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Hops and Sips: Beer and spirits in Snohomish County
September 4  |  Herald staff
American Brewing hosts ‘Fill the Truck’ event to help wildfire victims
Edmonds’ American Brewing Company is hosting a “Fill the Truck” event on Sept. 10 at the brewery in support of the families that have been displaced by the recent wildfires and the firefighters fighting them in eastern Washington.The brewery will be accepting donations, including Costco gift cards, cash or checks, until Sept. 13. Click on the photo at right to view the list of items needed, including blankets, socks, batteries and more.

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September 4  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
River Time Brewing opens in downtown Darrington Get out of hand at River Time Brewing's new space in downtown Darrington and you just might find yourself behind bars in the basement.

Not really, but the old building on Emens Avenue does have quite a history. At different times over the years, it housed Darrington's city hall, library, fire department and police station.

"There are still bars in the basement," said River Time co-owner Troy Bullock.

Now it houses a brewery.


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August 28  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
A taste and some thoughts on the hard root beer craze
The hard root beer craze is in high gear.

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August 26  |  
EventsSouth Sound Craft Beer Festival: The second annual South Sound Craft Beer Festival is Aug. 29 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, and will feature 24 Washington breweries pouring 50-plus IPAs. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and six 5-ounces tasters.

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August 26  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Scuttlebutt brews beer Transistor IPA to support KEXP Scuttlebutt head brewer Matt Stromberg isn't a huge music fan.

It would be hard to tell, though, with all of Scuttlebutt's recent collaborations. After teaming with Everett Music Initiative for two recent events, the Everett brewery is now joining with Seattle-based radio station KEXP to brew Transistor IPA, a crisp, Northwest-style IPA that will hit shelves Sept. 1.


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August 23  |  By Scott Wetzel Special to The Herald
What gose ’round: Skookum's Blueberry Gose is a fruity adventure
I’m a hophead.There, I’ve said it. I know it’s suddenly become uncool to like IPAs. They’ve somehow become the Taylor Swift of beers. You know what I mean. Everyone can like them unless you are in the “cool craft beer club.” Then you have to openly hate them while secretly enjoying them in the secrecy of your bedroom late at night while the kids are sleeping.

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August 18  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Here’s a look at the beers I tried at Saturday’s Everett Craft Beer Fest. For those concerned at the number of beers here, some of the beers I only had a sip.

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August 17  |  By David Krueger Herald Writer
David Krueger's highlights from Everett Craft Beer Fest Eds. note: Herald writers Aaron Swaney and David Krueger attended the Everett Craft Beer Fest on Saturday. Here are David's thoughts after the day (at least those he can remember):

Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager (Silver City Brewery) – Sounded like a refreshing way to start the day. (5 stars)

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August 16  |  
Toppling Goliath brewery puts Decorah, Iowa, on the beer map
Eds. note: Toppling Goliath is one of the highest rated breweries in the U.S. Chicago Tribune’s Josh Noel recently wrote a story about the huge brewery in the tiny Iowa town. By Josh NoelChicago TribuneDECORAH, Iowa — To many locals in this town of 8,100, Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. is just the latest business to fill the old space once occupied by a flower shop, a record store, a burger joint and a pizza place.

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August 13  |  
The McMenamins Anderson School isn't supposed to open for another two months, but another behind-the-scenes video popped up online recently. 

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August 13  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Theme of beer fest: a device that brews in-your-face flavor Have you met Randall?

He's a wee little fellow that loves beer and comes up to about the average beer drinker's knee. But watch out, he can pack quite a punch.

In the craft beer world, Randall isn't a who but a what. Created in 2003 by legendary East Coast brewery Dogfish Head, Randall — or fully Randall the Enamel Animal — is a organoleptic hop transducer module. In layman's terms, it's a chamber filled with flavor-enhancing ingredients such as...

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August 12  |  Herald staff
Beer notes: Skookum bottles Amber's Hot Friend Skookum Brewery recently started bottling its wildly popular Amber's Hot Friend amber ale in 12-ounce bottles.

Amber's Hot Friend, which is available in six packs at most local bottleshops and some grocery stores, recently took home a second-place medal in the American Amber Ale category at the Washington Brewers Festival.

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August 11  |  
The chat: Cole Rinehardt, In The Shadow brewer, opens up Cole Rinehardt

Snapshot: 45, Boeing Tech Designer/Head Brewer at In The Shadow Brewing

A home brewer for 20 years, Rinehardt, 45, and his wife, Sarah, opened In The Shadow Brewing outside of Arlington in 2014. Besides work and beer, Rinehardt carves out time to play with his two boys, Gavin, 10, and Justin, 7, and "Everquest 2," a...

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August 10  |  Herald staff
Bothell’s new Beardslee Public House opens tonight
John Howie’s new Beardslee Public House, a new brewery and restaurant in Bothell, is opening its doors Aug. 10 at The Village at Beardslee Crossing shopping center, 19116 Beardslee Boulevard, Bothell, according to a press release.The restaurant’s menu is considered “scratch-casual” comfort food and includes burgers and hand-tossed pizzas, as well as more adventurous cuisine like grilled Kalbi pork jerky and veggi rillette (otherwise known as ratatouille in a jar).

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August 9  |  AJ Temple Special to The Herald
Demystifying gin one bottle at a time
When gin comes up in conversation, I have heard the phrase “you either love it or hate it” far too many times. I believe there are only two types of people: Those who love gin, and those who have yet to have a good gin.Whether you made some bad choices in college, raided your neighbor’s freezer or simply believe that gin is just a Christmas tree in a bottle, to say that you don’t like it is to say you don’t like art.

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August 8  |  By Emily Hamann Herald Writer
Seattle bartender Nik Virrey's Naka Niwa wins gin cocktail competition On Monday six of Seattle's top bartenders competed to see who could make the best, most creative gin cocktail in the Most Imaginative Bartender Competition, put on every year by the U.S. Bartender Guild.

Using Bombay Sapphire Gin, bartenders were tasked with coming up with a drink good enough to wow the judges and send them to the North American competition in Las Vegas in September. There was also a people's choice award given out to the bartender who received the most...

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August 7  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Sno Town Brewing is holding its grand opening this weekend at its new space at 511 2nd Ave, Snohomish. Sno Town will be open 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday. 

Frank Sandoval is owner and head brewer at Sno Town Brewing.

Visit the brewery's Facebook page here.

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August 7  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
The fourth annual Everett Craft Beer Festival is next Saturday. Here's a look at the 10 — plus an encore — beers I'm most looking forward to tasting (Here's the full lineup for this year's festival):

Water Your Lawn Cream Ale, At Large Brewing. I'm a sucker for watermelon, and this classic cream ale Randalled through watermelon from the Marysville...

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August 5  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Beer lineup for this year’s Everett Craft Beer Festival The fourth annual Everett Craft Beer Festival, which features 30 Washington breweries pouring more than 100 beers, starts at noon on Aug. 15 in downtown Everett.

This year's theme is Randalls, which are double-chamber filters filled with fruit, coffee or other ingredients that connect to a tap. Breweries bringing Randalls include Boundary Bay Brewery (Centennial hops, cedar chips), Diamond Knot Brewing (Sorachi Ace hops), Postdoc Brewing (grapefruit zest, toasted coconut)...

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August 4  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Marysville's 5 Rights Brewery part of new trend: making beer in the garage Standing in the Whitlows' garage, it's not unusual for a customer to walk in and ask them to fill 'er up.

But this is no gas station, it's a brewery.

What's up with that?

R.J. and Kristi Whitlow opened 5 Rights Brewing Company July 2 out of the garage of their south Marysville home after getting their licensing paperwork approved months earlier than expected. That means instead of hot rods and lawn mowers,...

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August 3  |  
Calling all homebrewers: The Washington State Fair is looking for beers to judge for this year's amateur beer and wine making contest.

Deadline for registration is Aug. 13. To learn more about the contest awards and conditions, click here.

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August 2  |  By M. Carrie Allan Special to The Washington Post
Myths still fuel absinthe’s allure
Were you to line up famous scapegoats, along with the biblical Eve, hapless Cubs fan Steve Bartman and Mrs. O’Leary’s arsonist cow, you’d have to give a nod to absinthe, the bitter, anise-and-fennel-flavored liquor. It’s the most excoriated alcohol in history. While gin was once known as Mother’s Ruin, only absinthe has been tried — if only in the court of public opinion — for actual murders.

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July 29  |  By Jessi Loerch
The most imaginative cocktail On Monday, bartenders will gather in Seattle to compete in the U.S. Bartenders Guild's Most Imaginative Bartender Cocktail Competition.

Bartenders will create a cocktail using Bombay Sapphire Gin. The winner of the competition gets to go on to North America's finals in Las Vegas.

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July 28  |  
The Great American Beer Festival announced its roster of nearly 750 breweries for the 2015 festival on Tuesday, and Edmonds' American Brewing Company is the lone brewery from Snohomish County on the list.

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July 27  |  By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer
Number of unique Scuttlebutt beers at Saturday's Rock the Boat festival The inaugural Rock the Boat event this Saturday is a combination of music and beer. Everett Music Initiative and Everett brewery Scuttlebutt Brewing are putting on the event on the Everett waterfront near Scuttlebutt's restaurant at 1205 Craftsman Way.

Scuttlebutt head brewer Matt Stromberg said that it's a great opportunity to bring out some of the brewery's hard-to-find beers as well as old favorites.

"We wanted people to experience some of the beers...

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July 26  |  By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer
Bluewater opens 'Northwest beach bar' on Everett waterfront John Lundin is a sailor and he's learned a number of things from his years at sea. Now, the owner of Bluewater Distilling is using much of that knowledge in his latest venture: opening a cocktail bar and restaurant. Bluewater Distilling, which has been distilling spirits in Everett since 2007, opened its waterfront cocktail bar on July 11. The bar and restaurant is decidedly Pacific Northwest. From the fresh food and drinks to the Douglas fir wood that makes up the tables and bars, Lundin has...

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July 24  |  By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer
Herald writer Dan Catchpole wrote Friday about Senate Bill 5353, which "removes several constraints on consumer interaction for craft distilleries."

Catchpole writes that the act goes into effect Friday, but won't be implemented until December. Once it is implemented it means that distilleries will be able to serve mixed drinks and host private events, as well as a number of other things.

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July 19  |  By Doug Brown Special to The Herald
Local Still's Doug Brown picks his favorites from this year’s Proof festival To me, the word "distilling" conjures images of sweaty men in worn denim overalls laboring over heirloom pot stills in the backwoods of Appalachia.

Though American distilling has deep roots in the South, hundreds of intrepid men and women in the Pacific Northwest have tried their hand at commercial distilling in the few years since legalization. Every year, new distillers spring up while others close their doors.

Despite fierce competition, once a...

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