Modern American Fare Brightens Downtown Yakima at Cowiche Canyon

by Hannah Kivi

Animated conversation saturates the large atmosphere of Cowiche Canyon Kitchen + Icehouse Bar. And with the small-town dynamic of Yakima,…

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While we like to focus on all things “sip”-able in the Northwest, we’re taking it to the next level with bars that are mandatory stops when passing through your capital city. Pay homage to your home state with a craft cocktail or a fresh brew from these local joints.
Capital: Boise, Idaho
Bar: Press & Pony
From the same folks who put Boise on the map for burgers with Boise Fry Co. comes a downtown cocktail lounge focused on handcrafted drinks in an intimate setting.

Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Beer Hall of Fame: a twice-monthly induction into a list of essential Northwest beers that have made their mark on the field and region.
When you first taste the Blonde India pale ale from pFriem Family Brewers in Hood River, Oregon, you don’t really know what’s happening. In the glass, it’s a light colored beer with a fluffy white head.

Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Beer Hall of Fame: a twice-monthly induction into a list of essential Northwest beers that have made their mark on the field and region.
If you don’t expect it, you’ll likely be surprised by the punch packed by Sockeye Brewing’s Dagger Falls India pale ale. In point of fact, it’s more of a one-two combo. It’s got a wallop up front with the big malty body, followed by a super-sharp hop bite backbone.

Hops: beer drinkers can’t live without them. And for our Pacific Northwest readers, chances are you might even live near them. Washington, Oregon and Idaho lead the continent in hop growth and production — and these states have maintained their reputation as a global force, surpassing Germany’s production in 2015. Washington’s Yakima Valley alone accounts for over three-quarters of all hops grown in the U.S.

In 2014, after retiring from a 22-year naval career, Joe Behan realized he could pursue the entrepreneurial dream he always wanted. He traded in his EA-18G Growler fighter jet controls for pint glasses and founded Bastion Brewing Co. in Anacortes, Washington.
A regular homebrewer for most of his life, Behan and his wife, Christine, decided to create Bastion toward the end of 2015.

Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Beer Hall of Fame: a twice-monthly induction into a list of essential Northwest beers that have made their mark on the field and region.
In Astoria, Oregon, Fort George Brewery is the veteran maker in the beverage-booming town at the mouth of the Columbia River.

As one might expect from a brewery responsible for eccentric beers – from Yellow Snow IPA to several gutsy collaborations with Portland-based Voodoo Doughnut and beer brewed with yeast from a beard – Rogue Ales brewer Michael King is a dreamer and a doer.
As a brewer at Rogue for more than four years, King has been a key force behind creations such as Rolling Thunder imperial stout, the first beverage product born from all of Rogue’s ventures in brewing, farming, distilling and coopering.

A staple for game days and beer enthusiasts, the Bier Stein is home to 1,024 local and international bottles available for purchase. Since its grand opening in 2005, the beloved Eugene, Oregon, ale joint has become nationally recognized as one of the best beer bars in America and has upgraded to a 12,000-square-foot location in West Eugene. Its fast-casual vibe draws the customers in while the beer and cider selection keeps them coming back for more.

Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Beer Hall of Fame: a twice-monthly induction into a list of essential Northwest beers that have made their mark on the field and region.
Everywhere you turn, there’s a new IPA. Thick, big, bold and hoppy. In large part, that’s how most breweries are judged. Do they make a great IPA? But that’s not the case for every brewery. Some, like the esteemed Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham, Washington, pride themselves on their pilsners and lagers — lighter stuff.

 
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