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 awesome symbiosis between Bellingham breweries and our food trucks.

If you have a huge sweet barley wine do you order a plate of jalapeno poppers? According to, no. No you do not! The above chart shows you the various characteristics of craft beer. It covers everything from taste elements to sensations. Read through it to get a better understanding of how to determine what you’re experiencing when you drink craft beer. Read the chart below to understand how to interpret those experiences and maximize your beer drinking and food eating! For the full read, head to

Beer and Food Pairing Interactions