Hops and Sips

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

Grapes native to Rhone Valley thrive in Washington vineyards

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

Grapes native to Rhone Valley thrive in Washington vineyards
With so many breweries in Everett, Soundbite turned to cider

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.

With so many breweries in Everett, Soundbite turned to 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

Maryhill Winery boosts production, opens posh tasting rooms

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

Maryhill Winery boosts production, opens posh tasting rooms

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

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.

Cabernet sauvignon could be called Washington’s signature wine
Drink Olive Juice, and help a very good cause: Olive herself

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 Olive Juice, and help a very good cause: Olive herself
Drink this: IPA honors Edgar as he enters the Hall of Fame

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.

Drink this: IPA honors Edgar as he enters the Hall of Fame
Great wine at great prices abounds in the Pacific Northwest

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.

Great wine at great prices abounds in the Pacific Northwest

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