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Hops and Sips: Beer and spirits in Snohomish County
May 31  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Garage is where At Large Brewing's most-wanted beers are made The house looks like any other in the cul-de-sac neighborhood just north of Soper Hill Road in Marysville.

But open up the garage doors and the home of Jim Weisweaver and Karen Larsen looks quite different. Brew kettles, coolers and hops — lots of hops — inform visitors this isn't the typical two-story house with a couple of sedans in the garage. This is a beer-making operation.

In late April, Weisweaver and Larsen opened At Large Brewing out of...

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May 29  |  Herald staff
Foggy Noggin featured in pack of playing cards
Warning: Playing poker with this deck of cards may make you thirsty.Bicycle Cards recently released a deck of cards called the Great American Craft Beer Deck, with each card featuring the logo of a different craft brewery.Bothell’s Foggy Noggin Brewing is one of 53 breweries from across the United States to be featured on a card in the recently released deck. Foggy Noggin is the 4 of clubs.

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May 24  |  By S. Irene Virbila Los Angeles Times
Cool tools for your home bar
Modern bartenders have all sorts of complicated gizmos they use to create cocktails, such as an immersion circulator for flash infusing. But do we cocktail enthusiasts really need the equipment to get into barrel-aging Negroni or concocting our own bitters or distillates?

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May 21  |  By Andrea Brown Herald Writer
Get centered ... then have a cool drink
Does your yoga class reward you with a cocktail after class?This one does.And, yes, you will be carded.After 90 minutes of yoga, participants get a drink. Or score a drink after an hour of stand up paddleboard in the water.The weekend classes are offered for yogis 21 and older. Classes start June 13 at Bluewater Distilling, 1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 116, Everett. Cost is $30.Take one class or all 10.

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May 17  |  By Peter M. Gianotti Newsday
End of an era: ‘Mad Men’-style cocktails and whiskey
As you face the sobering news that “Mad Men” is in its last episodes, there are a few ways to hold on.Consider a cocktail mixer. And update the concept with the Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer ($20), which takes away all the strain and efficiently does the job powered by two AAA batteries. Rabbit also contributes to the mix with a three-piece bar tool kit ($30), which includes a double jigger, a mojito muddler, and a cocktail strainer. They’re available at metrokane.com.

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May 10  |  By Jeff Koehler Special to The Washington Post
Sharing teatime with mom
BARCELONA, Spain — “Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” So begins Henry James’ masterpiece “The Portrait of a Lady.” While James penned that sentiment in 1880, many would agree today. I’m one of them. And so is my mother.

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May 8  |  
Aloha Brewfest

The 3rd annual Aloha Brewfest is noon May 30 at Mobius Hall on the campus of the University of Washington-Bothell. The brewfest features 17 breweries, including Sno Town Brewery, Diamond Knot and Big E Ales, brewing beer with an aloha spirit. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Admission includes souvenir tasting glass and seven tasting tokens.

Washington Brewers Festival

The Washington...

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May 5  |  Herald staff
People who don't particularly like beer -- not sure if that person exists, but OK? -- and want to take part in the Cinco de Mayo fun tonight can go to Brews Almighty.

The downtown Everett bottleshop is hosting Sonoma Cider for a "Cider de Mayo" event at 6 p.m. Brews Almighty is located at 3011 Grand Ave.



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May 5  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
The seventh annual Seattle Beer Week starts Thursday and runs through May 17 at locations around the Puget Sound, including a number of spots in Snohomish County.Brewed by Bremerton’s Silver City Brewing, Sieben Brau (7th Brew) is the offical beer of Seattle Beer Week. A crisp and bright lager, it’s a merger of traditional German ingredients and Northwest hopping process.

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May 3  |  By Aaron Swaney Herald Writer
Brewer with Washington roots brings his beers back home The love of brewing has taken Josh Pfriem to Belgium, Utah and Oregon, but the Meadowdale High graduate will always consider Washington home.

This week he's bringing some of his newest creations to the Puget Sound region.

Pfriem (pronounced "Freem"), who opened Pfriem Family Brewers in Hood River, Oregon, in 2012, is hosting four bottle-release parties in...

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May 1  |  Herald staff
The Snohomish Hard Cider Festival is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Craven Farm in Snohomish.

The event features cider makers from around the Northwest. Get your tickets in advance for $25 here. Tickets include five tasting tickets and food.



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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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