In Preview: Winter Beer Fest

by Nick Thomas

Boy, Seattle is sure in for a frosty treat next weekend. The Washington Brewers Guild is spoiling the city again…

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November 19th, 2014

Americans are constantly looking for other cultures’ celebrations to takeover and declare to be a day for drinking. There’s St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and Mardi Gras, but there’s also a lesser-known French, wine-based holiday called Beaujolais Day that’s celebrated on the third Thursday of November.
The holiday marks the end of the French harvest season and the start of wine drinking season (hurrah!).

November 10th, 2014

Café Medina in Vancouver has become an early torch bearer of a new coffee trend that at first invites skepticism: mixing coffee and tonic. Medina’s new Coffee Tonic is an artisan coffee soda, made in-house, that combines cold carbonated coffee with a touch of the bitter quinine that is most often used as a cocktail mixer.
The offering comes with Medina’s move to a new space in the Library District after six years as a Crosstown favorite.

November 5th, 2014

Three towering cedar totem poles greet guests as they enter the doors of the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. Before heading into the flashing lights and cacophony of the casino floor, visitors have the opportunity to learn the story of the Tulalip people in the halls of the resort.

October 31st, 2014

The holiday season is upon us once again. For many, this means getting together with the family and sharing a feast in between fighting strangers in the mall while hunting down the perfect gift. For others who have fallen on harder times, this means uncertainty about where their next meal might come from.
The Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) is hosting a food drive in association with the Oregon Food Bank.

October 13th, 2014

This Friday, October 17 is set to be a day steeped in sudsy nostalgia just south of Seattle’s Pike Place Market as Pike Brewing Company celebrates 25 years as a neighborhood beer go-to.
For nearly a month, a special, 30-barrel batch of Pike’s 25th Anniversary Beer—Pike Reunion 25—has been awaiting the grand tapping leading up to Friday’s anniversary party, and will be served at the pub that evening alongside a selection of every available Pike beer.

September 22nd, 2014

Paramount political leader and India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, may or may not have been talking about cheese when he said: “Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.” However, the activist’s assertion still holds—culture, both in cheese and in civilization, is a key component to creativity and tolerance.

September 16th, 2014

Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th, the Columbia Gorge Cidermasters are melding hard cider with the quintessential summer camp experience for a weekend-long cider tasting event in Hood River, Ore., as the Gorge CiderCamp.
With seven cideries and growing, the hard cider scene is exploding in the Hood River Valley.

September 9th, 2014

September is upon us, and it’s about time to raise an overflowing bier stein to German-style lagers, platters of bratwurst and seconds, thirds and fourth helpings of all of the above. Oktoberfest season is one of our favorite things, and if you haven’t already indulged on your favorite seasonal beers at your area’s glorified fall block party, here’s your chance.

September 3rd, 2014

On Oregon’s northern coastline, the final weekend of September means beer mugs, tasting tokens, food and friends among the changing foliage. For the thirteenth year, the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup is set to return to Astoria, Ore., from September 26-28, when PNW beer lovers can gather downtown to celebrate old favorites and discover the new.

 
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