September 2016 will mark two years of amazing beer, milestones, national recognition, awards and growth on the Tap Trail. As Bellingham’s breweries and taphouses grow, so too does the Tap Trail! On Sept. 9th, the start of Bellingham Beer Week, the brand new Tap Trail Passport and Map will hit the streets. Our distribution and drop points are expanding into the North of Whatcom County. That means more people with more maps and more pints.

We’re always innovating and keeping things fresh here. Our team has added more taphouses and breweries to the 2016 Fall/Winter Map. We’re also changing up our prizes. On past Passports, you had to get 8 stamps and we gave you a nifty Tap Trail key chain, or, if you went all the way and completed all 16 locations you got one our slick Silipints. We’re doing a little bit of the old mixed in with a bunch of the new for the next Passport.

Tap Trail is one of the United States’ premiere craft beer trails.

New Prize Lineup

  • 4 stamps – One of our leather branded brewery coasters OR keychain bottle opener.
  • 16 stamps – SiliPint
  • 22 stamps – A Tap Trail branded bike tee. The back will say “I Did it” and have a checkmark next to all the breweries and taphouses.

22 Locations on the 2016 Fall/Winter Season

Menace Brewing, Stones Throw and Gruff Brewing will be the newest breweries on the Tap Trail. Menace won’t be open when the new Tap Trail Passport hits the streets. You can either wait until they are open OR grab a stamp in place of their stamp at any other Tap Trail location. BUT we suggest waiting until they open to get the stamp. That way your Passport will be a unique piece of Bellingham’s craft beer history!

We’re particular about how we choose our Passport locations. Taphouses have to provide a unique craft beer experience to Tap Trail Hikers. These newest taphouses do just that. Maggies Pub in Ferndale, Overflow Taps in Lynden and Hops and Headz in Bellingham’s Wood Hood provide awesome craft beer selection while also offering unique craft culture. With 11 breweries and 11 craft tap houses, an active online community and a growing suite of events, the Tap Trail is one of the United States’ premiere craft beer trails.

You’ll be able to start chipping away at these 22 awesome locations and collecting your prizes the first day of Bellingham Beer Week, Sept 9th.

PPNWThere’s so many ways to get around the Tap Trail these days, so please travel and explore responsibly. Don’t forget about Pedal Party NW, Bellingham’s multi-stage bike! Grab your friends and family and hop on for a group pedal to many Tap Trail locations. There’s also the Baker Bus and SeaTac Direct. You can always bike, walk, or grab an Uber!

We also don’t want you to forget that each location has it’s own unique offerings of music, art and community engagement, nearly every night of the week. As always, we’ll be promoting those on our Events Calendar, through our articles and across the Tap Trail. Stay tuned Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and, as always, those that sign up for our Email Newsletter are offered exclusive deals on our Tap Trail Gear.

The Tap Trail is growing. The beer is flowing. We’re so excited to have you all on board, while simultaneously taking us for a ride. Thanks for your support these past two years. Make sure to thank our local breweries, taphouses and their beertenders, for everything they have done these past years. You’ve brought energy, excitement and helped make Bellingham a Beer Town, like no other!