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- Fremont’s respected coffee shop, Milstead and Co., reopens today in its original location at 770 N 34th Street, just on the other side of the Aurora Bridge from the temporary shop it’s occupied for the past year and a half. It takes up residence in a brand new development.
- If an IPA occasionally whiffs of weed, that’s no coincidence: pot and hops are both members of the Cannabaceae family. Lagunitas is taking that relationship one step further by brewing an IPA with cannabis extracts, though not the parts that would get consumers high — bummer, man. For now, distribution of Supercritical India Pale Ale has been limited to a few bars in California; the beer hasn’t made its way to the Seattle outpost.
- Speaking of offbeat drinks that could be available in Seattle but aren’t, Starbucks really, truly created a mermaid frappucino — only available for a limited time in Mexico.
- Seattle Coffee Works, which recently opened a Capitol Hill cafe, is in expansion mode again with its fourth location coming November 1. Seattle Met reports the local chain is opening Cascade Coffee Works at 1130 Thomas Street.
- A critical net failure at a Puget Sound salmon farm has released thousands of Atlantic salmon into local waters, threatening already fragile wild populations of Pacific salmon. Officials are encouraging locals to catch as many farmed salmon as they can, without restriction. But big-time restaurateur Tom Douglas told Kiro that things look bleak: “Do I think they’re all going to get caught and not intermingle with our wild species? Absolutely not. It’s too late. The fish are out of the pen, so to speak.”
- Earlier this summer, Moët Hennessy, which owns Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, and Arbeg, acquired Woodinville Whiskey Co. for an undisclosed amount. Woodinville co-founders Orlin Sorenson and Brett Carlile will stay on board, and no jobs will be affected.
- Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen just made a new business’ day when he tweeted his appreciation of Maurya Indian Groceries and Cafe’s dosas to 214,000 followers. Maurya opened in early July in Issaquah.