Beer Review #33 — Ballast Point Mango Even Keel & Pineapple Sculpin

Welcome back all, I thought today would be an excellent opportunity to showcase two new beers from Ballast Point. Recently acquired by Constellation Brands for $1B Ballast Point becomes their sole craft beer brand. Since that acquisition, Ballast Point has been on a bit of a war path with fruited beer releases, [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:04-07:00

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

Beer Review #27 — Crux [BANISHED] Tough Love 2015

Welcome back craft beer connoisseurs, enthusiasts, gourmands, and epicureans. We are nearly fully entrenched in my favorite season for beer. Winter time always brings with it some bitter cold temperatures, and some equally warming and fulfilling beers to warm the heart, mind, and soul. It is no coincidence that Crux has just released Tough Love, their [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:56-07:00

Beer Review #25 — 4 Hands / Stone / Bale Breaker “Sorry Not Sorry IPA”

Man do we have some catching up to do. Beer releases this fall and early winter have been fast and furious. Lots of Barrel Aged beers floating around, 'tis the season. But I have been waiting and waiting for this one for a while now. I first got wind about 6-8 [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:11-07:00

Beer Review #23 — Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA

Fresh hop season has been upon us for quite some time now, there have been many delicious renditions, and a few duds of suds so far. Everything from "Fresh Hop" to "Wet Hop" and everything in between, it is certainly harvest time for hops, and most definitely time to reap the [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:28-07:00

Beer Review #22 — 21st Amendment Toaster Pastry Red IPA

Welcome back beer mavens, slingers, drinkers, and connoisseurs, let's jump back on the hop train and dive into a delicious new beer. What we've got for us today comes to us from the fine folks at 21st Amendment Brewery, in San Francisco, "In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan founded the 21st [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:37-07:00

Support the Whatcom Humane Society Animal Shelter and Wildlife Rescue Center at North Fork

The North Fork Beer Shrine and Brewery have always had a long standing relationship with the Whatcom Humane Society. From participating in auctions to donating free pizzas to anyone who adopts a black cat, almost all their fundraising efforts go towards supporting the Humane Society. This Friday will be your chance [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:40-07:00

Beer Review #20 — Paradox Beer Co. – In The Spirit Of Skully Barrel No. 3 Dark Sour

par·a·dox / ˈperəˌdäks / noun / A statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory. Paradox is quite an interesting name to choose for a brewery, but this little known brewery from Divide, CO, nestled off Highway 24 [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:46-07:00

Beer Review #18 — Cascade Brewing: Blackcap Raspberry (2015)

Welcome back fellow beer lovers! Firstly, I wanted to have this up earlier in the week, as it was fresh in my mind, but I came down with a bit of a head cold, which may or may not have been directly attributed to numerous beer week shenanigans...the verdict is still out [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:57-07:00

Beer Review #14 — Omnipollo Barrel Aged Agamemnon

Hello again beer aficionados, judges, aspirants, brewers, miscreants and lovers. We've got a truly special bottle this week, it has been peeking out on shelves for a couple of weeks now, but it is finally time to give this one a proper review. We have before us a treasure from Omnipollo — [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:36-07:00

Pumpkin Beers, Already? A Few Early Recommendations

Pumpkin beers, in July? Yes, some have been released already, and many more are sure to come, and no, right now pumpkins are not even in season. Somehow, that doesn't stop Elysian (and others), from releasing pumpkin beers in July and August. I, like many others will happily celebrate the arrival [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:39-07:00

Beer Review #12 — TRiNiTY Brewing Company — Magical Brettanomyces Tour #2

Welcome back craft beer dabblers, aficionados, advocates, and stewards. Let's get a little crazy this week with some wild yeast! Yes I said wild yeast, those who are uninitiated or skeptical of this, do not fear! Wild yeast is a magical thing and will bring you many new beer horizons. Let's get [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:40-07:00

Beer Review #11 — Against The Grain Brewery: Citra Ass Down!

Greetings again all craft beer brothers and sisters, advocates and aficionados, I hope you all have been enjoying the bit of cooler weather we have received thus far this week. It's been a great, albeit a bit hot, summer thus far. Prime season for outdoor shenanigans: camping, fishing, sailing, hiking, golfing, [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:51-07:00

Chuckanut Brewing Hosting Dick Cantwell for Bellingham Beer Week Talk

Bellingham Beer Week is coming in mid-September and it's going to be the biggest year yet. As always, Bellingham's breweries got together and brewed up BBW's collaborative brew. This year it was hosted at Chuckanut Brewing. Chuckanut teamed up with Aslan Brewing, North Fork Brewing and some of Bellingham's newest breweries, [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:55-07:00

Aslan Brewing Maxes Capacity, Expanding to 45 Barrel System

Aslan Brewing has been on a roll lately. It has become more and more accepted in the Bellingham community and its recent awards attest to the growing quality of it's beer. The canning of their popular Batch 15 IPA has been met with open arms by it's fans. They have been [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:58-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:59-07:00

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, [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:05-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:06-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:15-07:00

K2 is Open! Take a Virtual Tour (Or just go yourself)

Bellingham's newest brewery, Kulshan Brewery's second brewery, K2, opened last Saturday. K2 is the first in what will be a series of brewery openings over the next 9 months in Bellingham. Stones Throw, Gruff, Structures and Subdued Brewing will be opening in due time! Bellingham, get out on the #taptrail today [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:17-07:00

Win Tickets to the Yes, We Can! Canned Beer Festival

On July 4th the 2nd Annual Yes, We Can! Canned Beer Festival will take place at Elizabeth Station. It's the Northwest's 1st canned beer festival. We are giving away two (2) free tickets to this happy and hoppy event. Here's the event details. POLECAT & WILD RABBIT 40+ breweries - hot food - [...]

2015-05-28T13:55:13-07:00

The Local Public House to Host 2nd Annual Home Brewers Competition

The good folks at The Local are hosting their 2nd Annual Home Brewers Competition. I spoke with Ben Buccarrelli of Menace Brewing and The Local. He says this year's competition will be much more legitimate and and will be very competitive. "Instead of having brewers submit their recipes, we will give [...]

2015-05-22T14:08:59-07:00

Bellingham Breweries to Compete in Urban Kickball Tournament

Urban Kickball League Every Thursday, 5pm - 730pm May 14th, May 21st, May 28th, June 4th, Jun 11th Tournament on June 13th Maritime Heritage Park The Downtown Bellingham Partnership is hosting an Urban Kickball League and the Bellingham Tap Trail Breweries are going to win it. For five Thursdays, starting May 14th, [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:45-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:52-07:00

Interview with Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Patrick McEvoy, our Bottle Editor, recently got to interview the good folks at renowned Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project out of Denver, Colorado. Their beer is heading our way and this is great news for Bellingham. Look for it soon at Elizabeth Station! Here's the full interview: The only people I know [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:53-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:54-07:00
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