Japanese Craft Brewers Are Changing Tastes

Let's not get too caught up in our Tap Trail bubble! While it seems brewery, after brewery, after brewery...after brewery are being announced in Bellingham, craft beer is exploding in countries across the globe as well. Australia, for example, has, by some measurements, a stronger craft beer scene the US - Craft beer in [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:41-07:00

Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo Begins in Portland

The Craft Brewers Conference runs from April 14th - April 17th in Portland, Oregon. This is no small affair, as you can see from this photos of last year's conference in Denver, Colorado. There will be over 15,000 attendees, 575 businesses, and 16o presenters. Portland last hosted the conference in 2001, [...]

2018-10-18T13:29:01-07:00

Chief Economist of Brewers Association Sees More Growth

Thanks to deregulation back in the late 1970s craft beer has become an economic force in many world economies.  There are so many fads in the world economy, but craft beer doesn't seem to be one of those. Just how much growth can we expect? Bart Watson, the Chief Economist for the [...]

2015-04-10T09:24:40-07:00

Creating Better Beer Through Science

Last week Finnish researchers reported they had developed a better way to develop yeast that would give us more diverse tastes, save money and time. From their abstract. The interspecific hybrid Saccharomyces pastorianus is the most commonly used yeast in brewery fermentations worldwide. Here, we generated de novo lager yeast hybrids [...]

2018-10-18T13:31:09-07:00

Craft Beer’s Interactive Beer Styles Guide

Craft Beer.com just launched a new website and they included a brand new Interactive Styles Guide. The website is run by the Brewer's Association. These are the folks who advocate for craft beer through legislation such as promoting the Small BREW Act, intended to lower taxes for small brewers. The styles [...]

2018-10-18T13:31:14-07:00

Oskar Blues Brewery Looking to Buy Smaller Breweries

There has been quite an uproar in the craft beer world lately. It seems craft breweries are being bought up left and right by Big Beer lately. All this consolidation and fervor culminated in a Budweiser Super Bowl ad mocking the craft brewing industry. This led to responses from craft beer. Basically, there's [...]

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

Hill Farmstead Named World’s Best Brewery

Hill Farmstead Brewery of Vermont has been named the 2015 World's Best Brewery by RateBeer.com. Every year RateBeer.com compiles various lists of beer excellence. Both regionally and internationally. Rate Beer is home to more than 100 master beer tasters and countless cicerones.  It is the most visited site for beer rankings [...]

2018-10-18T13:30:15-07:00

Elysian Co-Founder Not Happy With InBev and Budweiser

As you know by now Budweiser took a pretty hefty jab at craft brewing with it's Super Bowl ad. The irony, as many have pointed out, is that InBev has acquired some pretty prominent craft beer companies in the last 6 months, including Elysian Brewing out of Seattle. The Chicago Tribune [...]

2015-02-02T15:56:09-08:00

Non-Beer Snob’s Guide to Ordering Craft Beer

Budweiser basically said beer snobs suck with their Super Bowl commercial. Are you someone looking to better understand craft beer? How to order one and how to taste it? I think that accounts for about 90% of beer drinkers. We're all trying to better understand beer. CityLab put together a great guide [...]

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

Bellingham’s Breweries and Food Trucks Support Each Other

Bellingham is rich with breweries and tap houses. We also have a growing food truck scene. My unofficial count is somewhere around ~30 food trucks. Everything from ice cream, to BBQ, meat pies and pizza. Currently, only a fraction of these are being used at breweries. But there are more breweries on [...]

2018-10-18T13:30:28-07:00

Big Beer Struggling to fit in Craft Beer Market

Craft beer makes up 75% of the $100 billion US beer market. That is a huge percentage, but it is slipping. Craft beer captured $14.3 billion of that market. The US Congress is excited about the burgeoning market. They have developed the Small BREW Act and hope to pass it, giving further support [...]

2018-10-18T13:30:35-07:00

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

Study Finds Craft Beer is Better for US Agriculture Than Big Beer

Apparently, craft beer is better for farmers and US agriculture than that 30 bomb of Busch Light you're considering buying. A new study by the USDA shows that craft beer uses 3-7 times as much barley per barrel than Big Beer. So craft beer is better for the backbone of the [...]

2018-10-18T13:30:37-07:00

The End of the Bartender and the Spread of Automated Taps

As is happening across society, things are becoming more automated and individualized. Imagine rolling into The Copper Hog, the bar is gone and along the wall are all taps with a few lines of your friends talking and pouring their own pints. Logan, the current bartender at The Copper Hog, wouldn't [...]

2018-10-18T13:30:38-07:00

Bellingham’s Brewery Boom: Just how many can this city sustain?

With every new brewery that opens in Bellingham, I hear the same question in one form or another: Can Bellingham support yet another brewery? My short answer is a resounding YES. What follows is my long answer. Currently, there are five breweries in Bellingham – Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, Kulshan, Wander, and [...]

2018-10-18T13:30:39-07:00

Congress Seeks to Reduce Small Brewery Tax

Congress is trying to enact the bipartisan SMALL Brew Act. The bill would re-calibrate the existing taxes on breweries. Including decreasing the per barrel tax on those breweries that make less than 60,000 barrels per year. More on the bill below from the Brewer's Association: View image | gettyimages.com The Small [...]

2015-01-12T16:46:36-08:00

Too Many Hops?

Image via Bellingham Home Brewers Guild According to the beer writer below, hops are ruining beer. In a region that is run by hops, this whole debate holds some interest for me. Yakima, WA produces about 75% of the nation's hops. SEVENTY PERCENT! "Hop Bomb", "Hop Head", "Palate Wrecker" are all [...]

2014-12-30T15:21:23-08:00

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