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Washington Cider Week 2021 Finnriver For The People

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Finnriver Farm & Cidery Head Cidermaker Andrew Byers discusses the farm’s history. Washington Cider Week 2021 Finnriver For The People Peaks & Pints Apple Press: Cider News, Reviews, and Interviews “It is indeed bad to eat apples; it is better to turn them all into a cider.” Benjamin Franklin recorded this comment when overhearing a Native American’s response to the story of Adam and Eve. One hundred eighty years before the United States, an iron screw likely was taken from a hard cider press and driven into the central mast of the Mayflower to prevent the

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Peaks and Pints 2021 Washington Cider Week: Whitewood

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Northwest Cider Association’s 11th Annual Washington Cider Week continues at Peaks & Pints with day nine of to-go Washington cider flights from our taps and cooler. Today, we feature Whitewood Cider Company from Olympia. In 2012, when Dave White met Heather Ringwood in the cider naming room the two business partners created Whitewood, the South Sound’s first cidery. White has family roots in the state’s apple capital, Wenatchee — his grandfather worked in the apple industry — so he doesn’t mess around much with other fruits. In fact, White became a founding member of the Northwest Cider Association. Drop by

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Washington Cider Week 2021: Willard Wisdom

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Washington Cider Week 2021: Willard Wisdom In 2009, with sales tripling in less than a year, Two Beers Brewing Co. moved its full operation from a tiny spot in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood into a 2,400 sq. ft. South Seattle neighborhood brewery and tasting room, adding three 250-gallon tanks, one 1,000-gallon tank and a cellar. Tacoman Eric Willard, who worked across the street at Tiny’s Organic, wandered over to Two Beers and begins friendship with owner Joel VandenBrink. Willard would often push aside his pint of beer and help wash pint glasses and fill kegs, when he wasn’t experimenting with apple

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Peaks and Pints 2021 Washington Cider Week: Elemental

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In December 2014, husband-and-wife team Brian and Christina Callahan, the Woodinville, Washington couple behind the Callahan Cellars winery, launched Elemental Hard Cider, focused on hard ciders made with Northwest apples, cold-fermented with minimal filtering and devoted to expressing the atmospheric components. In 2019, Elemental moved their production and taproom to Arlington. Since we’re more than halfway through the 2021 Washington Cider Week, we though a to-go flight of Elemental ciders would be appropriate. Stop by Peaks & Pints and grab Peaks and Pints 2021 Washington Cider Week: Elemental. The Elemental Huckleberry and Strawberry Rhubarb are on tap, and we’re donating

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Peaks and Pints New Beer In Stock 9.14.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beer In Stock 9.14.21 Stop by Peaks & Pints for a six-pack of new arrivals. … AleSmith Brewing Speedway Stout with Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt, and Mexican Coffee: Expect delectable notes of cacao and dark fruit, a subtle touch of cinnamon, and a big kiss of roasty earthiness, 12% E9 Brewing Mind & Time: Heavily hopped with El Dorado, Belma, and Idaho 7 for a bright and fruity West Coast IPA with a resinous pine backbone, 7% Left Hand Brewing Moscow Mule: Crisp and effervescent pale ale with a burst of lime and spicy ginger

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Washington Cider Week 2021: Greenwood Gone Wild

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Greenwood Cider Head Cidermaker and drummer Marshall Petryni arrives at Peaks & Pints with a keg of his Black Currant Asian Pear, which is on tap today. Washington Cider Week 2021: Greenwood Gone Wild Peaks & Pints Apple Press: Cider News, Reviews, and Interviews Sweet, easy-drinking, and naturally gluten-free, ciders are so hip right now. In an era where “gluten” is seen as only slightly less sinister than Satan himself, their sales have skyrocketed, making it one of the fastest growing segments of alcoholic drinks in the country. American craft cider has been enjoying something of

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Peaks and Pints Washington Cider Week 2021: Winsome

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After stints as a Broadway dancer and a multi-media designer, Leroy Radford made his wine passion a career enrolling in enology and viticulture programs and taking the knowledge to Mark Ryan and Baer wineries before launching Flying Dreams Winery in 2008. His palette leaned toward Spanish varietals and Spanish-style blends, which is where he steered his winery: Garnacha, Monastrell and Tempranillo varietals. On the side, Radford dabbled in ciders. By 2015, his second passion became Woodinville Ciderworks, which morphed into Winsome Ciderworks. Using Eastern Washington apples, he slowly grew his cidery from a couple Woodinville bars and restaurants to a

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Washington Cider Week 2021: World’s Best Cidery

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Katja and Andrew Handley released their Union Hill Field Blend 2020 Cider this past weekend. It’s a blend of apples from 2020 that include their Red Flesh, Porter’s Perfection, Granny Smith, and others. Washington Cider Week 2021: World’s Best Cidery Peaks & Pints Apple Press: Cider News, Reviews, and Interviews In common American usage, raw apple juice that has not been filtered to remove pulp or sediment is referred to as “fresh cider” or “sweet cider.” The term “apple juice” indicates the juice has been filtered to remove solids. Fermented apple juice is called “hard cider.”

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Peaks and Pints Washington Cider Week 2021: Alpenfire

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After making cider as hobbyists for many years, in 2001 Nancy and Steve “Bear” Bishop took a trip to the cider making regions of Spain, France, and England to observe commercial operations. When they returned home, Steve and Nancy took a class at WSU from an English cider master, ordered 800 French, English and early American cider trees, clear cut the forest, burned the stumps, spread the ash for fertilizer, shaped the land to drain, plated the trees, and launched their commercial cidery Wildfire Cider in 2203, which they later renamed Alpenfire Cider. Located in Port Townsend, the Bishops, including

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Instagram Outsider: GABF Winners, Fresh Hops, Party Squatch

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Instagram Outsider: GABF Winners, Fresh Hops, Party Squatch From this year’s Great American Beer Festival competition winners to the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, from the Party Squatch to all the fresh hops, Peaks and Pints Instagram Outsider returns today with a photo essay of Instagram posts from the past week. Be sure to keep tagging us @peaksandpints and @ciderofdestiny for your chance to be featured on Peaks and Pints Instagram Outsider. Until we meet back here again next week, enjoy Instagram Outsider: GABF Winners, Fresh Hops, Party Squatch.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by

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Washington Cider Week 2021: Tieton believes

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Tieton Cider Works Head Cidermaker Marcus Robert recently released his Bone Dry Cider. Photo courtesy of Facebook Washington Cider Week 2021: Tieton believes Peaks & Pints Apple Press: Cider News, Reviews, and Interviews In Europe, cider (or cidre, or sidre) is shorthand for an alcoholic beverage of fermented apples. In Britain it’s dry as the humor. France likes a dash of sweet, while Spanish versions run stringent and musty. In America, George Washington’s troops received rations of it. John Adams reportedly drank a tankard of it for breakfast each morning. Cider apples and their fermented juice

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Peaks and Pints Washington Cider Week 2021: Pineapple

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Historians believe that the pineapple originated in Brazil. It was imported to Europe later. It is also believed that Christopher Columbus and his crewmembers were probably the first few people from the European continent to have tasted the fruit. Members of European royal families soon developed a liking for it. It gradually became available to the rich, the noble and the elite. Popular wherever it landed, the pineapple was regarded as an exotic delicacy, even becoming a symbol of hospitality, as only the most generous of hosts presented their guests with a pineapple. James Dole did a lot to popularize

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Peaks and Pints New Beer In Stock 9.10.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beer In Stock 9.10.21 Happy Friday! Peaks and Pints New Beer In Stock 9.10.21 has your back for the weekend. Cheers! Aslan Brewing Guiding Star Lager: Belgian-style dark lager with flavors of baking spices, cake breads and an herbal, spiced hop character brewed with the intention of bringing awareness to a conversation about mental health and the prevention of suicide. A portion of profits from Guiding Star will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. By creating a culture that’s smart about mental health, advocating for legislative policies that make suicide prevention a priority, and funding

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Apple Press: Washington Cider Week 2021 with Peter Ringsrud

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Snowdrift founder Peter Ringsrud pours tastes for Peaks & Pints at his East Wenatchee orchard. Washington Cider Week 2021: Peter Ringsrud Peaks & Pints Apple Press: Cider News, Reviews, and Interviews This year’s celebration of taking apples and pears and making them alcoholic and drinkable is still called “Washington Cider Week,” but for the fruit-flavored purposes of this sprawling festival, “week” has been redefined to encompass 11 days, with a smattering of events across the state due to virus precautions. Peaks & Pints continues our coverage of Northwest Cider Association’s 2021 Washington Cider Week with Snowdrift

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Peaks and Pints Washington Cider Week 2021: Pear

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Traditional perry is not the same as pear cider, which is often apple cider that has pear flavoring added to it, and may be what comes to mind for most people when they hear about perry. A true perry is made from pears alone and has a light, refreshing sweetness. Perry pears are smaller than culinary or dessert pears. As with apple cider, the fruit is picked, crushed and pressed to extract juice, which is then fermented. However, unlike apples, all pears contain a sugar alcohol called sorbitol that yeasts cannot metabolize. A completely fermented perry, therefore, has a residual

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Washington Cider Week 2021 Kick Off

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Lesley Zehner, co-owner of Incline Cider, invites everyone to try their new Imperial Pineapple Cider at their taproom today. Photo courtesy of Incline Cider Washington Cider Week 2021 Kick Off Peaks & Pints Pulp: Cider News, Reviews, and Interviews Back in the day, George Washington’s troops received rations of it. John Adams reportedly drank a tankard of it for breakfast each morning. Cider apples and their fermented juice were prevalent on American homesteads. Then Americans departed farms for cities, German immigrants introduced beer culture and ultimately Prohibition took a collective axe to cider orchards across the

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Peaks and Pints Washington Cider Week 2021: Hazy

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As a rule, good apples for cider production tend not to be the most aesthetically pleasing of fruits. Cider apples are often small and bumpy, hardly the proverbial apple of our proverbial eye. And hundreds if not thousands of varieties have been lost forever, largely to the encroachment of suburban sprawl. But thanks to the efforts of Northwest Cider Association’s Washington Cider Week, the apple lives on. The 11-day craft cider celebration kicks off today with a much smaller footprint than years past due to Covid virus precautions. In addition to covering the special homegown cider week, Peaks & Pints

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Peaks and Pints New Beer In Stock 9.8.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beer In Stock 9.8.21 New beer releases just in time for Hump Day! Peaks and Pints New Beer In Stock 9.8.21 includes Ex Novo Brewing’s Septem beer/wine hybrid, Unibroue’s Belgian IPA, and others. Cheers! Bosk Brew Works Marzen: Rich coppery lager with minimal hop aroma, hints of bread crust and deep malt flavors, and a lush, slightly spicy aftertaste, 6.1% E9 Brewing Planetary Citizen: Light lager brewed with mainly German Pilsner malt and 2 Row barley malt with a little touch of Munich and Carahell malt, then light hop additions of Tettnang, Mandarina Bavaria, and Huell

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Sour Beer Day On The Fly

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Happy National Sour Beer Day! Today celebrates sour beers, a style unlike any other that has risen the ranks as a beer drinker’s favorite beer over the past few years — rivaling even IPAs as among the most popular among beer drinkers. Sour beer is born when wild yeast, or bacteria, is introduced into the brewing process, creating varying flavor profiles, ranging from tart, acidic, lightly tangy to bold and mouth puckering. A sour is not a style of beer like an ale or a lager, it’s more of a flavor profile. Any beer — even stouts and porters —

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Tacoma Beer Lovers Day

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Beer has a long and distinct history in our nation, as well as in Tacoma. With National Beer Lovers Day landing today, let’s take a moment to raise a glass to some of the best brews in the City of Destiny. While the first American brewery started in 1632 in New York City, the New Tacoma Brewery but our city on the beer map in 1884. The company changed hands in 1886, taking on the name United States Brewing & Ice Co. In 1891, the brewery changed hands again and became the first major brewery in the area, The Milwaukee Brewery.

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Peaks and Pints Labor Day Monday Cider Flight: Bauman’s Cider

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In 1895, on the West Coast, between Salem and Portland, Bauman Farms was first homesteaded by Elizabeth Bauman and her teenage sons, Stephen and Leo. Stephen eventually married at the cider apples on their Gervais, Oregon, farm, with the barrels in their barn fermenting the goods into hard cider. When beer production arrived with German immigrants, cider’s popularity diminished. But it was 20th century Prohibition that ended most U.S. cider production, including Stephen Bauman’s operation. The Bauman’s turned to dessert apple growing. His great granddaughter, Christine Walter, armed with a degree in biochemistry from Lewis & Clark University, revived her

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Labor Day Weekend Six-Pack Sunday 9.5.21

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Labor Day Weekend Six-Pack Sunday 9.5.21 Celebrated the first Monday of every September, Labor Day honors America’s workers and their many contributions to our nation’s strength, prosperity, and well-being. That said, it’s also a great time for friends, family, cookouts and BEER all weekend. Peaks & Pints has a six-pack of new arrivals waiting for you. … Cascade Brewing Boysenberry: NW style sour red ale aged on boysenberries for three months for a bright, fruity and tart notes with a rich finish reminiscent of red wine grapes, 7% Firestone Walker Brewing Kentucky Mule: Bourbon barrel-aged blended ale with ginger and

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Instagram Outsider: Wingman Leave, Full Metal, Fresh Hop Monster

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Instagram Outsider: Wingman Leave, Full Metal, Fresh Hop Monster From Wingman Brewery’s closure to Grains of Wrath’s 666th Instagram post, from Decadent Ales flooding to all the fresh hops, Peaks and Pints Instagram Outsider returns today with a photo essay of Instagram posts from the past week. Be sure to keep tagging us @peaksandpints and @ciderofdestiny for your chance to be featured on Peaks and Pints Instagram Outsider. Until we meet back here again next week, enjoy Instagram Outsider: Wingman Leave, Full Metal, Fresh Hop Monster.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Wingman Brewers (@wingman_brewers)

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: New Pales On The Fly

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“Why drink pale ale when I can upgrade to IPA?” Have you thought this after many bland pints of thin, hoppy beer that taste like pine needle tea? Well, pale ales can be more refreshing than reading Proust after a Jean-Claude Van Damme marathon. Pale ales are medium-bodied and light yellow-golden to copper color. They offer medium to high hoppiness that can range from mildly bitter to fruity, depending upon the hops used by the brewer. Last, with its plain-Jane neutrality, a good pale ale can pair with most dishes. It’s bright and crisp enough for salads, goat cheese, and

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.4.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.4.21 Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.4.21 features a new Bale Breaker IPA, two fresh hops from Level Beer, the early return of Maritime Pacific Jolly Roger Christmas Ale and others. … Bale Breaker Brewing In the Lup: Experimental IPA featuring Yakima Chief HBC 630 and HBC 586, two experimental hops for fruit flavors of mango, guava, lychee, citrus, with slight sulfur and herbal notes, 6.0% Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break: Imperial stout flavored with roasted Italian hazelnut, vanilla, and a hint of chili pepper, 11.5% Evil Twin

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Fresh Hops On The Fly

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Pacific Northwest hops are harvested each year from late August through September, which means beers brewed with the freshest hops available, known as wet-hopped beers, arrive this month. What are fresh-hop beers? Simply put, they’re brews made with hops that are pulled off the bine and go straight into the kettle. The vast majority of the hops used by U.S. breweries are cultivated in Oregon and Washington. For the most part, these hops are dried and processed before being sold to professional and amateur brewers, which affects the flavor punch. With fresh hops, drinkers can expect more hoppiness, more aroma

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Nelson Sauvin On the Fly

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Named after both its founding region in New Zealand and the Sauvignon Blanc grape, Nelson Sauvin is an exciting, distinctive hop varietal that was released in 2000. Hailing from a small bay on the north coast of the country’s South Island, the hop sports a compact cone shape with a tapered end. Nelson Sauvin hops have vigorous spring growth and can lend either a dominant hop character to a beer or something much more subtle. Aromas and taste range from citrus to mango and gooseberry, which are supplemented by hints of pepper and allspice. Known to impart a cool climate

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.2.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.2.21 Looking to stock up for the holiday weekend? Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.2.21 has another fresh hop, a gin balled aged IPA and the return of Jandy Rohnson. … Ferment Brewing I Love Nelson: Extra pale and loaded with Nelson Sauvin hops for a bouquet and palate akin to the great white wines of the South Island of New Zealand, 6% Lumberbeard Brewing Gin Barrel IPA: Batch 1 IPA aged in Dry Fly Gin barrels for a blend of tropical hops and gin, 9.1% Lumberbeard Lovely Haze: Double IPA

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Pumpkin Beer On the Fly

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Like “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” at Forever 21 and candy corn at 7-Eleven, pumpkin beer arrives earlier and earlier every year. Before the leaves turn yellow and it’s time to start wearing grey socks with Birkenstocks again, many of the most sought-after brands’ pumpkin beers will be long gone. That means restaurants and bars that don’t have a place to store extra kegs for a month or two are out of luck if they want to serve this seasonal specialty in the proper season. That makes the beer industry surprisingly similar to fashion: When you’re still wearing your

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.1.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.1.21 Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.1.21 includes three fresh hops, Rogue’s Christmas beer, and a Vienna lager, baby! 7 Seas Brewing Blackberry Sour: Gose-style sour brewed with blackberry puree, 4.7% Crux Fermentation Project Pert Near: Fresh hop IPA brewed with McKenzie hops developed by West Coast Hop Breeding. Exclusive to the Willamette Valley, this dank varietal brings jammy berry notes to the party alongside big tropical flavors and floral aromas, 6.9% E9 Brewing Caryopses: Brewed with Structures Brewing, this unfiltered weissbier showcases fruity esters, zingy carbonation and soft wheat, 5.4%

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Bride of Fresh Hoptoberfest On The Fly

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For the fifth consecutive September, Peaks and Pints is throwing a month-long autumn beer party marrying two popular seasonal beer styles on draft — fresh hops and Oktoberfest lagers — this year naming it, “Bride of Fresh Hoptoberfest.” In September 2017, in keeping with our multi-rooted sensibilities, Peaks and Pints hosted The Hunt For Fresh Hoptoberfest, tapping fresh hop and Oktoberfest beers daily. Crowds discovered bright, hop-hazy fresh-hop beers, just hours from field to kettle and mere days from the fermenter to their glass AND drank to their health with clean, hearty Oktoberfest-style lagers from Germany and nearby. Peaks &

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Bride of Fresh Hoptoberfest

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Bride of Fresh Hoptoberfest Summary: For the fifth consecutive September, Peaks and Pints is throwing a month-long autumn beer party marrying two popular seasonal beer styles on draft — fresh hops and Oktoberfest lagers — this year naming it, “Bride of Fresh Hoptoberfest.” Lead Players: Fresh Hop Beers, Oktoberfest Lagers Producer: Peaks & Pints craft beer bar, bottle shop and restaurant in Tacoma’s Proctor District. Tagline: Mask Up For Fresh Hops and Festbiers! Origin: In September 2017, in keeping with our multi-rooted sensibilities, Peaks and Pints hosted The Hunt For Fresh Hoptoberfest, tapping fresh hop and Oktoberfest beers daily. Crowds

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.31.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.31.21 Who’s ready for fresh hop season? Breakside is the first one out of the gate with this year’s Stay Fresh! We also received Reuben’s autumn offerings, Fort George Crysknife, Fair Isle’s farmhouse IPA in a can and others join Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.31.21. Breakside Brewery Stay Fresh: Fresh hop IPA brewed with fresh Centennial hops from Goschie Farms for notes of lemongrass, pineapple, baking spice, and green, 7% Fair Isle Brewing Gus: A simple, elegant oak-aged farmhouse ale dry-hopped with Idaho Gem⁠⁠ for distinct notes of red currant,

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Citra and Strata On the Fly

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Childhood friends Jim Solberg and Roger Worthington reunited in 2008 to create Indie Hops and reboot Oregon State University’s hop-breeding program with a huge donation. They were determined to do something new and enlisted Shaun Townsend, a PhD in breeding and genetics, to lead the effort. They gave him the mandate of breeding a hop that could flourish in the Willamette Valley, produce a hop with associated with mango, oranges and other fruits and herbs. Eventually X-331 emerged, which was later named Strata. Citra hops, well, the name says it all. A relatively new hop on the scene (released in

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Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Yonder

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Founded in August 2020 by CEO Caitlin Braam, Head Cidermaker Tim Larsen and Creative Director Maddy Porter, Yonder Cider’s taproom is a stone’s throw from Seattle’s Green Lake and a drive from the orchards and pressing facility in Wenatchee — the heart of Apple Country. Yonder creates cider that’s as balanced, bright, and complex as Wenatchee itself. Crafted using a blend of bittersweet cider apples and juicy dessert apples, Yonder ciders are hardly simple, and never straightforward, but you can always count on them being interesting. Yonder and Bale Breaking Brewing will open a joint taproom in the heart of

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.29.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.29.21 Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.29.21 includes new Oktoberfest beers, the new Head Full of Dynomite, pFriem’s Cold IPA and more. Cheers! Bayern Brewing Oktoberfest: Classic Bavarian dark märzen brewed with Pilsener, Munich and German Dunkel malt with hops straight from the Hallertau region in northern Bavaria plus the finishing hops are Saaz from the Czech Republic, 6% Belching Beaver Brewing Deftones Ceremony: The latest in the collaboration series with Deftones, Ceremony takes an easy drinking hazy IPA and pushes the limits of our dry-hopping regiment — doubling down on

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Moonraker On the Fly

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In 2016, Dan and Karen Powell, and their head brewer Zack Frasher, opened Moonraker Brewing Co. in the same Auburn, California industrial park as Knee Deep Brewing, and was later honored as the ninth-best new brewery in the world by RateBeer, a resource for craft beer enthusiasts. Along with additional honors from RateBeer, Moonraker has received recognition in other competitions, including the California State Fair and their Extremis toppled Russian River’s stalwart Pliny the Younger to win the 2017 Bistro Double IPA Festival’s triple IPA category. Moonraker’s solar powered facility cranks out highly coveted New England style hazy beers, including

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.27.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.27.21 Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.27.21 includes Matchless Brewing’s new cold IPA and a new pale ale from Baerlic Brewing. … Aslan Brewing Cape Sundew: Double IPA hopped aggressively with Sabro, Citra, and Eureka for floral and herb notes with a touch of pine, 8% Baerlic Brewing Chill Helles Lager: With a delicate balance of rich malt flavor and spicy and floral hops, this helles lager is fermented slow and low and conditioned for five weeks for maximum crispness. 4.5% Baerlic Light It Up: Brewed with loads of oats and

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.22.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.22.21 Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.22.21 received another round of goodness from the scientists at Equilibrium Brewery in New York and Sig Brewing in Tacoma. Equilibrium Astrophysics: Hazy IPA with flavors of sweet orange flesh, passionfruit juice, cantaloupe, and gummy peach rings transition to notes of berry and yuzu before a big bang of EQjuice rainbow melon finish, 6.5% Equilibrium Bitrate Fluctuation: Hazy double IPA brewed with oats and wheat, Citra in the whirlpool and a dry hop of Citra, Strata, Lotus and BRU-1 for flavors of tropical orange, papaya,

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.21.21

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.21.21 Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.21.21 offers Oktoberfest, spicy pumpkin, jammy funky and tart, huge triple IPA and a historic lager! Black Raven Brewing Flocktoberfest: Marzen lager crafted with traditional Czech grown and malted barley for an authentic European malt flavor with a light, toasty undertone, 5% Dru Bru Oktoberfest: Marzen lager with soft, elegant German malt flavors, heaps of Vienna malt and German noble hops for a toasty and well balanced “fest” beer, 4.7% Fort George Brewery 1811 Lager: Concocted from pilsner malts and flaked corn, this lager is

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Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.18.21

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Peaks & Pints bartender Randi is overwhelmed with today’s craft beer goodness. Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.18.21 Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 8.18.21 includes the return of Skookum Brewery favorites, Old Schoolhouse’s amazing Betty Mopper, Wander’s Googly Eyes and more. See you Proctor! Claim 52 Brewing Schticky Tiramisu: Imperial stout brewed with milk sugar, mascarpone cheese, and heaps of specialty malts, then conditioned on coffee from Farmers Union Coffee Roasters, chocolate, ladyfingers, and vanilla, 11% Claim 52 Stuffed White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake: Sour conditioned on white chocolate, cherry puree, cheesecake, and

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Outcider: Paddling Lake Cushman with Herb

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Take Herb’s Cider Triplet on a trip across Lake Cushman. Photo by Erin Miller Outcider: Paddling Lake Cushman with Herb Located on the southwest border of Washington’s Olympic National Park, Lake Cushman formed in a deep glacial claw-mark carved out along the Skokomish River. The 4,000-acre lake is a particularly picturesque place to kayak. The stunning view from the top of Mount Ellinor turns on itself trading the sweeping panorama for the intimacy of the Skokomish River valley and steep slopes. Peaks & Pints bartenders Erin Miller and Michelle Cove paddled Cushman Tuesday, Aug. 18 with

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: The DAB Lab On The Fly

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Hops give beer its bitterness along with its distinctive floral, herbal, and fruity flavors. Brewers, such as Block 15 Brewing in Corvallis, Oregon, have recently been tinkering with hops to make them taste even hoppier, using cryo hops, incognito and CO2 extractions. CO2 hop extract is a pure resin produced through supercritical CO2 extraction, whereby the essential bittering and aromatic compounds of hops (alpha acids, beta acids, and oils) are separated from the leafy plant material. The CO2 extraction process — also popular in the cannabis industry — operates much like traditional distillation, but with carbon dioxide in place of

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Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Culmination Brewing On The Fly

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In 1994, Tomas and April Sluiter left their bakery jobs in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and hit the road. They traveled extensively. Then, in the summer of 2000, they discovered Portland, Oregon. Thomas took an assistant brewer job at the Old Market Pub in Southwest Portland. Within two weeks of his hire, the head brewer quit and Tomas was thrown into that role. He dismantled the old, tired brewing system and refurbished a 15-barrel system. In January 2017, seven years after Tomas left Old Market and almost two years after attempting to open his brewery in Portland’s Goose Hollow neighborhood, he

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