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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:34-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:35-07:00

Tap Roundup – 3/10

Our email list is the first to hear about new local brewery openings, breaking news, exclusive email list gear deals & general craft greatness. Infrequent and always full of beer. Sign up here. Pint Points Melvin Brewing is moving quickly towards opening. Owner Jeremy Tofte tells us that they hope to be open [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:37-07:00

Bellingham Breweries Take Home Six Awards at Best of Craft Beer

  Only a month into 2017 and Bellingham continues to make its mark in craft beer. The Annual Best of Craft Beer Awards just wrapped up and Kulshan, Wander and Aslan pulled into a total of six awards, ranging from Bronze to Gold. Six awards is twice as many as last [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00

Beer Review #58 — Evil Twin | Westbrook — Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

  We've got one hell of a collaboration brew on the table today. Each of the collaborators is best known for their dark beer efforts, particularly their Imperial Stouts. Evil Twin has long been a brewer without a brewery, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø founded Evil Twin in 2010 and has quickly climbed the ranks [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:46-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:52-07:00

Snap a cool photo & win a $100 Elizabeth Station gift basket

  Hey, we're offering you a chance to win a badass hand-picked craft beer gift basket from the beer ninjas at Elizabeth Station by simply taking a photo. So here's how it works. Photos must be new (can't tag old photos.) Take as many awesome photos until 12/12 on the Tap Trail of you [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:52-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:53-07:00

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. [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:53-07:00

Beer Review #53 — Fremont Field To Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale(s)

Fresh hop season is upon us and I could not be any happier. Fremont has been giving us delicious but limited fresh hop beers from their kick ass Cowiche Canyon hop program, where they partner with hop growers to grow small plots of organic delicious hops. For the first time this [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:57-07:00

Beer Review #49 — Mikkeller Ich Bin Berliner Weisse

Ah the venerable Berlinerweisse, the approachable lightly tart German wheat beer. A delicious low alcohol treat on a hot summers day. I much prefer a clean and tangy Berlinerweisse to a sweet and sticky Radler on warm days like we've been having lately. These sour wheats do have a broad spectrum [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:09-07:00

Beer Review #43 — Crux [BANISHED] Freakcake 2016

I put little superstition or thought into Friday the 13th, it is just another day. However this most recent one, donned "Freaky Friday" by our beer brothers at Crux Fermentation Project brought us the release of something quite special and unexpected. My ears, and taste-buds always perk up when I see or hear [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:40-07:00

Beer Review #29 — Boundary Bay Bourbon Barrel Stout

Today is a special day, for we have before us a super local Barrel Aged beer to sample. As many of you may know, on Friday Boundary Bay offered a unique glimpse into their barrel-aging project: The Bootlegger Barrel Series. Tapping exclusive barrel aged variants of Cedar Dust IPA, Scotch Ale, Cabin Fever, and [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:24-07:00

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

Beer Review #24 — Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale

Fall is nearly my favorite beer season, it is a very close second to the Winter beer season. Fall absolutely has some superior beer selections compared to Summer and Spring. There have already been some heavy hitters released thus far, Sierra Nevada's Celebration & Narwhal, Hopworks Abominable, Fremont Kentucky Dark Star, I could go [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:16-07:00

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

Bellingham’s Best BeerTender SemiFinalists

Bellingham you nominated many beertenders in our qualifying round from all over the Tap Trail (strangely, some from places not even on the Tap Trail.) After sniffing out some ballot stuffing, the following six sud slingers made it into the semifinals of the 1st Annual Bellingham’s Best BeerTender competition. Below, you can read [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:38-07:00

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