm Guide


  A storm’s a brewin’ in the northwest. We know how important it is to be prepared as a craft beer drinker for this potentially record breaking deluge and wind coming on Saturday. We also know there are reports that this storm might not pack the punch that it was reported …

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Stone Brewing’s Official Statement on Layoffs


We reported today that Stone Brewing, one of the largest craft breweries in the US, laid off a substantial number of employees today. It turns out the market and slowing growth is a factor. The brewery, has released it’s official statement below: Due to an unforeseen slowdown in our consistent …

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Stone Brewing reportedly lays off 75 employees


  UPDATE: Stone’s Official Statement is here. This is a developing story, but it sounds like Stone Brewing has laid off “dozens” of employees. Stone recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary and has yet to follow the route of so many breweries that have been bought out by larger breweries or …

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Texas church says craft beer is the devil


  I’ve heard craft beer called many things. Well, a church in Texas has decided that craft beer is the devil and, in true counter-fashion, a craft taproom has offered $1 off every beer for every print out of the ad that is brought in. From Imperial Taproom’s Facebook Page: …

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New Video on the Startup and Culture of Wander Brewing


  Wander Brewing has taken Bellingham, the region and the nation by storm since they opened in the spring of 2014. Since then Chad and Colleen have offered not only incredible beer, but a place where our community can create culture and connectivity. Checkout their new video that was put together …

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2016 GABF Roundup, winners from WA & B’ham

Photo © Brewers Association

  In its 30th year of competition (35th year of the festival), the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) awarded 286 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the U.S., plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur homebrewers paired with professionals. In a ceremony on Oct. 8 at the …

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