This weekend begins with National Beer Week and ends with Peeps and Cadbury Crème Eggs — the marshmallow chicken, and the chocolate, crème-filled egg. Never, since actual chickens and eggs were invented in the late 1970s, has a parent/offspring pairing tasted so delicious. Welcome to Peaks & Pints’ 6-Pack of Things To Do April 7-9 2023.
TOURNAMENT OF BEER: It’s live! Peaks & Pints hosts our seventh Tournament of Beer kicking off today, National Beer Day, with 64 Northwest brewed pale ales battling for the championship game April 29. Patterned after the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Tournament of Beer features 64 pales brewed in Oregon and Washington, all seeded by public vote, and separated into four geographical regions: Northern Washington, Southern Washington, Northern Oregon, and Southern Oregon with only one pale per brewery. The first four Tournament of Beer: Northwest Pale Ales battles are live on Peaks & Pints Instagram Stories. You have 24 hours to vote on this first round. Cheers!
TAP TAKEOVER: Here’s the church and there’s the steeple. Open the door, Jack, and see all the beer-drinking people. Peaks & Pints will host Steeplejack Brewing at 4 p.m. Friday, April 7 in Tacoma’s Proctor District. We’ll have several Steeplejack beers on tap and in the cooler with Steeplejack Director of Sales and longtime craft beer veteran Tim Ensign in the house. In 2019, Brody Day and Dustin Harder converted a church into an amazing brewery, taproom, and restaurant that still looks like a church — a very cool church. 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 7, Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma
BEER PODCAST: Bremerton in the house! Grit & Grain Podcast sat down with our friend Paul Whitcomb of Silver City Brewery. Whitcomb grew up in Bremerton homebrewing with his dad when they weren’t attending every beer festival in the state. After a three-month internship with the one and only Mike Montoney of Rainy Daze Brewing, Whitcomb new he found his calling. A bartender gig at Wet Coast Brewing led to a sales position at the Gig Harbor brewery where he helped build the brand while learning everything about the beer industry. An opportunity arose to take his sales skills back to Bremerton and help Silver City Brewery spread the word about their roomful of medals. Tune-in to Grit & Grain Episode 40 to hear Whitcomb talk about his beer upbringing, his F-up stories, and his love for the Big Dumper. To listen to Grit & Grain Episode 40 with Paul Whitcomb of Silver City Brewery, and previous Grit & Grain episodes, visit gritandgrainpodcast.com, or search your favorite podcast mediums, including Channel 253. Cheers!
NATIONAL BEER DAY: It’s not a national holiday, at least not yet. But that doesn’t stop people from celebrating. National Beer Day is today. The day is historically relevant because it commemorates the date in 1933, when the Cullen-Harrison Act, signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt, went into effect. That allowed beer to once again be legally manufactured and sold in this country. The law allowed for the legal sale of low-alcohol beer in the United States, several months before Prohibition was completely repealed. Enough states then approved the 21st Amendment later that year to formally bring an end to Prohibition, which started in 1919. So, while National Beer Day isn’t a national holiday, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Peaks & Pints presents a low ABV, to-go craft beer flight of the nation. You’re low ABV six-pack holder will board on the East Coast and continue until reaching in the Hawaiian Islands. Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: National Beer Day Flight is ready to board. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, April 7, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma
FILM: Director Ben Affleck and his buddy Matt Damon have teamed up again, this time to fill up a bathtub of nostalgia on the ’80s, and the creation of the most transformative athlete of the last 40 years with the new movie, AIR, screening at The Grand Cinema. The film reveals the unbelievable game-changing partnership between a then rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s fledgling basketball division which revolutionized the world of sports and contemporary culture with the Air Jordan brand. This moving story follows the career-defining gamble of an unconventional team with everything on the line, the uncompromising vision of a mother who knows the worth of her son’s immense talent, and the basketball phenom who would become the greatest of all time. 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7-Sunday, April 9, The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett, Tacoma
MUSIC: Hailed by the press as “the premier American ragtime ensemble”, the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra is rapidly becoming the leading professional ragtime orchestra in the United States. Formed by young virtuoso Andrew Greene at the University of Maryland, the PRSO recreates the syncopated stylings of a bygone era — ragtime, theater, and dance music, as well as underscoring classic silent films using Mr. Greene’s collection of over 15,000 musical selections. Head to the Tacoma Armory Saturday and be transported back to the fun and excitement of the 1910s and 1920s. 3 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8, Tacoma Arts Live’s Tacoma Armory, 1001 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, $40-$69