Black Raven Wisdom Seeker Double IPA
There are hoppy beers and then there are glorious full-palate blasts of bitter and citrus. Hopheads practically build shrines to this turbocharged double IPA from one of Washington state’s most distinctive breweries. It returns in bottles every March. blackravenbrewing.com
Avennia Gravura Red Wine Columbia Valley 2012
This $35 blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc comes from some of the state’s oldest grapevines. It’s also chock full of coffee, dark fruit, and herb flavors, rich and vibrant enough to chase away Seattle’s particular springtime gloom. avennia.com
Every last speck of corn and wheat for this spirit is grown in Washington or Oregon. What happens after that—milling, mashing, distilling, aging—all goes down in 2Bar’s SoDo distillery. The resulting bourbon improves with each batch—the 12th bottling just hit shelves. It’s aged for more than a year, and while production is ever increasing, bottles disappear fast. 2barspirits.com
This feature appeared in the March 2015 issue of Seattle Met magazine.