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Seattle Beer Week Royalty – Elysian Split Shot

The official brew for Seattle Beer Week 2012 . . . Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout brewed by Elysian Brewing Co. What?  A stout – a beer style that is more malty than hoppy.   Has hell frozen over here in the state of Washington?  Up to now the official Seattle Beer Week beers have focused on hops, not malt, reflecting what  seems to be the overwhelming preference for hoppy beers in this part of... read more

Bourbon Barrel Aged Panther Porter

One of the treats at the Silver City Brewery Anniversary party was the bottle release of two bourbon barrel aged brews. Today we opened a bottle of the Silver City Bourbon Barrel Aged Panther Porter. This Washington beer was small lot produced and only available from the brewery. It is not an inexpensive brew at 14.99 for a 22oz bottle but it doesn’t taste like a cheap beer either. The Bourbon Barrel... read more

My Last Summer “Rosé”: Tefft Cellars ’09 Huckleberry White

Rosé wines, like Seattle summers, always seem to not last long enough. This fact was painfully obvious when I finally organized my wine stash and came across sad, off-colored, forgotten Rosé’ wines that had languished with neglect.  Tears come to my eye as I recall pouring down wonderful Washington rosé wines down the drain. Lesson learned the hard way, drink those rosés NOW! So  to commemorate... read more

Woodslake Due Anni

A couple of years ago, a bottle of Patterson Cellars Woodslake Due Anni red wine was the “IT” present at a Christmas party. I lost track of how many times that bottle of wine circled the room as people dissatisfied with the wine they had opened, stole the Woodslake Due Anni from someone else. The party gift rules stated bring a wrapped bottle of wine $15 or under and the Due Anni was the star... read more

Vina Salida

Spain converges with Washington, under the stewardship of Doug McCrea, in Vina Salida. Vina Salida is a small lot production, focusing on Spanish varietals. It all began with Tempranillo in 2006, when Vina Salida first emerged on the wine market. Haven’t heard of Vina Salida yet? I am not surprised as the initial releases were extremely limited. Only 48 cases were produced from the 2006 and 2007... read more
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