Breakaway Spirit tastings: Scratch Distillery, which recently opened on the Edmonds waterfront, will be releasing Breakaway Spirit at two tastings this month. The first tasting is 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at American Brewing and the second tasting is 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Scratch Distillery. Scratch’s American Spirit was distilled with American’s Breakaway IPA, giving the spirit at predominant citrus and hops character.
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 $25. Sept. 8: Pelican Brewing.
Cider Summit Seattle: The Cider Summit Festival returns to Seattle for the sixth time 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center. The event will feature more than 150 handcrafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California and others. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 (cash only) at the door. Admission includes a souvenir glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. For more information, visit www.cidersummitnw.com/seattleeventinfo.html
Snohomish Summer Wine Walk: The Snohomish Summer Wine Walk is 5 p.m. Sept. 12 on First Street. Stroll historical downtown Snohomish and sip wine from a number of local wineries. The cost is $15. For more information, visit www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org.
Carleton Farms Brewfest: The first Carleton Farms Brewfest is noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27. There will be a beer and spirits tasting Saturday and a beer and wine tasting Sunday. Both days will feature a beer garden with beers from local breweries like Everett’s Lazy Boy Brewing, and Marysville’s At Large Brewing and 5 Rights Brewing. All proceeds will go to Lake Stevens Food Bank. Tickets are $20 and include six tasting tokens and a tasting glass. For tickets and more information, visit Brewfest at Carleton Farms on Facebook.
Camano Island Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest on Camano Island is 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Camano Center. Tickets are $35 and are available at www.eventbrite.com or at 360-722-7811. Breweries at the event include Anacortes Brewing, Arlington’s Skookum Brewery and Marysville’s Whitewall Brewing. All proceeds from the event go to support the Stanwood-Camano Rotary Club.
Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival: The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival is Oct 2 and 3 at 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 tasting glass and six 5-ounces tasters.
Bier on the Pier: Bier on the Pier, Anacortes’ beer festival, is 5 p.m. Oct. 2 and noon Oct. 3 at 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. There will be 30 breweries and six cideries, including Edmonds’ American Brewing and Marysville’s Whitewall Brewing, on hand pouring tastes. There will be food vendors and live music. Tickets are $25, or $45 for both days, and include a commemorative glass and six taste tokens. For more information, visit www.anacortes.org/bier-on-the-pier.
Beer in the Barn: The Beer in the Barn Craft Beer Festival is noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at Thomas Family Farms, 9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish. More than 20 craft breweries from Oregon, California, Colorado and beyond will bring two beers each, with special beers tapped every hour. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and include a tasting stein and five tasting tickets (tickets are $20 at the door). A VIP ticket includes 15 tasting tickets is $35. Tickets can be purchased at beerinthebarn2015.brownpapertickets.com. There are also activities for kids, including a cow train, corn maze and pumpkin picking. For more information, visit www.beerinthebarn.com.
Bothell Beer Festival: Enjoy the best of Bothell beer at the second annual Bothell Beer Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in downtown Bothell between Main St. and 183rd St. There will be a number of breweries on hand, including Bothell breweries Foggy Noggin, Brickyard Brewing, Twelve Bar Brews and Triplehorn. There will also be food trucks and live music from The Dogtones, Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include a tasting glass and six tasting tokens. For more information, visit bothellchamber.com/html/BothellBeerFest or call 425-485-4353.
Snohomish Brewfest: The fifth annual Snohomish Brewfest is Oct. 23 and 24 at the Snohomish Events Center. The brewfest features some of the best beer from Snohomish County. General admission tickets are $30 or VIP tickets, which include admission to all three sessions, are $50. Admission includes a souvenir glass and five tasting tokens (10 for VIP). For more information, visit www.snohobrewfest.com
Sept. 7: Chainline Brewing at The Collective on Tap (Woodinville), 5 p.m. Sept. 8: Aslan Brewing at Route 2 Taproom and Grazing Place, 6 p.m. Sept. 10: Autumn Beer Tasting at Total Wine &More (Lynnwood), 6:30 p.m., $15. Sept. 12: Firestone Walker at Stogies ’n Hops. Sept. 14: Trinity Brewing at The Collective on Tap (Woodinville), 5 p.m. Sept. 16: Sierra Nevada at Special Brews, 6 p.m.; Northwest Brewing at Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse, 7 p.m. Sept. 17: Great Divide Brewing at Brews Almighty, 5 p.m. Sept. 18: Bellevue Brewing at Total Wine &More (Lynnwood), 4 p.m. Sept. 21: North Sound Brewing at The Collective on Tap (Woodinville), 5 p.m. Sept. 23: Black Raven Brewing at Special Brews, 6 p.m. Sept. 24: Washington Wine Tasting at Total Wine &More, 6:30 p.m., $20. Sept. 28: Counterbalance Brewing at The Collective on Tap (Woodinville), 5 p.m. Oct. 5: Ninkasi Brewing at Brews Almighty, 5 p.m. Oct. 26: Reuben’s Brews at The Collective on Tap (Woodinville), 5 p.m. Oct. 27: Bale Breaker Brewing at Route 2 Taproom and Grazing Place, 6 p.m.
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