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 other [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:36+00:00March 22nd, 2017|

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. The [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:37+00:00March 16th, 2017|

Can Bellingham Breweries Collaborate and Challenge Each Other?

  Bellingham Beer / Credit: Heather Hulbert Bellingham's craft beer scene will always be one of collaboration and teamwork. We're seeing more beer collaborations between our breweries. I often see brewers drinking at other breweries and talking each other up. It's a beautiful thing. Bellingham's brewing community is a wonderful place for community [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:22:23+00:00July 8th, 2016|

The Portland Dilemma: Why an Excess in Breweries Does Not Equal a Craft Beer Community

The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect that of Tap Trail. In the world of craft beer, a question that always seems to pop up is, “How big is too big?” Whether we’re talking about a brewery’s production level or the number of breweries per city, there seems to be an [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:23:25+00:00December 11th, 2015|

U.S. brewery count reaches all-time high of 4,144, plus other beer news

Dec. 2, the Brewers Association announced that as of the end of November the U.S. had reached an all-time high of 4,144 breweries, topping the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873. “This is a remarkable achievement, and it’s just the beginning,” said Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association. [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:23:30+00:00December 3rd, 2015|

Attention All Indecisive Beer Drinkers

Correction - 3:00pm: The highly scientific process overlooked the fact that you can't bring kids into K2. You can ignore that and bring your kids if you want, but it probably won't work since it's illegal and stuff. ----------------------------------- So you want to grab a pint at one of Bellingham's local craft [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:27:35+00:00August 28th, 2015|