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Local brewing company to sell beer in bottles

Snoqualmie Valley's local brewery, Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co., has announced that all of its year-round products, as well as selected seasonal products, will soon be available in 22-ounce bottles. Bottles should be available for purchase at the brewery by mid-May and in selected local stores by June.

The brewery, established in 1997, is well-regarded regionally for its high-quality full flavor draft ales, and its products are available on tap in virtually all of the high-end ale houses in the greater Seattle area and in a number of taverns and restaurants throughout Western Washington. The brewery has previously produced one-time, limited hand bottlings of commemorative brews, including the 1999 Millennium Madness and the 2000 Mad Russian Imperial Stout, but to date has only offered its products to local beer aficionados in kegs or "growlers," which are half-gallon jugs filled directly at the brewery.

"Now Valley beer lovers will be able to enjoy their Wildcat IPA or Steam Train Porter in a more convenient package purchased at the brewery or their local grocer," said company President Pat Anderson.

"Our review of who is doing well and who is not in the local microbrewing industry is directly related to whether or not they bottle their products," Anderson added. "We have always believed that having beer for our customers to enjoy at home is important, and have always offered fresh, draft beer to go in growlers at the brewery. But bottles certainly offer a number of advantages, including being more convenient and allowing longer storage at home."

The company has acquired a three-spout, semiautomated bottle-filling machine, and labels have received federal approval. To begin with, the company plans to sell the bottles at local stores and at the brewery, but the company may distribute bottled products regionally once it has gained experience with the process.

The company produces a full line of year-round brews, including Wildcat IPA, Copperhead Pale Ale, Snoqualmie ESB and Steam Train Porter. Seasonal brews include the currently available Spring Fever Belgian Style Grand Cru, Harvest Moon Festbier and Avalanche Winter Ale. A summer seasonal is currently under development. Brewmaster Rande Reed's 1999 Millennium Madness was recently lauded by "Celebrator" beer writer Fred Eckhardt as "one of the finest beers ever brewed in these parts."

The brewery is located in the former Monte Vista building at 8032 Falls Avenue S.E., directly across from the rear of the Snoqualmie Market, and is open for retail sales between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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