Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 11.22.19: Flight of Trap Door

Ron Swarner


Beer flights in TacomaBryan Shull’s grandfather and father worked at and retired from Great Western Malting Company located at the Port of Vancouver USA, which makes Trap Door Brewing a fourth-generation Vancouver beer family owned business. Shull, who left a 25-year career in renewable energy engineering to start a brewery with his two sons, opened the 15-barrel facility in the Uptown neighborhood of Vancouver in October 2015 because he loves beer and the community of people that make up the brewing industry. While son Zakary Singleton is a silent partner, Zane Singleton is certainly not. Zane, who grew up in Northern California and went to school for fermentation sciences at UC-Davis, grabbed the head brewing job and the medals followed. They have two additional partners – Dave Forster, a silent owner, and Michael Parsons, taproom general manager, who opened Peaks and Pints’ door with seven different kinds of their craft beer, five on today’s flight, Craft Beer Crosscut 11.22.19: Flight of Trap Door.

Trap-Door-Funkanomics-TacomaCraft Beer Crosscut 11.22.19: Flight of Trap Door

Trap Door Funkanomics

6.4% ABV

Mixed culture sour saison aged in wine barrels for one year, then dry hopped with Simcoe, Citra, and Nelson Sauvin, and conditioned with pineapple juice, for tart pineapple with ample fruity depth coming from the hops, plus a soft Brett character.

Trap-Door-Interiority-TacomaTrap Door Interiority

13% ABV

Trap Door brought back their imperial stout Interiority with the Westward Whiskey barrel aging still part of the ingredients — although now registering at 13 percent. The rum barrel aging didn’t make the cut, but this black beauty is conditioned on cacao nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans what can only be described as a boozy Hostess Cupcake.

Trap-Door-Laser-Cats-TacomaTrap Door Laser Cats

4.8% ABV

Laser Cats is an India pale lager dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Ella, and Hallertau Blanc for aromas of dank nuggets and white wine. Brewed in collaboration with the kooky cats at Brothers Cascadia, this hoppy lager is clean and crisp.

Trap-Door-Thank-You-TacomaTrap Door Thank You

6.8% ABV

Trap Door would like to thank everyone for supporting their Vancouver brewery for four years. Thank You is their fourth anniversary IPA, double dry hopped with Citra, Motueka, and Azacca for a hazy, juicy mango and red grapefruit flavored, crushable IPA. Thank you Trap Door!!

Trap-Door-Youre-Welcome-TacomaTrap Door You’re Welcome

11.2% ABV

The fourth anniversary party continues with a snarky You’re Welcome is a thick, boozy, hazy triple IPA with an irresponsible amount Sabro, Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Motu in the dry hop for another round of mango and red grapefruit flavors.