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Hops and Sips: Beer and spirits in Snohomish County
March 1  |  By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer
Imbibing in Ballard It used to be if you threw a rock in Ballard it was likely to hit a fisherman.

Now it's likely to splash down in a pint of craft beer.

The change has been swift. Once dominated by Maritime Pacific and Hale's Ales, Ballard and neighboring Magnolia have seen nine breweries open their doors over the past four years. Holy Mountain in Magnolia is the latest, opening last month.

So last week when a friend called wanting to get together with some old...

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February 28  |  By Roberto A. Ferdman The Washington Post
With upscale artisanal coffee brewers dotting city streets across the country, America might fancy itself a nation of high-end coffee drinkers. But just the opposite is true: People in this country, on the whole, are actually drinking worse coffee today than they have in the past.And the reason appears to be that they value cheapness over quality — and convenience over everything.

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February 27  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Scuttlebutt, Everett Music Initiative team up for beer release party Saturday Live music and beer make a great combination.

So it was only logical for the Everett Music Initiative and Everett's Scuttlebutt Brewing to team up on a project that brought the two together.



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February 22  |  By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer
EvilTwin Brewing's beers aren't for the faint of heart Do you enjoy beers that knock your socks off?

I've got the brewery for you. EvilTwin Brewing, out of Brooklyn, N.Y., makes bombastic beers that aren't for the meek or the timid. I'm not breaking any big news when it comes to most knowledgeable beer fans. EvilTwin is a well-known brewery in the craft beer world and has a legion of followers.

As of a month ago, though, I had yet to try their beer. So when I found myself at The...

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February 20  |  By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer
Local breweries host open house on Saturday This Saturday the Washington Beer Commission is inviting beer drinkers to enjoy some of the best beers the state's breweries have to offer during an open house. Most of the festivities, including tastings, tours and more, commence at noon.

Here's a look at what local brewers have to offer:

Blue Lightning Brew
19405 144th Ave. NE, Woodinville
Brewmaster will be on site to talk about the beer; 11 beers, five wines on tap.

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February 13  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Death & Co. brings its modern cocktails to Seattle
On Tuesday, my wife and I were invited to attend Death & Co.’s event at the intimate Rob Roy cocktail lounge in Belltown.

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February 13  |  Herald staff
Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond Red wine and chocolate tour

Spend Valentine's Day weekend on the Olympic Peninsula and enjoy red wine and chocolate. Nine peninsula wineries will be serving a number of newly released varietals and delicious chocolate during the Red Wine & Chocolate Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 through 16. Tour tickets are $30 and include wine and chocolate tastings at all nine wineries and a souvenir wine glass. Tickets are available at...

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February 12  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Lynnwood's Special Brews hosts Hop Mob event Does your love covet extreme IPAs?

If so, take him, or her, to Special Brews in Lynnwood on Valentine's Day. The Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow makes its only stop in Snohomish County when it brings some seriously hoppy beers to the specialty beer shop on Saturday. The triple IPAs will be pouring from 11 a.m. to close.

The second annual Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow, a two-week celebration of the hoppiest of all Washington-brewed beer styles, kicked off...

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February 10  |  By Jessi Loerch
Beth Evans-Ramos, a blogger at the fantastically named Mama Knows Her Cocktails, will be presenting at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show on Thursday.



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February 7  |  Herald staff
Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow kicks off Friday
The second annual Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow is a two-week celebration of the hoppiest of all Washington-brewed beer styles. It kicked off Friday at Brouwer’s Cafe (400 N. 35th St., Seattle) at 3 p.m. The only event in Snohomish County is Feb. 14 at Special Brews in Lynnwood.More than 30 Washington breweries are producing special batches of triple IPAs. Sixteen breweries will be pouring their triple IPAs at the Special Brews’ event.

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February 4  |  Herald staff
Slane's Irish-style Red is back in season at Diamond Knot As the press release says, it's one red hot beer.

Mukilteo's Diamond Knot Craft Brewing released Slane's Irish-style Red Ale this past weekend at its brewpub's in Mukilteo and Mountlake Terrace. Bottles will also be on shelves of local stores and on tap at select restaurants and brewpubs around the Puget Sound, the brewery announced in a press release.



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January 30  |  
Hop Mob Triple IPA RoadshowThe second annual Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow takes place Feb. 6 through 21 at breweries and beer shops from Lynnwood to Tacoma. The two-week celebration will have more than 30 breweries produce triple IPAs for seven events, including one at noon Feb. 14 at Special Brews in Lynnwood. For more information, including a list of events and participating breweries, visit www.wahopmob.com.

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January 23  |  Herald stat
SPORT hosts 'Sip & Smoke' whiskey tasting event Chef John Howie introduces "Sip & Smoke," a whiskey tasting event that will be held at SPORT Restaurant & Bar 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27.



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January 23  |  
Hop Mob Triple IPA RoadshowThe second annual Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow takes place Feb. 6 through 21 at breweries and beer shops from Lynnwood to Tacoma. The two-week celebration will have more than 30 breweries produce triple IPAs for seven events, including one at noon Feb. 14 at Special Brews in Lynnwood. For more information, including a list of events and participating breweries, visit www.wahopmob.com.

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January 21  |  Herald staff
The Northwest Agriculture Business Center is offering a one-day seminar on cider Feb. 14 at Everett Community College.

The seminar, State of Cider: 2015 and Beyond, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be in the Jackson Center/Wilderness Center, Room 101. The fee is $95 and includes beverages, lunch and cider.



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January 6  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Set sail on the Schooner Zodiac (and drink some beer) It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set sail on a classic tall ship in the Puget Sound and drink a little beer at the same time.



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January 5  |  Herald staff
Bacon & Brews event at Sporty's in Everett Everett's Sporty's Beef and Brew is hosting Redmonds's Mac & Jack's Brewing Company on Monday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. for a Bacon & Brews event.



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January 2  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
With the Huskies playing in the Cactus Bowl tonight and it being wild-card weekend in the NFL starting Saturday, it's time to find a good spot to watch the game.

But what makes a great game-watching place? Comfy seats, good food and a fair number of large flat-screens helps. Something good on tap is a big bonus.



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January 2  |  
Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow

The second annual Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow takes place Feb. 6 through 21 at breweries and beer shops from Lynnwood to Tacoma. The two-week celebration will have more than 30 breweries produce triple IPAs for seven events, including an event at noon Feb. 14 at Special Brews in Lynnwood. For more information, including a list of events and participating breweries, visit

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December 31  |  By Alison Ladman Associated Press
Try something bolder than bubbles this New Year's Not everything for New Year's Eve needs to be fussy, bubbly or frilly. It's OK to ring in 2015 with something richer, smokier and deliciously darker.

So we started with a stiff pour of Scotch whisky. To dress it up for the occasion — it is a celebration, after all — we spiked it with ice cider, apple brandy and a splash of lemon juice. The result is a bold, lightly sweet indulgence that is just right to set a festive mood.

To go with it, we slowly...

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December 19  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
The best Christmas presents of all: beer 'Tis the season to receive beer as gifts.

Now that's something I can get behind. A few weeks ago I wrote about how The Daily Herald and Scuttlebutt Brewing teamed up to make a beer: Extra! Extra! Ale. The beer is for promotional use only and isn't for sale (sorry). On Friday, the company handed out the beers to employees as gifts.


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December 19  |  
Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl

The Snohomish Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl starts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Check in at Skip Rock Distillers at 104 Ave. C between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., and receive a wristband and three drink tokens. Wristbands cost $15 per person online at bit.ly/SnohoUglySweater or $20 at the event. Participating establishments include Skip Rock Distillers, Piccadilly...

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December 12  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Four great cocktail recipes from Death & Co.
I recently wrote about the best cookbooks that came out this year and who on your list you should purchase them for.One of those books is “Death and Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails.” It’s an amazing book. It has beautiful images and great tips on cocktail making. Above all, it has a number of recipes I’d love to try. Here’s a look at four that I picked out.

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December 12  |  Herald staff
Foggy Noggin wins awards at readers choice Bothell's Foggy Noggin Brewing won five awards at the 2014 Northwest Brewing News Readers Choice Awards at Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle. The awards represent the best, according to their readers, from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

"The biggest honor is to get an award that is decided by those who buy your beer," Foggy Noggin announced in a press release.



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December 12  |  
Winter Warmer Invitational

Diamond Knot Brewing is hosting eight breweries for the Winter Warmer Invitational at the Diamond Knot Brewpub in Mountlake Terrace at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. Breweries pouring winter beers at the event include Sound Brewery, Airways Brewing, No-Li Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Boundary Bay Brewing, Scuttlebutt Brewing, 7 Seas Brewing and Elysian Brewing.

Hops & Props

The 13th annual...

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December 10  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
New Snohomish brewery hosts soft open on Friday Sound To Summit Brewing, a new craft brewery in Snohomish, will open its doors for the first time to the public on Friday at 4 p.m.

The brewery, which was started by John and Stacey Sype, is located at 1830 Bickford Ave., Suite 111 in Snohomish. It will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday. Sound To Summit's head brewer is Grady Wornack.



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December 5  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Extra Extra: Herald teams up with Scuttlebutt on beer
The Herald is getting its own beer.In a collaboration with Everett’s Scuttlebutt Brewing, The Daily Herald’s official beer is called Extra, Extra Ale and is an amber ale. The beer is being used for promotional use and gifts only and won’t be for sale. On another note, if you can’t make it to the Washington Winter Beer Fest in Seattle this weekend a local brewery is giving winter beer fans a pair of chances to celebrate.

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December 5  |  
Winter Beer Fest

Washington Winter Beer Fest is Dec. 5 and 6 at Magnuson Park in Seattle. There will be one session Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. and two sessions Dec. 6 at noon and 5:30 p.m. There will be 40 breweries on hand, including Diamond Knot, Scuttlebutt and American Brewing. Advance tickets are $25 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/895451 and $30 at the door. Admission includes a tasting cup and...

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November 30  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Exploring Oregon's winter beers The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting chillier and the Santa bells are getting a little louder. It's the winter and that can mean only one thing: The beer is getting stronger.

Winter beers are great. They're usually dark, malty and pack a punch. Three great characteristics. That said while perusing my local beer store the other day I had an idea. Take a state and make a six pack. Because of the absolute glut of craft beer that's not a problem — unless...

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November 28  |  
Winter Beer Fest

Washington Winter Beer Fest is Dec. 5 and 6 at Magnuson Park in Seattle. There will be one session on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. and two sessions on Dec. 6 at noon and 5:30 p.m. There will be 40 breweries on hand, including Diamond Knot, Scuttlebutt and American Brewing. Advance tickets are $25 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/895451 and $30 at the door. Admission includes a tasting cup...

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