No-Li Brewhouse Mosh Pit Ale

The latest arrival from Spokane’s foremost brewery is by turns dry and tart, thanks to truckloads of pureed cranberries and cherries from Oregon.

Waterbrook Syrah Columbia Valley 2012

It could be the poster child for Washington’s strong 2012 vintage, with aromas of plum, raspberry, and vanilla leading to rich coffee and blue fruit flavors—a standout wine with a $14 price tag. 

Spirit Wildwood Spirits Co. Kur Gin

Chef John Howie’s Bothell distillery debuts in February, but his partner Erik Liedholm (previously Howie’s longtime wine guy) already produced the first batch of gin at Michigan State University while training at the school’s craft distilling program. It’s gentle enough to sip straight, ever-so-slightly citrusy, and made with apples and fir boughs Liedholm harvested from his backyard in Ballard, then schlepped to Michigan—a logistical challenge he won’t miss when his own still is finally operational.

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