about

Sip Magazine.

Seattle-based Sip Publishing has been covering the Northwest beverage scene since its inception nearly 10 years ago. Women-owned and -operated, as well as family-run, Sip Publishing is the leading resource on liquid culture, producing the Sip Magazine and the international phenomenon Cidercraft Magazine, the continent’s first print publication exclusively dedicated to hard cider.

In 2017, Sip Publishing introduced Sip’s Wine Guide: British Columbia, a wine travel guide to British Columbia’s emerging wine scene designed to educate readers and drive tourism to the region.

In addition to a wide breadth of consulting media services, Sip Publishing also prides itself on producing the highest quality custom publications, from print materials and in-house magazines to conference programs.

Sip Magazine is all about your favorite drink. An award-winning publication, Sip is rooted in the Pacific Northwest, celebrating the wine, beer, cider and spirits of the region. Launched 10 years ago as the local authority on beverage, Sip has expanded its online coverage outside of the Northwest in 2020. With the start of the new decade — commemorating the company’s second decade in media — Sip Northwest has now evolved into Sip Magazine. The print publication will continue to focus on its origins, while online will broaden editorial to highlight drinks outside of the Northwest.

Few areas in the country have as much regional identity and pride as the Pacific Northwest. From Oregon to British Columbia, and from the Pacific Ocean to inland Idaho, we are bound together by unique weather patterns, fruitful soils and an individualistic population. We take great pride in our work and the many varied products we create, from wines to foods to craft beers and ciders.

Locals themselves, Sip‘s publisher, editor and writers are engrained in the Northwest and passionate about sharing all that the Pacific Northwest — and beyond — has to offer.

Kristin Ackerman Bacon

Publisher, CEO

A Washington native whose family has long ties to the wine industry in Eastern Washington, Ackerman Bacon brings more than a decade of experience with luxury lifestyle magazines to Sip Northwest. Her extensive resume includes management positions at Robb Report Vacation Homes, Estates West Magazine and Luxuryrealestate.com and selling within titles such a Robb Report, The Robb Report Collection, Worth, Denver Life and Desert Living. Since launching Sip Publishing, she has also brought to life CIDERCRAFT magazine and Sip’s Wine Guide: British Columbia launched in Spring 2017.

EMAIL:  kristin@sipmagazine.com

Melissa Ackerman Miller

Chief Operating Officer

A native to Washington State, Miller brings over a decade of business development and operation experience to Sip Northwest magazine. Prior to her involvement with Sip Northwest, Miller spent over 12 years in the business operations of an Arizona Spring Training Facility and management of Recreation Department. Her diverse experience includes managing multi-million dollar operational and capital budgets, revenue/expense forecasting, project planning and implementation, marketing and advertising, sponsorship development and event development, along with marketing and implementation.

EMAIL:    melissa@sippublishing.com

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