METHOW MADE CAMPAIGN EXPANDING TO INCLUDE ART COMMUNITY

The Methow Made campaign, a program of TwispWorks, is expanding to include artinsal and craft products that are made and produced in the Methow Valley.

APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD HERE.

Methow Made began in 2013 as an agricultural marketing campaign and currently has 8 hand-made displays in retail locations throughout the valley. The purpose of the campaign is to help visitors and locals alike identify and easily locate products that are made in the Methow Valley.

Participation in the campaign includes the usage of the Methow Made logo as well as inclusion in the annual Methow Made supplement to the Methow Valley News, signage, events, advertising, media outreach, and promotional materials.

Methow Made is a partnership between TwispWorks and Methow Valley businesses. Criteria for participation were created through a community stakeholder process. The Methow Made is made possible through a grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.

Applications can be downloaded beginning March 3rd at www.twispworks.org/methowmade or picked up at the TwispWorks office at 502 Glover Street, Twisp, WA 98856. Applications are due March 31st, 2014.

Posted on February 28, 2014 .

RUNAWAY RED AT THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE BREWERY

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If you've been to the Old Schoolhouse Brewery lately you might have seen a new name on the menu.  Runaway Red, created by brewers Blaze Ruud and Kyle Koger, was inspired by Kyle’s dog Cedar who would regularly escape their yard to make his way to the brewery. 

A Winter Style IPA , Runaway Red boasts classic Northwest hop varieties and a complex malt profile making it a deep red color and less bitter than the brewery’s Flagship IPA, the Ruud Awakening.  So far, the red has been lauded by locals and tourists alike (myself included) and is expected to grow in popularity as it begins to peak this week. Although Ruud and Koger normally prefer to stick to classic styles of beer, the creation of Runaway Red has been a fun experience for the veteran brewers. A self-proclaimed beer classicist, Ruud says that he “likes to experiment with new flavor profiles motivated by the demands of the people.” For example, OSB is currently working on an IPA with a lower alcohol content (but same great taste) that would allow cyclists to stop in for a beer and still safely navigate themselves home.  Stop in at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery today to try Runwaway Red for yourself.  

Keep an eye out for upcoming Old Schoolhouse events and specials on their Facebook page as well as for information about the upcoming "Winthrop Hop Rendezvous," a newly formed Brew Fest, in partnership with the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. Taste the brews of 10 Washington breweries at the Winthrop Ice Rink on June 21st from 1 - 6 p.m. The event will happen alongside a local mountain bike festival. More details on that to follow.

Posted on February 25, 2014 .

GARDNER GARDENS EXPANDS LOCALLY

When Dave & Marilyn Sabold decided to get into making skin cream, the idea was to keep the business small so that the couple could enjoy their well earned retirement. However, that plan might soon change as demand for Gardner Gardens Beeswax Skincream grows throughout the valley. Already sold in Glover Street Market, Sun Mountain and the Mazama Store, Dave recently made the foray into Hanks Harvest Foods where his product has been selling well. "They've been flying out of there!" says Dave. 

The Sabolds first began making skincream after they were brought a bag of bees and Dave had to very quickly learn what to do with them. Using a recipe from a chiropractor friend, Dave formulated a beeswax based skin cream that is perfect for anyone who gardens, plays sports or works with their hands.

Find out more about Gardner Gardens and where to buy some for yourself.

Posted on January 2, 2014 .

BLUE STAR HOSTS SEMI-ANNUAL CUPPING SERIES

Twice a year, Blue Star Coffee invites the community into their production facilities for its Semi-Annual Cupping Series. This is a great opportunity for the community to learn about what goes into brewing the perfect cup of coffee and share their favorite parts of coffee culture.  The first event in the series, held December 21st, is a demonstration of at-home brewing methods. Meg Donohue, co-owner of Blue Star Coffee Roasters, will be demonstrating proper brewing techniques for each of the most popular methods including Aero press, Chemex, French Press, Bialetti Moka Pot, and pour over.

The second event in the series, A Taste of Place, will take place January 18, 2014. At this event, owners Meg and Dan Donohue will lead you on a tasting journey around the world exploring the history of single origin coffees and comparing types by region and growing method

The final event in the series will be a coffee and food pairing and will be held on February 15, 2014. Meg & Dan will be pairing various Blue Star blends with culinary treats made by local bakers. The focus of the event will be to showcase how different blends of coffee pair well with different categories of food (nutty, savory, citrusy, chocolate and berry) in a way very similar to wine. The food items will be prepared locally allowing customers to replicate the pairings in their own homes.

All events are free and begin at 11am. 

These classes fill up fast! Reserve your space now by calling 509-997- BLUE (2583). 

Posted on December 16, 2013 .