The Bellingham Craft Beer Guide to Girl Scout Cookies

It's Girl Scout cookie season, y'all. That wonderful time of the year where we silently (or not so silently) gawk at the incredibly rising price per box, give some adorable little scout all our money, and inhale a sleeve of cookies per night, completely ignoring that joke of a "two cookies [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:50-07:00

MillerCoors Sued for Not Producing Coors Light in the Rockies

  MillerCoors has been sued for not producing Coors Light in the Rockies. This sounds familiar. Remember when Blue Moon was sued for not being craft beer? Big Beer is starting to hear it from consumers. Whether you want to call these consumers clueless, or not is up to you, but [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:53-07:00

Pop Culture Pairing: 2016 Presidential Candidates

  *Opinions of the author do not necessarily represent the opinions of Tap Trail.* Hello Everyone, and welcome to another installment of Pop Culture Pairing, a Tap Trail series where we take our favorite pop culture characters and pair them with popular craft brews. Catch up with past articles on Star Wars, David [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:59-07:00

A Love Letter to the Bellingham Craft Beer Community

It's been said before how unique the Bellingham beer community is. In Bellingham, instead of competition between breweries, you’ll find support and genuine companionship. I have seen no greater example than my experience with H2O’s Bellingham Brewer’s Night Tap Takeover and Karaoke in Anacortes.   It’s 5:30 pm on Thursday. You’re [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:02-07:00

[Poll] What Should We Call “Craft Beer”?

The Brewers Association defines craft beer in the following way: Small Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:02-07:00

The Relevance and Deterioration of “Craft”

If you’re currently reading this article, chances are you have heard the term “craft beer” tossed around more than once in your lifetime. But what does it truly mean for a beer to be considered “craft?” Can there really be a concrete definition? The Brewer’s Association defines an American craft brewer [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:06-07:00

Beer Review #32 — Off Color Dinos’mores Imperial Stout

Welcome all dark beer lovers to another installment of Tap Trail reviews. I have been waiting quite some time for this little guy to be released. Off Color has been consistently climbing the ranks in my own personal favorites. They have killer, unique artwork, and brew consistently well made inconsistent and [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:06-07:00

Beer Review #31 — pFriem Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

Welcome back for another week of reviews, there have been some remarkable releases lately, most notably Cognac Abyss, as much as I'd love to post a review for that beer, it won't be today. Perhaps we can revisit it at the six month mark or so when it really hits its stride, as [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:09-07:00

The Portland Dilemma: Why an Excess in Breweries Does Not Equal a Craft Beer Community

The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect that of Tap Trail. In the world of craft beer, a question that always seems to pop up is, “How big is too big?” Whether we’re talking about a brewery’s production level or the number of breweries per city, there seems to be an [...]

2018-10-18T13:23:25-07:00

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 #24 — Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale

Fall is nearly my favorite beer season, it is a very close second to the Winter beer season. Fall absolutely has some superior beer selections compared to Summer and Spring. There have already been some heavy hitters released thus far, Sierra Nevada's Celebration & Narwhal, Hopworks Abominable, Fremont Kentucky Dark Star, I could go [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:16-07:00

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

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

AB InBev Under Investigation by US Justice Dept for Trying to Curb Craft Beer Distribution

We've talked about this before and perhaps we are starting to see some fears come to realization, or at least realized into a legal battle. Here are some excerpts from the Reuters story that they broke in the past hour. Take this story into account with the fact that AB InBev is [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:43-07:00

The New Belgium Brewery Expansion Looks More Like Silicon Valley

Craft breweries are expanding both reach of distribution and even moving their entire breweries across country, or even across oceans. Craft beer is getting bigger and bigger. One of the biggest, New Belgium is taking things a step further with their new $7 million expansion. As reported by the Coloradan, NB is [...]

2018-10-18T13:24:55-07:00

Breaking Down the Numbers Behind the Craft Beer Buyouts

UPDATED: Numbers now reflect revenue from kegs, as opposed to barrels. The last 12 months has seen exciting growth and upheaval in the craft beer community. It wasn't just the craft beer boom that stole headlines, but legal battles and craft beer acquisitions. Over the past month, there have been a few [...]

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

Founders Brewing Could Care Less They Are No Longer a Craft Brewery

How important is it to maintain a title? Does it matter that some organization removes your title if you're making good beer? The Brewers Association has stripped Founders Brewing of it's designation as a "craft brewery." The Brewers Association defines "craft" as follows: Small Annual production of 6 million barrels of [...]

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

Vote for The Best Beer Bar in Washington State

The Tap Trail is full of not only an incredibly diverse selection of breweries, it also is home to some top notch craft beer bars. Elizabeth Station, The Local Public House, McKay's Taphouse, Uisce, Hops and Headz, Archer Ale House, Green Frog and Schweinhaus all bring a unique element to Bellingham's craft [...]

2015-08-24T12:59:34-07:00

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
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