Beer, Wine & Bars

New Vashon Bar and Butchery Is Worth the Ferry Line

Opened since May, The Ruby Brink is a perfect spot for lunch and cocktails

Drinks at The Ruby Brink

AJ Rathbun

Olympia’s New Brewery Wants to Restore the Region’s Beer History

Years after the Olympia Brewing Company was sold, a new brewery in the state capital looks to the same artesian spring for inspiration

BREW BUDS: Paul Knight (sitting) retired as Olympia Brewing’s brewmaster in 1997, but Well 80 head brewer Paul Pearson recruited Knight to collaborate on a number of beers for the new brewpub

Kelly Knickerbocker

Local Hardware Distillery Embodies the Spirit of Scandinavia

A Hood Canal couple has turned a retirement hobby into a full-fledged distillery, complete with fjord-crossing aquavit

THAT’S THE SPIRIT: Hardware Distillery’s line of spirits includes Crabby Ginny (second from left) which pairs well with crab, and Bee’s Knees (right), a line of mead that comes in fruit variations like raspberry

Chris Robinson

Move Over Coffee Shops: Seattle Breweries Are the New Third Space

As Seattle’s brewery scene continues to grow, some taprooms are getting playful. Here’s where to find some fun with your cold one

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Samantha Bushman & Gwendolyn Elliott

Welcome Summer With Queen City’s Pineapple Riesling Daiquiri

Inspired by a classic, rum and natural wine come together in a refreshing seasonal hit

SUNNY DELIGHT: Myles Burroughs originally created his twist on a classic daiquiri as a daily drink special for Queen City

AJ Rathbun

Cocktail of the Month: Get a Taste of Spring at Bellevue’s Civility & Unrest

A blooming array of herbs gives this drink a taste of springtime

GARDEN VARIETY: Bartender Jessie Yoskin dips into the herbs at Civility & Unrest to create a refreshing botanical drink

AJ Rathbun

Seek out These Alt-Label Bottles From WA Wineries

Alternate-label bottles provide budget-minded drinkers with serious value

BARREL THIEF: An employee of Sleight of Hand Cellars uses a tool to extract wine from barrels; owner Trey Busch launched Renegade as a second label in 2009

Paul Zitarelli

Washington and Oregon Wine Clubs Offer Sips and Soirees for Oenophiles

Discounts on wine, special bottles, exclusive access to parties and events—clearly it pays to be a wine club member

COMMON GROUND: There’s plenty of room to spread out in the Basel Cellars Estate mansion

Danielle Centoni

Skål Brings Meat, Mead and More to Ballard

The Nordic bar (with lots of aquavit) has finally opened

Skål’s mead, drinks, meats and mustards are varied and worth savoring.

AJ Rathbun

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