RateBeer Best Awards from year 2016 released

RateBeer has just released its last batch of competition results from its annual RateBeer Best Awards for the year 2016. “I'd like to raise a glass to the people who make the beer we drink,” says Joe Tucker, executive director of RateBeer. “These men and women are the artists, engineers, visionaries, [...]

RateBeer Best Awards from year 2016 released2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00

Kulshan Helps Raise Money for End of Life Care

  It feels good when our local breweries do good. And they do so much good. From donating beer to local events to donating money and time, they give so much. Kulshan Brewery is one of those very fine breweries. For the last four years they've teamed up with Whatcom Hospice [...]

Kulshan Helps Raise Money for End of Life Care2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00

Less Hype, More Hops: Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow celebrates strong, aggressively hopped beers

The fourth annual Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow kicks off tomorrow, Feb. 2, at Brouwer’s Café in Seattle, where you will find a whopping 32 Hop Mob beers on tap. Through Feb. 12, other Hop Mob events will follow in 8 western Washington cities, from Bellingham to Vancouver. This year, [...]

Less Hype, More Hops: Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow celebrates strong, aggressively hopped beers2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00

Bellingham Beer Week 2017: Come for the beer, stay for the beer

  Last year, Tap Trail took over Bellingham Beer Week. It was a grand affair. But we've set our sights high and intend to make it bigger, better an beer-ier. We want to knock on the regional doors of the Pacific Northwest, and beyond, and say, "Hey, Bellingham's craft beer rolls with the [...]

Bellingham Beer Week 2017: Come for the beer, stay for the beer2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00

Beer Review #59 — Stone | Marble | Odell Megawheat IIPA

Hello again all craft drinkers and advocates. We've got a fun one today that I was pleasantly surprised to see and find. We did a collaboration beer last week of Evil Twin & Westbrook's Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, which was quite good. Today we journey to the other side of [...]

Beer Review #59 — Stone | Marble | Odell Megawheat IIPA2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00

Beer Review #57 — Founders Breakfast Stout

  It's here, Founders Brewing has officially launched in Washington state! The core beers have been out for about two weeks now, and the specialty beers are just now starting to reach the market, move quickly because they likely won't last too long. Perhaps the most famed Founders beer is what we've [...]

Beer Review #57 — Founders Breakfast Stout2017-01-17T09:39:20-08:00

Holiday bottle releases from Boundary and Structures

  You've got 4 days to get your last minute gifts for friends and family...not to mention yourself. Lucky for you, you like craft beer and craft beer bottles make the perfect stocking stuffer, or extremely visually obvious wrapped gift. Even luckier, both Boundary and Structures Brewing are releasing bottles this [...]

Holiday bottle releases from Boundary and Structures2018-10-18T13:21:50-07:00

Celebrate Founders Brewing coming to Washington State at Elizabeth Station

  As craft beer expands, so too does the distribution arms of some of the nation's most established breweries. Following suit, Founders Brewing is finally making its way to the Pacific Northwest in early 2017. In 2015, Founders Brewing finalised selling 30% of it's company to the Mahou San Miguel group of Spain. [...]

Celebrate Founders Brewing coming to Washington State at Elizabeth Station2018-10-18T13:21:50-07:00

Structures Brewing: One year of fresh beer

  Structures Brewing is, without a doubt, one of Bellingham's most unique and prolific breweries. Since opening in December 2015, they have brewed over 60 different beers. That's more than 5 different beers, every single month. James Alexander, Structure's owner and head brewer, brought his style of northeast beers to Bellingham and we're [...]

Structures Brewing: One year of fresh beer2018-10-18T13:21:52-07:00

Beer Review No. 54 — Oskar Blues Barrel Aged TenFidy

  Welcome back to another installment of Tap Trail Reviews. We've taken some time off as we've been inundated with some awesome Fresh Hop beers. Some of my favorites were from Fremont, Fort George, Laurelwood, Skookum, and well, too many to name. This years crop was fantastic and the multitude of [...]

Beer Review No. 54 — Oskar Blues Barrel Aged TenFidy2018-10-18T13:21:53-07:00

Prepare to lose a friend over Wander’s next can release

  Wander Brewing's first canned offering, Googly Eyes Double IPA, was released in September during Bellingham Beer Week to rave reviews and copious cans consumed. Googly Eyes was was only available in Wander's taproom, both on tap and in cans. I bought a few of those sweet looking delicious four packs. [...]

Prepare to lose a friend over Wander’s next can release2018-10-18T13:21:53-07:00

Chuckanut Brewery Taps Special Lagers for the Holidays

  Press Release It’s not often that a small craft brewery can say they have Marzen Lager and Baltic Porter for the holidays. But November is a lucky time to be drinking some great Chuckanut beers with these two special craft lagers on tap in the Pacific NW. Both beers are [...]

Chuckanut Brewery Taps Special Lagers for the Holidays2018-10-18T13:21:53-07:00

The 2016 Bellingham’s Best Beertender competition is coming

  Bellingham Beer Week has wrapped up. The best beers were drank. The best memories were made. But a reminder: All those beers you drank, were poured by Bellingham's elite sud-slingers. These fine people not only know how to pour a beer, they know a lot about beer. But it's more [...]

The 2016 Bellingham’s Best Beertender competition is coming2018-10-18T13:22:02-07:00

Bellingham Beer in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival

  Check out Bellingham’s finest breweries as they visit the Crafty Fox in Denver on October 7th from 4:00 PM - close! Drink beer and win prizes! Joining Denver’s own Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Jackson Hole, Wyoming's Melvin Brewing will be 10 featured taps from Bellingham’s Aslan Brewing Company, Boundary [...]

Bellingham Beer in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival2018-10-18T13:22:04-07:00

Melvin + Wander Brewing Team up for Bellingham Beer Week

  In case you hadn't heard, Melvin Brewing, is coming to Bellingham. Yeah, it's kinda a big deal. They're opening a brewery in the Fountain District. We've been in touch with Melvin Brewing's Jeremy Tofte over the past several months. The brewery is not even in town and they are already [...]

Melvin + Wander Brewing Team up for Bellingham Beer Week2018-10-18T13:22:05-07:00

Tap Trail Presents the 5th Annual Bellingham Beer Week

  Press Release (Bellingham, WA) - The 5th Annual Bellingham Beer Week (BBW) runs from Sept. 9th - 18th. The event celebrates Bellingham’s exploding craft beer culture. Tap Trail, a craft beer media company, recently acquired BBW. The event is 10 days of craft beer appreciation in what has been called the [...]

Tap Trail Presents the 5th Annual Bellingham Beer Week2018-10-18T13:22:08-07:00

Wander and Kulshan Collaboration Celebrates Bellingham Beer Week

  Bellingham's brewers are putting out more and more product and the community keeps drinking. Each brewery has its own unique style and ambiance. So its a pretty special occasion when two of them decide to collaborate and create together. Dave Vitt, owner of Kulshan Brewing and Chad Kuehl, owner of Wander [...]

Wander and Kulshan Collaboration Celebrates Bellingham Beer Week2018-10-18T13:22:11-07:00

35th Annual Great American Beer Festival

  For the 35th year in a row, craft beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the premier beer festival and competition in the U.S. With 379,000 square feet in the tasting hall, an anticipated 60,000 attendees will have the opportunity to sample some 3,800 [...]

35th Annual Great American Beer Festival2018-10-18T13:22:17-07:00

Lagunitas Buys Stakes in 3 Breweries & Announces Opening in Portland

  Lagunitas is one of the hottest breweries in the US and it has extended that hot streak by purchasing stakes in 3 different breweries across the US. Those three breweries include Southend Brewery and Smokehouse in the historic section of Charleston, S.C., which will be rebranded as a Lagunitas brewpub; [...]

Lagunitas Buys Stakes in 3 Breweries & Announces Opening in Portland2018-10-18T13:22:24-07:00

Stone Releasing Two New Summer Beers

  ESCONDIDO, CA (June 6, 2016) – Once again resisting status quo, Stone Brewing is introducing two unique and highly anticipated summer seasonals. Both in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft at bars, restaurants and retailers where Stone beer is sold, Stone Citrusy Wit, a 5.3 percent witbier brewed with tangerine and [...]

Stone Releasing Two New Summer Beers2018-10-18T13:22:32-07:00

Beer Review #45 — Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2016

Welcome back again beer lovers, sippers, fanatics, dabblers, and dynamos. This past weekend saw one of six Beer Camp festivals come to Seattle. Complete with 100+ breweries from across the country, hundreds of beers. Good times were had. The culmination of this has been made available to nearly everyone through the [...]

Beer Review #45 — Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 20162018-10-18T13:22:33-07:00

Tap Roundup – 6/3

  It's been a heck of a week in Bellingham beer. New beers and brew news! As we hurtle towards an amazing weekend of sun don't forget to grab your Tap Trail map, and get your stamps. We've been getting social media messages from folks all around the region loving their passports. [...]

Tap Roundup – 6/32018-10-18T13:22:34-07:00

Aslan Celebrates Two Year Anniversary This Weekend

  I'm not sure I've seen a brewery like Aslan Brewing. Maybe it's because I've gotten to know the owners, the brewer, the servers and many of the good people that work there. They've weathered storms like few others in town and evolved into something Bellingham and their fans should be proud [...]

Aslan Celebrates Two Year Anniversary This Weekend2018-10-18T13:22:39-07:00

What Bellingham breweries will be pouring at April Brews Day

  It's a beautiful day to drink beer at April Brews Day. 50+ breweries, music and food all tied up in an awesomelocation. The Tap Trail team will be there and if you're wearing any Tap Trail gear we'll hand you a free key chain bottle opener. Sport your gear! Here's [...]

What Bellingham breweries will be pouring at April Brews Day2018-10-18T13:22:42-07:00

AleSmith Brewing Introduces Private Stock Ale, First Vintage Series Beer

  Alesmith is one of the finest breweries out of San Diego. They are constantly innovating and their newly announced Private Stock Ale is a testament to that. Elizabeth Station has lots of great AleSmith bottles and we're sure they'll be seeking this out as well. From their press release: ------------- [...]

AleSmith Brewing Introduces Private Stock Ale, First Vintage Series Beer2018-10-18T13:22:43-07:00

Wander Brewing to Release 2016 Wild Warehouse

  Wander Brewing's Wild Warehouse Barrel Aged Farmhouse Ale was judged the best barrel aged beer in the country in 2015 at the Great American Beer Festival. It's that good. It's released once every year and this year's event will be this Saturday, April 9th. When I spoke to Wander's owner, Chad Kuehl, [...]

Wander Brewing to Release 2016 Wild Warehouse2018-10-18T13:22:45-07:00

Tap Roundup – 4/1

April, you're looking GOOOD! This weather has me antsy for patios and pints. The number of beers released in the last week aren't as numberable, but there are some important notes to make on this edition of Tap Roundup. The Boundary Bay Brewery deck is officially open and it's glorious! I [...]

Tap Roundup – 4/12018-10-18T13:22:45-07:00

Tap Roundup – 3/25

  It's another Friday and it's looking like a beauty. My weather app says it's supposed to clear up right aroooound....happy hour!! Perfect time to get out and check these out. After work is also acceptable. We suggest grabbing that Tap Trail Passport and getting to work on stamping today! Alright, there's [...]

Tap Roundup – 3/252018-10-18T13:22:46-07:00

Merchant du Vin creates first annual Orval Day

This Saturday, March 26, devotees of Orval Trappist Ale will convene in bars across America to celebrate one of the world’s finest and most unique beers. Orval Day was created by Merchant du Vin, a Seattle-based specialty beer importer since 1978, and it will feature celebrations in many cities, including Seattle, [...]

Merchant du Vin creates first annual Orval Day2018-10-18T13:22:47-07:00

Fest of Ale: The Best Deal North of the Border

  Whether you’re a seasoned craft beer connoisseur or a craft brew newcomer you’re certain to find something new, exciting and fresh at the 2016 Okanagan Fest of Ale. The 21st annual Fest of Ale takes place in the waterfront city of Penticton BC April 8th  & 9th, 2016. The 2-day event features [...]

Fest of Ale: The Best Deal North of the Border2018-10-18T13:22:47-07:00

Tap Roundup – March 18th

Wander Brewing Cranberry Fruit Puncheon Cranberry Fruit Puncheon on tap today! Our puncheons were filled three months ago during the harvest with organic Washington cranberries fromStarvation Alley Farms and our rustic ale. Blood orange, black currant, berry jam, and subtle tanic notes! Read more about Wander Brewing.      North Fork [...]

Tap Roundup – March 18th2018-10-18T13:22:48-07:00

2016 BitterSweet 16 Competition Starts on March 17th

IPAs are driving much of the craft beer industry and dominates our growth. It's the most popular style on at any taphouse or brewery. So many layers to please the beer snob in all of us, yet so much aggressive flavors to please nearly anyone. Aaron Matson, owner of Copper Hog, Jay Gaunt [...]

2016 BitterSweet 16 Competition Starts on March 17th2018-10-18T13:22:49-07:00

Chuckanut Brewery Collaborating with Red Hook Brewery

  The Washington Beer Commission has announced a new festival taking place on April 22nd, Collaboration Fest. The name is pretty self explanatory: Submitted beers must be a collaboration between breweries. Washington State's Collaboration Fest isn't the first of its kind.  Colorado will host its third annual Collaboration Fest in March, which Food [...]

Chuckanut Brewery Collaborating with Red Hook Brewery2018-10-18T13:22:59-07:00

Promote Women in Craft Beer on March 5th

  Some argue that the lack of women in the craft beer industry is a because craft beer doesn't afford women the same opportunities as men. Tap Trail's own Ariana, has expressed her frustrations with being a craft beer lover in a male dominated industry. Society has sadly associated drinking beer as a [...]

Promote Women in Craft Beer on March 5th2018-10-18T13:23:00-07:00

Boundary Bay to Release its Hoppiest Beer. Ever.

  Janet (middle), Ed to her left and Boundary Brewer Aaron Jacob Smith to Ed’s left. In 2008 Boundary Bay Brewery submitted it’s Imperial IPA to a competition in the GABF called the Alpha King Challenge. The Alpha King Challenge is sponsored by the Hopunion Each [...]

Boundary Bay to Release its Hoppiest Beer. Ever.2018-10-18T13:23:00-07:00

Washington Beer Open House is Feb. 20th

  The Washington Beer Commission organizes some pretty awesome events to further the greatness that is #WABeer. Every year they promote the Washington Beer Open House. It's a one day event where the public is encouraged to get to know their local breweries better. Tours are a popular event during Open [...]

Washington Beer Open House is Feb. 20th2018-10-18T13:23:00-07:00

A Love Letter to the Bellingham Craft Beer Community

It's been said before how unique the Bellingham beer community is. In Bellingham, instead of competition between breweries, you’ll find support and genuine companionship. I have seen no greater example than my experience with H2O’s Bellingham Brewer’s Night Tap Takeover and Karaoke in Anacortes.   It’s 5:30 pm on Thursday. You’re [...]

A Love Letter to the Bellingham Craft Beer Community2018-10-18T13:23:02-07:00

Chuckanut’s Holiday Bock to be tapped soon

To celebrate the holidays and brighten up these dark days, the brewers at Chuckanut Brewery will be tapping a Holiday Bock this Friday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. Chuckanut’s Bock beer is a traditional lager that has been aged more than a month before being kegged. The long and cold aging [...]

Chuckanut’s Holiday Bock to be tapped soon2018-10-18T13:23:22-07:00

Five ’92 Adventure Packs’ of Kulshan IPA to be raffled tonight

  If you bought a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of five 92 Adventure Packs of Bastard Kat IPA from Kulshan Brewing, the drawings will be held tonight (12/10/15) from 5 to 8 p.m. at K2 (1538 Kentucky St.). A few weeks ago, we told you about Kulshan’s [...]

Five ’92 Adventure Packs’ of Kulshan IPA to be raffled tonight2018-10-18T13:23:26-07:00
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