Boundary Releases Raspberry Radler

  DESCRIPTION Raspberry Radler is inspired by traditional German ingenuity; a concoction of half beer, half sparkling fruit juice with a thirst-quenching reputation. The Oregon raspberry puree complements the tart kettle-soured base beer. This radler is brewed with 100% Skagit Valley Malt and hopped with Aged Styrian Bobek and dry-hopped with [...]


Tap Roundup – 7/14

Pint Points Next week Wander Brewing is releasing a collaboration with Redhook Brewing called Numbers before Names Belgian IPA. Brewed with a bunch of experimental hops. Redhook is celebrating its opening of the Capital Hill brewery in Seattle by collaborating with some of the region's breweries. They have also done a [...]


Fairhaven Behind the Bus pop-up Beer Garden with Recreation Northwest, Stones Throw and Outbound

  BELLINGHAM, WA (July 6, 2017) – The weekend of July 21st – 23rd Recreation Northwest, Stones Throw Brewery and Outbound are partnering to host a pop-up beer garden to support the Fairhaven Park Trail and Wetland Boardwalk project. The event will be hosted in the recently renovated garden “Behind the [...]


Boundary Bay Releases limited edition Ekstatik Nostratik bottle

  Boundary Bay Brewery has been releasing a number of awesome beers recently, including their collaboration with Gruff Brewing Neighborhood Watch. They've been venturing into new territory, with input from their Director of Quality Bryan Krueger. He's been introducing some great mixed culture beers into the rotation of Boundary's Bootlegger Serieis. [...]


Tap Roundup – 7/7

Pint Points Boundary Bay Brewery released a very limited release bottle, as part of their Bootlegger series called Ekstatik Nostratik. It's brewed with locally harvested rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries. Than aged for two years in barrels. Only 25 cases were brewed. In case you didn't know, Tap Trail runs Bellingham Beer [...]


Rural Meets Urban: Atwood Ales Farm Brewery collaborates with Urban Family Brewery

There are all sorts of brewer collaborations these days, but the best ones happen naturally. (Isaac, Josh, and Rowan) After enjoying some Atwood Ales beers, Rowan Chadwick and Isaac Koski, co-head brewers of Urban Family Brewing, contacted Atwood Ales owners Josh and Monica Smith about collaborating on a beer. [...]


Will Kemper talks to us about canning Chuckanut’s beers

  Chuckanut Brewery is having a banner year. They've won 15 awards between the North American Beer Awards and the Washington Beer Awards. Chuckanut's second brewery, South Nut, is running at full capacity and providing craft beer drinkers around the region with Chuckanut's highly sought after world class lagers in draft [...]


Melvin Brewing’s IPA named 8th best IPA by Draft Mag

  Melvin Brewing has landed in Bellingham. They aren't brewing here yet and won't until this fall, when their brewing system shows up. That being said, they are in our community, thankfully, and their world class beers are served up just down the street from many of your houses. Their IPAs [...]


Skagit Valley Malting is leading the malting revolution

  Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles on Skagit Valley Malting. We'll be looking at SVM's impact on craft brewing, their importance to our region and the impact they can have on the malting industry. ------- There are now more than 5,300 breweries in America, and [...]


Brewers Association Launches New Seal to Designate Independent Beers

Boulder, CO • June 27, 2017—In an effort to educate beer lovers about which beers are independently produced, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—launched a new seal touting independent craft brewers. Featuring an iconic beer bottle shape flipped upside down, [...]


Homebrewers Association announces top brewery in every state

  2017 Best Breweries & Beer By State State Top Brewery Top Beer Alabama  Yellowhammer Brewery  Rebellion (Yellowhammer Brewery), Shadwocaster Porter (Folklore Brewing & Meadery, LLC)* Alaska  Alaskan Brewing Co.  A Deal with the Devil (Anchorage Brewing Co.), Alaskan Smoked Porter & Alaskan Amber (Alaskan Brewing Co.)* Arizona  Prescott Brewing Co. Achocolypse [...]


Bellingham brings home most medals in city’s history from Washington Beer Awards

  Day'yum Bellingham! Every year Bellingham brings it at the Washingon Beer Awards. We continue to show that we have one of the highest concentrations of award winning beer in the region. As impressive is that we do it across broad style categories. From lagers, to sours, to barrel aged, porters, [...]


Bellingham breweries bring home nine awards at North American Beer Awards

  Bellingham's craft beer scene just swelled in size with the addition of Melvin Brewing Company, who officially opened last Saturday. There were lines up the street and the beer floweth-ed. The opening was an exclamation on years of insane brewery growth, accolades and Bellingham making it onto numerous Top Lists. [...]


Melvin Brewing is opening this week in Bellingham

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Sound Beverage owns the Melvin Brewery building on Meridian. In fact, Sound Beverage owner Dean Shintaffer owns the building. Bellingham, get ready to tack on another brewery to your belt. The timing of Melvin Brewing opening in Bellingham couldn't be better. Our [...]


How much beer each Bellingham brewery produced in 2016

  2016 is well behind us, but the numbers are still trickling out. The Brewer's Association just released it's May/June edition of The New Brewer Magazine. In it they detailed their annual Industry Review where 2016 barrel production for all US breweries was broken down. For those unaware, a barrel is equal [...]


Cholaca, world’s first and only liquid cacao, is a game changer for beer, coffee, cocktails

I love chocolate porters, stouts, and brown ales, but most of the commercial examples I have had lack the chocolate depth I desire, and many seem to get their chocolaty flavor more from dark malts than actual chocolate additions. I get it, though. As a homebrewer, I understand how challenging it [...]


Northwest breweries look to their own backyard for innovation after AB InBev buys entire South African hop crop

  Last week AB InBev bought the entire South African hop crop. That's right, the entire country's crop. South African hops make up about 1% of the world's hop crop, but have become an increasingly hot commodity in the race towards breweries seeking out new, rare and innovative hops. According to AB [...]


Wander Brewing donates Beer Market Sweep winnings to Bellingham Food Bank

  During Bellingham Beer Week 2017 a race of epic proportions, that pitted the titans of the Bellingham's craft beer community against each other, was held at the Community Food Co-op on Forest St. Nine competitors were given 45 seconds per category to find the best representative beer. There were six [...]


New report shows Bellingham has more breweries per capita than Seattle and Portland

  Yeah, things are slowing down in craft beer. But keep in mind that is saying something for one of the hottest growing business sectors in the US. 2016 saw a tapering off in in growth and, by some measurements, a regression. But there's still over 5,200 breweries in the United [...]


Pico introduces less expensive Pico C brewing appliance

Pico has recently introduced its new Model C brewing appliance, which builds on the technology created for its big brother, the Pico Model S (and its even bigger brother, the Zymatic). The company says this new machine is easier to use and more affordable. As of today (5/9/17), nearly $1.7 million [...]


Another craft brewery acquisition, and why it’s upsetting

  It happened again. AB InBev acquired yet another craft brewery. I know, shock of the century. Except, this time it was the highly praised and respected Wicked Weed Brewing of Asheville, N.C., and it nearly broke the internet. After reading hundreds of comments from various sources, the same arguments, explanations, [...]


Washington Largest Brewery, Redhook, to close brewhouse

  Redhook Brewery is almost as synonymous with Northwest craft beer as Rainier and, well, maybe craft beer itself. It's ESB was ubiquitous across in grocery stores aross the Northwest and the region. It was announced today in the Seattle Times that Redhook will be closing its 220,000bbl. It's likely that [...]


The Wander Brewing airplane found its way to Bellingham 3 years ago

  Wander Brewing brewhouse This Saturday will mark 3 years of Wander Brewing on Dean St. in Bellingham, WA. But Chad and Colleen Kuehl and the whole team have extended their reach well beyond their offshoot street along Whatcom Creek. They have created amazing beer after amazing beer that is being recognized not [...]


Anheuser-Busch looking to make Wicked Weed Brewing 10th craft brewery acquisition

  2017 is quarter old and AB InBev is at it again with the announced purchase of Wicked Weed Brewing out of North Carolina. The proposed purchase won't happen until it gets regulatory approval. In a press release, Wicked Weed co-founder Walt Dickinson expressed excitement for the potential acquisition. We have [...]


Beer Review #69 — Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee IPA

  Oxymorons. What are some that you know well? Cruel kindness, disgustingly delicious,  busy doing nothing. There are a few out there, but how about this one, coffee IPA. Two seemingly contradictory terms colliding in one unassuming can. Hotbox Coffee IPA comes to us courtesy of Longmont, Colorado's Oskar Blues Brewery. [...]


Tap Roundup – 4/14

Our email list is the first to hear about new local brewery openings, breaking news, exclusive gear deals & general craft greatness. Infrequent and always full of beer. Sign up here. Pint Points Wander Brewing releases it's Melvin Brewing Imperial Red collaboration today. Limit is one case per customer. Chuckanut dropped us a [...]


A visit to Atwood Ales’ farmhouse brewery in Blaine

I recently had the opportunity to visit Atwood Ales’ brewery in Blaine, WA, which sits on an idyllic, 5-acre farm that is less than 2 miles from the Canadian border – as the bald eagle flies. The brewery isn’t open to the public, but Atwood Ales owner/brewer Josh Smith and his wife [...]


Beer Review #67 — Uinta Pit Stop Sour Apricot IPA

Happy Monday folks and welcome back for another Tap Trail Review. As it continues to warm, albeit slowly, I keep reaching for lighter and brighter offerings. Todays offering comes from Salt Lake City's Uinta Brewing. Back in Colorado I would find myself consistently reaching for their flagship Hop Nosh IPA, it [...]


Tap Roundup – 3/27

Pint Points April 1st head to the Skagit Valley Malting Showcase, presented by Farmstrong Brewing! Chuckanut Brewery's Brewer, Bryan Cardwell has left for opportunities with Pfreim Brewing in Hood River. Two weeks ago, Kulshan Brewery's Head Brewer, Abe Ebert, left for other opportunities. Kulshan's Christopher Noskoff left about a month ago. [...]


Tap Roundup – 3/17

Our email list got this before you did! They're the first to hear about new local brewery openings, breaking news, exclusive gear deals & general craft greatness. Infrequent and always full of beer. Sign up here. Pint Points New Tap Trail maps have been distributed throughout the Tap Trail. Go forth, multiply and stamp!! [...]


Wander Brewing releases collaboration with world renowned Willows Inn Restaurant

  I've been talking to Wander Brewing Owner Chad Kuehl about this collaboration for a week or so and I'm excited to see it come out today. It'll be on tap at the brewhall when they open up at 12pm. "Willows and Wander." Sounds like a pairing I could eat at [...]


Beer Review #65 — Fort George Suicide Squeeze Special Edition

Happy Monday! We've got a freshly released hoppy treat to sample today. Fort George has long been a staple in my fridge, their Three Way IPA is always a treat, Suicide Squeeze is one of their rotating IPA releases, along with Magnanimous, Overdub, and Fresh IPA. These beers are always heavily [...]


Unique beers in the plans at Gruff Brewing

Gruff Brewing is planning to use some interesting ingredients in upcoming beers. The brewery has made unique beers before, such as its pineapple hefeweizen, spiced imperial Belgian brown, and chocolate coffee stout, but it’s about to take things to another level. No, it’s not going to use odd or gross ingredients. [...]



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