Hops and Sips

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

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.

Chardonnay is a top player in these four Washington wines

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

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.

Merlot plays a lead role in these four Northwest red blends
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)
Ancient Lakes’ cooler climate ideally suited for white wines

Ancient Lakes’ cooler climate ideally suited for white wines

The region near Quincy spans 170,000 acres in size, but is home to about 2,000 acres of vineyards.

Ancient Lakes’ cooler climate ideally suited for white wines

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

Silver City Brewing tasting: Monroe’s Route 2 Taproom and Grazing Place is hosting Bremerton’s Silver City Brewing for a tasting at 6:30 p.m. July 2… Continue reading

Drink this: Chocolate Jesus wins Washington Beer Awards gold

Drink this: Chocolate Jesus wins Washington Beer Awards gold

Dreadnought Brewing in Monroe also won a bronze medal for Old Man, an American-style pilsner.

Drink this: Chocolate Jesus wins Washington Beer Awards gold

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

EMI 7th B-Day Celebration at Scuttlebutt: Everett’s Scuttlebutt Brewing is hosting Everett Music Initiative’s seventh birthday bash and soltice party at 8 p.m. June 21… Continue reading

More Northwest rieslings ranking as ‘dry’ on taste profile scale

More Northwest rieslings ranking as ‘dry’ on taste profile scale

Riesling can show great range, based on where the grapes are grown and how dry the finished wine is.

More Northwest rieslings ranking as ‘dry’ on taste profile scale

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

Dirt-cheap wine available everywhere tops riesling taste test

Dirt-cheap wine available everywhere tops riesling taste test

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2017 Dry Riesling outperforms more expensive rivals in a magazine’s judging.

Dirt-cheap wine available everywhere tops riesling taste test

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

Big E hosts suicide prevention fundraiser: Lynnwood’s Big E Ales is hosting a Paints & Pints party to raise money for the American Foundation for… Continue reading

Drink This: The Hop and Hound makes hazy IPA to mark 5 years

Drink This: The Hop and Hound makes hazy IPA to mark 5 years

Try the colab brew Hazedog Millionaire at the Bothell taproom during its anniversary party June 7-9.

Drink This: The Hop and Hound makes hazy IPA to mark 5 years
Washington wine’s roots are firmly planted in Yakima Valley

Washington wine’s roots are firmly planted in Yakima Valley

It was the Pacific Northwest’s first American Viticultural Area, federally approved on April 4, 1983.

Washington wine’s roots are firmly planted in Yakima Valley

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

Everett’s At Large turns 3 Everett’s At Large Brewing is hosting its third anniversary noon to 10 p.m. June 1 at the brewery, 2730 W.… Continue reading

Four prize-winning wines from the Horse Heaven Hills region

Four prize-winning wines from the Horse Heaven Hills region

The 570,000-acre growing area isn’t visited often by wine travelers because it offers few wineries.

Four prize-winning wines from the Horse Heaven Hills region

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

Decant Edmonds: The annual festival takes place 5 to 8 p.m. May 25 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Enjoy… Continue reading

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with these 6 local craft beers

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with these 6 local craft beers

Rainier Tall Boys are great, but much better are these refreshing summer sippers (and guzzlers).

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with these 6 local craft beers
Red Mountain AVA remains a gold mine for wine contest awards

Red Mountain AVA remains a gold mine for wine contest awards

Here are four stellar wines from this growing region, which specializes in red wine grapes.

Red Mountain AVA remains a gold mine for wine contest awards