The Tap Trail keeps kicking out amazing breweries. We keep making list after list and they are often considered some of the best in the region, if not the countryDid you hear of the slew of awards they just won at the North American Beer Awards? Take notice craft beer world, Bellingham is a #BeerTown!

To add to this gluttony of applause, both Aslan Brewing and Chuckanut Brewery were added to Thrillist’s “Best Breweries Outside of Seattle.” Huge congrats to both for their continued success!

Aslan Brewing Co.

Forget everything you thought you knew about brewpubs: big windows, lots of greenery, and a great view of the entire operation make an ideal venue to showcase innovative beers such as the Disco Lemonade (Berliner weisse) and the Gargoyle Fresh Hop. Pair those with food that doesn’t fit the mold (Mexican-style corn on the cob, waffle fry poutine, and a bison burger) and it’s a change (for the better) from the classic brewpub.

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen

Clearly the beer is good: this is the only brewery outside of the Seattle area to make our experts’ list of the 13 best breweries in the state, but with its focus on local foods (and an entire locavore menu), it has an equally solid approach to its hummus wrap, mac ‘n’ cheese, and signature bread pudding.