Bellingham Beer Week has wrapped up. The best beers were drank. The best memories were made. But a reminder: All those beers you drank, were poured by Bellingham’s elite sud-slingers. These fine people not only know how to pour a beer, they know a lot about beer.
But it’s more than the beer. These people, the best ones – the most memorable ones – have that special something that’s hard to put your finger on, that je ne sais quoi. Maybe they’re just really nice. Or maybe they’re just assholes, but in a way that makes you like them. Maybe they have a deep knowledge of craft beer. Perhaps it’s because they pour the best nitro pints. Or they have worked in all the taphouses and craft breweries, so their industry knowledge runs deep. Maybe you have a favorite beertender because he/she doesn’t say a damn word and just pours what you ask. Whatever that reason is, you have a favorite.
Bellingham’s best beertenders bring you back not just for their beer, but for who they are. They are the front line of every taphouse and brewery and we need to honor them for it. That’s why we’ve created the most elite of voting competitions, Bellingham’s Best Beertender.
This year our Head Sponsor is Skagit Valley College’s Craft Brewing Academy. They have developed a renowned Craft Brewing Academy that has quickly gained popularity and just graduated its first class. Want to learn how to brew craft beer? There’s even a brewer or two from the Tap Trail that teaches classes, including Bryan Krueger of Boundary Bay. Academy graduates walk away with a Certificate in Craft Brewing and it’s right in Skagit. They already have a graduate opening their own business. The academy has a waiting list for it’s classes, but it will be enrolling again for the Winter 2017 classes. Get on board!
Our Schooner Sponsor is Bellingham’s core neighborhood real estate specialist, Hoppis Real Estate. Joe Hoppis can be found discussing community and dreaming of possibilities with clients over pints across the Tap Trail. Also, did you notice that German last name? That’s your favorite key beer ingredient! Family folklore has it that his family were hop farmers before coming to Ellis Island from Germany. So, like, could we have picked a better Schooner Sponsor for this competition?!
The 2015 Winner
Wander Brewing’s Hope Collins took the 2015 trophy home. As reigning champion, she sits comfortably on her hoppy thrown, hop vine scepter at her side, slinging pints better than the best. But the best are always pursued and she’ll be fighting like mad to retain that crown.