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Food-and-beer pairings in Seattle

Seattle’s long beer history has blossomed into a restaurant scene where pairing beer and food isn’t just acceptable – it’s celebrated.


In most areas of the world, the wine-soaked dining experience scene often leaves little room for brew-bite pairings. Luckily, Seattle’s not most areas of the world.

Beer has long been part of our city’s culture. We can trace our hop-filled roots back to Seattle Brewing and Malting Company, where Rainier Beer was first brewed in 1884. Even if the white can’s yellow flow isn’t your shtick, most folks can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic at the sight of the big red R.

While the all-day drinking palate was satisfied early on, the full-bodied flavor lovers would have to wait a bit longer. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s that Seattle’s beer scene exploded.

It happened in one of our most iconic locations – Pike Place Market. Charles Finkel’s passion for all things fermented led him to open the Pike Place Brewery. Positioned beneath the market, it was the country’s smallest brewery at the time. However, the flavor of the English inspired stouts were anything but small.

Beer – really good, full-flavored beer – began earning its place among the city’s locally-made luxuries. (We thank you Charles.) (more…)

Building for the Future

New Otter Hanger at Kenmore Air

Kenmore Air’s headquarters sits at the northernmost tip of Lake Washington, on a small industrial road that parallels the Burke Gilman Trail. Most people drive past the entrance with hardly a glance – let alone a clue of the mechanic wonderland that’s lived there since 1946. Though seaplanes have become an iconic fixture of Seattle’s skyline, the five-acre lot they call home rarely garners much attention. It begs the question: What in the world really happens there? (more…)



January 16, 2014, more than 600 Kenmore Junior High students, staff and parents formed the largest 12th Man flag in history. We were lucky enough to get a bird’s-eye view. When Kimberlee Armstrong, Kenmore Junior High principal, asked if we would fly over and take a picture, we were ecstatic. Company wide, blue runs through our veins and we love the chance to support a local school. So just days before the Hawks took down the 49ers, Kenmore Air Chairman, Gregg Munro, and local photographer Joe Tomas climbed into a Kenmore Air seaplane. This scenic flight was all about blue. #WeAre12atEMP #Seahawks #12thMan

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1st Annual Bite of the San Juan Islands

 Small BitesWith so many talented chefs, farmers, fishers, winemakers, distillers and brewers throughout the San Juans, it can be difficult to sample all this gourmet archipelago has to offer. That’s about to change. Sunday, October 26, the Bite of the San Juan Islands will gather the best throughout the region under one roof.


San Juan Island Cheese and Island Grown have partnered to showcase the amazing quality of island-grown, organic, GMO-free meats, seafood, produce, wine, cider, beer and spirits.


They’re bringing together chefs from all three of the main islands – Lopez, Orcas and San Juan. Each chef will be paired with an island farmer or food producer to create delicious bites featuring local ingredients. (more…)

A Day on the Line with Jay Todhunter

A day on the line at Kenmore Air with Jay TodhunterAdmittedly, Kenmore Air pilots have pretty amazing jobs. Some might say they have the best job in the world. They fly daily to locations that are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for most folks.

As glorious as these pilots jobs are now, that was not always the case.  The Kenmore Air’s flight crew earned their stripes the hard way: on the line.

To get the inside perspective, I joined the line crew for a morning.

A Day on the Line

Moving seaplanes by forklift

The sun hadn’t risen when Jay Todhunter, the line crew supervisor, arrived at Kenmore Air Harbor. It wouldn’t for be another hour. Spotlights from the main building cast a yellow glow across the dock and throughout the yard.

Kenmore Air only closes but two days a year (Thanksgiving and Christmas). On the other 363 mornings,  the planes must be prepped before dawn for their first departure. Morning’s at Kenmore Air are busy indeed. (more…)