While massive breweries and elaborate bars all have their own appeal, simplicity is all you need to pair with the perfect brew. The only space that matters is the distance from the top of your beer to the rim of the glass.
That was the goal when Camp Taps opened its beer trailer in a local parking lot. It’s a sight to see for shoppers near the North Monroe business district that are in need of beer after a long day of antique and vintage shopping.
It is one of the tiniest taverns as well as the state’s first official beer trailer. For Washington natives who love a local brew, it’s a unique way to get their dose of beer in.
New Camp Taps Beer Trailer in Washington
According to The Spokesman-Review, Portland locals Blaise Barshaw and Laurie Ann Greenberg opened up this unique venue in July.
“We’re both artists and had talked about finding a place to open a brick-and-mortar art space with a taproom. Then COVID hit, and we downsized our dream,” Greenberg said regarding the business investment. COVID-19 continues to drastically impact businesses, especially those related to the service industry.
Regardless, the duo took it all in stride. Rather than give up the dream, they re-envisioned it smaller, but just as unique. The trailer is only 63 feet by 7 feet that function out of a 1969 Alladin Hideaway. It was quite the process to gut out the car and create a space worthy of serving beer out of. Meanwhile, there’s a lot of city and state licensing that goes into parking the trailer and serving a product out of it, especially since it’s alcohol.
The trailer only has a tiny space for people to sip their beers. Greenberg and Barshaw say it’s like sipping beer on the “front porch or backyard with friends and neighbors.” As for beer handles, don’t expect anything fancy to come out of the beer trailer.
Rather, the business owners opted to go thrift and antique shopping. They walked away with unique pieces like antique flashlights and croquet handles as the means of pulling a tap. On tap are eight all-local brews popular in the area (and one red beer from Oregon). Camp Taps will also hook you up with lemonade and a hard seltzer if beer drinking isn’t your thing.
The Camp Taps trailer will be open from May to October. They offer an Eco Camper Cup that is made from aluminum for multiple uses. The goal is to have people take it home and bring it back clean to use in the future.
There’s no shortage of amazing places to have a beer in the U.S., but few are as unique as a beer trailer. From The Alchemist to Wicked Weed Brewing to Left Hand Brewing Co. to Allagash Brewing Co. to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Americans have no shortage of beer pit stops.
Just as it should be.