‘Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest’ celebrates regional hikes and breweries

It’s hard to believe, but when Rachel Wood and Brandon Fralic came up with the idea to write a guidebook on hiking and beer just five years ago, Bellingham – as well as the entire state of Washington – only had half as many breweries as it does today. Incredulously, hiking [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:06-07:00

Beer Review #67 — Uinta Pit Stop Sour Apricot IPA

Happy Monday folks and welcome back for another Tap Trail Review. As it continues to warm, albeit slowly, I keep reaching for lighter and brighter offerings. Todays offering comes from Salt Lake City's Uinta Brewing. Back in Colorado I would find myself consistently reaching for their flagship Hop Nosh IPA, it [...]

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

Beer Review #59 — Stone | Marble | Odell Megawheat IIPA

Hello again all craft drinkers and advocates. We've got a fun one today that I was pleasantly surprised to see and find. We did a collaboration beer last week of Evil Twin & Westbrook's Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, which was quite good. Today we journey to the other side of [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:45-07:00

Beer Review #56 — Against the Grain & Hoof Hearted — Clearly Everybody Wants Some

Welcome back for another installment of Tap Trail reviews. We've got an interesting collaboration beer here today. Collaborations are always a nice idea, especially if it affords you the opportunity to try a beer from a brewery you wouldn't normally be able to. There have been quite a few local breweries [...]

2018-10-18T13:21:47-07:00

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

Recommended reading for beer enthusiasts, pro and home brewers: ‘Brewing Local’ by Stan Hieronymus

The latest book from Brewers Publications, Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer, examines the increased demand for locally brewed beers as well as beers made with “non-traditional” ingredients. Author Stan Hieronymus chronicles the history of how distinctly American beers came about, visits farm breweries, and forages for both plants and yeast to discover how brewers are [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:01-07:00

Beer Review #52 — Double Mountain The Divine 9th Anniversary Ale

  Welcome back again to another sip on the Tap Trail Reviews. We've just conquered yet another epic Bellingham Beer Week. Replete with numerous stellar beers, familiar faces, new friends, and many memories to add to the logbook. To decompress and celebrate a bit I wanted to go for a beer [...]

2018-10-18T13:22:03-07:00

Thoughts on PicoBrew’s Pico beer brewing appliance

After reading Ariana’s post about the PicoBrew Pico homebrew system, I became intrigued by the machine, and I even considered purchasing one. When PicoBrew released the Zymatic in 2013, I found it interesting, but I didn’t even consider buying one because it was too expensive (roughly $2,000). PicoBrew’s recently released Pico, [...]

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

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

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

Beer Review #6 — Grand Teton Brewing: Sour Grand Saison

Up for review today, just in time to celebrate these warm temperatures, is a great farmhouse ale from Grand Teton Brewing. Synonymously called a Saison, these beers are hearty, often strong, bright and hazy ales. Classically these were brewed in the Winter months, and meant to condition in the Spring so that [...]

2015-06-18T08:23:46-07:00

Beer Review #3 — Fremont Endurance Imperial IPA

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. Congratulations well to Aeromech for their winning of the Ski to Sea race on Sunday! It was an impressive race, with Aeromech barely beating Boundary Bay Brewing. Whether competing, volunteering, or watching the race, it was an overall beautiful weekend in Bellingham. To celebrate [...]

2018-10-18T13:28:25-07:00
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