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  • Loved the atmosphere, very helpful employee, great beer. just loved, loved, loved. Ferndale needed this! Thank you!

    Lisa Brewer Avatar
    Lisa Brewer
    10/10/2018
  • Love the set up, amazing service and a really fun way to experience a tap house. I recommend this establishment to anyone that wants to have a good time. Such a great time!

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    Shelby Rodelas-Kent
    8/05/2018
  • The atmosphere is awesome, the staff is fun, and the drink selection is vast. There's a bit of a learning curve, but it's well worth the experience.

    Thomas Stoneham-Judge Avatar
    Thomas Stoneham-Judge
    7/10/2018
  • Nice selection of beer, very nice staff, great ambiance, good prices and fun self-pouring. Absolutely will go back and recommend for my friends and everyone else.

    Irene Turner Avatar
    Irene Turner
    7/10/2018
  • Loved it, so comfortable. The choice of beers, cider and wines. They even have mead! Food is available next door from Coconut Kenny’s. You couldn’t ask for something better. Did I say you are able to pour your own brews?

    John Barton Avatar
    John Barton
    7/11/2018
  • Played Cards against Humanity and I won. Lots of fun and a warm friendly environment. A huge variety of beers ciders and wine.

    Debbie Munzanreder Avatar
    Debbie Munzanreder
    11/10/2018
  • I loved that I could serve myself small amounts of various brews. It was a fun and low key place to hang out in with friends. Perfect addition to Ferndale!

    Kim Brunelle Kuehnel Avatar
    Kim Brunelle Kuehnel
    7/18/2018
  • Interesting concept, good selection of beers/wines/ciders. Very laid back with exceptionally attentive & helpful staff. I'll go back.

    Swede Elliot Ewing Avatar
    Swede Elliot Ewing
    7/08/2018
  • 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
    7/13/2018
  • Great new spot in Ferndale to meet with friends and try out some new drinks!! Highly recommend the wine slushees! Great music and atmosphere! We will defiantly be back!

    Lisa Robinson Avatar
    Lisa Robinson
    7/09/2018

See What's On Tap

Beer, Wine & Cider

32
Pour-it-Yourself Rotating Taps

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

  • Joker

    Ace

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      6.9%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Our Ace Joker is our driest cider yet and is made from 100% apple juice; it has champagne characteristics, a bit yeasty with 6.9% ABV.

  • Budweiser Reserve Copper

    Anheuser-Busch

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    • Style ::

      Lager

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    • ABV ::

      6.2%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      This is a flavorful American Copper Lager brewed with two-row barley malt and aged on real Jim Beam bourbon barrel staves for a toasted oak aroma, a deliciously nutty taste with caramel rye and vanilla notes, and a smooth finish.

  • Winter Warmer

    Aslan Brewing Co.

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    • Style ::

      Red IPA

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    • ABV ::

      6%

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      IBU ::

      55

    • Description ::

      This years rendition of our winter warmer is a red IPA. Fermented with our house ale strain and mashed with a variety of caramel and chocolate malts for a deep amber hue. Then dry hopped with Mosaic, Cascade, and a large dose of Sterling Hops. This seasonal IPA has a prominent piney character that is slightly dank.

  • Pecan Pie Porter

    Backwoods Brewing Co.

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      American Porter

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    • ABV ::

      5.9%

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      IBU ::

      20

    • Description ::

      Chocolate and caramel malt, with a touch of vanilla, and a slight ash finish.

  • Orange Spice

    Bellingham Cider Co.

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      6.7%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      sorry, Currently no description for this cider.

  • Bobo's Robust Porter

    Big Sky Brewing

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    • Style ::

      Porter

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    • ABV ::

      6.2%

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      IBU ::

      32

    • Description ::

      A small bottle with big flavor! Brewed with six different malts and generously hopped, robust doesn't really begin to describe this beer. Smooth chocolate flavors with hints of coffee, caramel and vanilla. Hop presence is copious and is matched by rich malt flavors.

  • RPM

    Boneyard Beer Co.

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    • Style ::

      American IPA

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    • ABV ::

      6.5%

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      IBU ::

      50

    • Description ::

      Brewed using 6 different NW varieties of hops at over 2.5 pounds per barrel, RPM IPA focuses on extreme hoppiness rather than bitterness. It’s golden to copper in color with a complex malt profile that will not overshadow the hops. Our flagship, RPM IPA, will satisfy any opinionated hop forward IPA consumer.

  • Von Pilsner

    Crooked Stave Brewery

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      Pilsner

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    • ABV ::

      5%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Unfiltered Keller Pilsner brewed in collaboration with Casey Brewing and Blending.

  • Krystal Juice

    Crux Fermentation Project

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    • Style ::

      India Pale Ale

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    • ABV ::

      6.2%

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      IBU ::

      50

    • Description ::

      We couldn't think of a better word than "Krystal" to describe this IPA - the German word for crystal. Bright and clear with big, juicy grapefruit and orange zest aromas & flavor.

  • Schwarzbier

    Deschutes Brewery

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    • Style ::

      Schwarzbier

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    • ABV ::

      6%

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      IBU ::

      30

    • Description ::

      In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we are honoring our brewing family tree by creating beers with former Deschutes staff. This dark lager is a collaboration with Tim Gossack who is our former head brewer now at Bell’s Brewery! This full flavored dark lager has some incredible roasty, toasty, nutty, and chocolate notes. Perfect for this time of year when the weather is starting to cool a bit. Enjoy!

  • Dry Cider

    Double Mountain Brewery

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      6.7%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      For our first Dry Cider, we kept it simple and local. Newtons and old world cider apples from the Double Mountain Orchard were pressed and fermented on our house yeast strain. We gave it plenty of time to dry out and develop wondrous aromas of juicy pear, lychee, green fruit, and chamomile. It finishes tart, crisp, dry, and quenching.

  • Copper

    Dru Bru

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    • Style ::

      Altbier

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    • ABV ::

      4.9%

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      IBU ::

      55

    • Description ::

      Red ale that's teeming with deep malt character. This German-style beer boasts a nutty, bready and caramel malt backbone blended with a spicy/resinous bouquet of hops to produce a surprisingly complex and balanced session beer.

  • Cream Ale -- NITRO

    Hale's Ales

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    • Style ::

      Cream Ale

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    • ABV ::

      4.7%

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      IBU ::

      10

    • Description ::

      Hale’s Ales was the first craft brewery in America to produce nitrogen conditioned beers. Cream Ale has a light mouthfeel and a light, balanced flavor. Easy drinking and unique.

  • Dragonfruit

    Happy Mountain Kombucha

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      Kombucha

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      0%

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      0

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  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

    La Vita

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      Red Wine

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    • ABV ::

      12.5%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Bursting with flavours of ripe fruit and baked herbs, this is a fantastically smooth and easy-drinking red. Expressive aromas of sun-ripened cherries and plums characterise this well rounded, unoaked style from eastern Italy.

  • African Amber

    Mac and Jack's Brewing Co.

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    • Style ::

      Amber

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    • ABV ::

      5.8%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      This beer erupts with a floral, hoppy taste, followed by a well rounded malty middle, finishing with a nicely organic hop flavor. Locally sourced two row grain and a blend of specialty malts give our amber its rich taste. Further complexity is achieved by leaving the beer unfiltered. Lastly, we dry hop with locally grown, Yakima valley hops creating what has become the original, cult classic, northwest amber ale.

  • Nicolas Idiart Rose

    Maison Idiart

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    • Style ::

      Rosé

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    • ABV ::

      13%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Bright, filled with floral aromas well-spiced flavors of ripe melon, tangerine and wild cherry. Citrus and ginger notes appear on the engaging finish.

  • maryhill winemaker's red

    Maryhill Winery

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    • Style ::

      Red Wine

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    • ABV ::

      14%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Fruit-forward and smooth with hints of cherry, blueberry and red fruit. Off-dry with fruity notes on the palate accented by cherry and vanilla. Food-friendly and perfect for everyday enjoyment.

  • BOHEMIAN STYLE PILSENER

    New Belgium Brewing

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      Pilsener

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    • ABV ::

      4.2%

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      IBU ::

      16

    • Description ::

      New Belgium Brewing's Bohemian Style Pilsener is brewed in the traditional Czech style for a deeply refreshing flavor with a hint of malty sweetness.

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Nobilo

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    • Style ::

      Sauvignon Blanc

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    • ABV ::

      13%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Pale yellow with delicate hints of green. Lifted aromas of citrus fruit, jalapeño, and tropical fruit. Crisp, clean, and complex. Pure fruit flavors combined with juicy acidity.

  • BA Old Rasputin XX

    North Coast Brewing Co.

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    • Style ::

      Barrel Aged Stout

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    • ABV ::

      11.9%

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      IBU ::

      38

    • Description ::

      Every year we age a special batch of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.

  • Pomegranate

    Number 6 Hard Cider

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      Cider

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    • ABV ::

      5.4%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Whoa! Easy big fella. Poma what? The unexpected early star of our ongoing flavor experiments, this cider brings tart apple together with a refreshing hint of berry finish – a surprising and consistent favorite.

  • All Nighter

    Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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      American IPA

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    • ABV ::

      6.8%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

  • Of Chimpanzees Porter

    Ordnance Brewing

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    • Style ::

      American Porter

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    • ABV ::

      5.3%

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      IBU ::

      27

    • Description ::

      This porter showcases locally roasted coffee from Home Town Coffee Roasters. The beer was specifically brewed to accentuate the darker roasted flavors of coffee.

  • Cherried At Sea

    Pelican Brewing Co.

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    • Style ::

      Belgian Dubbel

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    • ABV ::

      7.9%

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      IBU ::

      18

    • Description ::

      Inspired by the bounty of the fall harvest, Cherried at Sea features ripe, tart cherries in a ruby-brown colored Belgian-style Dubbel. A complex malt character of caramel, cocoa and dark chocolate provides the foundation while bright cherries add the highlights.

  • Peeping Peater

    Port Townsend Brewing Co.

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    • Style ::

      Scotch Ale

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    • ABV ::

      6.6%

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      IBU ::

      25

    • Description ::

      An array of brown, roasted and caramel malts create this rich and malty ale. A small addition of peat smoked barley adds a subtle layer of intrigue to this local favorite.

  • Delicious IPA

    Stone Brewing Co.

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    • Style ::

      American IPA

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    • ABV ::

      7.7%

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      IBU ::

      80

    • Description ::

      Brewed at the new Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens – Liberty Station. This bright and deep gold IPA is brewed with six great hops thrown into the mix, including the addition of two new hops (Mosaic and El Dorado) that Stone has never used before. It’s full bodied, dry and very bitter, with flavors of spiced bread, grapefruit, lemon, nectarine and pine.

  • Fuzz

    Structures Brewing

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    • Style ::

      New England IPA

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    • ABV ::

      6.2%

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      IBU ::

      31

    • Description ::

      Our flagship IPA, brewed with our favorite blend of malts, and hopped with El Dorado, Amarillo, and Comet.

  • Lucidity

    Sumerian Brewing Co.

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    • Style ::

      Pilsner

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    • ABV ::

      4.5%

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      IBU ::

      35

    • Description ::

      Bohemian Czech style Pilsner. Rich, complex maltiness using only German malts combined with a pronounced yet soft, rounded bitterness, spicy flavor from Saaz and Tettnanger hops. Creates a crisp, complex well-rounded refreshing beer. Prost!

  • Ginger Rogers

    Twin Sisters Brewing Co.

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      Red Ale

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    • ABV ::

      5%

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      IBU ::

      22

    • Description ::

      An easy drinking amber ale with a Christmas cookie sweetness and ginger ta boot... Bring on the holidays!

  • The Lady

    Urban Family Brewing

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      Sour

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    • ABV ::

      5%

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      IBU ::

      0

    • Description ::

      Golden sour, dry-hopped with Loral hops.

  • Sneak Thief

    Wet Coast Brewing Co.

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      Sweet Stout

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    • ABV ::

      5.2%

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      IBU ::

      28

    • Description ::

      Our Milk Stout holds nothing back. We combine all the necessities, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt and Flaked Barley. Afterwards we add a serious dose of lactose (milk sugar) which give this stout it’s silky sweet finish.

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Private Events

Semi-Private

  • 10 people or more
  • Reserved seating are
  • 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

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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 Amminie 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.

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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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