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Aaron Swaney and Herald staff | aswaney@heraldnet.com
Published: Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:31 p.m.

Pair of local beers getting wider audience

A couple of beers from the Everett Craft Beer Fest that I heard some good things about are going to be easier to get real soon.

Foggy Noggin Brewing is brewing more of its Morning Wood, an oak aged special bitter, and is planning to release it in its tasting room Friday. Foggy Noggin's tasting room hours this weekend are Friday (4-8 p.m.) and Saturday (noon-4 p.m.)

Here's a description of Morning Wood courtesy Foggy Noggin: Morning Wood is a traditional English Special Bitter aged in French Oak. This exceptional well balanced Special Bitter is taken to a whole new level with a slight wood character that enhances the nice dry finish. 4.3 perecent; 38 IBU.

Another beer thad had high interest at the Everett Craft Beer Fest was Boundary Bay's Whatcom Wheat Krystalweizen. (though there wasn't much of it; Boundary Bay was out when I went to try it around 4 p.m.) The special beer is a collaboration of nine Whatcom County breweries for Bellingham Beer Week, which runs from Sept. 12-21. The canning process started on Wednesday at Boundary Bay Brewery and, as you can see below, it looks pretty awesome. Whatcom Wheat will be available in select stores and on draft throughout Bellingham (and possibly beyond).

Behold #BHam! #Whatcom Wheat Kristalweizen — @BhamBeerWeek's Collaboration Brew crafted by your 9 county breweries! pic.twitter.com/yiE7zGDAOd

— Boundary Bay Brewery (@BoundaryBay) August 21, 2014

Here's a few other notes:

With more and more people changing to a gluten-free lifestyle every day, the gluten-free beer industry is a growing right along with it. My wife is GF and our favorite GF brewery is Portland's Harvester. They are experimental and do a great job of making quality beer for those who normally can't enjoy. Plus their taproom is incredible. Now comes word Washington will have its first gluten-free dedicated brewery in Ghostfish Brewing Company, which recently signed a lease agreement on a building in the SoDo district of Seattle. They have been brewing since 2013 and currently have six prototypes. No date on when it'll open its doors.

Bothell distillery, Wildwood Spirits Co., is in Wine & Spirits Magazine's August issue after being named one of its top eight gins. Another aspect to this story is Beardslee Alehouse, a collaboration between Wildwood's head distiller Erik Liedholm and chef John Howie, should be opening soon in Bothell. Look for that.

This is a fun story on a New Mexico brewery that you really have to work to get to.

Growlers can be big and clunky on backpacking trips. Presto! An eco-friendly growler that is also easy to pack.

If you enjoy soaking in beer as much as drinking it, this Austrian spa is for you.

This beer sleeve from Up Knorth, an amazing outdoor fashion-lifestyle outfitter from Vancouver, British Columbia, is pretty cool. (The Howe Sound beer in the photo ain't too shabby either).

This is a cool article (+ graphic) on how whiskey is made. Who knew it was so easy.


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