Beer says a lot about a person. Or so we’d like to think. Maybe beer is kind of like Bellingham’s own astrological sign. “Oh, she’s a stout person, uh?” “Your favorite beer is a Belgian wheat?!…hmmm…” Favorite beers represent not just one’s palate, but their experiences and personality. Beers remind of us favorite moments, reflect a period in our life, or just beers that we love.
Tap Trail is always trying to bring you the faces behind the beer you love. Tap Trail brewery owners and their brewers are members of this community and getting to know them means every pint you drink tastes that much better. With that in mind, I reached out to the brewers and owners of Bellingham’s breweries and asked,
“What is in your dream 6 pack?”
This six pack could be six different beers and could be from all over the world. There’s six spots in that pack. Fill ’em up!
Some breweries provided stories with their answers, some breweries provided answers from multiple brewers or employees and some answered a little tongue in cheek 😉
After reading through these, head on over to our forum and tell us what’s in your Dream 6 Pack.
Aaron Jacob Smith, Boundary Bay Brewery, Brewer
Bryan Krueger, Boundary Bay Brewery, Brewer
Bryan Cardwell, Chuckanut Brewery, Head Brewer
1. Big Wave, Kona Brewing Co.
2. Rohaus Tannenzäpfle
3. Augustiner Helles
5. De Dolle Oerbier
6. Allagash White
Frank Trosset, Aslan Brewing Company, Head Brewer
Wander Brewing, Chad Kuehl, Owner/Head Brewer
My immediate thought is beer that I have enjoyed while traveling and the beers that accompanied those adventures and experiences. Some dark, some malty, some light. For fancy domestic six packs I will just go to Elizabeth Station.
1. Laurentina Preta
2. Tui East India Pale Ale
3. Falcon Bayerskt
4. Beerlao Light
5. Primus Biere
6. Gorkha Beer
Kulshan Brewing, David Vitt, Owner
Some of Dave’s choices were a bit tongue in cheek. They mainly reflect some good memories for him.
4. Montucky Cold Snacks
5. Chuckanut Pilsner
6. Cariboo Lager
North Fork Brewing, Eric Jorgenson, Head Brewer
Erik provided some great personal insight into his picks!
1. GEUZE BOON!!It is so wonderful and impossible to find in Whatcom county. Super duper effervescent, musky and weird. I could be happy just smelling its insane bubbles….
2. Anything the Brewers at Midnight Sun in Anchorage are stoked on at the time.
3. The best fresh, crisp, bright, beautiful lager from CHUCKANUT! (Once again Brewers choice, I would probably go for Pils, but what do I know.)
4. Red cullin ale from Isle of Skye Scotland. I went to the brewery and drank this with the Brewers. Me: “I brew on a little 3 barrel in Washington also using open fermentation.” They looked at me confused as if there is no other way to brew. There were wood ladders leaning on these strange open fermenters. The reason this goes in my fantasy 6 was drinking it all night on cask in a magical tiny town called Applecross. It was the best beer drinking session I’ve ever had.
5. That first home brew!
6. 86′ Oly. It’s a long ass family story. Involving a load of characters and stories
James Alexander, Structures Brewing, Owner/Head Brewer
Rob Whitney, Menace Brewing, Brewer
1. Foundation Epiphany Double IPA
2. Founders Breakfast Stout
3. Russian River Sanctification
4. Cascade Barrel House Sang Noir (2012)
5. North Fork Kriek
6. Chuckanut Fest