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 [...]


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 [...]


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 // [...]


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 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 [...]


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 [...]


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 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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 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, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 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 [...]


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 [...]

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