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SNOQUALMIE - The Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co. has no advertising budget, no theme song and no celebrity spokesperson. Yet brewmaster Rande Reed can give a pretty good endorsement of his product.

"It is all I drink," said Reed, who was the corporate brewmaster for Thomas Kemper and Pyramid breweries before coming to Snoqualmie Falls in 1997.

After years of steady success in the brewery business, Reed is still spending his days in waders, filling kegs and making beer in the company's small brewery on Falls Avenue. Although he became a corporate brewmaster at his previous job, he came to Snoqualmie Falls to get his hands on beer making again.

"Getting dirty and wet is how you make beer," Reed said.

Reed's work has recently garnered some national recognition. The brewery was contacted by Playboy magazine earlier this year about an article it was doing on great domestic beers. The brewery doesn't usually enter brewery contests, so it was a little surprised when the magazine contacted them out of the blue asking them to send along some of its Spring Fever beer. The Spring Fever, however, is a spring beer brewed in season, so the brewery sent some of its Wildcat India Pale Ale instead. The brewery was even more surprised when they found out they were one of a dozen beers from all over the nation that were picked by a panel.

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