Hops and Sips

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Evening of Seattle Brewing: Pike Place Market is hosting the American Brewing History Initiative for an evening of discussion on the history of Seattle Brewing… Continue reading

Raise a glass to these top white and rose bargain wines

Next year Northwest winemakers will be bottling their non-red varieties, including these six.

Beer of the Week: Haywire Brewing’s Gingerbread Ale

Made with cinnamon sticks, ginger root and vanilla bean, this beer tastes like gingerbread cookies.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Washington Winter Beer Festival: The 13th annual Winter Beer Festival is Dec. 1 and 2 at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. This… Continue reading

Coming into its own: Idaho wine industry’s stock still rising

More than 50 wineries dot the state from the top of the panhandle to the Nevada border.

Warm yourself up this winter with five holiday cocktails

Here are some drink recipes courtesy of local distillers (and the author) to enjoy on a cold night.

Beer of the Week: Scuttlebutt’s Barrel-aged Belgian Winter

Made in 2013, the dark strong ale was stowed away in barrels. The brewery tests one each year.

Julia Turner and her father, Ed, toast as they try out a flight of beer and cider at Lake Stevens Brewing Co. when it opened last year. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Beer of the Week: Lake Stevens Brewing Co.’s Sour Imperial

The beer has a depth and a complex flavor profile that goes beyond just another barrel-aged stout.

Julia Turner and her father, Ed, toast as they try out a flight of beer and cider at Lake Stevens Brewing Co. when it opened last year. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Danielle Lothrop pours from one of the 21 Wednesday night at Toggle’s Bootleshop in Everett on November 8, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Their dog would be proud of bottleshop named in his honor

Toggle in downtown Everett is named for the owners’ now-deceased shiba inu dog.

Danielle Lothrop pours from one of the 21 Wednesday night at Toggle’s Bootleshop in Everett on November 8, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Beer of the Week: Toggle’s Groove IPA from 5 Rights Brewing

Beer lovers’ friendship leads to a big, juicy New England-style IPA.

Seven affordable, findable wines for the Thanksgiving table

Each costs $15 or less, and most if not all can be purchased at supermarkets.

Where to get a drink calendar

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Beer of the Week: Lost Canoe Brewing’s Peanut Butter Porter

This Snohomish brewery’s porter sweetened with peanut butter extract has become a customer favorite.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Whitewall at Brown Lantern: Anacortes’ The Brown Lantern is hosting Marysville’s Whitewall Brewing for a tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the… Continue reading

Pinot gris overtakes chardonnay as top white grape of Oregon

With over 15,000 tons harvested in 2015, pinot gris is even more dominant in the neighboring state.

This year’s Snohomish Brewfest will be at Thomas Family Farm

The seventh annual beer festival and fundraiser for the Snohomish Senior Center has moved to a farm.

Beer of the Week: Celebrate Oktoberfest with these 5 brews

Langley’s Double Bluff is celebrating its second anniversary and October’s end with German-style beer.

Beer, wine, spirits: Snohomish County booze calendar

Crux Brewing tasting: Monroe’s Harry’s on Tye is hosting Bend’s Crux Brewing for a brewers night from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the… Continue reading

Boo and beer events celebrate Halloween in Snohomish County

There’s concerts, costume contests and “trick or drink” fun at breweries and bottleshops this weekend.

Why syrah continues to rise in popularity in Washington state

It’s the Evergreen State’s third-most popular red grape, after cabernet sauvignon and merlot.