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On Tap

Defying Categorization STORY BY MEGAN HILL PHOTOS BY CHARITY BURGGRAAF Plums. Apricots. Dehydrated limes. Dandelion greens. Rose hips. At Urban Family Brewing in Interbay, a wild array of ingredients make their way into the off-beat beers that are continually rotating through the taps. On any given visit to the taproom, which is separated from the brewhouse floor by stacks of wine barrels holding sour beer, you’ll find 12 taps coursing with Urban Family’s beers, plus occasional guest taps from another local brewery or cidery. And just to the side of the barrels, the brewery team is likely considering their next concoction. “We love to play around with ingredients you don’t see too often in beer,” says Andy Gundel, the brewery’s director of operations and tap...

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Beer and Bivalves

A scant 10 minutes after stepping out of my car in Olympia, I’m already slurping raw oysters. My first stop on a road trip to Washington’s state capital is the Olympia Farmers Market, a year-round affair that bustles with shoppers selecting fresh produce, locally-raised meat, cut flowers, artisanal goods, and local crafts, against a backdrop of live music. The air at the market, situated about a block away from Puget Sound, smells deeply of seaweed and salt — rather like oysters....