Washington Brewers Guild Hires a New Executive Director

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The Washington Brewers Guild just announced the hire of a new Executive Director: Annie McGrath. Her background includes work with the Washington State Legislature and also the Washington Wine Institute.

McGrath’s duties include overseeing the annual Washington Cask Beer Festival and the upcoming Washington Winter Beer Festival, which takes place on December 4th and 5th in Seattle. Those events are a major component of the Guild’s fundraising efforts (the WBG is a non-profit organization).

Upcoming Event Features 11 Beers Made by Walking


Beers Made By Walking is an uncommon program in the beer world, one that focuses on local ingredients. Not just hops from Yakima, or even grains from local farmers, but ingredients found in the natural world surrounding us. The program invites brewers to go for a walk and find inspiration in what they see along…

Beer Release – 2 Winter Brews from Diamond Knot Brewing


Here is a beer release notice from Diamond Knot Brewing: El Nino, El Scheemno! Winter has arrived at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing MUKILTEO, WA – Of course it’s still October, but there’s no date too early to begin the snow dance. The brew crew at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing says “Bring on Winter!” Diamond Knot releases…

A Busy Month at Counterbalance Brewing


Here’s a press release about all the stuff Counterbalance Brewing has going in October. Counterbalance Brewing Company New Beer Release and October Events Friday, October 2: Counterbalance Brewing Company releases Tabletop Supernova. As the days begin to grow shorter and we find ourselves seeing more stars and the occasional supermoon lunar eclipse, we toast exploration…

Pumpkin Beer Season Kicks Off Saturday


Elysian Brewing Company has been the subject of much discussion and scorn lately, but that did not prevent this weekend’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival from selling out quickly. So if you don’t have tickets and you want to attend a pumpkin beer festival, you’ll have to move along. Luckily I have a couple of events…

It’s an Epic Brewmance for the Ages: Flying Bike and Naked City


Have you visited the taproom at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery yet? Well, Flying Bike and Naked City Brewing are right next door to each other. The two breweries are separated by a small parking lot, making collaborative brewing remarkably easy. In fact, the proximity of the two breweries enables beer to be brewed in one…

Local Brewery Attracts Acquisition Interest


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Celebrate PIKETOBERFEST This Sunday at Pike Brewing


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Zeeks Pizza and Schooner Exact Brewing Team up for Olympic National Park


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Bothell’s McMenamins Anderson School Opens on October 15th


We first reported on this story more than five years ago, when McMenamins first presented their idea to the Bothell City Council. (See all our stories about this project). The plan was to convert the old Anderson School, and the surrounding five-acre campus, into one of McMenamins’ signature entertainment properties: hotel, restaurants, brewery, bars, and…