Skagit Wine and Beer Festival: Drink wines, beers and spirits from regions throughout Washington at the fourth annual Skagit Wine and Beer Festival Nov. 21 at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn & Convention Center. General admission is from 4 to 8 p.m., with VIP hour from...
Date: 11/20/2015 | Hops & Sips
PULLMAN — Police in Pullman said a Washington State University student was injured when she fell off a third-story balcony of an off-campus apartment.
Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest
This week, I’ve got a short, sweet and slightly spicy article.
Date: 11/11/2015 | Hops & Sips
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — At first, Jon Turner was just a software guy who really liked to brew beer. He cooked up two batches a week in his kitchen and kept his hard-drinking friends well supplied. He once brewed one pale ale over and over for a year to get it just right. In 2011, at a national...
Date: 11/07/2015 | Northwest
The woman who answered the phone at Talbert’s Ice in Bethesda, Maryland, had clear instructions when I explained that I needed dry ice to make Halloween punch.“Don’t,” she said.
Date: 10/31/2015 | Life
PEORIA, Ill. — A jury has awarded $240,000 to two Muslim men who say they were fired from an Illinois trucking company after refusing to deliver alcohol.
Date: 10/31/2015 | Business Wire
Craft spirits in Washington have really taken off in recent years, and leading the charge is Woodinville's J.P. Trodden.After taking home a silver medal in last year's San Francisco World Spirits...
Date: 10/30/2015 | Hops & Sips
There will be candy for the kids and gin for the adults at Temple Distilling’s grand opening on Saturday.The new distillery in Lynnwood recently opened its doors but is hosting an official grand opening from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at its tasting room at 19231 36th Ave W.
Date: 10/28/2015 | Hops & Sips
"Would you like to see some science?" asked one of the staff of San Juan Island Distillery to the small crowd gathered around him.Everyone answered in the affirmative."Wait a minute. You don't have a drink. You need a drink for science,"...
Date: 10/25/2015 | Hops & Sips
The fifth annual Snohomish Brewfest is this weekend and it features some great Snohomish County breweries pouring some of their best beers.The brewfest will be held at the Snohomish Event Center, 1011 Second Street, Snohomish, and will have three sessions, starting at 6 p.m.
Date: 10/21/2015 | Hops & Sips
Last month, Jeff Alworth’s “The Beer Bible” was released. His newest book takes a look at another part of the craft beverage industry that has made a meteoric rise over the past few years.
Date: 10/18/2015 | Hops & Sips
Drinking too much has well-known personal costs-headaches, nausea, and regrettable 4 a.m. text messages.The Centers for Disease Control has put a figure on how much it costs the American economy: $249 billion.That includes spending on health care as well as the...
Date: 10/17/2015 | Business Wire
The labels are on the printing press, a stack of empty bottles are ready to be filled and our blend of botanicals have been fine tuned.
Date: 10/11/2015 | Hops & Sips
How many times per day do you reach for a glass? Consider how drinking glasses, in various states of fullness, tend to scatter themselves about the house, forgotten until dish time. Or how one of the first questions we ask guests is, “Can I get you something to drink?” The utility of a glass is...
Date: 10/10/2015 | Hops & Sips
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl.
Date: 10/08/2015 | Nation & World
Modern Johnny Appleseed grows more than 150 types on 25 trees
Date: 10/07/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
RUTHERFORD, Calif. — The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California’s drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water.
Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — When witnesses were asked to review a photo lineup for a haphazard driver on I-595 in Florida, they identified 1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy.Police say he sideswiped a truck, stopped and attempted to cover his license plate before driving...
Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World
ARLINGTON — It’s time to conquer the town.The first Arlington Viking Fest and Pub Tour is Saturday, with daytime activities for all ages and an evening of music, costumes and drinks for adults.
Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News
It’s been six years since her band came into existence, and now Jess Lambert is ready to put something out into the world.
Date: 10/02/2015 | Entertainment
The City of Arlington is hosting its first annual Viking Fest and Pub Tour on Oct. 3.
Date: 10/01/2015 | Entertainment
EventsInland Northwest Craft Beer Festival: Oct 2 and 3, Avista Stadium in Spokane. The festival features 30 craft breweries pouring more than 100 beers. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Admission includes a commemorative...
Date: 09/30/2015 | Hops & Sips
EventsOktoberfest release party: Snohomish brewery Sound to Summit Brewing will release Alpenglow, an Oktoberfest lager, at noon Sept. 26 at the brewery, 1830 Bickford Ave Suite 111, Snohomish. There will also be bratwurst and sausage...
Date: 09/25/2015 | Hops & Sips
More than one in 10 pregnant women admitted drinking alcohol in the previous month, including about one in 33 who acknowledged at least one episode of binge-drinking, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World
The inaugural Carleton Farms Brew Fest will shine a light on a number of local breweries and distilleries this weekend, and one brewery from nearly 500 miles away.
Date: 09/23/2015 | Hops & Sips
The inaugural Carleton Farms Brew Fest is noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27 at Carelton Farms. the brew fest will feature a beer garden with beers from local breweries Whiskey Ridge Brewing, Lazy Boy Brewing, At Large Brewing and 5 Rights Brewing. Also Cabinet Mountain Brewing...
Date: 09/22/2015 | Hops & Sips
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nearly a quarter of undergraduate women surveyed at more than two dozen universities say they experienced unwanted sexual contact sometime during college, according to a report released Monday.
Date: 09/22/2015 | Nation & World
Woodinville's J.P. Trodden Distilling recently won a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, according to a press release.
Date: 09/18/2015 | Hops & Sips
I was fortunate enough to attend Cider Summit Seattle for the second consecutive year last weekend. Like last year, the mood was festive and engaging. Many of the cidermakers were on hand to chat about their ciders and discuss what set them apart from the competition.As I...
Date: 09/16/2015 | Hops & Sips
What do gallons of coffee, endless research, countless trips to other cities and states, and a dose of ambition mixed with fear all have in common? Well I probably wouldn't be writing this without them all.Washington has some of the best wineries and breweries in the country...
Date: 09/13/2015 | Hops & Sips
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Citing a sliver of civil rights-era legislation more commonly used as protection against discriminatory landlords, a black couple is suing their former neighbor and a Georgia city they say failed to stop him from harassing them.Gregory and Sophia...
Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World
Picture this scenario: It's dinnertime and you could really go for a Mountain Dew and some taquitos from your neighborhood 7-Eleven store.But that store just a few blocks away feels worlds away from your couch. Panic sets in.Fear not, dudes and dudettes. This...
Date: 09/03/2015 | Business Wire
Everett pub transforms into classy music venue
Date: 09/03/2015 | Entertainment
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
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
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
Visit trio of Washington's best cideries on the Olympic peninsula
Date: 08/07/2015 | Life
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
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
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
Everett distillery opens cocktail bar on Everett waterfront
Date: 07/26/2015 | Hops & Sips
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
Law will make it easier for them to connect with customers
Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News
Four favorite liquors from the annual distillery festival
Date: 07/19/2015 | Hops & Sips
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
Seattle International Beerfest
Date: 07/10/2015 | Hops & Sips
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
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
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
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
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
Washington Brewers Festival
Date: 06/17/2015 | Hops & Sips
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
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
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
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
Bothell bottleshop and taproom The Hop and Hound is celebrating its first anniversary over the next three days.
Date: 06/12/2015 | Hops & Sips
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
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
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
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
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
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
There is a fairly long list of things I ought to be doing at this moment.
Date: 05/29/2015 | Light for Life
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
Dining review: Day or night, Lynnwood bar is hopping
Date: 05/22/2015 | Entertainment
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 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
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
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
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
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
Taste of the Northwest
Date: 04/17/2015 | Hops & Sips
OLYMPIA — The Washington state House of Representatives has voted to ban powdered alcohol for all but research purposes.
Date: 04/13/2015 | Northwest
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Snohomish on the Rocks
Date: 03/16/2015 | Hops & Sips
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