We somehow feel a little homesick, even though we’re sitting right here at home. | Photo via Astraea Spirits
The PNW landscape has inspired paintings and poetry (rightfully so) — but what about gin?
Astraea Spirits is a Seattle-based, woman-owned-and-operated distilling company that seeks to turn founder Danielle Leavell’s love for our moody, mystical region into something that can be tasted and shared.
Does this drink remind you of something?
There are four gins in Astraea’s line of spirits, each created with a different piece of the Northwest in mind:
Mist — reminiscent of the rare clear days we get in the winter with notes of salt and orange
Meadow — more specifically, Mt. Rainier in the summer. You’ll detect grassy/floral notes and honey.
Ocean — delicate hints of brine and seaweed.
Forest — you might find these notes are reminiscent of the fresh spruce-y scent of our local woods
In keeping with the distillery’s goal, most of the botanicals — like seaweed and balsam fir — that go into creating the intricate flavor profiles are sourced through local foraging companies. Although, don’t ask Danielle where — any good forager knows certain locations are best kept secret.
Astraea Spirits’ warehouse is currently under construction, but should be open for tastings in the next six weeks or so.
Casino Night | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 5-8 p.m. | Wine Alley at Woodin Creek Village, 13590 Northeast Village Square Dr., Woodinville | Free | Grab a glass of locally produced wine and try your hand at roulette, craps, or poker tables that are free to play (and include raffle prizes).”
Make Believe Seattle Film Festival | Thursday, March 23-Sunday, March 26 | Times vary | Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle | $12-$150 | The inaugural fest seeks to highlight offbeat flicks that fall into “genre” categories like sci fi, horror, and fantasy.
Smoken Word | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 7-9 p.m. | Made Space Seattle, 2002 E. Union St., Seattle | $15 | Get high on the words of local poets at this 420-friendly open mic.
Friday, March 24
Free Cupping Fridays | Friday, March 24-Friday, May 5 | 10 a.m. | Caffe Vita at KEXP, 472 First Ave. N., Seattle | Free | Learn how to identify flavors in various coffee varieties.
Saturday, March 25
Wild, Edible, and Medicinal Plant Walk | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Discovery Park, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle | $40 | This guided foraging walk will show you what treasures await in the early spring woods.
Ballard Wine Walk | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 5-8 p.m. | Ballard neighborhood, 5512 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle | $35-$40 | Enjoy samples of ten different wines while you cruise the area’s boutique shops.
Sunday, March 26
Get Lucky Yoga | Sunday, Mar. 26 | 10-11 a.m. | W Seattle, 1112 Fourth Ave., Seattle | $30 | Give your Sunday an energetic boost with this hour-long yoga class and a complimentary matcha latte.
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Kirkland City Council has approved a plan to turn a former La Quinta Inn into a permanent housing unit for those experiencing homelessness. This unit, which is the second Health Through Housing purchase on the Eastside, plans to include at least 120 apartments. (KING 5)
Washington State Ferries is in the midst of its own March bracket where voters pick their favorite ferry vessels. The bracket is currently in its Elite 8 stage with voting open until Monday, March 27.
There’s some good in this world — Ballard’s Bar Sabine has just launched a new, elaborate “Lord of the Rings"-themed cocktail menu. The offerings come with a Middle Earth journey map and collectible garnishes.
Westfield Southcenter Mall is looking for high school and college students to submit artwork for the shopping center. One talented student will receive a $2,000 grant to create a 40-ft mural at the mall. Artists can submit contact info and links to their work to email@example.com by Sunday, April 30.
Take a deep breath — according to new survey results, Seattle is the most anxious major metro area in the US. The study by the Census Bureau found that 59% of local adults experienced some level of anxiety within the first two weeks of February. (Seattle Times)
Voting has kicked off for the annual GeekWire Awards, which honor our metro area’s top tech innovators. Categories include Startup of the Year and Next Tech Titan. Voting is open until Monday, May 1. (GeekWire)
A plan to bring grizzly bears back to the Northern Cascades that was stalled in July 2020 has picked up steam. US Fish and Wildlife said it expects to put out an environmental impact statement in June to propose introducing three to seven bears to the area over 10 years. (Seattle Times)
It’s that time of year to freshen up your home’s aroma, and our online shop (Six & Main) has the perfect candles. Drift away to scents such as woods + berries by The Rustic House or ripe juniper in a reusable vessel by Plant Based Candles. That smells just about right.
Danielle was kind enough to bring some Astraea gin samples along for me to try during the interview and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. Meadow honestly just tasted like sunshine, but Ocean just begged for an oyster pairing.