Yesterday, when Peaks & Pints wasn’t waxing fresh hops, we stared out of our giant, retractable windows at the rain pitter-pattering on the Proctor sidewalks while Jimmy Page brought out an introspective, melancholy mood from the glowing box next to our cooler. Robert Plant dripped with emotion, “Upon us all a little rain must fall”. The county is clean and re-freshed. 6-Pack of Things To Do awaits.
GRAND OPENING: John and Tolena Thorburn adore craft beer. For 15 years they traveled the world drinking it. But, an oversaturated market led them to cider. Learning and enjoying the varying styles and flavors unique to each brewer and set of ingredients, the Thorburns applied that experience to years of homebrewing and cidermaking. In 2017, Fierce County Cider launched its first commercial operating space in a 97-square foot ciderhouse in Puyallup. The ciderhouse is built for efficiency, utilizing the latest brewing technology and equipment to allow lead cidermaker Tolena to create “fiercely” delicious ciders. Today, Fierce County opens their first taproom — a family-friendly spot in South Hill. Drop by for a Fierce time with their ciders on tap, plus local craft beer and snacks. 4-8 p.m., 9918 162nd St. Ct. E., Puyallup
BEER FLIGHT: Yesterday Peaks & Pints highlighted one of the most popular fresh hops of the season: Sabro. Today, we examine what seems to be the second most popular hop to be rushed from Yakima hops farms to boiling kettles: Strata. In a nutshell, Strata (formerly known as X-331) is an open pollinated German born Perle hop that Oregon State University’s hop-breeding program tweaked with Indie Hops. Strata expresses many of the oils associated with mango, oranges, and other fruits and herbs. Today, Peaks and Pints suggests taking home beers brewed with fresh Strata hops. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma
FRESH HOPTOBERFEST: It’s day 24 of Peaks & Pints’ fresh hop and Oktoberfest crowler festival, Fresh Hoptoberfest. Since Sept. 1, the Tacoma craft beer bar, bottle shop and restaurant has tapped bright, hop-hazy fresh-hop beers AND clean, hearty Oktoberfest-style lagers. Click here to discover what fresh hops and Oktoberfest beers are on tap today. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma
MARKET DAY: The Broadway Farmers Market brings together the highest quality local growers, specialty food producers, hot food vendors, and artisans. It’s September, which means locally-grown winter squash, from familiar orange pumpkins to more unusual, even alien-looking, blue, warty and speckled forms. Humble winter squashes are certainly enjoying a comeback in the culinary world right now — showing up in everything from soup to ravioli and even salad. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ninth and Broadway, downtown Tacoma, photo by Whit Andrews
YOGA IN THE PARK: Yoga is the quintessential exercise. But what’s the point of getting all in tune with your body and its connection to the earth if you’re doing it in a man-made room with no windows? Tommy Tague offers Socially Distanced Yoga in the Park. Open to everyone who wants to move their bodies, this light-hearted, Hatha Yoga Flow can be performed on a mat, blanket or just the grass — as long as you wear a and downward dog socially distanced. Feel the om. 5:45-7 p.m., Franklin Park, 1201 S. Puget Sound Ave., Tacoma, donations welcome
ARTIST STUDIO TOUR: The Washington State History Museum’s 2020 In The Spirit Contemporary Native Arts exhibition has made our 6-Pack of Things To Do several times during its run, which isn’t surprising since its outstanding every year, blending the traditional and the contemporary more than other Native arts shows. Peter Boome, one of the artists in their year’s In the Spirit exhibition, will take you on a virtual tour of his studio where he’ll describe the creation and inspiration behind his works, “Prayer Rattles (male, female)” and “sunrise on the mountains,” featured in the show. 6 p.m., Washington State History Museum Facebook