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Know Your Beer Farmer

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Today I had the opportunity to ride along with Dave Hedlin, third generation farmer, of Hedlin’s Family Farm in La Conner, WA. Hedlin’s Family Farm is located less than 10 miles from Skagit Valley Malting where the barley will be malted when harvested in late August. Today Dave was planting organic Skagit Copeland Barley.
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Big Win for Chuckanut Brewery at World Beer Cup

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Chuckanut Brewery is excited to announce they have won two Gold Medals at the World Beer Cup 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Both Bohemian Style Pilsner and German Style Kolsch beer have won the highest medals for their rendition of these traditional European style beers.
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Bastion Brewing Flying High

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After retiring from 22 years as a Naval aviator from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Joe Behan was ready to become his own boss. The would-be entrepreneur, married to Cristine, who is also a Naval aviator, cast about for the right business to which he could apply his enthusiasm and discipline. A homebrewer since he was stationed in Hawaii in 1994, the idea of a craft brewery, surprisingly, didn’t come to him until well past looking at ideas like garage floor castings and a few other non-starters.
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Skagit Farm to Pint FEST * presented by the Port of Skagit

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The Skagit Valley Farm to Pint FEST is the first-ever gathering of all 11 Skagit Breweries paired with Skagit Valley Restaurants and/or Farmers highlighting local Skagit Valley ingredients and featuring 3 Skagit-grown bands. Skagit Farm to Pint FEST is the Opening Gala and kick-off party for Skagit Beer Week commencing a 7 day marathon of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over Skagit Valley and ends with the Skagit Valley Malting Showcase at Farmstrong Brewing.
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Farmland Remain Farmland

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Farming roots run generations deep in the rich, fertile Skagit Valley, 80,000 contiguous acres of rich farmland, tucked in between the North Cascades and the Salish Sea. Over the years, the Skagit Valley has been recognized as having some of the most agriculturally productive and valuable farmland in the world—ranked in the top 2 percent of soils.
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Farmstrong Brewing – A Good Idea Gets Better

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At first take, one might not perceive the founders of Farmstrong Brewing as visionaries. Upon deeper inspection, though, it’s easy to conclude that may be exactly what they are. Todd Owsley and Mike Armstrong present a casual take on their current business, but underlying the farmboy cool exteriors are a couple of astute business partners who know their stuff and are savvy enough to stay ahead of the curve.