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Social Hour and Tasting

2016 Return to Evergreen Social Hour

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Return to Evergreen 2016 – you made it a really special day. 

Another special thank you to all of our generous beverage producers and to WSECU for sponsoring our social hour and tasting event.

We appreciate WSECU for sponsoring this very special tasting event.

As the day winds down we'll gather to taste a wide variety of fabulous alumni-produced beverages. This will be a unique and festive opportunity to sample wine, beer, soda, liqueur and coffee produced by alumni businesses and to connect with other Return to Evergreen attendees! Tasting flights and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided as part of your Return to Evergreen registration.

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters

Olympia, Washington
Coffee Tasting | Single Varietal Coffees
Joshua Russert and countless alumni

Larry and Cherie Challain opened the first Dancing Goats® Coffee Bar in Olympia, Washington in 1988. A passion for serving great coffee grew into a passion for roasting the world’s finest coffees as they went on to develop Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, one of the most well-regarded specialty coffee companies in America.

COR Cellars

Lyle, Washington
Wine Tasting | Malbec and Alba
Luke Bradford ’02, Owner

With a focus on whites from the Columbia Gorge and reds from the Horse Heaven Hills and eastern Gorge, COR now produces 10 wines, all of which play an integral role in COR's translation of the Northwest's wine story.


Bainbridge Island, Washington
Kombucha Tasting | Honeybrew Kombucha and Beet Kvass
Sean Matterson ’07, and Heather Wolf-Smeeth ’09

We at iggy's lovingly craft all raw fermented probiotic food and drink that delights the senses, nurtures the body, and vitalizes the spirit. We are truly a grassroots community business dedicated to cultivating healthy culture inside and out!

Mercer Wine

Prosser, Washington
Wine Tasting | Grenache Rose and Merlot
Rachel Mercer ’01, Tasting Room Manager, Food and Wine Educator

The Mercer family farm grows a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables, including  potatoes, carrots, garlic, onions, kale and (most importantly) wine grapes. In our farming and winery practices, we uphold the long-standing belief that sustainability and conservation are the single most important factors in the continued success of our operations.

Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs

Lacey, WA
Liqueur Tasting | Small Batch Organic Liqueurs
Sam and Sandy Desner

Experience the small batch, hand-crafted, organic liqueurs inspired by the beauty and diversity of Western Washington's Salish Sea.

Three Magnets Brewing Co.

Olympia, WA
Beer and Soda Tasting | 3Mag Rain IPA, (st)Out & Proud no. 2, Himalayan Blackberry Soda
Nate Reilly ’01 and Sara Reilly ’01

Three Magnets Brewing Company is a microbrewery in downtown Olympia, featuring an all ages dining area and a 21+ bar, and three separate menus; Darby’s Cafe, 3MAG Sammich and 3MAG Pubhouse.

Whitewood Cider Co.

Olympia, WA
Cider Tasting | Offerings to be announced
Heather Ringwood ’01 and David White

When it comes to apple selection and cidermaking we have a "no compromise" approach. We believe cidermaking is an art and that the best fruit and the best practices yield the best cider possible.

Join Us For the Day

Register for Return to Evergreen.