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When it comes to beer, sometimes it’s easier to rely on old favorites than risk ordering a pint of something new. To help beer lovers expand their horizons, co-owners Tomas Aminnie and Chay Tan founded Downtime Taps in Ferndale.

Downtime Taps, located next to Coconut Kenny’s on Labounty Road, is a unique pay-by-the-ounce taproom experience. Guests “check in” at the front desk, where they receive a wristband that tracks exactly how many ounces they pour. “People can get up and do their own thing; sample different stuff. It just made sense,” Aminnie says.

July 2019 marked Downtime’s first birthday. Moving forward, Aminnie says he wants to keep as much variety as possible.

“As soon as one [keg] runs out, we change it completely. So it’ll be an IPA for an IPA, but it won’t be the same IPA,” Aminnie says. With 32 tap options, about 80 percent are local to Bellingham and Seattle. Other options include sips from Oregon and other popular out-of-state breweries.

Downtime also offers a strong selection of cider and wine. “It’s not like opening a bottle and serving somebody three days later. [Wine on tap] is a lot fresher I believe,” Aminnie says.

Regular events include live music on the patio, trivia nights, food truck appearances, and beer yoga. Check out their Facebook page for more info and to stay up-to-date on all the goings-on.


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"Guests 'check in' at the front desk, where they receive a wristband that tracks exactly how many ounces they pour."