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Taming wild terms: mixed-fermentation, 100% Brett, spontaneously fermented, Lambic, wild, sour, farmhouse

With the rise in popularity of mixed-fermentation beers, 100-percent Brett beers, spontaneously fermented beers and Lambics, wild ales, sour ales and farmhouse beers, the terms that define these beers get tossed around more and more. Some of these terms are used interchangeably, and some people interpret them differently, adding confusion. To [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:22:27-07:00June 17th, 2016|

Beer Style Profile: Lambic and Spontaneously Fermented Ale

No beer is more romantic or more connected to Mother Nature than Lambics and spontaneously fermented ales. These unique beers are defined by geography, techniques, ingredients and local microorganisms. Lambic is spontaneously fermented beer from Brussels and the Pajottenland region (also Payottenland) / Senne Valley (also Zenne) of Belgium. Lambic is more of [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:23:00-07:00February 11th, 2016|

Checking in with Garden Path Fermentation

Thirty miles south of Bellingham, Washington, where you find fresh air from the Salish Sea converging with alluvial soil and glacial water flowing from the rugged and volcanic North Cascades, a zymological wonder is in the works. It has taken more than a year, but Garden Path Fermentation has finally landed [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:18-07:00November 28th, 2017|

Méthode Traditionnelle attempts to define a growing category of American-made, Lambic-inspired beers

An increasing number of American breweries are making beers similar to Belgian Lambics using traditional methods, such as spontaneous fermentations, turbid mashes, long boils, barrel aging, etc., along with traditional ingredients such as raw/unmalted wheat and aged hops. Some are even blending one-, two-, and three-year-old batches, similar to Belgian Gueuze [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:20-07:00October 25th, 2017|

Rural Meets Urban: Atwood Ales Farm Brewery collaborates with Urban Family Brewery

There are all sorts of brewer collaborations these days, but the best ones happen naturally. (Isaac, Josh, and Rowan) After enjoying some Atwood Ales beers, Rowan Chadwick and Isaac Koski, co-head brewers of Urban Family Brewing, contacted Atwood Ales owners Josh and Monica Smith about collaborating on a beer. [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:26-07:00July 6th, 2017|

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 wife [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:36-07:00April 6th, 2017|

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 be [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:52-07:00December 2nd, 2016|

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 are [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:22:01-07:00September 29th, 2016|

Wander Brewing adds a coolship to its Barrel Project

Wander Brewing’s new coolship (an anglicized term from the Dutch/Flemish word, koelschip) may not be the sexiest-looking piece of equipment in the brewery, but it’s arguably the most romantic. This large, shallow and open stainless steel vessel will be used to make spontaneously fermented ales, similar to how they’re made by [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:22:17-07:00July 26th, 2016|
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