Where to enjoy a drink this weekend and beyond

Snohomish on the Rocks

The Snohomish on the Rocks Distillery Festival is 2 p.m. March 21 at Thomas Family Farm 9010 March Road, Snohomish. Tickets are $30 and include eight tasting tickets, a food truck voucher and a commemorative shot glass. For more information, visit www.snohomishwa.gov or call 425-244-6967.

Foggy Noggin anniversary events

Bothell’s Foggy Noggin Brewing is hosting its fifth anniversary celebration noon to 5 p.m. March 20 at the taproom. Foggy Noggin will release bottles of its 2015 Anniversary Ale and will be pouring rare beers. On March 28, Foggy Noggin will unveil its 1,000th brew, Batch 1,000, a Russian Imperial Stout, on tap. Brewed with rye malt, oats and Domincan Republic cocoa nibs, Batch 1,000 started with an Original Gravity of 1.100 and ended up at 11.6-percent ABV.

Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery, a breast cancer awareness non-profit, is holding a fundraising event called Fish Tales and Ales 6 p.m. March 21 at Flycaster Brewing in Kirkland. Tickets are $60 and include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and music. There will also be silent and live auctions. All proceeds support Casting for Recovery’s Washington chapter, which works to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and support with the sport of fly fishing. CfR provides a two-day fly fishing retreat at no cost each year for breast cancer survivors. For more information, visit castingforrecovery.org.

Washington Cask Beer Festival

The 2015 Washington Cask Beer Festival is March 28 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. There will be two sessions, starting at noon and 6 p.m. More than 40 breweries are expected to participate, with over 100 cask-conditioned beers available. Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins, with taps closing 30 minutes before each session ends. Tickets, which includes a commemorative tasting glass and 25 sample tastes, are $40 advance and $45 at the door. Tickets are on sale online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org.

Taste of the Northwest

Bethany’s 10th annual Taste of the Northwest Wine Tasting and Silent Auction is 5 p.m. April 17 at Xfinity Arena. Tickets are $25 and include tastes of Northwest wines, craft beers and spirits. There will be a silent auction with all money raised going to support the Bethany organization, which assists senior and disabled Snohomish County residents. For more information and to buy tickets, call Julie Reymore at 425-551-6340.

RiteCare Beer Festival

The RiteCare Beer Festival is noon April 25 at the Seattle Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Shoreline. There will be more than 12 breweries showcasing their beers, food, prizes and live music. Tickets are $30 ($35 at the door) and include seven tastes, lunch and a commemorative glass. Money raised will go to Rite Care of Washington, which provides intensive professional speech and language therapy to children. For more information, call 206-324-6293 or visit www.ritecarewa.org.

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. May 5: Deschutes Brewing. July 7: Alsan Brewing. Sept. 8: Pelican Brewing.

Schooner Zodiac beer sail

Explore the region’s best microbrews aboard the historic Schooner Zodiac, a Bellingham-based tall ship, on two multi-day brewery tours in July and August. The Schooner Zodiac embarks on a four-day brewery expedition of the San Juan Islands in July and a three-day transit from Bellingham to Seattle in August. The four-day brewery expedition in the San Juan Islands takes place from July 9 through 12 and includes beer tasting at Anacortes Brewery and Island Hoppin’ Brewery on Orcas Island. Passengers will also be taken to the Cask and Schooner Pub in Friday Harbor. The three-day brewery cruise to Seattle is from Aug. 15 through 17 and includes beer tasting at Anacortes Brewery, Mukilteo’s Diamond Knot Brewery and Fremont Brewing in Seattle. Passage on both cruises includes all meals prepared by a professional chef in the ship’s galley. Passengers on the Zodiac have the option of participating in the sailing of the ship as well as learning to navigate, stand watch and steer the vessel. More information can be found at schoonerzodiac.com and reservations can be made by calling 206-719-7622.

Brewers Nights

March 23: Alaskan Brewery at Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse, 7:30 p.m. March 24: Boundary Bay at The Collective on Camano Island, 6 p.m. March 25: Sierra Nevada at Special Brews, 6 p.m. April 1: Holy Mountain at Special Brews, 6 p.m. April 7: Aslan Brewing at The Collective on Camano Island, 6 p.m. April 8: Canopalooza with Hopworks, Oskar Blues, 21st Amendment and Hop Valley at Special Brews, 6 p.m. April 20: Diamond Knot at Island Hoppin’ Brewery, 5 p.m. April 22: Fremont Brewing at Special Brews, 6 p.m. April 23: Black Raven Brewing at Ale Spike, 5 p.m.; Lazy Boy Brewing at Diamond Knot Brewpub, 6 p.m. April 28: Oskar Blues at The Collective at Camano Island, 6 p.m. May 20: Schooner Exact Brewing at Diamond Knot Brewery, 6 p.m. May 21: Wallace Brewing at Ale Spike, 5 p.m. June 6: Saturday Special Brews 4th Anniversary Chili Cook-off: Battle of the Breweries at Special Brews, noon. July 1: Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Beer Co. at Special Brews, 6 p.m.

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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