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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Phantasm Powder

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Thiols are a family of sulfur-containing aroma compounds naturally found in hops, either as free aroma-active volatiles or as non-aroma-active precursors. They produce unique and potent characteristics of exotic tropical fruit. Several of the most popular varietals of the last decade, Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, Nelson, and Mosaic, include thiol precursors, compounds that can be transformed into thiols via biotransformation during fermentation, as well as free thiols, aroma active compounds that are soluble in beer. Phantasm is a powder derived from New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes, which are rich in thiol precursors that are known for creating aromas of citrus,

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 2.21.24

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 2.21.24 Five beers from 12 Percent Beer Project in North Haven, Connecticut, arrived at Peaks & Pints today. In October 2008, Brian Ewing launched Twelve Percent Imports selling imported beer to New York out of his Toyota Prius. The first beer he imported was Gaverhopke Extra, a 12 percent Belgian ale, thus the name of his distributing company. Ewing began distributing an unusually heavy roster of gypsy brewers and contract brewed beer such as American Solera from Tulsa and Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. from East Hampton, Connecticut. He eventually partnered with Alex

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Grit & Grain Podcast

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Beer gurus Matt McLaren (Orcas Distributing), and Ron Swarner (Peaks & Pints), and Bethany Carlsen (The Funk Busters) explore and celebrate the craft beer industry, community, and history in Tacoma, Washington, and surrounding Pacific Northwest region, with assistance from opinionated beer industry insiders, on the Grit & Grain Podcast every Friday on Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and iHeartRadio, and Channel 253. The Grit & Grain records episodes at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Peaks & Pints craft beer bar, bottle shop and restaurant in Tacoma’s Proctor District. All are welcome to hang, zdrink along with them, and meet

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Mounds

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In 1890, Peter Halajian left Armenia for Connecticut with big dreams of owning his own business. While working in a rubber factory in Naugatuck, he would side hustle homemade sweets. Five years later, Halajian opened a candy shop, then another one 25 north in Torrington, then another one in Naugatuck. He advertised with clever slogans.m Customers couldn’t pronouncing his last name, so he changed it to Paul. During World War I, the U.S. Army asked Peter Paul to make chocolate bars for soldiers. In 1919, Paul convinced his Armenian immigrant friends and family members to invest in his company, Peter

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Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: 2024 President’s Day

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Apples were among some of the first crops grown in colonial America. Potted seedlings and bags of apple seeds were brought over on the Mayflower. The Bible-thumping Puritans were not teetotalers. Apple orchards in colonial America usually meant one thing: hard cider. Apples flourished in the fertile soil and friendly climate, and soon apples were a key part of most colonial farms and menus. When a young George Washington ran for Virginia’s House of Burgesses in 1755, he didn’t shell out for drinks — and lost the election in a 271-to-40 landslide. Undeterred, Washington ran again in 1758. And this

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Astoria’s Fort George

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After spending the day at Fort George Brewery drinking all the stouts as part of their Festival of the Dark Arts, Peaks & Pints is ready for another Fort George beer flight. Founded by brewers Jack Harris and Chris Nemlowill, the two combined their brewing expertise from previous Oregon coast gigs at Bill’s Tavern and Astoria Brewing Company to open the Astoria brewery in March 2007. Harris and Nemlowill drove their first 8.5-barrel brewhouse — nicknamed “Sweet Virginia” —from the East Coast and through a tornado to open a small pub in the Fort George Building on Duane Street in

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Hop Butcher

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In his poem “Chicago,” Carl Sandburg refers to this great city as “Hog Butcher For the World.” And though the literal meaning behind that moniker has faded since the closing of the Union Stock Yards in 1971, it embodies and inspires Chicago brewery Hop Butcher For The World and the beers they brew in three meaningful ways: they experiment with hops in every way possible, they respect the craft of butchering, and, even though their known as just “Hop Butcher”, co-founder Jeremiah Zimmer and Jude La Rose still believe the  “For The World” part is an important and meaningful element

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Great Notion Brewing

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In 2016, James Dugan, Andy Miller, and Paul Reiter opened Great Notion Brewing and stunned Portland, Oregon with their New England-style IPAs and boundary-pushing culinary-style beers. The awards followed: World Beer Cup, GABF, Best of Craft Beer Awards, and Oregon Beer Awards, as well as the 2018 #1 IPA in America from Paste Magazine, Ripe IPA. Great Notion was the first Portland brewery to become known for hazies, and the controversial style, and traditionalists hated it. Now the traditionalists are all wearing Great Notion T-shirts. In addition to their hazies, the brewery’s barrel program offers award-winning American sour ales aged

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Peaks & Pints Beer Flight: Monet Valentine

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Pair the warmth and romance of impressionism in “Imagine Monet” with chocolate-forward stouts at Peaks & Pints on Valentine’s Day. On this day for lovers, Tacoma Arts Live opens the unique immersive experience on the art of the French painter Claude Monet at the Tacoma Armory through April 17, 2024. “Imagine Monet” is the exhibition created by the French directors Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, the world’s first directors of a digital immersive exhibition. Imagine Monet starts with the famous painting Impression, Sunrise (1872) and closes with the renowned Water Lilies series (1914-1926). This experience features more than 200 well-known

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Imprint Schmoojee

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Ryan Diehl and Richard “Sid” Sidman opened Imprint Beer Company in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, in September of 2018. Located in Montgomery County just north of Philadelphia, Imprint immediately had to increase their brewhouse size due in part to their creative hazy IPA, luscious stouts, and mind melting Schmoojee fruited sour with lactose series. Imprint might be more of an acquired taste for some, but if you like your beer with a lot of fruit in it, man is this the brewery for you. Peaks & Pints thinks all we need to do is describe one of their beers, Schmoojee Orange Coconut

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Tournament of Beer: Northwest Amber and Red Ales! Nominate favorite!

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What are your favorite Washington and Oregon amber and red ales? Nominate them for Peaks & Pints Tournament of Beer: Northwest Ambers. Tournament of Beer: Northwest Amber and Red Ales? Nominate favorite! In April 2024, Peaks & Pints will host the Tournament of Beer: Northwest Ambers. Chosen through the nomination process below, the top 64 vote getters — the cream of the malts — will compete Monday through Friday on our website and Instagram account, April 5-27. Through smartphone voting, Washington and Oregon amber and red ale drinkers will pick daily winners until the best amber

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Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Yonder Cidery

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Founded in August 2020 by CEO Caitlin Braam and crafted by Head Cidermaker Monique Tribble, Yonder Cider makes savory, subtly sweet and high ABV ciders in Wenatchee with a taproom in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, which is shared with Bale Breaker Brewing from the Yakima Valley. 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. “Cidermaking is a playground of the pretty and the ugly, the bitter and the sweet: It’s never a one-note song when done well, says Braam. “Our

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Washington Hop Mob 2024

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Did you hear it? This morning, as Peaks & Pints tapped big, hoppy IPAs, a dog whistle like screech called hopheads from far and wide to our craft beer lodge in Tacoma’s Proctor District. Once again, we joined the Washington Hop Mob Roadshow across Western Washington showcasing the holy grail for American beer drinkers. Crafted specifically for Kendall Jones and his Washington Beer Blog’s Washington Hop Mob event last night at Reuben’s Brews, and the subsequent roadshow, which Peaks kicks off today, Washington state brewers brewed double and triple IPAs showcasing complete expression of hop character with a minimum of

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Lunar New Year 2024

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The Lunar New Year 2024 occurs today, Feb. 10, bringing the lucky Year of the Wood Dragon. In the Chinese zodiac, dragons are notorious for its strong leadership qualities and determination to succeed, which will inspire us to chase our dreams. While Dragons can be quick-tempered, they prefer to be straightforward and surround themselves with individuals who challenge their beliefs, leading to personal growth and fresh starts in relationships. The Wood element will play a significant role in this year, as it encourages us to put forth effort to make positive changes and to grow as tall as the trees

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Fort George Dark Arts Stouts

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If you’ve ever wondered at the appeal, the urge, the drive to attend Fort George Brewery’s Festival of the Dark Arts, if you’ve heard wisps of the mythology and the mystery and the epic weirdness or even seen a few pictures and wondered, you know, WTF, maybe I should dress like Jack Sparrow and make my way through 80 exquisitely unique stouts on a cold mid-February Saturday in Astoria, Oregon. You should. It’s rather astonishing how often you’ll reach bliss at the one-day stout craft beer festival. It almost matters not from which brewery room you inhabit — Festival of

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 2.8.24

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 2.8.24 Here’s another drop of new beer in the Peaks & Pints cooler that you might want to consider for your Super Bowl Party. … BLURRED INTO ONE, Funky Fauna Artisan Ales: Wild saison with Leon Millot and Marechal Foch grapes, 5.4%, 16oz CHARMS NE IPA, Diamond Knot Brewing: Hazy IPA with big orange and pineapple aroma from gratuitous dry hopping, 7%, 16oz CURRENTLY TRENDING, AleSmith Brewing: Crisp, crushable cold IPA brewed with Simcoe Cryo, Mosaic, and Chinook for notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit, 7.35%, 16oz KEEP IT KRAKEN, Kulshan Brewing:

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Remember The Flagships

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“What’s new?” is a phrase Peaks and Pints hears daily. In fact, that phrase was heard daily between 1985 and 2003, the years craft beers exploration and trying something new was a thing. In 2024, though, that means some drinkers — in their relentless quest for Untappd check-ins and tried-it-first bragging rights — have forgotten the flagship, core beers that first grabbed their attention. At one time, every brewery had one and that beer often defined the brewery. It also was the top-selling beer that subsidized a brewery’s seasonals, specialty brews, experimental beers and one offs. Because the flagship beer

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Hop Breeding Company

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Hop breeding has been a thing for many centuries, but in the mid 1800s hop breeding became more organized, first in Germany, and soon spreading to other European hop producing countries and beyond. Breeding hops solves many issues for hop farmers, including increasing yields, breeding shorter length hops, and develop disease resistant hops. In the US, New England and New York ruled stateside hop cultivation and breeding for many years. Then, the hop foundation Ezra Meeker built in Puyallup in the late 1800s, and the great fertile grounds and ideal climate of Yakima farmlands came to fruition catapulting Washington state

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Russian Imperial Stout

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There are tales of Peter the Great, the Russian Tsar who traveled to England in 1689 and said to have fallen in love with strong British porter, which is weird since the style didn’t truly exist for another 30-plus years. Whatever. Peter the Great likely did have some influence on the origination of Russian imperial stouts as his modernization of the Russian economy allowed for the importation of British goods, which included beer. In 1729, Ralph Thrale purchased Anchor Brewery of Southwark, London, and brewed the first Russian imperial stout, exporting the beer to Russia. The stout became significantly more

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 2.5.24

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 2.5.24 Here’s your first round of new beer in the Peaks & Peaks cooler for your Super Bowl party. … CZECH DARK LAGER, Structures Brewing: Schwarzbier meets dunkel for notes of toffee and chocolate from the dark malts and the roundness and crispness of a lager, 5.3%, 16oz YEAR OF THE DRAGON DRAGONFRUIT WHEAT, Lucky Envelope Brewing: Collaboration with Highland Brewing, this celebratory Chinese Zodiac wheat beer boasts a vibrant fusion of dragonfruit purees and powders, coupled with a blend of Luminosa, HBC-1019, and Strata for notes of peach, mango, lemonade, and bubblegum,

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Fancy Pants Sunday: Prairie Artisan Indulge Me

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You fancy, Prairie Artisan Indulge Me! Fancy Pants Sunday: Prairie Artisan Indulge Me Fashion-wise, we keep things casual at Peaks & Pints: cut-off flannels, brewery T-shirts, jeans and shorts, and the latest thrift store finds are all par for the course. Still, now and then, it’s fun to get dressed up a little bit, gather all your friends to do the same, and indulge in fancy craft beer. That’s the premise for our weekly Fancy Pants Sunday column — a column that champions high ABV, complex, and delicious craft beers — although we accept casual-clothed sippers,

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Imagine Monet

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This Valentine’s Day, Tacoma Arts Live will open a unique immersive experience on the art of the French painter Claude Monet at the Tacoma Armory through April 14, 2024. Imagine Monet is the exhibition created by the French directors Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, the world’s first directors of a digital immersive exhibition. Imagine Monet starts with the famous painting Impression, Sunrise (1872) and closes with the renowned Water Lilies series (1914-1926). This experience features more than 200 well-known masterpieces by the French impressionist with 360° projections on walls and floor plunging visitors into a waking dream, thanks to state-of-the-art

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Oakshire Dark Days

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As curator of Peaks & Pints’ February Stout Month, Stoutula jumped in his Chevy Impaler to grab Oakshire Brewing’s annual Dark Days of February beer in Eugene, Oregon. Stoutula has followed Oakshire since founders Jeff and Chris Althouse opened their originally named brewery, Willamette Brewery, in 2006. The Althouses brewed 300 barrels that year, far short of what they’d eventually brew after 2008 when they converted Willamette Brewery into Oakshire Brewing. In 2017, Dan Russo became lead brewer managing Oakshire’s collaborative production team of seven and overseeing the Pilot, Vintage and Core Seasonal programs. Russo remains Oakshire’s longest-tenured employee at

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 2.2.24

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New craft beer arrivals to the Peaks & Pints cooler. Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 2.2.24 Weekend hits! CEPHALOPHILOSOPHY, Bottle Logic Brewing: Harland Brewing helped brew this inky imperial stout brewed with ube and maple syrup, taking it up to a massive 38º Plato starting gravity. After 14 months in bourbon barrels, they finished this alluring liquid on house-roasted pecans and cinnamon sticks, 14.9%, 500ml COCONUT CAVATICA, Fort George Brewery: The delicious Cavatica imperial stout infused with a staggering amount of coconut, 8.8%, 16oz FORM FIVE, Bottle Logic Brewing: Collaboration with Weathered Souls Brewing,

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Bottle Logic Stouts

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The Peaks & Pints annual salute to February Stout Month has been hijacked by Stoutula this year. Formerly known as Count Dracula, a strong urge for stouts earned the Transylvanian nobleman the moniker, Stoutula. The centuries-old, stout guzzling vampire has taken control of our monthlong stout celebration, including the occasional in-house flight — like today’s flight, Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Bottle Logic Stouts. Homebrewing buddies Wes Parker, Steve Napolitano, and Brandon Buckner decided to turn a hobby into a career, and in 2013, they open Bottle Logic Brewing, a 6,000 square-foot tasting room and 15-barrel brewing facility near the

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Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Pear

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Perry and pear cider are both made from pears, but the similarities end there. Pear cider can be made with imported pear juice or concentrate and can even include some apple juice. The main difference between perry and pear cider is that pear cider can use juice from edible pear varieties like Barnet, Bartestree Squash, Chaceley Green, Clusters, Coppy, Dead Boy, Ducksbarn, Hendre Huffcap, High Pear, Late Treacle, Lumber, Merrylegs, Newbridge, Red Pear, Sack, and White Longdon. “Proper” perry, on the other hand, is made only from proper perry pears. Perry pears are smaller than culinary or dessert pears. As

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Fancy Pants Sunday 3 Fonteinen Schaarbeekse Kriek

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You fancy 3 Fonteinen Schaarbeekse Kriek Blend No. 73! Fancy Pants Sunday 3 Fonteinen Schaarbeekse Kriek Bone dry and cherry jam — welcome to Fancy Pants Sunday 3 Fonteinen Schaarbeekse Kriek Blend No. 73 (Season 19/20). Pronounced “goo-zah,” gueuze is not really a style, per se, but rather a combination of versions of another style, lambic. Lambics are sour, funk beers fermented with wild yeast and bacteria — those that live and breed naturally in the wilderness. Young lambics are sweet and inoffensive. Aged lambics will slap your face with acidity than become more delicious over

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: de Garde

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Tillamook, Ore., is a sleepy, remote, and often damp coastal town 74 miles west of Portland. It smells of sea air and dairy farms. It’s also home to founder and head brewer Trevor Rogers’ de Garde Brewing, whose singular focus is spontaneously fermented, barrel-aged beers. The brewery, found near the Tillamook Air Museum’s massive blimp hangar, barely distributes, meaning fans must either track down bottles on the Internet or visit in person. Once you’re there, the handful of wild ales and guest rarities on tap and limited-release bottles available to go don’t disappoint. Berliner weisses, Belgian ales, porters and more

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Peaks and Pints Cooler New Beer and Cider Winter 2024

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Peaks & Pints cooler houses mroe than 850 different beers and ciders from around the world. Peaks and Pints Cooler New Beer and Cider Winter 2024 Peaks and Pints Cooler houses more than 850-plus craft beer and cider cans and bottles, not counting all the bottles of wine on our shelves, including the new choice winter 2024 arrivals listed below. Peaks & Pints strives to fulfill customer requests and supply our neighbors with the latest craft beer and cider. If you have questions regarding beer availability or special orders, please contact feedback@peakcandpints.com. Shop our cooler at

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6-Pack of Things To Do in Tacoma: Jan. 26-28 2024

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6-Pack of Things To Do in Tacoma: Jan. 26-28 2024 Orchids hold profound secrets. Peaks & Pints’ 6-Pack of Things To Do in Tacoma: Jan. 26-28 2024 is Friday heavy but sleep on the cool Johnny Cash film/live performance sync show Saturday. Cheers! BEER FLIGHT — FRIDAY, JAN. 26: In 2000, farmers David and Brenda Simmons switched from selling their slow-moving culinary grapes to making wine, they eventually added a brewery, taproom, and restaurant to their Columbus, Indiana, farm. In 2010, David fell in love with beer after he was gifted a home brew kit. Two years later, the Simmons

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: 450 North Video Games

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In 2000, farmers David and Brenda Simmons switched from selling their slow-moving culinary grapes to making wine, they eventually added a brewery, taproom, and restaurant to their Columbus, Indiana, farm. In 2010, David fell in love with beer after he was gifted a home brew kit. Two years later, the Simmons opened 450 North Brewing. In April 2016, their 450 North Brewing released a hazy IPA. Things blew up, in a good way. They rebranded and grew exponentially. Just as they were a pioneer of hazy IPAs, 450 North was also ahead of the smoothie fruited sour game. Their smoothie

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Cellarmaker beer at Peaks & Pints in Tacoma’s Proctor District …

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Welcome to Tacoma, Cellarmaker Brewing! Cellarmaker beer at Peaks & Pints in Tacoma’s Proctor District … Tim Sciascia, Connor Casey, and Kelly Caveney founded Cellarmaker Brewing Company in San Francisco’s SoMa district in 2013. After meeting at Marin Brewing Company, they acquired a former auto shop, completely gutted it, and turned it into their brewery and tasting room. In November 2022, Cellarmaker acquired The Rare Barrel and its facility in Berkeley, California. Last year, Cellarmaker was part of the Fort George 3-Way IPA. The following six beers are in the Peaks & Pints cooler. Cheers! COSMIC

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Climb For Clean Air

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The American Lung Association’s Climb for Clean Air is an exclusive mountaineering training and fundraising program designed to give you the training, technical support, and guide services you need to summit Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, El Dorado Peak, and Orizaba & Ixtaccihuatl in Mexico while raising money to fight for cleaner air standards and fund life-saving research. Peaks and Pints will host a Climb for Clean Air 2024 Info Session before the climbing season from 6-7 p.m. tonight in our Events Room. Chances are you know someone who has faced the challenges of asthma, COPD, lung cancer

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 1.24.24

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 1.24.24 More fresh delicious canned beer in today. The cooler is stuffed full of tasty options. Swing by and grab a pint or two and grab some to go.  Cheers! JOOST, Matchless Brewing: Juicy citrus IPA brewed with Citra, Azacca, Triumph, and Cashmere hops, a grain bill of Malteurop Pilsen and Weyermann Carafoam malts, and tropical-boosting esters of Imperial’s Capri yeast, 6%, 16oz RE ZOMBINATOR, Beer Zombies Brewing: Collaboration with Movement Brewing this undead hazy double IPA is brewed with Citra, Citra Lupomax, and HBC 630 for citrus, bright lime, fresh grapefruit, tropical

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Beer Can Appreciation Day

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Yes, it’s National Beer Can Appreciation Day today, commemorating that storied day in 1935 when the world was introduced to a beautiful and paradigm-changing concept: canned beer. Krueger Brewing Company of Richmond, Virginia walked into a grocery store carrying a steel can that weighed in at almost 4 ounces and opened with a church key. Not long after, beer cans fell out of vogue. Not so anymore: today, the beer can industry is overflowing with smartly designed graphics and artwork on canned beer. Many believe that today’s wave of craft beer in a can began with Colorado’s Oskar Blues, who

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock: 1.23.24

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock: 1.23.24 Once again, Tuesday is New Brews Day. Celebrate with these delicious beers. … BLACK LIGHT, Anderson Valley Brewing: Light dark ale with only 95 calories, 3.8%, 12oz BLACKBERRY & RASPBERY WILD ALE, Oude Northwest: Old World style wild ale made with blackberries and raspberries then aged a year in oak, 4.9%, 12oz FRENCH TOAST MILK STOUT, Left Hand Brewing: Brunch-inspired milk stout with notes of maple syrup, vanilla, and rich caramel malt, 6%, 12oz GREEN FUTURES, Modern Times Beer: This transcendental hazy IPA started with a base of pilsner malt plus some

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Peaks and Pints In-house Flight: National Pie Day

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Rejoice, o pie lovers of Tacoma! Today, Jan. 23, is National Pie Day! Why Jan. 23? Why not the infinitely more logical March 14? (3.14 = Pi = Pie.) Why the hell not? Not that you necessarily need a reason to eat pie, but isn’t it nice to have an excuse? Especially during this month of cold and gloom and guilty, New Year’s resolution-induced gym-going? When it comes to delicious pie-inspired beer, we say, why the hell not? Enjoy seconds (or fifths) of dessert with Peaks and Pints’ in-house pie flight — a flight we’re calling Peaks and Pints In-House

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Fancy Pants Sunday: Oude Northwest Gristle v2

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You fancy, Oude Northwest Gristle v2! Fancy Pants Sunday: Oude Northwest Gristle v2 Stillwater Artisanal, now known as just Stillwater, is the brainchild of Baltimore native Brian Strumke, whose past life as an internationally renowned electronica DJ and producer led him down a path to crafting some of the world’s most unique and highest rated beers slapped with haute couture can and bottle labels. A homebrewer turned pro in 2010, nomadic brewer Strumke slapped his Stillwater sticker on many a brewery’s cooler around the world before the pandemic nudged him to place roots at the Talking

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: WeldWerks

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In 2009, Neil Fisher began home brewing with friends in his garage. Fisher’s driveway held a lot of friends’ cars during those homebrewing days, and they all drank a lot of those homebrewed beers. Then Fisher threw down the gauntlet. He announced to his buds that if he medaled at the homebrew competition attached to the 2014 Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines festival, which was held at the time in Vail, Colorado, then he would consider opening a brewery. He won two medals. Eleven months later he poured his first beer at his WeldWerks Brewing in Greeley, Colorado. His hefeweizen

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Baltic Porter Day

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Today is Baltic Porter Day, an event started by the Polish brewer and porter fan Marcin Chmielarz. In 1977, beer writer Michael Jackson penned the existence of porter brewing in Poland in his World Guide to Beer. Jackson is credited with inventing the expression, “Baltic porter,” the name by which the style is now known, even in Poland. The Baltic porter is a traditional English style, developed by the British in the 1800s for export to their buddies in the Russian Court. The Baltic porter is an interesting breed, because while it’s a porter in name and flavor, it’s not

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Pink

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Tacoma Arts Live is bringing in pianist Thomas Lauderdale and his legendary Portland-based jazz and classical pop ensemble will perform at the Pantages Theater next Friday. Pink Martini’s blend of American swing, Latin rhythms and chamber arrangements give the group’s largely original material mass appeal. Lauderdale of Portland, Oregon, founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994. Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums, and fashion shows. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Characters

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He makes a killer Bananas Foster, gets teary-eyed when he hears the song “Ventura Highway” and has seen the movie Better Off Dead 11 times. He once did an oral report on the D.B. Cooper as a schoolchild and is currently the only eight-toed ecologist residing in Washington state. He became livid at his girlfriend when she decided that road-tripping to Burning Man with a bunch of his friends was more important than accompanying him to Utah for his uncle’s funeral, but he forgave her the following week when she bought him a boxed set of the best episodes of

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Lucky Envelope

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Engineer Barry Chan adored homebrewing. He dove, kettle first, into the Seattle homebrewing scene asking questions and sharing his beer knowledge. His passion and dedication soon translated into a Beer Judge Certification Program judge where he earned a National score on his first tasting exam. One day, while homebrewing in his kitchen, his buddy Raymond Kwan sunk into the couch playing Mario Bros. and dreaming of his next big thing. His first idea was an East Coast-style sports bar since Kwan has roots in New Jersey and loves sports. Chan, from Pennsylvania, suggested opening a brewery in Ballard, which is

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Black Raven Meets Sade

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In 2000, Mississippi homebrewer Robert “Beaux” Bowman moved to Washington and landed at Mac and Jack’s Brewing in Redmond. Next, he worked at Far West Ireland Brewing (now closed), The Ram, and Lazy Boy Brewing, and anywhere else that needed his services. In April 2009, Beaux and Kat Gillespie opened Black Raven Brewing Company on the southeast corner of Willows Road Northeast and Northeast 95th Street just blocks from downtown Redmond and the Sammamish River Trail. Tonight, their Sales Executive Nick Weitzel, aka DJ ABV, will spin vinyl by the band Sade with several of his Black Raven beer on

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