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Hops and Sips: Beer and spirits in Snohomish County
April 24  |  Herald staff
The Seattle RiteCare clinic hosts its third annual RiteCare Beer Festival April 25 at the Seattle Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Shoreline.

The festival begins at noon and will have 15 breweries on hand showcasing their beers. There will also be live music, food and prizes.



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April 24  |  
Upcoming beer festivals in the area RiteCare Beer Festival
April 25, Seattle Scottish Rite Masonic Center

The RiteCare Beer Festival features more than 12 breweries showcasing their beers, food, prizes and live music. Advance tickets are $30 or $35 at the door. Admission includes seven tastes, lunch and a commemorative glass. ritecarewa.org

Bacon and Beer Classic
May 2, Safeco...

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April 24  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
5  SnoCo Beers (that aren't IPAs) to try right now Here in the Northwest, if your brewery doesn't boast a hop-forward IPA, well, you're going to hear about it from customers. IPAs are big here. But what about the other hundreds of styles of beers? Where's the love? I decided to take a look at six local non-IPA beers that every good Snohomish County beer drinker should be familiar with:

Jalapeno Tripel 7
Scuttlebutt Brewing

According to Scuttlebutt owner Phil Bannan Sr., the story...

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April 24  |  By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer Herald Writer
Road trip: Five breweries outside of Snohomish County to visit Outside of Snohomish County there are a number of great breweries. Here's a few to put on your list:



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April 22  |  Edited by Aaron Swaney
Beer talk with American's new head brewer, Adam Frantz Adam Frantz is the new head brewer at American Brewing Company in Edmonds, taking over the position when former head brewer Skip Madsen was let go. For the past three years, he's worked as a cellarman and production brewer at Mac and Jack's Brewery in Redmond. I recently chatted with Frantz after a long day in the brewery.


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April 17  |  
Taste of the NorthwestBethany’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.

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April 14  |  By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer
Edmonds' American Brewing hires new head brewer Adam Frantz When Neil Fallon hired his first head brewer at American Brewing, he went with experience.

He’s now going with youth.

After handing over control of the Edmonds Brewery to longtime brewer and Northwest icon Skip Madsen when it opened in 2011, the American Brewing CEO decided to hire a new head brewer last month in Adam Frantz.



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April 12  |  
Use shichimi togarashi to spice up this drink Shichimi togarashi is a seven-spice blend with chili pepper and a variety of other ingredients, often including citrus peel, sesame, seaweed and hemp seeds. The mixture may not be in every supermarket yet, but you can find it at Asian markets, as well as Whole Foods.

Often used to add a "spicy, crunchy kick" to vegetables, noodle soups and even french fries, shichimi togarashi is used ingeniously in this drink from Nara...

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April 10  |  By Josh Noel Chicago Tribune
Beer of the Week: Ballast Point IPA goes (grape)fruity What it is: Sculpin India Pale Ale, made by San Diego brewery Ballast Point, is widely considered one of the finest IPAs on the market; BeerGraphs ranks it the 32nd highest-rated beer in the world and Beer Advocate puts it at a slightly more reasonable 137 (still quite impressive). in a recent blind taste-test, Paste Magazine ranked it 20th out of 116...

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April 9  |  By Paul Abercrombie Special To The Washington Post
Finding liquid sunshine in Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. — Over the two decades that I’ve called the Tampa area home, out-of-state friends typically phone for one of two reasons: to ask if they can crash at my father-in-law’s beach house, or to tease me about the latest Florida Man news.These days, however, pals ring more often to gab about the local beer scene.

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April 7  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Middleton Brewing hosts spring beer release
Everett’s Middleton Brewing is hosting a spring beer release event noon April 11 at the brewery at 607 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett. Here’s a look at the four beers Middleton is releasing with tasting notes from head brewer Geoff Middleton:Thai One On, a lemongrass kolsch. Crisp and light ale with a distinct lemon aroma and flavor. Brewed with real lemongrass. 5.5 percent

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April 6  |  By Jessi Loerch, Herald writer
Kumquats deserve more attention in cocktail making Kumquats don't get the love they deserve.

If you've never tasted one of these tiny little citrus fruits, you're missing out.

They're small, about the size of a large grape and you eat them whole. The skin is extremely sweet and the inside is extremely sour. The contrast is surprising and delicious.



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April 5  |  By Josh Noel Chicago Tribune
I have a drinking problem, and it makes me order two beers at a time in bars and restaurants.My problem is this: We drink our beer too cold, America.Beer typically flows from taps and your fridge at a frigid 38 degrees, an ideal temperature for the mass-produced brews designed to be refreshingly easy to drink while obscuring the cost-saving ingredients within.

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April 3  |  
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.

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March 30  |  By Aaron Swaney
Beer of the Week: Skookum Brewing’s Mammoth Jack Double IPA Mammoth Jack, Skookum Brewing, Arlington

Style: Douple India Pale Ale

Stats: 8.2 percent ABV, 90 IBU, 1.072 OG

Available: Four packs of 12-ounce bottles in local bottleshops.

My thoughts: Recently Skookum discontinued bottling its beers in 22s, but it's more than making up for it with these four packs of Mammoth Jack.


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March 27  |  
Washington Cask Beer Festival

Cask-conditioned beer is considered "real ale," and this Saturday a festival will celebrate it in all its CO2-less glory. The 2015 Washington Cask Beer Festival is March 28 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. There will be two sessions from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins, with taps closing 30 minutes before each session ends.

There will be over 40...

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March 25  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Look for cans of Diamond Knot flagship IPA on shelves next week
Diamond Knot’s IPA is one of the most iconic craft beers in Snohomish County.Soon it’ll be available in cans.In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Mukilteo’s Diamond Knot Craft Brewing announced this week that it is releasing its flagship IPA in 12-ounce cans next week. It’s the first canned beer the brewery has produced for market.

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March 23  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Scuttlebutt eyes brewery expansion that could triple production
Here’s to hoping Snohomish County beer drinkers are thirsty.Scuttlebutt Brewing is expanding its production facility near downtown Everett, hoping to eventually brew three times as much beer as it currently produces.

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March 22  |  
Beer of the Week: American Brewing’s Big Bad Plaid Big Bad PlaidAmerican Brewing Company, EdmondsStyle: ScotchStats: 6.5 percent ABV, 30 IBU, 16.4 OGAvailable: 22-ounce bottles.My thoughts: Skip Madsen has been known to brew a scotch ale.

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March 22  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Microsoft to microbrews: 2 techies use their skills for beer Sethu Kalavakur and Philip Vaughn dreamed of doing something they were passionate about. Having worked at Microsoft for more than 10 years, Kalavakur and Vaughn knew their next venture would be in tech, but they didn't know exactly what they wanted to do. Often they'd meet over beers and talk about ideas. Then it hit them: beer.

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March 20  |  By Josh Noel Chicago Tribune
Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter uses hop oil to robust hop effect
What it is: In a crowded craft beer market, Lagunitas Brewing gave Sierra Nevada quite a gift earlier this year: free advertising. Lagunitas owner Tony Magee thought the label on Sierra’s new Hop Hunter India Pale Ale veered a bit too close to his own IPA label, so he sued, claiming copyright infringement. Intense public backlash led Magee to withdraw the suit a day later, but the episode accomplished two things: It showed the degree to which craft beer is an ethos among its...

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March 18  |  By Aaron Swaney, Herald Writer
Sound to Summit beer event Saturday to support disabled veterans Looking for an idea to support veterans, Sound to Summit Brewing's head brewer Grady Warnock asked his friend and fellow homebrewer Brad Brown if he had any ideas.

Turns out Brown, a disabled veteran, had the perfect idea: Beer and fishing.

Brown suggested brewing some of his Freedom's American Pale Ale and giving some of the money to Salmon for Soldiers, a non-profit that supports disabled veterans by taking them...

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March 17  |  
Snohomish on the Rocks Distillery Festival this Saturday
Raise a glass and help small business.GROW Washington, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs in the state of Washington, presents the fifth annual Snohomish on the Rocks Distillery Festival March 21 at Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish.This year’s festival will showcase more than 25 of the Northwest’s premier distilleries, including Everett’s Bluewater Distilling and Snohomish’s Skip Rock Distillers.

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March 16  |  
Snohomish on the RocksThe 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

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March 15  |  By M. Carrie Allan Special to the Washington Post
Kombucha: From weird to wild
Artichokes are one of my favorite foods, yet I’ve often wondered what masochist first took it upon himself to eat one. Ditto crabs, rambutans and the so-called “Rocky Mountain oyster.”

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March 14  |  
Beer of the Week: Craftylicious, Widmer/Gigantic collaboration Craftylicious

Gigantic Brewing and Widmer Brothers Brewing, Portland, Ore.

Style: American Wild Ale

Stats: 5.7 percent ABV, 33 IBU, 12.75 OG

Available: 22-ounce bottles for limited time in limited markets, including Seattle.

My thoughts: I head down to Portland, or Beervana, every few months and whenever I do I wander over to a...

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March 8  |  
Beer of the Week: Snoqualmie’s Spring Fever Spring FeverSnoqualmie Falls Brewing Company, SnoqualmieStyle: Belgian-style Spiced AleStats: 6.0 percent ABV, 32 IBU, 1.065 OGAvailable: February through April; 22-ounce bottlesMy thoughts: Look outside. There’s fresh buds on the tree, sunshine late into the evening and birds chirping. Spring has arrived a little early this year and thank God.

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March 6  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Notes, links and pints Foggy Noggin Brewing is ringing in five years in style.

The Bothell brewery will host events each week and release a number of special beers in the month of March. One of those beers is an imperial version of its 2015 Anniversary Ale (nicknamed Fn5), which will be pouring in four different variations: dry hopped, oak aged, Lagavulin oak aged and Warre's Port oak aged. Foggy Noggin will sell spots for those tastings.

Here's a look at the anniversary schedule:

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