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Please, don’t toke and drive

It's probably not a surprise that marijuana use is being found more often among drivers who are involved in fatal accidents.Following voters' legalization of recreational...

Date: 08/25/2015 | Editorials

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.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Hops & Sips

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...

Date: 08/08/2015 | Hops & Sips

Cider days

Visit trio of Washington's best cideries on the Olympic peninsula

Date: 08/07/2015 | Life

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...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Hops & Sips

Breathing will get you buzzed

Cocktail fans in London will want to take a deep breath when they enter a pop-up bar that opens Thursday, July 28 on the site of an ancient monastery in Borough.Alcoholic Architecture features a walk-in cloud of cocktail composed of fine spirits and mixer at a ratio of 1:3.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Off the Wire

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.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Hops & Sips

Bluewater's 'NW beach bar'

Everett distillery opens cocktail bar on Everett waterfront

Date: 07/26/2015 | Hops & Sips

Bill 5353 is big news for Washington craft distilleries

Herald writer Dan Catchpole wrote Friday about Senate Bill 5353, which "removes several constraints on consumer interaction for craft distilleries."

Date: 07/24/2015 | Hops & Sips

Distilleries in good spirits

Law will make it easier for them to connect with customers

Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News

Picks from Proof

Four favorite liquors from the annual distillery festival

Date: 07/19/2015 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Bite of Seattle

Date: 07/15/2015 | Hops & Sips

The author who sets the bar high for drink makers

When David Wondrich’s “Imbibe!” was first published, in 2007, it hit a market that was craving cocktail knowledge. The book, a meticulously researched paean to 19th-century bartender Jerry Thomas, won a James Beard award and became a widely read origin story for the bartending world: a true tale of...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Seattle International Beerfest

Date: 07/10/2015 | Hops & Sips

Alcohol misuse major threat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Drug Administration this week confirmed what states have been reporting for years: That the rate of heroin use in the U.S. has climbed 63 percent in the past decade; and the rate of heroin abuse or dependence climbed 90...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Editorials

Grandpa's best

Bad Dog Distillery makes liquor the old fashioned way

Date: 07/09/2015 | Hops & Sips

Saluting the red, white and brew: ‘The Field Guide to Drinking in America’

Niki Ganong wants to help travelers drink better. In “The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws,” the Portland, Oregon-based author talks up a seemingly dull topic: liquor laws.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Crafts in the Draft: Tulalip Resort Casino is teaming up with renowned Northwest breweries for their Tuesday Tastings Crafts in the Draft. Flights of beer from the breweries will be paired with appetizers 7 to 9 p.m. on select Tuesdays in The Draft Sports Bar and Grill. Tickets are...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Hops & Sips

Senate OKs bill to remove alcohol monitoring cost limits

OLYMPIA — Defendants would pay the full cost of pretrial drug and alcohol monitoring under a bill passed by the Senate that removes a price cap for such oversight.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest

Try these summer sips to stay cool

Picnicking on the tasting room deck at Harris Bridge Vineyard a few weeks ago, with golden shafts of light filtering through the oaks, and a refreshing Timber Royale tantalizing my palate, the world seemed about as right as it could be. My winter-dulled psyche had leapt over spring and...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Washington Brewers Festival

Date: 06/17/2015 | Hops & Sips

Despite increase in pot-impaired drivers, alcohol still biggest issue

EVERETT — A lot of the rules surrounding marijuana have changed here in recent years.One hasn't. It's still illegal to drive while high.Statewide, marijuana was found in 28 percent of blood samples taken in impaired driving cases in 2014, according to data...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Local News

Taxing alcohol isn’t going to discourage binge drinking

There's been a significant rise in "heavy drinking" among Americans, according to a new study out of the University of Washington.But what do these researchers mean by "heavy drinking"? wine lovers must ask. For a woman, heavy drinking is defined as...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Country singer Randy Howard dies a country song death

Randy Howard didn’t just sing about being an outlaw, he lived like one: racking up drug, drinking and gun charges from Tennessee to Georgia.So it’s perhaps no surprise that Howard died like an outlaw, too.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

Iowa residents have right to get drunk on porch

DES MOINES, Iowa — The right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home was endorsed Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court, which said a woman can't be convicted of public intoxication while standing on her front steps.Patience Paye, 29, of Waterloo, based the appeal...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

The Hop and Hound celebrates first anniversary this weekend

Bothell bottleshop and taproom The Hop and Hound is celebrating its first anniversary over the next three days.

Date: 06/12/2015 | Hops & Sips

Underage alcohol use, binge drinking continues to fall

A new government report found that both drinking and binge drinking among young people fell significantly between 2002 and 2013.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

Carnival Cruise Line bans carry-on bottles

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — For some cruisers, this could be a buzz kill.Carnival Cruise Line will prohibit passengers from lugging bottled water, soda or other non-alcoholic drinks on board.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Business Wire

Great books for cocktail lovers

As you prepare for a summer's imbibing, relax with your favorite cocktail and one of these refreshing, informative, very accessible books on beverages."The Negroni" (Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House, $18.99) by Gary Regan will make you try...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Life

Problem drinking affects 14% of U.S. adults

CHICAGO — Alcohol problems affect almost 33 million adults and most have never sought treatment, according to a government survey that suggests rates have increased in recent years.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

Lynnwood's Special Brews celebrates 4th anniversary this Sunday

Special Brews, a bottleshop and bier cafe in Lynnwood, is celebrating its fourth anniversary Sunday with a chili cookoff and plenty of beer.The celebration is from noon to 8 p.m. at Special Brews, which is roping off part of its parking lot to create beer garden for the 22...

Date: 06/03/2015 | Hops & Sips

Taco Bell to serve booze at new location

NEW YORK — Taco Bell said it will serve beer, wine and "mixed alcohol freezes" at a new location set to open in Chicago this summer.The chain, owned by Yum Brands Inc., said the restaurant will have a new design it's testing in urban markets. It said the...

Date: 06/03/2015 | Business Wire

Slow down for the weekend with this citrusy cocktail

There is a fairly long list of things I ought to be doing at this moment.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Light for Life

Cool tools for your home bar

Modern bartenders have all sorts of complicated gizmos they use to create cocktails, such as an immersion circulator for flash infusing. But do we cocktail enthusiasts really need the equipment to get into barrel-aging Negroni or concocting our own bitters or distillates?

Date: 05/24/2015 | Hops & Sips

Cranked up to 11

Dining review: Day or night, Lynnwood bar is hopping

Date: 05/22/2015 | Entertainment

Get centered ... then have a cool drink

Does your yoga class reward you with a cocktail after class?This one does.And, yes, you will be carded.After 90 minutes of yoga, participants get a drink. Or score a drink after an hour of stand up paddleboard in the water.The weekend classes are offered for yogis 21 and older.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Hops & Sips

Motorcycle sales increase, fatalities high

Motorcycle sales for the first quarter were up 8.2 percent, according to the industry trade group Motorcycle Industry Council.That number reflects sales data from 20 leading brands and covers sales of road bikes, off-road bikes, dual sport bikes and scooters.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Business Wire

End of an era: ‘Mad Men’-style cocktails and whiskey

As you face the sobering news that “Mad Men” is in its last episodes, there are a few ways to hold on.

Date: 05/17/2015 | Hops & Sips

Snohomish Hard Cider Festival is Saturday

The Snohomish Hard Cider Festival is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Craven Farm in Snohomish.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Hops & Sips

When it comes to teen drinking, don’t be the ‘cool’ parents

Experts are using Alcohol Awareness Month (April) to spread a simple, direct message: Don't be those parents.Those parents host drinking teenagers at their homes, reasoning that it's a safer alternative to letting teens roam on the weekends. (We can monitor their intake and...

Date: 04/26/2015 | Life

How to recognize when drinking becomes a problem

Joe has been increasing his alcohol use for several years, and now he's drinking an entire bottle of wine or more, four to five nights a week. He doesn't think he's impaired; after all he's built up a high tolerance. But his family is angry and embarrassed. Joe doesn't drink at work, so...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Life

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Taste of the Northwest

Date: 04/17/2015 | Hops & Sips

Washington House votes for powdered alcohol prohibition

OLYMPIA — The Washington state House of Representatives has voted to ban powdered alcohol for all but research purposes.

Date: 04/13/2015 | Northwest

Use shichimi togarashi to spice up this drink

Shichimi togarashi is a seven-spice blend with chili pepper and a variety of other ingredients, often including citrus peel, sesame, seaweed and hemp seeds. The mixture may not be in every supermarket yet, but you can find it at Asian markets, as well as Whole Foods.Often...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Hops & Sips

9 percent in U.S. have anger issues, access to guns

WASHINGTON — Roughly 22 million Americans — 8.9 percent of the adult population — have impulsive anger issues and easy access to guns. 3.7 million of these angry gun owners routinely carry their guns in public. And very few of them are subject to current mental...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Nation & World

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Spring beer tasting

Date: 04/08/2015 | Hops & Sips

Talking to kids about alcohol, glass in hand

For a variety of reasons, I gave up alcohol Jan. 4.I have your attention, don't I?This is because people who enjoy drinking are always curious about people who stop. I know I always am.And this is so because most regular imbibers, especially us wine...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kumquats deserve more attention in cocktail making

Kumquats don't get the love they deserve.If you've never tasted one of these tiny little citrus fruits, you're missing out.

Date: 04/06/2015 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Taste of the NorthwestBethany's 10th annual Taste of the Northwest Wine Tasting and Silent Auction is 5 p.m. April 17 at Xfinity Arena. Tickets are $25 and include tastes of Northwest wines, craft beers and spirits. There will be a silent auction with all...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Hops & Sips

Do low booze taxes drive us to drink?

WASHINGTON - Consider this: being a really heavy drinker — a 10-drink-a-day drinker — cost about 45 percent of the average person's disposable income in 1950. In 2011, you could buy those same 10 daily drinks using only 3 percent of the average disposable income, according...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Business Wire

Washington lawmakers consider powdered alcohol ban

OLYMPIA — A bill making its way through the state Legislature could make Washington one of a growing number of states to ban a new powdered alcohol product before it reaches liquor-store shelves.

Date: 03/29/2015 | Northwest

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Washington Cask Beer FestivalCask-conditioned beer is considered "real ale," and this Saturday a festival will celebrate it in all its CO2-less glory. The 2015 Washington Cask Beer Festival is March 28 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. There...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Hops & Sips

Snoring Duvall man falls from Florida balcony

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — A spring breaker has been hospitalized after falling from a second-story balcony in Panama City Beach after friends say they placed him outside because he was snoring too loudly.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest

Snohomish on the Rocks Distillery Festival this Saturday

Raise a glass and help small business.GROW Washington, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs in the state of Washington, presents the fifth annual Snohomish on the Rocks Distillery Festival March 21 at Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish.

Date: 03/17/2015 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Snohomish on the Rocks

Date: 03/16/2015 | Hops & Sips

Kombucha: From weird to wild

Artichokes are one of my favorite foods, yet I’ve often wondered what masochist first took it upon himself to eat one. Ditto crabs, rambutans and the so-called “Rocky Mountain oyster.”

Date: 03/15/2015 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Foggy Noggin events

Date: 03/13/2015 | Hops & Sips

Secret Service agents eyed after crash

WASHINGTON — The administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of President Barack Obama's protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World

Powdered alcohol gets federal approval

NEW YORK — A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed up into drinks has gained approval from a federal regulator.

Date: 03/11/2015 | Business Wire

Give distilleries a fair shot

The Small Distilleries Fairness Act, a bill cosponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen, is a sensible, straightforward, non-controversial, needed, economic-driven piece...

Date: 03/09/2015 | Editorials

How bourbon explains everything you need to know about FX’s ‘Justified’

Bourbon is a wonderful thing, just wonderful, and perhaps no television show in American history has realized this, or had as much fun with it, as “Justified.” A subplot of the show is that it’s (sort of) to bourbon what “Sideways” was to California wine — a lovingly told inside joke.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Entertainment

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

American Brewing partyEdmonds’ American Brewing Company is hosting its 4 Year Anniversary Party at noon March 7 at the brewery. There will be live music by Steve Stefanowicz from 2 to 5 p.m. and special release beers, including a cask imperial IPA.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Hops & Sips

Distilleries want a break

Lower taxes could give craft liquor businesses a boost

Date: 03/05/2015 | Business

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Ming the Merciless release partyEverett's Scuttlebutt Brewery will release its Ming the Merciless Imperial IPA at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Cannery. The event, which is in collaboration with the Everett Music Initiative, will also have live music from bands Deep...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Entertainment

Bugs slip into Western chefs' cuisine

Bugs in a gourmet kitchen are usually something to be squashed or swatted. But at Le Cordon Bleu, the esteemed French cooking school, chefs and food scientists spent a week simmering, sauteing and grilling insects to extract innovative flavors they say could open a new gastronomic...

Date: 02/21/2015 | Business Wire

Stoned drivers safer than drunk ones

WASHINGTON — A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive...

Date: 02/15/2015 | Nation & World

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.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Red wine and chocolate tourSpend 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...

Date: 02/13/2015 | Hops & Sips

Alcohol drugs don’t have to bring sobriety

WASHINGTON — Drugmakers aiming to tackle alcoholism, a condition that affects 17 million Americans and is in need of pharmaceutical options, may have a smoother path to market under a U.S. proposal to guide their development.

Date: 02/12/2015 | Nation & World

Cocktails and gardening: Juniper French 75 recipe

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.

Date: 02/10/2015 | Hops & Sips

Fewer drivers drunk; more use drugs

WASHINGTON — The number of drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, but there has been a large increase in drivers using marijuana and other illegal drugs, a government report released Friday found.

Date: 02/07/2015 | Nation & World

New college students getting serious

College freshmen nowadays recall spending much less time partying and drinking alcohol in their last year of high school than their predecessors, according to a new national survey.They are also very focused on the economic value of a college diploma, and large numbers say...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Nation & World

Motorcyclists most likely to lose control

NEW YORK - Motorcyclists may be their own worst enemy on the road.Insurer Progressive Corp. found that single-vehicle mishaps accounted for more motorcycle-related claims last year than any other event, the company said Thursday. Ohio-based Progressive said it processed 3.5...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Nation & World

Hatfields, McCoys team up on moonshine

After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state’s blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Nation & World

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow

Date: 01/30/2015 | Hops & Sips

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.

Date: 01/23/2015 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow

Date: 01/23/2015 | Hops & Sips

Learn about, enjoy cider at seminar at EvCC

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

Date: 01/21/2015 | Hops & Sips

Relax and raise a glass

New law allows Snohomish day spa to serve alcohol

Date: 01/20/2015 | Life

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Snoqualmie anniversary party

Date: 01/16/2015 | Entertainment

Idaho officials cite strip show in revoking liquor license

HUETTER, Idaho — Idaho officials say they have revoked the liquor license of a northern Idaho business after determining the business sold alcohol during a strip show.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Northwest

YNot Sports Pub gets the important stuff right

Sure YNot Sports Pub and Grub has a color scheme that is similar to a certain local professional football team and something called a "12th Man Munch Combo," but as a Seahawks fan I knew I...

Date: 01/09/2015 | Entertainment

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

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,...

Date: 01/02/2015 | Hops & Sips

Fun with fizz

Try these cocktails to brighten up your New Year's Eve

Date: 12/31/2014 | Life

Go bold

Make some candied bacon to go with your Scotch

Date: 12/31/2014 | Hops & Sips

After tsunami, Aceh adopted sharia law

MEULABOH, Indonesia — It is a little past noon on a Friday, time for Anshari and his troops to spring into action.Their first stop is outside the gates of Meulaboh's central mosque, where fruit and vegetable hawkers display their wares. The announcement comes that it's...

Date: 12/28/2014 | Nation & World

Need a ride home? Just call

If you’ve had too much to drink, Everett company offers free tow

Date: 12/24/2014 | Local News

Mount Vernon cider school trains brewers

MOUNT VERNON — The clock ticked down as Geoffrey Burton filled a small graduated cylinder with a precise mixture of pear and apple juice concentrate for his group's hard cider blend.For the final exercise of the fourth day in an intensive hard cider course, Burton and...

Date: 12/24/2014 | Business Wire

No charges in church-disturbance death

INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors.Jason's Berg's death, "although tragic, was not the result of...

Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

BALTIMORE — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning."You don't need a lecture...

Date: 12/20/2014 | Nation & World

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

Date: 12/19/2014 | Hops & Sips

Police crack down on impaired drivers in Washington

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Patrol says 120 police agencies in Washington will have extra officers on the roads through the holidays looking for impaired drivers.The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is funding overtime for extra coverage in the hours with most drunken driving crashes occur.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Northwest

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub CrawlThe 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...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Hops & Sips

Dogged determination

Mudslide put distillery on hold - not forever

Date: 12/15/2014 | Business

Study: Men more likely to be idiots

Here it is, scientific proof that a Y chromosome makes you dumb. (No, not really).Every year, the British Medical Journal puts out an especially, shall we say, whimsical edition in honor of the holiday season. All of the studies therein are subject to the same standards as...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Nation & World

Canada to curb booze on warships

OTTAWA, Ontario — Booze will not be as cheap or flow as freely aboard Canadian warships after the review of an incident last summer in which a coastal defense vessel was ordered home from a U.S. exercise because of its sailors' bad behavior.

Date: 12/13/2014 | Nation & World

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.

Date: 12/12/2014 | Hops & Sips

Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Winter Warmer InvitationalDiamond 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,...

Date: 12/12/2014 | Hops & Sips

Is what’s in your glass a clue as to how you vote?

Did you know that Democrats drink more than Republicans? Or that they are likelier to choose clear liquors, whereas Republicans tend toward the darker ones? That voters who skew most Republican favor Jim Beam? That those who skew most Democratic go for Seagram's gin?I...

Date: 12/11/2014 | Opinion Columnists

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