Neal Tognazzini

About Neal Tognazzini

Neal splits his life between the classroom and the taproom. He has a PhD in philosophy and is an associate professor up at Western, where he teaches courses on ethics and critical thinking, but he is also a homebrewer, BJCP National beer judge, and Certified Cicerone®. When he’s not teaching, brewing, or judging, he’s probably discussing princesses and unicorns with his 6-year-old daughter. You can contact him at

Off-Trail Gems

  We truly live amidst an embarrassment of zymurgical riches, with over 20 imbibing locations listed on the Tap Trail map. But maps can never include everything, and while the locations listed on the Tap Trail map are certainly the brightest stars of the Bellingham beer universe, there are plenty of [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:04-08:00July 19th, 2018|

How to Manufacture a Beer Trend

  In principle, beer is incredibly simple: use hot water to coax sugars out of malted barley, spice with hops, and then let some microorganisms gorge themselves. But in practice, the wide variety of available malts, hops, and yeast strains means that brewers have nearly limitless opportunities for creativity and innovation. [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:09-08:00April 26th, 2018|

Beyond “Hoppy”: Describing the Flavor Range of American IPAs

  We tend to think of hops as one of the four essential ingredients in beer. But that just shows how modern we are: although people have been drinking beer for at least 5000 years, hops have only been a crucial part of the recipe since sometime in the 14th or [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:13-08:00February 15th, 2018|

Beer Scout Cookies

  The most glorious time of year has arrived. That’s right: it’s Girl Scout Cookie season. (Just in time for Lent! I think this year I’ll give up NOT gorging myself on Girl Scout Cookies.) It’s personal for me this year, because my very own six-year-old is peddling them. Her cuteness [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:13-08:00February 8th, 2018|

Brewery Building Backstories: Fairhaven Stones Throw

This is the second installment in our series on the history behind the local brewery buildings. What story do these buildings tell? Why did these brewers choose them as the location for their own stories? Previously we learned about Bellingham’s flagship brewery, Boundary Bay. Today we head south along the bay [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:15-08:00December 12th, 2017|

Brewery Building Backstories: Boundary Bay

The resurrection of craft beer – after its Prohibition-induced death – is still in the fairly recent past. Fritz Maytag bought Anchor Brewing Company in 1965, Jack McAuliffe started New Albion in 1976, and Sierra Nevada brewed its first batch of Pale Ale exactly 37 years ago, in November of 1980. [...]

By |2018-10-18T13:21:19-08:00November 11th, 2017|