Hops and Sips

Fruit wines an important part of Northwest wine country

Carefully made wine made from fruit is commanding respect at judgings.


Special libations-related events in Snohomish County

Valentine’s Day Pet Food Drive at Skookum: Arlington’s Skookum Brewery is hosting…


Scuttlebutt’s new joint brewing venture was made in a log

A 14th-century method and a hollowed-out chunk of fir culminates in Wood You Please Sahti.


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

Sound to Summit Brewing 4th anniversary: Snohomish’s Sound to Summit Brewing is hosting its fourth anniversary party Feb. 16 at the brewery, 1830 Bickford Ave.,… Continue reading

Pinot noir emerges from many corners of our region

Oregon’s best known for the varietal, but excellent pinot noir also is being made on Whidbey.

When the snow piles up, it’s nice to walk and get a good drink

There’s a certain vibe after gingerly strolling to a neighborhood watering hole to warm up.

Snohomish distillery and winery team up for Valentine’s Day

Skip Rock Distillers is offering its Blackberry Liqueur, and Kasia Winery its Off the Hook rose.

Diamond Knot, Scuttlebutt roll out cans to lure new customers

Snohomish County’s two oldest craft breweries rebrand with new lineups of beer in cans

Booze Calendar: Libation-related events in Snohomish County

GEBL IPA Bracket Challenge: Everett’s Crucible Brewing is hosting the 2019 Greater Everett Brewers League IPA Bracket Challenge competition from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.… Continue reading

Prosser showcases wine history in heart of Yakima Valley

The town has been the focal point of the Washington wine industry since its early days.

The 20 best wines for under 20 bucks

2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling leads the list of excellent bargain whites.

Drink this: Passion fruit meets pot in Lazy Boy’s new hazy IPA

The Everett brewery’s Strata Hazy IPA has flavors of tangerine, mango, apricot and passion fruit.

Booze calendar

5th annual Chili Cook-off at Gallagher’s: Edmonds’ Gallagher’s Where-U-Brew is hosting its fifth annual Chili Cook-off at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the homebrewing store,… Continue reading

Seven Hills makes its (crimson) mark with a Bordeaux focus

Seven Hills Winery, launched in 1988, is the fifth-oldest winery in the Walla Walla Valley.

Five better-than-decent Northwest wines for under 20 bucks

You can find them at your favorite wine shop — and maybe even any supermarket.

Snohomish brewer ages ales in whiskey and oak wine barrels

All four beers for this weekend’s SnoTown Barrel Program Release Weekend celebration.

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

National Championship with Oakshire: Everett’s Brews Almighty is hosting Eugene’s Oakshire Brewing during the college football national championship game at 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at… Continue reading

Gehringer brothers rank among the Northwest’s best producers

With 78 Platinum Awards, Walter and Gordon Gehringer’s winery is “The King of the Platinum.”

How to make a pear-ginger shrub mocktail fit for a party

Blend the syrup with some ginger beer and a dash of bitters, and you have yourself a zero-roof bash.

Drink this: A look ahead at the brew year of 2019

Here are a few things the Herald’s beer aficionado Aaron Swaney is looking forward to next year.