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Seasonal Sips in Kent

From special releases to creative concoctions, Kent, Washington is your source and destination for holiday libations.

Whether you’re clinking glasses over holiday dinner, toasting out 2018 or sipping in the new year, Kent-crafted brews, wine and liqueurs are sure to make your season merry and bright.

  • Take a break from the holiday bustle with a visit to Sidetrack Distillery—and pick up some tasty gifts while you’re at it. This farm-to-bottle operation produces several world-class cordials, specialty spirits and brandies. Who doesn’t love a delicious green cocktail during the holidays? Shelve that dusty bottle of crème de menthe and opt for Sidetrack’s Shiso, an herbaceous spirit with an Asian flare. With hints of cinnamon and grass, it’s excellent in a gimlet.
  • Every year at this time, Airways Brewing releases its annual Imperial Stout. This year, Final Departure offers something a little different—an infusion of cherry puree, orange peel and oak chips soaked in Elk Rider Rye Whiskey from Gig Harbor-based Heritage Distilling. Visit The Tap Room and Brewery or The Bistro and Beer Garden and tap into a unique taste sensation.
  • Kent’s Soos Creek Wine Cellars has garnered accolades and awards for its handcrafted wines, along with top ratings from wine critics. Its latest release is King Cab, offering blackberry, cherry and subtle spice flavors and a long, soft finish. This small-batch winery isn’t open to the public, but its wines are available via mail order, in retail outlets and at restaurants including Reds Wine Bar at Kent Station.
  • Get a taste of boutique reds and whites from Ducleaux Cellars, made from some of Washington’s finest grapes. Sample what’s pouring in the tasting room, and take home a bottle or case of what speaks to your taste buds. Love and Chaos, Ducleaux’s popular red blend, may fit right in to your holiday plans.

Treat your palate this holiday season in Kent. And learn more about things to do when you visit.

Please note that Sidetrack Distillery is open for tastings on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment. To visit Ducleaux Cellars, make sure to call and book an appointment beforehand.