Upcoming wine, brews and spirits events

The Naked Sessions

Naked City Brewery and “Band in Seattle” host The Naked Sessions, an intimate concert series in which Northwest bands play songs and tell stories about the music. Portland’s Anna Tivel plays The Screening Room at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse on Saturday, Nov. 22. Seating is general admission and tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.

Skagit Wine &Beer Festival

The Skagit Wine &Beer Festival is 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Center, 2300 Market St., Mount Vernon. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. There will be more than 20 wineries, 12 breweries and eight distilleries on hand. For more information, visit www.mountvernonchamber.com.

Learn to make limoncello

Learn to make your own limoncello with some help from the experts. Bluewater Distilling in Everett is offering a class from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23. Use fresh lemons and Bluewater’s 100-proof vodka and learn about the history of distillation and spirits and the benefits of traditional distillation methods. The supplies and tools needed will be supplied, along with instruction to help you along. The class is $64.95. Register and get more info at squareup.com/market/bluewater-distilling.

North Sound Beer-grimage

Mount Vernon’s North Sound Brewery is hosting the first annual Beer-grimage Cask Crawl on Friday, Nov. 25. There will be cask-conditioned beers at three pubs in downtown Mount Vernon: Empire Alehouse, Trumpeter Public House and Porterhouse. Try the cask ale at each establishment and turn in your punched card with your name and number at the place of your choice to be eligible for a prize drawing.

Winter Beer Fest

Washington Winter Beer Fest is Dec. 5 and 6 at Magnuson Park in Seattle. There will be one session on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. and two sessions on Dec. 6 at noon and 5:30 p.m. There will be 40 breweries on hand, including Diamond Knot, Scuttlebutt and American Brewing. Advance tickets are $25 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/895451 and $30 at the door. Admission includes a tasting cup and six 5-ounce beer tastes and additional tokens are available for $1.50 each. For more information, visit washingtonbrewersguild.org.

Hops &Props

The 13th annual Hops &Props is 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle. Tickets for members are $70 and non-members are $85. All proceeds of this event go toward supporting The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Upcoming Brewers Nights

Dec. 3: Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelpalooza at Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse, 6 p.m.

Beer releases

Nov. 23: Foggy Noggin’s Cease &Desist IPA, The Collective. Nov. 25: Lazy Boy IPA (cask), Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse. Nov. 26: All American Pie apple pie ale, American Brewing Company.

Follow Hops and Sips on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hopsandsips. Have a comment, an upcoming event that we can’t miss or an idea for a drink we must try? Email Aaron Swaney at aswaney@heraldnet.com or Jessi Loerch at jloerch@heraldnet.com.

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