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      Oxymorons. What are some that you know well? Cruel kindness, disgustingly delicious,  busy doing …

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Tap Roundup – 1/12

Pint Points Wander Brewing announced its third can release, Shiny Objects Double IPA. It’ll be available on 1/19 Structures Brewing announced the release of its second can, Fuzz. Same as it’s previous Fuzz can. BUT it’s double dry hopped. $14 for 16oz four packs. Available on 1/14 Structures Brewing also …

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Tap Trail Gift Guide

  We know you have a special someone to buy things for this season, so we’ve compiled a list of Tap Trail gifts from our breweries and beer bars. Flip through the list below, grab your Passport and head down down for a pint to grab them! Tap Trail Biker T’s …

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Reflecting on 2016

  Intro from the Editor Tap Trail is proud to have been apart of Bellingham’s best year of beer. And not just “more” beer. 2016 was the year Bellingham became the Beer Town it had always wanted to be. Collaborations, awards and events rounded out a town that evolved to …

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Gadget allows you to drink in public easier

  We don’t approve of drinking illegally in public, but if one were being a jerk and wanted to cause problems, you might look into getting a Trinken, The Ultimate Stealth Koozie. The Kickstarter campaign for this project allows the drinker to attach a coffee cup lid to the top …

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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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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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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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Wander Brewing’s Cascade Coolship Fresh Hop Ale

  As we continue through Fresh Hop season, we are starting to see some of the different results being obtained by our local breweries. Today we visit one of Wander Brewing’s Fresh hop beers, Cascade Coolship. We’ve discussed the classic Cascade hop before, as it’s one of the most common …

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Recommended reading for beer enthusiasts, pro and home brewers: ‘Brewing Local’ by Stan Hieronymus

The latest book from Brewers Publications, Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer, examines the increased demand for locally brewed beers as well as beers made with “non-traditional” ingredients. Author Stan Hieronymus chronicles the history of how distinctly American beers came about, visits farm breweries, and forages for both plants and yeast to discover how brewers …

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Beer Review #52 — Double Mountain The Divine 9th Anniversary Ale

  Welcome back again to another sip on the Tap Trail Reviews. We’ve just conquered yet another epic Bellingham Beer Week. Replete with numerous stellar beers, familiar faces, new friends, and many memories to add to the logbook. To decompress and celebrate a bit I wanted to go for a …

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Whatcom Women in Beer

  Whatcom Women in Beer is a coalition of females from various breweries in Whatcom county. WWiB has a goal of helping women who are interested in the beer industry, in whatever role interests them, gain the education and opportunities needed to pursue their dreams. The beer industry has many facets, but there …

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On the sour ale surge

I’ve been thinking a lot about sour ales lately. Not only because I love to drink them and I love to make them (I currently have 8 different batches of sour ale fermenting right now), but because they’re exploding in popularity. Every time I visit Elizabeth Station, I find at …

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Brewers Corner – Sordid Tales Of A Bastard Brewer

  “Brewers Corner” is an opportunity for Bellingham’s brewers to write about anything they damn well please. They can rant about the industry, wax poetic on an obscure brewing topic, or just write about their favorite beer stuff. As you might expect, views expressed here are not necessarily those of Tap …

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