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  • What an awesome place. Exactly what ferndale needed. Great atmosphere, definitely not trying to be to fancy for ferndale. We will definitely be going back!!!

    Sam McGrady Avatar
    Sam McGrady
    7/14/2018
  • positive review Loved the atmosphere, very helpful employee, great beer. just loved, loved, loved. Ferndale needed this! Thank you!

    Lisa Brewer Avatar
    Lisa Brewer
    10/11/2018

Beer, Wine & Cider

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Pour-it-Yourself Rotating Taps

with a wide array of beers in all styles, select ciders & featured wines.

  • Pineapple Hard Cider

    Ace Ciders

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      5%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Inspired by the House Family’s annual visit to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands our Pineapple cider is an ideal drink for tropical hot and humid climates. Our signature drink the Hawaii 5-0 is a mix of Ace Pineapple cider, coconut rum, ice and a garnish of fresh pineapple. This original cider is perfect for a backyard BBQ, or Bacon dishes. First pineapple cider developed in the world

  • Between the Wheels

    Atwood Ales

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      Saison

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    • ABV ::

      5.1%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Mixed culture saison, fermented in oak barrels. Dry hopped with Jarrylo hops from Puterbaugh Farms in Yakima, WA. Light-bodied, golden-copper colored, dry, mildly tart and funky

  • Watermelon

    BeeHaven

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      Mead

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    • ABV ::

      5.5%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Juicy watermelon with the seeds thrown in as well, lime lends a nice big zesty bite, then basil is added for an herbal kick! A great summer option.

  • Dry Cider

    Blue Mountain Cider Co.

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      6.25%

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      IBU ::

      0

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  • Pilsner

    Chuckanut Brewery

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      Pilsner

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    • ABV ::

      5%

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      IBU ::

      36

    • Description ::

      Chuckanut’s Genuine Pilsner is a thing of beauty; it is delicate, sharp, flavorful, aromatic, and appetizing. Pilsner’s cold fermentation leaves the beer clear and bright after its long aging process. High levels of natural carbonation in Chuckanut Pilsner result fromthe aging process, creating a pillowy white head on top of the golden liquid.

  • Root Beer

    Diamond Knot Craft Brewing

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      Craft Soda

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    • ABV ::

      0%

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      0

    • Description ::

      True old-fashioned Root Beer made with 22 different ingredients including real vanilla and pure cane sugar. It pairs perfectly with vanilla bean ice cream to make a one of a kind float. great root beer from our friends at Big E Ales in Lynnwood. This is for the non-beer drinker as well as for DDs.

  • 120 Minute IPA

    Dogfish Head Brewery

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      Imperial IPA

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    • ABV ::

      18%

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      IBU ::

      120

    • Description ::

      120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it's the Holy Grail for hopheads!

  • Craft Clarity Ginger Lime

    Eel River Brewing

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      Hard Sparkling Water

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    • ABV ::

      5%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      This craft brewed, flavored sparkling water is Low Carb, Zero Sugar, and Naturally Gluten Free. It's extremely crisp, refreshing, and only 100 Calories per can.

  • Imperial Stout

    FarmStrong Brewing Co.

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      Stout

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    • ABV ::

      9%

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      IBU ::

      55

    • Description ::

      Highway 20 stretches through the expanse of the Skagit Valley, allowing the traveler a chance to go from the rich coastal farmlands that provide our grain, through the mountain peaks that are home to the aquifers which the community depends on. This complex stout will take the drinker on a similar journey. Starting with notes of fresh ground espresso and cacao nibs you are enticed to swirl and inhale as the glass is raised. The first sip explodes with flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, backed with a touch of roasty character. As the beverage warms notes of candied fruit will start to surface with a warming hint of alcohol.

  • Unraveled IPA

    Founders Brewing Co.

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      Juicy IPA

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    • ABV ::

      6.6%

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      IBU ::

      50

    • Description ::

      We unraveled some of our favorite American hops to get to the juicy goodness inside. Dry hopped with traditional hop pellets along with lupulin powder, an innovative hop product that separates lupulin from the hop flower, Unraveled IPA is incredibly flavorful and aromatic. Wheat and oats form a smooth backdrop to carry all those wonderful hop characteristics, while the pour is beautifully clear.

  • Lady Elaine Fairchilde Sahti

    Menace Brewing

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      Spiced Beer

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    • ABV ::

      7.4%

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      IBU ::

      32

    • Description ::

      Finnish Style Nordic Ale Brewed with juniper branches and juniper berries

  • Japanese Style Lager

    Okayama Omachi

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      Rice Lager

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    • ABV ::

      4.5%

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      IBU ::

      35

    • Description ::

      A crisp Japanese Lager using rice traditionally used to make Sake. Light, soft, and refreshing, it’s has undertones of Umami and overtones of fresh bread.

  • Lemon Basil

    One Tree Hard Cider

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      6.6%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      This cider is the perfect complement to some summer fun, or if you are stuck inside and just want to get that brief glimpse of how much fun the rest of us are having. Real lemon and fresh basil make this a sassy bouquet of awesome to enjoy year- round.

  • Hommel Bier

    Perennial Artisan Ales

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      Belgian Ale

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    • ABV ::

      5.9%

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      IBU ::

      35

    • Description ::

      A dry hopped Belgian Pale Ale which defies tradition by combining Chinook and Columbus hops, American malts and a Belgian yeast strain. The result is a beer with earthy and spicy tones from the yeast and a slight orange note contributed by the hops.

  • Pinot Noir Rosé

    Rainstorm

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      Rosé

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    • ABV ::

      14%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Our Rosé is another beautiful expression of Oregon’s most famous varietal. With aromas of strawberry, rose petals and pomegranate, this fresh and vibrant wine is a perfect partner to a wide array of culinary favorites and new adventures. Fruit-driven with a crisp, dry finish, this all seasons crowd pleaser is a Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice for a versatile, take anywhere and enjoy, Rosé.

  • Powers Out Stout -Nitro

    San Juan Island Brewing Co.

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      Oatmeal Stout

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    • ABV ::

      5.6%

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      IBU ::

      28

    • Description ::

      A dark and delicious traditional English oatmeal stout. Cozy up to a pint of this full-bodied stout with notes of chocolate and coffee.

  • Murder of Crows

    Skookum Brewery

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      American Imperial Stout

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    • ABV ::

      9%

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      IBU ::

      70

    • Description ::

      Bourbon stout

  • Alt Bier

    Stoup Brewing

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      Altbier

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    • ABV ::

      4.9%

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      IBU ::

      38

    • Description ::

      Our Altbier pays homage to historic ales from Dusseldorf Germany. Pilsner malt and German Munich malts help to create an ale with full body while Roy Farms ADHA 1940 hops provide a firm clean bitterness.

  • Distance and Meaning

    Structures Brewing

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      Double IPA

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    • ABV ::

      8%

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      IBU ::

      45

    • Description ::

      Brewed with our favorite blend of malts and flaked oats. Hopped in the kettle with Mosaic and dry hopped with even more Mosaic and Azacca. This Double IPA shines bright with aromas of berry starburst and tropical fruit. Notes of dried mango and overripe papaya give way to subtle grapefruit rind, balanced bitterness with a soft body and dry finish.

  • Old Skook

    Three Magnets Brewing Co.

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      Barleywine

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    • ABV ::

      12%

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      IBU ::

      40

    • Description ::

      Caramel and vanilla aromas start the experience, quickly followed by rich fig and plum flavors which are subtly propped up by a toasty undertone, and followed with an ever so slight hop finish.

  • Second To Sunrise

    Urban Family Brewing Co.

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      India Pale Ale

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    • ABV ::

      7%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Hopped with Citra & Simcoe.

Happenings

The taproom is lively! We host food trucks, trivia, music bingo, brewers nights, etc. on the regular.

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Choose the Tap

As a new business, we love hearing from our customers regarding what they’d like to see (and drink!) at our taphouse. Give us your feedback and vote here for the next beer(s) we add to our tap list!

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Private Events

Semi-Private

  • 10 people or more
  • Reserved seating
  • Each guest can pay separately
  • 1 Credit card required for reservation
  • Cancellation accepted up to 24 hours before reservation time. If canceled within 24 hours of your reservation, DT Taps will charge 50% of your reservation minimum spend to the card on file.
  • Reservations are considered canceled if the majority of your reservation group do not arrive within 30 minutes of reservation time.
  • Sunday – Wednesday = $25 per person minimum spend (tax/tip not included). This includes any merchandise purchased. Each person does not need to spend $25, just as long as the overall total spend for the entire group is met, it doesn’t matter how much each person spends. If minimum spend is not met, the credit card on file is charged the difference.

Entire Venue

  • This is a private event where DT Taps is closed to the general public
  • PA, microphone, video/laptop projection, and custom menus available
  • Credit card required for reservation. Cancellation accepted up to 1 week before reservation time. If within 1 week of your reservation, DownTime Taps will charge 50% of your reservation minimum spend. If canceled within 1 day of your reservation, DownTime Taps will charge 75% of your reservation minimum spend.
  • Sunday – Wednesday 12pm -5pm = $1200 minimum spend (tax/tip not included). This includes any merchandise purchased. If minimum spend is not met, the credit card on file is charged the difference.

About Us

Background

It’s no secret that over the past decade Bellingham has become a craft brew Mecca in the Pacific Northwest. That being said, folks in outlying areas of Whatcom County have had to make the drive into Bellingham to gain a full appreciation for all this area has to offer. That stops now! DownTime Taps opened its doors in July of 2018 and began offering folks in Ferndale and beyond a unique opportunity to not only sample a variety of local beers, wines and ciders, but the ability to do it on their own terms.

Co-owners, Chay Tan and Tomas Aminnie have put a different twist on the already successful definition of a what it means to be a taphouse. DownTime represents the first self-serve establishment in Washington State and truly allows the consumer to dictate the brewery, type and amount of beverage they prefer. With 32 taps and a passion for supporting the remarkable amount of local brewing talent present in the Northwest, Chay and Tomas have created a taphouse for the masses.

Groundbreaking

Over the past year and a half, Chay and Tomas have worked collaboratively with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board to make the self-serve option a reality in our state. They are at the forefront of this progression and have directly assisted in the development of the responsible regulations associated with making this a safe and appealing option in Washington.

Once your ID has been verified and your bracelet is provided, the itemized LCD screens above each tap will allow you to review the descriptions and specific characteristics associated with each beverage. A quick scan of your bracelet will then allow you to pour from 1oz. to a full pint of any tap you choose. Everything is priced by the ounce which gives you the flexibility to drink as much or as little of any given option as you prefer. The revolutionary iPourIt system utilized at DownTime is calibrated to assist the customer with the pouring process and ensures that your drinking experience will be consistent with traditional expectations.

When you combine this experience with the atmosphere at DownTime, it truly creates a new taphouse experience. An expansive and cozy indoor area combined with heated outdoor seating gives you options for all conditions. Order-in food from one of the many local restaurants and relax! We’re confident that you’ll enjoy your experience but also hopeful that you’ll provide any constructive feedback related to how we can make our environment even better. We acknowledge that being groundbreaking has its cost and we will always strive to be receptive to your feedback. Welcome to Whatcom County’s taproom, DownTime Taps.

Hours

  • Monday 4pm – 9pm
  • Tuesday 4pm – 9pm
  • Wednesday 4pm – 9pm
  • Thursday 4pm – 10pm
  • Friday 12pm – 10pm
  • Saturday 12pm – 10pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 9pm

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