Drink This: 5 Snohomish breweries to host Smash and Dash

Each brewery takes the same base IPA recipe and then dry hops the beer with a different hop. Try them all.

Five Snohomish breweries will host the annual Smash and Dash event March 5-7.

The event is a collaboration between Sound the Summit Brewing, Haywire Brewing, Spada Farmhouse Brewing, SnoTown Brewing and Audacity Brewing. The five breweries take the same base IPA recipe and make the beer with a different hop.

Here’s a look at the hops:

Sound to Summit: Talus hops are related to Sabro and were made available to brewers last fall. Delivers flavors of citrus, floral, wood and fruit, according to Yakima Chief Hops.

Haywire: Developed in France, Barbe Rouge hops are bright and delicate and offer ripe red fruit flavors of currant, strawberry and raspberry.

Spada: Taiheke hops are a New Zealand variety that trace back to English Fuggle and Russian Serebrianka. Has bright aromas of grapefruit, lime and sweet fruit.

Audacity: Another New Zealand varietal, Rakau hops have a fruit-forward character with aromas of apricot, plum, mango and pear.

SnoTown: Originally from the mountains of New Mexico, Zappa hops are grown in Yakima Valley now and have aromas of passionfruit, mint, spice and tropical fruits.

Customers can pick up a punch card at any of the participating breweries starting March 5 and get stamps after trying each of the beers. Those who collect all five stamps can win a gift basket.

— Aaron Swaney

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