Aaron Swaney

Top 10 local beers of 2017: Great taste and some crazy names

As elsewhere, this year we in Snohomish County were crazy for hazy IPAs.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Jack Daniels VR tour and tasting: Snohomish’s Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse is hosting a Jack Daniels virtual reality tour and tasting at 7 p.m. Jan. 4… Continue reading

Pick the perfect six-pack for your Christmas gathering

Snohomish County bottleshop owners tell us about their favorite yuletide brews.

Lots to see in Upper Skagit, even if the eagles are elusive

A guided hike through a mossy old-growth forest more than makes up for a lack of raptor sightings.

Beer of the Week: Skull Splitter and Blood of My Enemies

Aesir Meadery of Everett and Whiskey Ridge Brewing of Arlington collaborated to make two braggots.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Ugly Sweater Party and Canned Food Drive at Whitewall: Marysville’s Whitewall Brewing is hosting an ugly sweater party and canned food drive from 4 to… Continue reading

Booze notebook: Scrappy Punk marks first year in Snohomish

The latest on Snohomish County’s breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Three posh places to escape this winter in north Puget Sound

Whether it’s wine country, backcountry or the seashore, a relaxing retreat is close at hand.

Don’t call Justice Brewing owner a gypsy — he’s just ‘homeless’

After an unexpected hardship, owner Nate McLaughlin won’t be moving his brewery to downtown Everett.

Beer of the Week: Justice Brewing’s Outlook F——d, Northeast IPA

The brewery’s new beer with a vulgar name is a tropical IPA that riffs off its Outlook Hazy recipe.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Evening of Seattle Brewing: Pike Place Market is hosting the American Brewing History Initiative for an evening of discussion on the history of Seattle Brewing… Continue reading

Ian Terry / The Herald Double Bluff Brewing Company owner Daniel Thomis started the downtown Langley brewery in October 2015 after moving to the island from the east coast with his wife, Marissa. Photo taken on 07072017

A tour of Whidbey finds breweries proudly serving local beer

Here are five watering holes on the island that are worth the trip for a craft brew.

Ian Terry / The Herald Double Bluff Brewing Company owner Daniel Thomis started the downtown Langley brewery in October 2015 after moving to the island from the east coast with his wife, Marissa. Photo taken on 07072017

Beer of the Week: Haywire Brewing’s Gingerbread Ale

Made with cinnamon sticks, ginger root and vanilla bean, this beer tastes like gingerbread cookies.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Washington Winter Beer Festival: The 13th annual Winter Beer Festival is Dec. 1 and 2 at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. This… Continue reading

Warm yourself up this winter with five holiday cocktails

Here are some drink recipes courtesy of local distillers (and the author) to enjoy on a cold night.

She went from bored housewife to crafty chocolatier in a year

Church Street Chocolate in Lynnwood makes its bars out of some of the rarest chocolate in the world.

Beer of the Week: Scuttlebutt’s Barrel-aged Belgian Winter

Made in 2013, the dark strong ale was stowed away in barrels. The brewery tests one each year.

Where to enjoy a drink in Snohomish County and beyond

EVENTS Rock the Boat 2: Everett Music Initiative and Scuttlebutt Brewing are collaborating on Rock the Boat 2, a music and beer festival, from 2… Continue reading

Julia Turner and her father, Ed, toast as they try out a flight of beer and cider at Lake Stevens Brewing Co. when it opened last year. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Beer of the Week: Lake Stevens Brewing Co.’s Sour Imperial

The beer has a depth and a complex flavor profile that goes beyond just another barrel-aged stout.

Julia Turner and her father, Ed, toast as they try out a flight of beer and cider at Lake Stevens Brewing Co. when it opened last year. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Danielle Lothrop pours from one of the 21 Wednesday night at Toggle’s Bootleshop in Everett on November 8, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Their dog would be proud of bottleshop named in his honor

Toggle in downtown Everett is named for the owners’ now-deceased shiba inu dog.

Danielle Lothrop pours from one of the 21 Wednesday night at Toggle’s Bootleshop in Everett on November 8, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)