Building a Brewery: Stemma Brewing to enter Bellingham beer community

*We've mentioned Stemma in other stories and Tap Roundups in their beginning stages, but referred to them as Hoppa Brewing. After some decisions were made and copyright issues were smoothed over, Hoppa recently became Stemma* There's no doubt that Bellingham has shown endless support to breweries new to the local scene. Lucky [...]

Building a Brewery: Stemma Brewing to enter Bellingham beer community2018-10-18T13:20:58-07:00

Bellingham Beer in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival

  Check out Bellingham’s finest breweries as they visit the Crafty Fox in Denver on October 7th from 4:00 PM - close! Drink beer and win prizes! Joining Denver’s own Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Jackson Hole, Wyoming's Melvin Brewing will be 10 featured taps from Bellingham’s Aslan Brewing Company, Boundary [...]

Bellingham Beer in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival2018-10-18T13:22:04-07:00

Tap Roundup

A round up of what's new-ishly on tap at your Tap Trail's breweries. Grab your passport and go try all of these! Structures Brewing will be on the soon to be released 2016 spring/summer map!: Photo By Damian Vines Aslan Brewing -AZACCA EXTRA PALE ALE- 4.6% ABV // 42 IBU // [...]

Tap Roundup2018-10-18T13:22:59-07:00

The Finalists of Bellingham’s Best Beer of 2015

  Bellingham has exercised it's constitutional right and voted! Our exit pollsters were working overtime and the feedback was, "Bellingham's love of Tap Trail beers runs DEEP!" The competition was so high that we had to expand the finals to the Top 3 Beers. There was a back and forth that would make [...]

The Finalists of Bellingham’s Best Beer of 20152018-10-18T13:23:25-07:00

Aslan Pushes Past “Work in Progress”

Courage. Power. Strength. These were all the qualities Frank Tosset and his partner Jack needed to take on their unconventional way of starting a brewery. They needed a powerful mascot that could help push them to where they needed to be. Aslan, the Turkish translation of lion, was the perfect representation [...]

Aslan Pushes Past “Work in Progress”2018-10-18T13:24:05-07:00

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 [...]

The Face Behind the Beer: North Fork Brewery and Beer Shrine2018-10-18T13:24:12-07:00

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

How Bellingham’s Breweries Are Keeping up with National Trends

The Great American Beer Festival was a roaring success. So many beers. So. Many. Beers. Bellingham's breweries represented well and took home some awards. But we should come to expect that. Our breweries are producing with the best. They're producing beers that are keeping up with national trends and tastes. According [...]

How Bellingham’s Breweries Are Keeping up with National Trends2018-10-18T13:24:50-07:00

Bellingham Breweries Among Best At Great American Beer Festival

The biggest baddest beer festival of them all finished up on Saturday. The Great American Beer Festival showcased nearly 1,000 breweries and brought in 60,000 craft beer fans to Denver Colorado. After all the awards were announced, Washington State fared very well, bringing home 13 medals in all. Not every brewery [...]

Bellingham Breweries Among Best At Great American Beer Festival2018-10-18T13:24:56-07:00

Bellingham Makes USA Today’s Top 10 West Coast Beer Destination List

We're snobby. We're discerning. We have amazing beer culture. Now we're considered one of the best in the West. Kendall Jones, who runs Washington Beer Blog, Bellingham wrote the list for USA Today. The list included such venerated beer meccas as Portland, Seattle, Bend, Santa Rosa and San Diego. What amazing company [...]

Bellingham Makes USA Today’s Top 10 West Coast Beer Destination List2018-10-18T13:27:33-07:00

Wander Brewing’s Barrel Project Ready to Impress Again

The award winning Wander Brewing has been digging deep into the creative potential of its brewers and it's Barrel Project. Since they announced the Barrel Project almost exactly a year ago, they've been crafting and churning out a number of fine offerings. Wander developed the Barrel Project, which comprises 2,000sqft and includes barrels [...]

Wander Brewing’s Barrel Project Ready to Impress Again2018-10-18T13:27:34-07:00

Building a Brew Deck

Katie Johnson, creator of Bellingham Brew Deck. The first thing I noticed when I sat down with a bottle of Ale Apothecary's Sahalie and Breakside's Passion Fruit Sour Ale, is that Katie Johnson's beer palate is more attuned than mine. My palate isn't much to speak of, so the gap [...]

Building a Brew Deck2018-10-18T13:27:35-07:00

Barb’s Beer & Boundary Bay Brewery Featured on King 5 News

Late last week Tap Trail stopped in Boundary Bay Brewery and grabbed a pint with some of the good folks there. King 5 news was there to do a story on the heartwarming and important story behind Barb's Beer. Tom and Barb Murphy used to frequent Boundary Bay Brewery before her death from [...]

Barb’s Beer & Boundary Bay Brewery Featured on King 5 News2018-10-18T13:27:37-07:00

Beers Made By Walking Walking Through Bellingham

A unique program has come to Bellingham and it's breweries. Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites brewers to go on nature hikes, and urban walks, and make new beer inspired by the edible and medicinal plants from the trail. Beers Made By Walking helps raise funds for environmental [...]

Beers Made By Walking Walking Through Bellingham2015-07-16T11:44:02-07:00

Bellingham Ranked as Snobbiest Beer City in US

Bellingham has some world class breweries. There are more breweries being built here than, arguably, any city in Washington State. Soon we'll have double the breweries per capita of Seattle, WA. The options available to us are quite impressive and this doesn't even include the amazing diverse selection that's about to be available to [...]

Bellingham Ranked as Snobbiest Beer City in US2018-10-18T13:27:59-07:00

What Proposed Bellingham Brewery Are you Most Excited For?

Gruff, Stones Throw Brewing, Subdued Brewing, Structures Brewing and Bellingham Beer Lab are all names we'll start to hear more about in the coming months. They'll be apart of the Tap Trail and add to the growing craft beer force of this town. We'll have more breweries per capita than Seattle by [...]

What Proposed Bellingham Brewery Are you Most Excited For?2018-10-18T13:28:02-07:00

The Local to Build Washington State’s First Non-Profit Brewery

The Local Public House on Railroad Avenue is an eclectic mix. One part tap house, one part brewery front for Menace Brewing, one part bottle shop (yes, you can  buy awesome beer bottles there.) It's about to get much more exciting thought. I've been talking to Rob Whitney, one of the [...]

The Local to Build Washington State’s First Non-Profit Brewery2018-10-18T13:28:05-07:00

Bellingham Breweries Win Big At Washington Beer Awards

Bellingham breweries recently cleaned up at the North American Beer Awards. The word has gotten out. Now they've done it again. This last weekend, every single Bellingham Tap Trail brewery won big at the Washington Beer Awards. Boundary, Aslan, Kulshan, Wander, Chuckanut and Menace all picked up the following awards. Head out today [...]

Bellingham Breweries Win Big At Washington Beer Awards2018-10-18T13:28:06-07:00

Bellingham Breweries Included in Best Breweries Outside of Seattle

The Tap Trail keeps kicking out amazing breweries. We keep making list after list and they are often considered some of the best in the region, if not the country. Did you hear of the slew of awards they just won at the North American Beer Awards? Take notice craft beer world, [...]

Bellingham Breweries Included in Best Breweries Outside of Seattle2018-10-18T13:28:13-07:00

Aslan Brewing to Release First Canned Beer

Craft beer in cans, is the way to be these days. Kulshan Brewing got on board a while ago with their Bastard Cat IPA, Boundary Bay Brewing has their Traverse ESB and Elizabeth Station just got their new Crowler Machine. On June 1st, Aslan Brewing will be releasing their first canned [...]

Aslan Brewing to Release First Canned Beer2017-09-13T13:29:50-07:00

Book a Seat on Pedal Party NW (Or the Whole Bike!)

Pedal Party Northwest has made craft beer in Bellingham that much cooler. We let you know about Pedal Party NW a while ago when we were invited on their inaugural ride. They are a 15 multi-person bike, with music and and tours of Bellingham's breweries. They have plans to offer tours [...]

Book a Seat on Pedal Party NW (Or the Whole Bike!)2018-10-18T13:28:25-07:00

Craft Beer’s Silent Crisis – Who Controls What you Drink?

Craft beer diversity exists because of the symbiotic work of three major players: Brewers, distributors and tap houses. All three provide the variety that has given rise to our current craft beer renaissance. It is also a system highly susceptible to abuse. There are signs of wear in craft beer's lustrous and shiny coat [...]

Craft Beer’s Silent Crisis – Who Controls What you Drink?2018-10-18T13:28:38-07:00

Getting to Know Structures Brewing

Structures Brewing is Bellingham's newest announced brewery. They are apart of the 12 active and planned breweries in our fair city. These 12 will give us more breweries per capita than Seattle Washington and push us towards further regional and national recognition in the craft beer world. Stuctures Brewing is owned by James [...]

Getting to Know Structures Brewing2018-10-18T13:28:38-07:00

Bellingham on Track to Have Double the Breweries Per Capita of Seattle

Bellingham is on track to have 12 breweries by somewhere around February 2016. We have a population of 80,000. That means we'll have 1 brewery for every 6,700 people. Aslan Brewing Company Boundary Bay Brewing Chuckanut Brewing Gruff Brewing - (Summer 2015) Kulshan Brewing Kulshan Brewing #2 (K2) - (June 2015) Menace Brewing North [...]

Bellingham on Track to Have Double the Breweries Per Capita of Seattle2015-05-15T14:07:48-07:00

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

What’s your Favorite Outdoor Tap Trail Beer Area?

We like polls. We like them a lot. We also know that Hops and Headz is opening their awesome beer garden very soon! We also like quizzes, so when you're done with this poll make sure to take our Bellingham Tap Trail quiz as well. It's hard and you'll probably score [...]

What’s your Favorite Outdoor Tap Trail Beer Area?2018-10-18T13:28:42-07:00

Boundary Bay Brewery and Wander Brewing Raise Money for Nepal

UPDATE: Foundation Restoration, who provides many of the anti-microbial, anti slip and high performance coating floors to Bellingham breweries, has agreed to donate $1.00 for ever beer sold today at Wander Brewing. From the owner Matt Shaver It has always been a desire as a company to give when we can. [...]

Boundary Bay Brewery and Wander Brewing Raise Money for Nepal2018-10-18T13:28:49-07:00

Wander Brewing Releases Barrel-Aged Imperial Global Mutt Baltic Porter Today

Chad over at Wander is keeping the surprises coming from their Barrel Project. They have been aging beers in barrels since last year. It wasn't until early last month that they added a 2,000sqft Barrel Aging facility. The barrels consists of Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Syrah. The last release was a [...]

Wander Brewing Releases Barrel-Aged Imperial Global Mutt Baltic Porter Today2018-10-18T13:28:52-07:00

Fairhaven’s Stones Throw Releases Architectural Plans

Fairhaven Stones Throw has been making some exciting progress. We got an exclusive walk through last week when the new shipping containers were dropped into place with a 90 ton crane. This brewery is going to be quite unique. More unique than anything I've seen. The brew house will be built [...]

Fairhaven’s Stones Throw Releases Architectural Plans2018-10-18T13:28:52-07:00

Wrapup of The Subdued Brewing Company Public Meeting

Subdued Brewing is Bellingham's newest brewery, but it is a long way off from becoming a reality. Opening a brewery takes time. Just ask Fairhaven Stones Throw Brewing or Gruff Brewing. Permitting, funding and renovations all have to fall into place at the right time. Subdued Brewing is somewhere between permitting [...]

Wrapup of The Subdued Brewing Company Public Meeting2018-10-18T13:28:54-07:00

Bellingham’s Subdued Brewing Company – The Interview

As many of you know, we recently announced Bellingham's next brewery, Subdued Brewing Company. This comes on the heels of Fairhaven's Stones Throw Brewing making amazing progress on their incredibly unique brewery. Years ago, Subdued co-owner Dave Morales and I toyed with the idea of opening a brewery ourselves, but reality set [...]

Bellingham’s Subdued Brewing Company – The Interview2018-10-18T13:28:56-07:00

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

Bellingham’s Next Brewery: Subdued Brewing

We've been following this story and have been in touch with the owners for a while. For now, take a look at Bellingham's next planned brewery, Subdued Brewing. We'll have a full interview with the owners in the coming days, so keep checking back in. Our email list subscribers will hear about it [...]

Bellingham’s Next Brewery: Subdued Brewing2015-04-15T10:10:43-07:00

Sneak Peek at Fairhaven Stones Throw Brewery

Jack and Tony at Fairhaven Stones Throw are on their way to opening Bellingham's newest brewery. They recently gave us all a look at the their new brew house. There is still much to be done, but we do know the fermenters and brewing facility will start going in very soon! When Fairhaven [...]

Sneak Peek at Fairhaven Stones Throw Brewery2018-10-18T13:29:01-07:00

Bellingham Tap Trail Interviewed by Downtown Bellingham Partnership

We recently were interviewed by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership. Get to know the BTT Team a bit more, what are plans are where we're headed! If you’ve been out and about in Bellingham, you’ve seen the Bellingham Tap Trail map. It’s everywhere, from breweries to bars, and is fast becoming a [...]

Bellingham Tap Trail Interviewed by Downtown Bellingham Partnership2018-10-18T13:29:02-07:00

Celebrate National Beer Day on the Tap Trail

Today is National Beer Day. On April 7th, 1933 the Cullen-Harrison Act, that was signed by Franklin Roosevelt in March, legalized the buying, selling and drinking of beer, as long as it was under 4% ABV. This was the first step in ending 13 years of prohibition in the United States. It [...]

Celebrate National Beer Day on the Tap Trail2018-10-18T13:29:03-07:00
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