Hops and Sips

He enjoys talking about cocktails as much as making them

Jason Castro loves to explain the history behind the drinks at Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse in Snohomish.

 

Beer, wine, spirits: Where to grab a drink in Snohomish County

Dog Days of Skookum: Celebrate your four-legged friend at Skookum’s Dog Days…

 

Booze notebook: Bourbon distiller moves operations to Maltby

The latest on Snohomish County’s breweries, wineries and distilleries.

 

Northwest Wine: Wineries embrace the concept of canned wines

Seven good-quality wines in a can from some of the region’s biggest wineries.

Beer, wine, spirits: Where to grab a drink in Snohomish County

Beardslee hosts home brewing competition: Bothell’s Beardslee Public House is asking local homebrewers to enter a competition to have their creation brewed and released by… Continue reading

Grapes native to Rhone Valley thrive in Washington vineyards

Success with syrah has inspired winemakers and grape growers to seek out other Rhone varieties.

With so many breweries in Everett, Soundbite turned to cider

The Everett Mall Way cidery blends cherries, blood oranges, pineapple and plums into its hard cider.

Owners Ernie Troth and wife Leigh Troth at the James Bay Distillery soft-opening on Friday, July 5, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett’s newest distiller has Queen Elizabeth II’s blessing

James Bay Distillery, now open at Paine Field, needed Her Majesty’s permission to sell Scotch.

Owners Ernie Troth and wife Leigh Troth at the James Bay Distillery soft-opening on Friday, July 5, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Maryhill Winery boosts production, opens posh tasting rooms

With a winemaker from New Zealand on board, it’s has been winning boatloads of awards.

Wine, spirits and beer events in Snohomish County

Dog Days of Summer South Everett Pub Crawl: The annual Dog Days of Summer South Everett Pub Crawl is Aug. 3 at Crucible Brewing, Lazy… Continue reading

Cabernet sauvignon could be called Washington’s signature wine

Known as “King Cab” to winemakers, it’s the state’s most planted, expensive and famous variety.

Drink Olive Juice, and help a very good cause: Olive herself

A Marysville brewer crafts a special beer, with proceeds going to help a girl who’s fighting a brain tumor.

Drink this: IPA honors Edgar as he enters the Hall of Fame

Bothell’s Foggy Noggin Brewing makes a beer that aims to be as consistent as the Mariner legend.

Great wine at great prices abounds in the Pacific Northwest

Here are four ways to score bargains on quality wine, plus four wines worth seeking out.

Beer, wine, spirits: Where to grab a drink in Snohomish County

Save-A-Mutt Fundraiser at Toggle’s: Everett’s Toggle’s Bottleshop is hosting a fundraiser for Save-A-Mutt from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 13 at the taproom, 1420 Hewitt… Continue reading

Chardonnay is a top player in these four Washington wines

The white grape is playing a larger role in recent vintages, pushing production to No. 2 in the state.

Beer, wine, spirits: Where to grab a drink in Snohomish County

Hellbent Brewing tasting: Monroe’s Route 2 Taproom and Grazing Place is hosting Seattle’s Hellbent Brewing for a tasting at 6:30 p.m. July 9 at the… Continue reading

Merlot plays a lead role in these four Northwest red blends

Once the state’s most-planted wine grape, merlot is now No. 4 behind cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and riesling.

After a quintessential Northwest hike on Lake Serene trail head back west on U.S. 2, stop at Dreadnought Brewing and grab a pint. (U.S. Forest Service)

Drink This: 14 outdoor adventures — and beers to go with them

Whether it’s a hike, a bike ride or a kayak paddle, there’s nothing better than a cold brew afterward.

After a quintessential Northwest hike on Lake Serene trail head back west on U.S. 2, stop at Dreadnought Brewing and grab a pint. (U.S. Forest Service)