Bellingham’s newest Menace: Steve DeMoney

Menace Brewing, part of a Bellingham beer trifecta alongside The Local Public House and its neighboring Annex, has brought delicious and memorable beer to the Fountain neighborhood for officially over a year now. Before their brewery opened its doors, co-owner and brewer Ben Buccarelli made beer and perfected recipes for the [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:12-07:00

Bale Breaker Brewing announces Harvest Collaboration Series with four breweries

Bale Breaker Brewing just announced plans to collaborate with four different breweries this hop harvest season. “Brewers from across the country are planning trips to the hop fields of Yakima Valley for our upcoming harvest,” says Jessica Hawkins, Bale Breaker’s marketing manager. "It's the perfect time to brew with some of [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:25-07:00

Rural Meets Urban: Atwood Ales Farm Brewery collaborates with Urban Family Brewery

There are all sorts of brewer collaborations these days, but the best ones happen naturally. (Isaac, Josh, and Rowan) After enjoying some Atwood Ales beers, Rowan Chadwick and Isaac Koski, co-head brewers of Urban Family Brewing, contacted Atwood Ales owners Josh and Monica Smith about collaborating on a beer. [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:26-07:00

A visit to Atwood Ales’ farmhouse brewery in Blaine

I recently had the opportunity to visit Atwood Ales’ brewery in Blaine, WA, which sits on an idyllic, 5-acre farm that is less than 2 miles from the Canadian border – as the bald eagle flies. The brewery isn’t open to the public, but Atwood Ales owner/brewer Josh Smith and his wife [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:36-07:00

BrewDog opens new brewery in America

Scotland’s dog-friendly brewery, BrewDog, opened its new brewery, restaurant and taproom in Columbus, Ohio yesterday. Named DogTap Columbus, the stylish building features a gaming area, a full restaurant, and a dozen taps from BrewDog and other guest breweries (see photos below from brewdog.com). Once its brewhouse is fully operational, it will double [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:39-07:00

A visit to Anacortes’ newest brewery, Bastion Brewing Co.

With all the new breweries opening in Bellingham and across the country, it’s easy to forget that this growth isn’t occurring in every city. Anacortes is one example, which, until recently, has had just one brewery for many years. The Anacortes Brewery (at The Rockfish Grill), which opened in 1994, is [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:53-07:00

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 [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:12-07:00

The Face Behind the Beer: Chuckanut Brewery

  Click to read past articles on Aslan Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, and Boundary Bay Brewery. Happy Wednesday, and welcome back to another installment of "The Face Behind the Beer." While all their beers are worthy of praise, Chuckanut Brewery has absolutely perfected the art of German style brewing. In fact, Chuckanut [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:25-07:00

Boundary Bay Brewery turning 20, throwing massive block party

Boundary Bay Brewery turns 20 on Wednesday, Sept. 16, and it will be celebrating with the “biggest, baddest block party Bellingham has ever seen!” This milestone happens to fall right in the middle of Bellingham Beer Week, which makes it even more special. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:32-07:00

Oktoberfest! The Munich event, the beer style, Chuckanut’s upcoming event

Oktoberfest in Munich Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, runs from the second-to-last Saturday in September through the first Sunday in October. It began more than 200 years ago as a wedding reception – featuring a horse race – after the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Over time, the [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:33-07:00

Stuck In a Rut? Spice Up Your Beer Life With North Fork Beer Shrine

If you've ever driven to Mt. Baker, you’ve most likely passed North Fork Beer Shrine on the way. Located between mile markers 20 and 21, North Fork Brewery is tucked away on Mount Baker Highway in Deming, Washington, a solid 45 minute drive from Bellingham. With its inconvenient location, North Fork [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:37-07:00

Illuminati Brewing adds to the growing number of Bellingham breweries in planning

Just when you think it can’t get any better, you hear about another Bellingham brewery in planning. Add Illuminati Brewing to the list, which comes right on the heels of learning about Blaine’s first brewery in planning. Bill and Jennifer Kimmerly, the owners of Masquerade Wine Company in Bellingham, are planning [...]

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

Boundary Bay Brewery now in its 20th year, stronger than ever

With all the new breweries popping up locally and regionally, it’s easy to get distracted and neglect the older, more established breweries. But that would be an unfortunate mistake. You really have to stay beer focused, and keep putting one foot in front of the other on the Tap Trail. Take Boundary Bay [...]

2018-10-18T13:27:47-07:00

Kulshan Brewing Co. about to open second brewery in Bellingham

In response to growing demand for its extensive line of award-winning ales and lagers, Kulshan Brewing Co. is excited to announce that it will be opening a second brewery on Kentucky Street in Bellingham in just a few weeks. Affectionately nicknamed K2, the new brewery will feature a 30-barrel brewhouse (twice [...]

2015-04-29T08:59:49-07:00

The meanings behind Bellingham-area brewery names

Since the late 1800s, many breweries have come and gone in the Bellingham area, including Happy Valley Brewery, Whatcom Brewing & Malting Co., Bellingham Bay Brewery, North Cascades Brewing Co., Whatcom Brewing (Frank-n-Stein Pub), Orchard Street Brewery and Mount Baker Brewery. Bellingham Bay Brewery, maker of 3-B beer: Fortunately, we have [...]

2018-10-18T13:31:26-07:00

The Winner of Bellingham’s LEAST Favorite Beer is IPA

We suspect some ballot stuffing by an avid group/cult of IPA haters, but here are your results. Bellingham, you hate IPAs. The wonderful people at Menace Brewing (aka The Local Pub) has agreed to brew the "winner" of this very important poll. Bellingham, we suspect you have a love/hate relationship with [...]

2015-02-19T13:55:51-08:00

Sierra Nevada Brewery Founder is now a Billionaire

Ken Grossman, owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing, is now a billionaire, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. “It’s been a pretty phenomenal last 30 years for the American craft beer industry,” said Grossman in a July interview at his Chico, California, headquarters. He’s gone from storing beer in his grandmother’s fridge to [...]

2018-10-18T13:30:36-07:00

Black Fin Design Previews Kulshan Brewery’s Burly New Tables

The images shown here are not final. The tables still have more design work and the wood slabs shown are not the finalized wood slabs that will be used. The Bellingham Tap Trail isn't just about beer. There is a design and feel to all of our breweries that give a unique experience [...]

2018-10-18T13:30:43-07:00
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