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Hops and Sips: Beer and spirits in Snohomish County
June 26  |  By Aaron Swaney Special to The Herald
8 local, medal-winning beers
We are truly blessed with some great breweries here in Snohomish County. Evidence of that is the recent Washington Brewers Festival and the number of medals Snohomish County brewers brought home. Here’s a look at the victorious beers. Fortunately you can still catch most of them on tap at the respective breweries.GoldWild Willy Wee HeavySound to Summit Brewing, Snohomish

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June 19  |  
Beer of the Week: Rainier Pale Mountain Ale, Rainier Beer, Not Washington (boo) Rainier Pale Mountain AleRainier Beer, Not Washington (boo)Style: Pale aleStats: 5.3 percent ABVAvailable: In six packs of 16-ounce “pounder” bottles throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Northern California.

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June 12  |  
6-Gill IPASound to Summit Brewing, SnohomishStyle: IPAStats: 6.2 percent ABV, 46 IBUAvailable: On tap at the brewery and in 22-ounce bottles at the brewery and select bottleshops.

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June 12  |  By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue Great Northwest Wine
Westport winery to open location in Cannon Beach, Oregon
As it approaches its 10th anniversary, tiny Westport Winery on Washington’s coast is proving that success can come from equal parts innovation and hard work.The 5,000-case winery has made big strides in its quality in recent years, thanks to bringing in grapes from some of the state’s top vineyards, including Red Willow and Olsen Brothers in the Yakima Valley, Conner Lee in the Columbia Valley and Discovery in the Horse Heaven Hills.

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June 12  |  By Aaron Swaney Special to The Herald
Buy your dad great beer for Father's Day — he's earned it I'm a dad.

And I'm tired.

A lot of the time.

I'm not afraid to say it: I work hard. I'm not alone. Many dads work hard. We head off to work in the morning, grind out a day's worth of work and return at night to a house full of kids running wild, dishes spilling over the sink and bedtime bugs that need to be wrangled. Our only refuge is our bed, a place we collapse at night, only to hit the reset button and do it all over again in five to six hours...

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June 5  |  
Beer of the Week: Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPAMultiple breweries as part of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp collaborationStyle: Imperial Session IPAStats: 7.5 percent ABV, 70 IBUAvailable: 12-ounce cans in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America Collaboration 12 pack at select bottleshops and stores. Also on tap at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Festival Tour stop in Seattle on June 11.

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June 3  |  
Events

Wine, Wings & More: The Future of Flight Aviation Gallery hosts a number of Northwest breweries, wineries and distilleries for the Wine, Wings & More fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. June 3 at Future of Flight Aviation Center, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo. Enjoy beers from local breweries Diamond Knot Brewing and Gallaghers Where-U-Brew, Bluewater Distilling and a number of wineries. Tickets are $60 or $50 for members and can be purchased at...

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May 29  |  
Beer of the Week: Honor, American Brewing Co., Edmonds
HonorAmerican Brewing Co., EdmondsStyle: Saison aged in red wine barrelsStats: 6 percent ABV, 20 IBUAvailable: In bottles at the brewery and select bottleshops and on tap at the brewery

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May 20  |  
EventsSeattle Beer Week: Seattle Beer Week runs through May 22. For more information on the beer and events, go to www.seattlebeerweek.com.

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May 19  |  By Aaron Swaney Special to The Herald
Beer of the week: Melvin IPA, Melvin Brewing, Alpine, Wyo. Melvin IPA

Melvin Brewing, Alpine, Wyo.

Style: India Pale Ale

Stats: 7.5 percent ABV, 80 IBU

Available: 12-ounce cans at many local bottleshops and select grocery stores.

My thoughts: There are few breweries as hot as this one from the vast expanse of flyover country in Wyoming. They caused a "ruckus" at last year's Seattle...

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May 12  |  By Aaron Swaney For The Herald
Beer of the Week: Patriotic Pale, Revolutionary IPA, American Brewing Co., Edmonds Patriotic Pale, Revolutionary IPA

American Brewing Co., Edmonds

Style: Pale Ale, India Pale Ale

Stats: Patriotic: 5.8 percent ABV, 45 IBU; Revolutionary: 6 percent ABV, 80 IBU

Available: At the brewery and most local bottleshops

My thoughts: Budweiser recently pandered to all lovers of the ol' red, white and blue by boasting that it...

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May 11  |  By Aaron Swaney Special to The Herald
Beer of the week: Daily Pale, Reuben’s Brews, Seattle The beer: Daily Pale, Reuben’s Brews, SeattleStyle: Session IPAStats: 4.9 percent ABV, 55 IBUAvailable: Six packs of 12-ounce cans at most bottleshops such as Ale Spike and Brigid’s Bottleshop and select grocery stores

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May 8  |  
Beer of the week: Blonde Ale, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, Mukilteo Blonde AleDiamond Knot Craft Brewing, MukilteoStyle: Blonde aleStats: 4.2 percent ABV, 13 IBUAvailable: 12-ounce cans in six packs at many bottleshops and grocery stores; on tap at DK brewpub and alehouseMy thoughts: It’s May and it already seems like the earth is melting. So thankfully Diamond Knot made its classic, fan-favorite Blonde Ale a year-round offering.

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May 6  |  
Events

Whitewall Anniversary Ale bottle release: Marysville's Whitewall Brewing is celebrating the release of its second Anniversary Ale in bottles from 1 to 9 p.m. May 7 at the brewery, 14524 Smokey Point Blvd, Suite 1, Marysville. The beer is an English-style barleywine aged in bourbon barrels and will also be on tap; www.whitewallbrewing.com.

Sparkling Stroll: Enjoy Italian wine...

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May 1  |  
Beer of the week: Anniversary Ale, Whitewall Brewing, Marysville Anniversary Ale

Whitewall Brewing, Marysville

Style: Barrel-aged Barleywine

Stats: 12.5 percent ABV

Available: 750-ml bottles and on tap at the brewery

My thoughts: As a home brewer, Whitewall co-owner Aaron Wight made a barrel-aged barleywine that he really liked. So, when Whitewall was celebrating its first anniversary last year, Wight and his fellow...

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May 1  |  By Aaron Swaney Special to The Herald
They want to be Marysville's hometown craft brewers Despite running a successful business — an award-winning craft brewery that is one of the fastest growing in Snohomish County — Aaron Wight and Sean Wallner weren't sure if the city of Marysville even knew they existed.

Then the guys at Whitewall Brewing tried to expand. The proposed expansion wasn't a smooth process and put the small brewery directly on the city's radar.

But after a protracted battle to get the OK on their expansion, Wight and...

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April 24  |  Aaron Swaney, Special to The Herald
Thai Me Up

Scuttlebutt Brewing, Everett; Diamond Knot Brewing, Mukilteo

Style: Thai-inspired sessionable lager

Stats: 5.0 percent ABV, 15 IBU

Available: On tap at Diamond Knot Alehouse



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April 22  |  
Beer of the week: Rollin’ Down Rodeo Wit a Sasquatch Rollin' Down Rodeo Wit a Sasquatch

Skookum Brewery, Arlington; Whitewall Brewing, Marysville

Style: White IPA with Mangoes and Pink Peppercorns

Stats: 6.4 percent ABV, 60 IBU

Available: On tap at Skookum Brewery and at this weekend's Collaboration Festival in Seattle

My thoughts: This isn't your grandfather's White IPA.

Skookum Brewery and Whitewall Brewing...

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April 22  |  By Aaron Swaney Special to The Herald
Four Snohomish County breweries will be pairing up to take part in this weekend’s first annual Collaboration Festival in Seattle.The breweries couldn’t be matched up more perfectly. Two of Snohomish County’s elder statesmen, Scuttlebutt Brewing and Diamond Knot Brewing, got together to brew a beer for the festival, while a pair of up-and-coming north county breweries, Skookum Brewery and Whitewall Brewing, put their heads together on an ale.

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April 22  |  
Events

Washington Beer Collaboration Festival: The first annual Washington Beer Collaboration Festival is 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 22 and noon to 6 p.m. April 23 at South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Ave N., Seattle. The festival will feature 25 unique collaboration beers from 50 different Washington breweries, including a beer brewed by Scuttlebutt Brewing and Diamond Knot Brewing and another by Skookum Brewing and Whitewall...

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April 22  |  
Breweries

5 Rights Brewing: 7028 46th St. NE, Marysville, www.5rightsbrewing.com

Adams Northwest Bistro & Brewery: 104 N. Lewis St., Monroe, www.adamsnwbistro.com/brewery

American Brewing Company: 180 W. Dayton St., Warehouse 102, Edmonds,

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April 22  |  
Craft spirits festivals: Where to find a drink this summer and beyond  Snohomish on the Rocks Distillery Festival

April 23, Thomas Family Farm, Snohomish

Taste spirits from more than 20 Washington distilleries. General admission tickets are $35 and include five tastes, a shot glass and a $5 food coupon. VIP tickets are $65 and include 12 tastes, a shot glass, a $5 food coupon, early entrance and 10 percent off one bottle purchase. Get information and tickets at www.snohomishontherocks.com.

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April 22  |  By Andrea Brown Herald Writer
A plan for a Snohomish pub with charitable ambitions You've heard of drink responsibly.

Well, how about drink philanthropically?

That's right. Have a beer and support a good cause. A cause other than your own thirst.

Scott and Loni Wetzel want to open a nonprofit pub in Snohomish to raise money for charities.

They have a name, Center Public House, and a business plan. They have a 1,500-square-foot space in a brick building on Avenue D near the...

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April 22  |  By Aaron Swaney Special to The Herald
Everett’s beer scene is ready for a boom Doug Hall and Jeff Sadighi knew they wanted to open a bar focused on craft beer and wine. They just didn't know where.

The two had lived in just about every city between Bellingham and Olympia. They knew they wanted to open the bar along the I-5 corridor. The robust beer scenes in Bellingham, Seattle and Olympia would at first seem the most appealing, but they focused on Everett. Part of that was due to lower rent, but the biggest reason was getting in early on a bursting...

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April 22  |  By Aaron Swaney Special to The Herald
Temple Distilling in Lynnwood is realization of a dream AJ Temple can still smell the aroma of the juniper berries and the heat wafting past the century-old stills in Plymouth Gin’s musty basement. Just on the doorstep of adolescence, Temple was on a private tour of the famous English distillery with his family. He couldn’t yet taste the goods, but he was nevertheless hooked.“I was enthralled the minute I got there,” Temple said. “That was always lodged in the back of my mind.”

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April 17  |  
Beer of the week: Pendleton Pale Ale, Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore. Pendleton Pale AleRogue Ales, Newport, Ore.Style: Pale aleStats: 5.2 percent ABV, 30 IBUAvailable: Six packs at Issaquah Brew House and other select locations

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