Tap Roundup 3/29

Pint Points Join Aslan and Kulshan for the release of Mountain Lion IPA on April 5th at the Aslan Depot. This is Aslan's first collaboration with a brewery in Bellingham proper, exciting stuff! There will be two packaged options available, don't miss it! Stones Throw hosts their 3 year anniversary block [...]

2019-03-29T13:06:20-07:00

Tap Roundup 11/16

Pint Points Mark your calendars for December 2, when Aslan will host a Holiday Record Bazaar at the Depot location! From 4-8 pm you can shop new and used vinyl records from three different Bellingham record stores. What a cool way to support so many local businesses. The Lost Giants infusion [...]

2018-11-16T20:11:33-08:00

Homebrew Diaries: Making a kettle-soured beer

Sour ales, or beers that feature acidic and tart qualities derived from one or more strains of lactic acid bacteria, can be made in many different ways. Generally speaking, there are traditional, long-aged sour ales and there are quick/wort-soured sour ales. Most of the commercial sour ales on the market are [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:15-07:00

The Bellingham Craft Beer Guide to Girl Scout Cookies

It's Girl Scout cookie season, y'all. That wonderful time of the year where we silently (or not so silently) gawk at the incredibly rising price per box, give some adorable little scout all our money, and inhale a sleeve of cookies per night, completely ignoring that joke of a "two cookies [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:50-07:00

Pop Culture Pairing: 2016 Presidential Candidates

  *Opinions of the author do not necessarily represent the opinions of Tap Trail.* Hello Everyone, and welcome to another installment of Pop Culture Pairing, a Tap Trail series where we take our favorite pop culture characters and pair them with popular craft brews. Catch up with past articles on Star Wars, David [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:59-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:02-07:00

The Relevance and Deterioration of “Craft”

If you’re currently reading this article, chances are you have heard the term “craft beer” tossed around more than once in your lifetime. But what does it truly mean for a beer to be considered “craft?” Can there really be a concrete definition? The Brewer’s Association defines an American craft brewer [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:06-07:00

The Portland Dilemma: Why an Excess in Breweries Does Not Equal a Craft Beer Community

The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect that of Tap Trail. In the world of craft beer, a question that always seems to pop up is, “How big is too big?” Whether we’re talking about a brewery’s production level or the number of breweries per city, there seems to be an [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:25-07:00

The Face Behind the Beer: North Fork Brewery and Beer Shrine

This is a series on the Tap Trail where we introduce you to all the fantastic head brewers behind all the delicious beer in our town. Catch up with past articles on Aslan, Kulshan, Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, and Wander.  This week, we highlight Eric Jorgensen of North Fork Brewery. While technically located just [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:12-07:00

The Face Behind the Beer: Chuckanut Brewery

  Click to read past articles on Aslan Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, and Boundary Bay Brewery. Happy Wednesday, and welcome back to another installment of "The Face Behind the Beer." While all their beers are worthy of praise, Chuckanut Brewery has absolutely perfected the art of German style brewing. In fact, Chuckanut [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:25-07:00

Forget “Beer Snobs,” Bellingham is Simply Rich in Culture

Don’t call me a beer snob, I’m a beer enthusiast. I can’t tell you the science behind craft beer. My only rating system is “bad,” “good,” or “very good.” I don’t care about pouring the right kind of beer into the right kind of glass. I’m just someone who, like many [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:34-07:00

Stuck In a Rut? Spice Up Your Beer Life With North Fork Beer Shrine

If you've ever driven to Mt. Baker, you’ve most likely passed North Fork Beer Shrine on the way. Located between mile markers 20 and 21, North Fork Brewery is tucked away on Mount Baker Highway in Deming, Washington, a solid 45 minute drive from Bellingham. With its inconvenient location, North Fork [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:37-07:00

First-ever canned wort allows homebrewers to make no-boil, no-hassle yeast starters

I love to make beer, but I hate to make yeast starters. Call me lazy, but I think they require too much pre-planning, they’re a hassle and they’re time-consuming. The added steps that they demand also increase the likelihood of contamination. I realize, however, that yeast starters are critical for high-gravity beers, and they [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:37-07:00

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