Pop Culture Pairing: Seattle Seahawks

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, Game of Thrones, and The Muppets. Okay everyone, let's be honest for a second. I [...]

Pop Culture Pairing: Seattle Seahawks2018-10-18T13:23:10-07:00

A Visit From St. Hipster

In celebration of craft beer and Christmas, I reworked Clement Moore’s poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” and modernized it to, “A Visit From St. Hipster.” ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a beer was pouring, not even an ounce. The stockings were hung by the [...]

A Visit From St. Hipster2016-12-23T11:29:10-08:00

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 [...]

The Portland Dilemma: Why an Excess in Breweries Does Not Equal a Craft Beer Community2018-10-18T13:23:25-07:00

Sierra Nevada Brewing starts Alpha Hop Society membership program

Similar to many other beer membership programs at breweries across America, Sierra Nevada Brewing has just invited people to join its 2016 Alpha Hop Society, which is a one-year membership that gets you 12 750-ml bottles of small-batch, barrel-aged beers, a t-shirt, a growler, access to vintage and other exclusive beers, and [...]

Sierra Nevada Brewing starts Alpha Hop Society membership program2015-11-23T10:17:39-08:00

The Face Behind the Beer: Boundary Bay Brewery

In this series, we introduce you to all the fantastic head brewers behind all the delicious beer in our town. Catch up with past articles on Kulshan Brewing and Aslan Brewing. Boundary Bay is the founding father of the Bellingham craft beer world. They were the first brewery to open up in Bellingham [...]

The Face Behind the Beer: Boundary Bay Brewery2018-10-18T13:24:34-07:00

Rinsing beer glasses, and why it’s a good practice

In some beer bars and brewpubs, you might have seen a bartender flip a glass upside down and press it down on a water sprayer, just before dispensing beer into it. This isn't just for show, and it’s not a trendy gimmick. It actually serves many purposes. Quickly blasting the inside of [...]

Rinsing beer glasses, and why it’s a good practice2018-10-18T13:24:48-07:00

Boundary Bay Brewery Unveils Plaque to Honor Owner Ed Bennett

      Me about to zip line Railroad Ave. Yesterday, Boundary Bay Brewery celebrated it's 20th Anniversary on Railroad Avenue. It was a huge celebration with a zip line, kids zone, multiple beer bars, marching band, circus acts and lots of food. The Boundary Crew on Stage [...]

Boundary Bay Brewery Unveils Plaque to Honor Owner Ed Bennett2018-10-18T13:27:30-07:00

Stones Throw Brewery Adding to Fairhaven Community

Front facade of brewery It’s no secret Bellingham is becoming a bigger and better hub for craft beer. With so many new breweries popping up in the next year or so, it’s important to bring something new to table. What Stones Throw Brewery is offering is a completely new [...]

Stones Throw Brewery Adding to Fairhaven Community2018-10-18T13:27:32-07:00

Bellingham Beer Lab Well On Its Way

In case you don’t recall, back in July, a Kickstarter project was formed for The Bellingham Beer Lab. This Beer Lab would be an entirely cooperative non-profit brewery, recruiting homebrewers to come in, brew something great and donate 100% of the profits earned to a charity of their choice. After a month’s time [...]

Bellingham Beer Lab Well On Its Way2018-10-18T13:27:33-07:00

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 [...]

Forget “Beer Snobs,” Bellingham is Simply Rich in Culture2018-10-18T13:27:34-07:00

World’s Smartest Computer says Florida Has Best Breweries

IBM's Watson computer is, arguably, one of the two smartest computers in the world. The computer is a super smart computer capable of answering most any question asked in plain language. It has access to 4 terabytes of information from all over the world's databases. It beat everybody at Jeopardy has [...]

World’s Smartest Computer says Florida Has Best Breweries2018-10-18T13:28:03-07:00

Beer Review #7 — Lagunitas CitruSinensis

Greetings beer nuts, aficionados, prospectors, advocates, and purveyors. Summer is in full swing and it's somehow nearly July in the Pacific Northwest! This weeks offering comes from an often maligned and certainly polarizing brewery — Lagunitas. Some will be die-hard Lagunitas fans for life, while others will scoff at each new release, [...]

Beer Review #7 — Lagunitas CitruSinensis2018-10-18T13:28:05-07:00

How & why to age beer

Most beers are meant to be enjoyed fresh. Some, however, actually improve with age, similar to some wines. Various ingredients help to preserve beer and/or enhance its flavor over time, including hops, malt, alcohol, yeast, bacteria (i.e., lactobacillus and pediococcus), smoked malts and lactic acid. Different beers – and even different vintages [...]

How & why to age beer2018-10-18T13:28:09-07:00

Evil Twin Brewing Accused of “Bullshit Price Point” in Epic Rant

Evil Twin Brewing consistently brews up some of the best beers around. Head brewer and owner Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø launched the brewery in 2010. Evil Twin is a "gypsy" brewery, so it has no home. Evil Twin brews all over the world and teams up with an array of breweries to create complex, dynamic and technical [...]

Evil Twin Brewing Accused of “Bullshit Price Point” in Epic Rant2015-06-11T08:53:31-07:00

Vancouver BC 4th Most Craft Beer Drinkers in Canada

Canada has craft beer brewing chops. Just look towards the highly touted Four Winds Brewing, right across the border and the numerable internationally recognized breweries in and around Vancouver BC. Vancouver will have upwards of 25 breweries in the coming months with more on the way. But for all their amazing beers Vancouver [...]

Vancouver BC 4th Most Craft Beer Drinkers in Canada2018-10-18T13:28:11-07:00

Journey to Westvleteren in search of the elusive 12

When I lived in Richmond, Virginia, in the late ’90s, I frequented a small bottle shop that always stocked new and exciting beers. On one visit, the shop owner encouraged me to buy one of the bottles of Westvleteren 12 that he had recently brought back from Belgium. I had never [...]

Journey to Westvleteren in search of the elusive 122018-10-18T13:28:11-07:00

Bellingham Breweries Win Big at North American Beer Awards

Bellingham breweries continue to delight the palates of everyone, from the casual drinker to the experts. Aslan Brewing Company, Boundary Bay Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery and Wander Brewing all won awards at the 2015 North American Beer Awards! Looks like Bellingham is the place to be for Dubbels. Boundary Bay took 1st in the category [...]

Bellingham Breweries Win Big at North American Beer Awards2018-10-18T13:28:15-07:00

Study finds aluminum can the sustainable package of choice

Earlier this month, a report released by the Aluminum Association and the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) found the aluminum can to be the most recycled and highest value beverage container on the market today. Information from the May 2015 report, “The Aluminum Can Advantage: Key Sustainability Indicators 2015,” may seem biased [...]

Study finds aluminum can the sustainable package of choice2018-10-18T13:28:20-07:00

Tapp’d In Podcast – Episode #1

Take a listen to Bellingham Tap Trail's inaugural podcast! We sat down with Aaron Matson, owner of The Copper Hog and Director of Bellingham Beer Week and Steve DeMoney brewer, beer disciple and sailboat owner, to discuss some pressing matters in the craft beer world, including pay to play. Some sound issues, but [...]

Tapp’d In Podcast – Episode #12018-10-18T13:28:39-07:00

BJCP releases updated beer style guidelines

The long-awaited updates for the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines have recently been released. The last update was 2008, and the new updates reflect the many changes in the beer world since then. There are now separate documents for Beer, Mead and Cider styles, which allows them to be [...]

BJCP releases updated beer style guidelines2018-10-18T13:28:40-07:00

Pedal Party Northwest Hits the Streets of Bellingham

Pedal Party Northwest ran their inaugural ride last Saturday. PPNW, is Bellingham's first multi-person bike. There are seats for 16 and 10 chairs to pedal from. The "bike" is steered separately and if you don't want to pedal you can sit in any of the non-pedaling chairs of the bench in [...]

Pedal Party Northwest Hits the Streets of Bellingham2018-10-18T13:28:41-07:00

Craft Beer Might Look Like Anheuser Busch in 5 Years

The Brewers Association announced that in the next 5 years they expect to see their current 11% market share in the $100 billion US beer market jump to 20%. But what will craft beer look like if that were to happen? Currently, The Brewers Assocation defines craft brewers like this Small [...]

Craft Beer Might Look Like Anheuser Busch in 5 Years2018-10-18T13:28:49-07:00

How The Local Movement is Changing the Face of Craft Beer

The craft beer landscape is ever changing. Breweries evolve to meet the advancing tastes of their fans and they are always shifting with market forces. Local beers are what sell. There are over 3,500 breweries in the US and 2,000 in planning. Most of these sell below 15,000 barrels a year and [...]

How The Local Movement is Changing the Face of Craft Beer2018-10-18T13:28:50-07:00

[Infographic] – Tips for Pairing Beer with Food

The Tap Trail is awash in amazing beer. Tap houses and local breweries are offering new beer all the time and the local craft beer scene is booming. But that "boom" needs food and we need to ensure the food doesn't depreciate the beer and vice versa. Just take a look at the [...]

[Infographic] – Tips for Pairing Beer with Food2015-04-20T14:12:53-07:00

Bellingham Tap Trail Enjoyed by People All Over

The Bellingham Tap Trail has been receiving all sorts of love from all over. Everyone from locals to folks far away have completed the full Passport, or part of it, and received their prize. Regardless if the map gets completed, one thing is clear, Tap Trailers are loving what they are [...]

Bellingham Tap Trail Enjoyed by People All Over2018-10-18T13:28:57-07:00

Aslan Brewing Collaborates with Base Camp Brewing on “Night Riders” Imperial Steam Lager

Aslan Brewing Company and Base Camp Brewing Company recently collaborated on two separate beers, but one style. This "cascadian collaboration" was built around mutual interests, the great outdoors and their love of beers that don't follow traditional style guidelines. The first collaboration beer was brewed at Base Camp about 5 weeks ago, [...]

Aslan Brewing Collaborates with Base Camp Brewing on “Night Riders” Imperial Steam Lager2018-10-18T13:28:57-07:00

Aslan to Celebrate 100th Batch of Beer & Tap Triple IPA

Aslan Brewing will be celebrating it's 100 batch of beer next Monday 4/20, 5pm. In celebration they'll be tapping their MegaThrust Triple IPA. You'll have a chance to join in the festivities and meet the brewers and owners. From Aslan Brewing Celebration starts at 5pm. We will be tapping the Megathrust and [...]

Aslan to Celebrate 100th Batch of Beer & Tap Triple IPA2018-10-18T13:28:58-07:00

Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo Begins in Portland

The Craft Brewers Conference runs from April 14th - April 17th in Portland, Oregon. This is no small affair, as you can see from this photos of last year's conference in Denver, Colorado. There will be over 15,000 attendees, 575 businesses, and 16o presenters. Portland last hosted the conference in 2001, [...]

Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo Begins in Portland2018-10-18T13:29:01-07:00

How Jimmy Carter Made Craft Brewing What It Is Today

Craft brewing continues to grow and has been growing for some time. But why? Why has there been such growth in craft beer since the early 1980s? Why didn't it start in say, 1933 when beer was legalized, leading up to the end of Prohibition? That would seem like an opportune [...]

How Jimmy Carter Made Craft Brewing What It Is Today2015-04-08T11:05:24-07:00

Menace Brewing to Tap Bellingham’s LEAST Favorite Beer

In a recent poll, Bellingham Tap Trail asked readers what your least favorite beer was. In a surprising turn of events Bellingham answered "IPA". We understand that controversy surrounds these results and we'd like to take a moment to assure our loyal readers that every single Bellingham Tap Trail poll is structured [...]

Menace Brewing to Tap Bellingham’s LEAST Favorite Beer2018-10-18T13:29:03-07:00

Wander Barrel Project Release #1: Wild Warehouse Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale

Our friends over at Wander Brewing have released the first bottle from their highly anticipated Barrel Project. We reported on this a while ago and are happy to taste the fruits of Chad and Colleen's labor! Wander recently expanded to accommodate larger brewing equipment and their new barrel project. Wander Brewing is excited [...]

Wander Barrel Project Release #1: Wild Warehouse Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale2015-04-02T11:55:52-07:00

Mariner’s Offer The Best Craft Beer Selection at Safeco Field

The Major League Baseball season is upon us! Starting next week is the 162 game marathon baseball season that so many look forward to. Brats, bats and beers are waiting for you at your nearest MLB stadium. For craft beer lovers an MLB stadium can be the worst place to buy good [...]

Mariner’s Offer The Best Craft Beer Selection at Safeco Field2018-10-18T13:29:03-07:00

7 of the Most Sustainable Breweries in America

These breweries brew awesome beer, but do it very sustainably. I'll get to the list, but I find it interesting that Fremont Brewing was not included. Don't get me wrong this list is great, but Fremont is REALLY sustainable. Learn more about them by reading our interview with the owner of Fremont Brewing! [...]

7 of the Most Sustainable Breweries in America2018-10-18T13:29:04-07:00
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