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by Ron Swarner - Feb 19, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.19.19: A Flight of Tart and Funky

For beer nerds reared on hoppy IPAs and chocolaty stouts, sours are rarely…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 18, 2019

Destiny City Film Festival — now with more beer

Destiny City Film Festival — now with more beer The Destiny City Film…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 18, 2019

Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight 2.18.19: President’s Day

Apples were among some of the first crops grown in colonial America. Potted…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 15, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.15.19: A Flight of First Flagships

Look around at today’s craft beer world: A tidal wave of new breweries…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 14, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.14.19: A Flight For Sweethearts

Valentine’s Day conjures up visions of classic couplings: Romeo and Juliet, John and…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 13, 2019

Peaks and Pints Tournament of Beer: Northwest Pilsners nominations open

Peaks and Pints Tournament of Beer: Northwest Pilsners nominations open Czech this out!…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 13, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.13.19: A Flight of Lemon Beer

You’ve heard the old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Well,…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 12, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.12.19: A Flight For Sucky Slush

Tacomans awoke to find their cars are being held prisoner in the slushy…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 11, 2019

Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight 2.11.19: Cold Apple

Apples were among some of the first crops grown in colonial America. Potted…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 8, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.8.19: A Flight of Tacoma Flagships

“What’s new?” is a phrase Peaks and Pints hears daily. In fact, that…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 7, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.7.19: A Flight of Stone Brewing Co.

Since Greg Koch and Steve Wagner founded it in 1996, Stone Brewing Co.…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 6, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.6.19: A Flight of Urban Family Sours

The family-run Urban Family Brewing in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood has stealthily crept under…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 5, 2019

Peaks and Pints Cooler Bagger 2.5.19: Cigar City

Peaks and Pints Cooler Bagger 2.5.19: Cigar City Cigar City Brewing is the…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 5, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.5.19: A Flight For Icezilla

Thanks to the school children who put white crayons in the freezer, placed…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 4, 2019

Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight 2.4.19: Snow Day

Citizens of Tacoma: The white stuff falling from the sky is called “snow.”…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 3, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.3.19: A Flight For Super Bowl LIII

A whole lotta people are going to watching Super Bowl LIII this afternoon…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 2, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.2.19: A Flight For Punxsutawney Phil

It’s Groundhog Day! This morning a blameless Punxsutawnian mammal popped its head out…

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by Ron Swarner - Feb 1, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut February Stout Month: A Flight of Milk

“Milk is for babies! When you grow up you have to drink beer.”…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 31, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.31.19: A Flight of Cascade Brewing

Art Larrance was no stranger to the Oregon craft beer scene when he…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 30, 2019

Peaks and Pints Super Bowl Six Pack Suggestion II

Peaks and Pints Super Bowl Six Pack Suggestion II Here are six more…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 29, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.29.19: A Flight of Foreign Hops

Washington, Oregon, and Idaho’s panhandle grow 97.8 percent of the hops in the…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 28, 2019

Peaks and Pints Porter and Stout Shoutout

Peaks and Pints Porter and Stout Shoutout What’s the difference between a porter…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 28, 2019

Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight 1.28.19: Variety

The range of style variations and forms the fermented apple can take make…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 27, 2019

Fancy Pants Sunday: The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday

Fancy Pants Sunday: The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday Black Tuesday, Oct. 29,…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 26, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.26.19: A Flight of Fuggle Hops

First grown by in Kent, England as a chance seeding in 1861, Richard…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 25, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.25.19: A Flight of Beer Meets For Coffee

File Under: things that get you buzzed. Like many folks, you might be…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 23, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.23.19: A Flight of Portland Kerns

Portland, Oregon’s five boroughs consist of 95 neighborhoods, each of which is represented…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 22, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.22.19: A Flight of Roasted Barley

Did you know 98 percent of barley grown in the United States would…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 21, 2019

Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight 1.21.19: Dream Time

Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 20, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.20.19: A Flight of NFL Championships

Say kids — do you like the touchdowns? Get your butt to Points…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 19, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.19.19: A Flight of Culmination Brewing

In 1994, Tomas and April Sluiter left their bakery jobs in Grand Rapids,…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 19, 2019

Peaks and Pints Six Pack 1.19.19: NFL Playoffs

Peaks and Pints Six Pack 1.19.19: NFL Playoffs For football fans, there’s no…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 18, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.18.19: A Flight of Centennial

The yins to Cascade’s yang, Centennial hops are often used in parallel with…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 17, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.17.19: A Flight of Stoup Brewing

Last night, Peaks and Pints hosted Stoup Brewing as part of our monthly…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 16, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.16.19: A Flight of Azacca Hops

If you’re anything like Peaks and Pints and are into Caribbean voodoo then…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 15, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.15.19: A Flight of Pastry Stouts

Chicago Tribune beer writer Josh Noel penned the term “pastry stout” in his recap…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 14, 2019

Red Blend Wine Flight meets Roastmary

Red Blend Wine Flight meets Roastmary Wines made from a blend of red…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 14, 2019

Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight 1.14.19: Dry

American cider has a similarity to beer: Like the beer industry of the…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 13, 2019

Fancy Pants Sunday: Hof ten Dormaal 2016 Barrel-Aged Project Blond Ale

Fancy Pants Sunday: Hof ten Dormaal 2016 Barrel-Aged Project Blond Ale Probably not…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 13, 2019

Andrew and Beth Russo Cool Camp: Eagle Cap Wilderness

No bugs. Impressive color. No bugs. Milder temperatures. No bugs. Falling leaves. Empty…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 13, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.13.19: A Flight of Gose-Mosas

The Mimosa is a classic cocktail — it’s delicious, boozy, and because of…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 12, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.12.19: A Flight of Cocoa Nibs

The cocoa bean or simply cocoa, which is also called the cacao bean…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 11, 2019

Peaks and Pints Six Pack 1.11.19: TGIF

Peaks and Pints Six Pack 1.11.19: TGIF It is, they say, just a…

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by Ron Swarner - Jan 11, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.11.19: A Flight For National Milk Day

Whether you're a skim, two-percent, or whole milk drinker, Jan. 11 is a…