Aaron Swaney

Craig Chambers takes orders while working behind the bar at Obsidian Beer Hall on Friday, April 12, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Obsidian Beer Hall takes over former Toggle’s space in downtown Everett

Beyond beer, the Black-owned taphouse boasts a chill vibe with plush sofas, art on the walls and hip-hop on the speakers.

 

A selection of Haywire Brewing Company’s barrel aged winter releases on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Celebrate new beginnings with Haywire Brewing this weekend

The Snohomish brewery brings new brews, old friends and lots of fun to mark the opening of its new downtown location.

 

In The Shadow fans (from left) Taki Pruski, Steve Brown and Cam Stefanic check out the fresh hops in the kettle at In The Shadow Brewing recently. (Photo provided)

Marysville brewery’s fall festival is a toast to friends and fresh hops

Freshies Friends features 11 breweries, plus a special collaboration brewed with hops grown in Marysville and Arlington.

 

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Hops and Sips: Camano’s first-ever cider festival is this weekend

Taste some of what local cideries have to offer and find a new favorite — plus, sample dozens more at Cider Summit Seattle.

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A beer is poured at UpperLeft Beerfest on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sample beer, food and more at Everett’s Upper Left Beerfest this weekend

Our drinks correspondent shares what he’ll be sampling from vendors, plus a peek at another boozy Everett fest.

A beer is poured at UpperLeft Beerfest on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Matt Pereira, owner and brewer at 4 Stitch Brewing Company, talks with a couple regulars at the bar on Friday, June 23, 2023, in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

4 Stitch Brewing taps into Mill Creek’s fledgling beer scene

Matt and Dena Pereira started out making brews in their garage. Four stitches in a finger later, their new taproom caters to Dawgs and dogs alike.

Matt Pereira, owner and brewer at 4 Stitch Brewing Company, talks with a couple regulars at the bar on Friday, June 23, 2023, in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Pie-tender Addie Bjorling, 22, pulls out a pie to plate a slice at Pie Dive Bar on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Snohomish’s Pie Dive Bar brings heat and sweet to its seasonal cocktail offerings

Sure, pie is in the bar’s name. But don’t sleep on the fresh summery drinks behind the bar if you’re looking for a pairing.

Pie-tender Addie Bjorling, 22, pulls out a pie to plate a slice at Pie Dive Bar on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A drink at the new Sound To Summit Brewing location in Everett, Washington on Friday, June 9, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Snohomish legend Sound2Summit brings brews and views to Port of Everett

After more than a decade in downtown Snohomish, the brewery has opened a waterfront taproom and kitchen in Everett.

A drink at the new Sound To Summit Brewing location in Everett, Washington on Friday, June 9, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
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Beer Notebook: Bothell Block Party and Brewfest returns this weekend

Plus, a Snohomish cidery wins big in national awards, new taprooms come to Mill Creek and Lake Stevens, and more.

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"Big Bull" Gary Pritzkau and his son Cary Pritzkau, who are two of multiple people involved in the operation of Three Bull Brewing, stand behind the bar at their new tap house on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in downtown Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

No bull: This Snohomish taproom is open for business

On the hunt for a new place for craft beer? Check out the outdoorsy-themed Three Bull Brewing.

"Big Bull" Gary Pritzkau and his son Cary Pritzkau, who are two of multiple people involved in the operation of Three Bull Brewing, stand behind the bar at their new tap house on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in downtown Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A pint of In the Shadows’ HBL — Honey Basil Lemon — blonde ale, which took home a bronze medal in the 2022 Washington Beer Awards. (Aaron Swaney)

Beer Notebook: A brewer’s experience, an Edmonds wine shop and more

Marysville’s 5 Rights Brewing will host renowned brewmaster for QA, beer samples Wednesday

A pint of In the Shadows’ HBL — Honey Basil Lemon — blonde ale, which took home a bronze medal in the 2022 Washington Beer Awards. (Aaron Swaney)
Ryan Hembre prepares a Spring Wish cocktail at Skip Rock Distillery on March 3, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. Owners Ryan and Julie Hembre recently opened their new remodeled space and will be serving cocktails with their own spirits for the first time. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Skip on over to downtown Snohomish for a libation

Skip Rock Distillers now serving cocktails that show off the spirits it’s been making since 2011.

Ryan Hembre prepares a Spring Wish cocktail at Skip Rock Distillery on March 3, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. Owners Ryan and Julie Hembre recently opened their new remodeled space and will be serving cocktails with their own spirits for the first time. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Designer Alyson Osborn with a handful of beer labels she illustrated and designed for Skookum Brewery on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Craft brewers turn to Bothell artist for creative labels

Like record album covers back in the 1970s, Alyson Osborn’s designs help brewers build their brands and sell more beer.

Designer Alyson Osborn with a handful of beer labels she illustrated and designed for Skookum Brewery on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
From left, Wild Roots flavored vodka, La Gritona Tequila Reposado, Woodinville Bourbon, Brockmans Gin and Coopers' Craft Bourbon sit on a cask on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at the Evergreen QFC liquor section in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Pick Six: an adventurous gift guide for good spirits and wines

The libations expert at QFC Claremont in Everett selects some of her favorite spirits for holiday giving.

From left, Wild Roots flavored vodka, La Gritona Tequila Reposado, Woodinville Bourbon, Brockmans Gin and Coopers' Craft Bourbon sit on a cask on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at the Evergreen QFC liquor section in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Seven gift ideas for drinkers

From books to bourbon, ideas for the lovers of beer and spirits in your life.

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A pint of In the Shadows’ HBL — Honey Basil Lemon — blonde ale, which took home a bronze medal in the 2022 Washington Beer Awards. (Aaron Swaney)
A pint of In the Shadows’ HBL — Honey Basil Lemon — blonde ale, which took home a bronze medal in the 2022 Washington Beer Awards. (Aaron Swaney)
A sign celebrating the hop harvest is seen outside Carpenter Ranches hop farm in Granger. (Photo courtesy of R.J. Whitlow, owner and head brewer at 5 Rights Brewing)

Hop season is here. So is fresh, locally brewed craft beer.

Our resident craft beer expert rounded up a list of fresh hop beers hitting the taps soon.

A sign celebrating the hop harvest is seen outside Carpenter Ranches hop farm in Granger. (Photo courtesy of R.J. Whitlow, owner and head brewer at 5 Rights Brewing)
Jordan and Brandon Molina at the newly opened Peace of Mind Brewing Tuesday afternoon in Lynnwood, Washington on September 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New Lynnwood brewery opens at former Cask & Trotter location

Peace of Mind Brewing is filling a craft beer void in south Snohomish County.

Jordan and Brandon Molina at the newly opened Peace of Mind Brewing Tuesday afternoon in Lynnwood, Washington on September 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ruse Brewing Insulator IPA, Wayfinder Hell Lager and Zoiglhaus Zopo Italian Pilsner at Josh’s Taps & Caps on Monday, July 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Old-school lagers, freshened for the craft-beer generation

Beer lovers asked for elevated versions of the brews their dads drank, and Snohomish County beermakers answered

Ruse Brewing Insulator IPA, Wayfinder Hell Lager and Zoiglhaus Zopo Italian Pilsner at Josh’s Taps & Caps on Monday, July 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Upper Left Beerfest: The full pour list

Find every type of beer, cider and more served at this year’s Upper Left Beer Fest in Everett.