Today’s Peaks & Pints to-go beer flight originated out of California. It’s a flight of double IPAs brewed in California, because, well, California. The state could use a couple double IPAs after their wildfires — massive, drought-amplified, state-engulfing wildfires you breathed through your mask from Point Defiance Park last month. Since the beginning of the year, more than 8,200 California wildfires have scorched “well over 4 million acres” or 6,250 square miles, according to Cal Fire. And, that’s piled onto 835K COVID cases and 16,150 deaths. On a positive note, double IPAs were born in California. Vinnie Cilurzo — who
Good morning from the Puget Creek Natural Area in the Proctor District of North Tacoma. Morning Foam: National Night Out and Fremont Cowiche Canyon pulls GOOD MORNING, SOUTH SOUND! Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 — Elisabeth Shue turns 57 today! Partly cloudy skies, high near 70. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Fremont Brewing Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW It’s National Night Out tonight, so step off your front porch and into the streets, in front of businesses and into parks to bond with your neighbors — wearing a mask, of course.
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. A thirst for beer and the introduction of prohibition laws meant hard cider became an almost forgotten beverage, but it is currently undergoing a revival with small producers and large booze brands all getting in on
Good morning from Washington Elementary in the Proctor District of North Tacoma. Morning Foam: Netflix and Chill plus Dirty Couch pulls GOOD MORNING, SOUTH SOUND! Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 — Neil deGrasse turns 62 today! Cloudy early, becoming mostly sunny this afternoon, high 66. Peaks & Pints offers growler fills of Dirty Couch Brewing Incandescence Sour Winter Warmer. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW Every Monday night, Tacoma Burger Company presents Netflix and Chill featuring two comedy specials on their projector at 6 and 8 p.m. CRAFT CHOICE CLICKABLES Great American Beer Festival 2020 will be a nationwide passport
Hop Breeding Company of Yakima, Washington released Citra in 2007. It wasn’t until Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. dry-hopped its Torpedo IPA two years later that the hop turned heads. Citra Brand HBC 394, as its officially known, is comprised of Hallertau Mittelfrüh, US Tettnang, Brewer’s Gold and East Kent Golding with a fairly high alpha acid and total oil contents, plus a low percentage of co-humulone for bittering. Bittering is cool and all, but Citra’s organoleptic profile and chemical composition lend themselves overwhelmingly to aromatic and flavor additions of citrus and tropical fruits. Fresh Citra hops impart delicate flavors of
Good morning from foggy Mason Middle School in the Proctor District of North Tacoma. Morning Foam: Salmon Homecoming and Fort George Fresh Fields pulls GOOD MORNING, SOUTH SOUND! Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 — Liev Schreiber turns 53 today! Cloudy skies, high 63. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Fort George Brewery’s Fields of Green Wet Hop. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW The public is invited to join the Puyallup Watershed Salmon Homecoming Celebration, a month long salute of the return of salmon to spawn in the Puyallup watershed, a migration that has been taking place for
Peaks and Pints joins the top beer bars from across the globe in celebrating Orval Day 2020 today. One of the most important beers to ever come out of Belgium, Brasserie d’Orval’s Orval Trappist Ale is an amber-hued Belgian pale ale that is dry-hopped, then finished with Brettanomyces. Intensely aromatic and dry, this one-of-a-kind beer is as complex as it is unique. One of only 12 officially recognized Trappist breweries across the world; all Orval beer is brewed within the walls of Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery. The alluring complexity of this iconoclastic beer has made it a world classic, one
Good morning from foggy Puget Park in the Proctor District of North Tacoma. Morning Foam: Orval Day and Double Mountain Killer Red pulls GOOD MORNING, SOUTH SOUND! Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 — Gwen Stefani turns 51 today! Foggy this morning, then partly cloudy this afternoon, high 69. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Double Mountain Brewery Fresh Hop Killer Red. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW Peaks & Pints joins the top beer bars from across the globe in celebrating Orval Day 2020 today. We’re offering Orval 2018 and 2019 bottles to-go. Stop by the Proctor Farmers
Craft beer is best fresh. If you drink a fresh hop IPA the day it is bottled or canned, it will be at its peak. Never again will it taste so good. Day by day, by degrees, its lushness will fade. Beer, unlike vinegar and Pop Tarts, is not a fixed food product. So why then do brewers barrel-age beer? Because it’s porous, wood allows for very slow oxidation, which can make darker, malty beers more complex. Wood can also host microflora, bacteria that add the sourness to wild ales and lambics. The barrel’s former resident — the wine or
Good morning from foggy Proctor District in North Tacoma. Morning Foam: Tacoma Moon Festival and Wayfinder Stairs and Flowers pulls GOOD MORNING, SOUTH SOUND! Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 — Sting turns 69 today! Foggy early, becoming sunny this afternoon, high 73. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Wayfinder Beer Stairs & Flowers Fresh Hop. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW Due to the pandemic, the 8th Tacoma Moon Festival will not be a live, in-person event. Instead, the Moon Festival will be held virtually with dance and musical video performances, online Asian Teahouse, mooncake recipe, and more
Good morning from deep into the woods of Underwood, Washington. Morning Foam: Fresh Hoptoberfest and Reuben’s Festbier pulls GOOD MORNING, PROCTOR DISTRICT! Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 — Greg Brady turns 66 today! Plenty of sunshine, high 79. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Reuben’s Brews Festbier. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW Today marks the official last day of Peaks & Pints’ 2020 Fresh Hoptoberfest — a month-long celebration of fresh hops and Oktoberfest beers featuring two draft styles of each on top. That said, Peaks & Pints will continue to have at least two fresh hop
Pumpkins belong to the family of Cucurbitaceae. They are classified to Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita mixta, according to the texture and shape of their stems. Pumpkin is poor in taste and carbohydrates but high in vitamins, especially, provitamin A, antioxidants and minerals, and it is mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice to improve of its sensory properties. Pumpkin is a vegetable, which is healthy and functional, being rich in phenolic compounds, flavonoids and vitamins, and has a low energy. That’s all fine and dandy, but today is Monday, which means we offer a to-go cider flight.
Good morning from Proctor District! We’re going to miss you Jasminka! Morning Foam: Eileen Fisher Trunk Show and Hair of the Dog Skagit Fred pulls GOOD MORNING, PROCTOR DISTRICT! Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 — Naomi Watts turns 52 today! Sunny skies with a high of 72. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Hair of the Dog Skagit Fred. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW The Eileen Fisher Trunk Show is at the Walla Walla Clothing Co. in the Proctor District from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CRAFT CHOICE CLICKABLES New Belgium asking beer fans to #VoteVoodoo by
It’s National Chocolate Milk Day! Oh, what a day! What a day! What a day! Chocolate milk, you see, is the way chocolate should be cosumed. Dark (or real) chocolate is disgusting and bitter and gross on the tongue. It is also pretentious and stupid. People who enjoy high-percentage cocoas are the most annoying people you will ever have the displeasure of meeting. They flock to dark chocolate the same way they do to bacon, pirates, and condescending prattle about how vegetables should always be crisp and barely cooked. The only cure for dark chocolate is, you guessed it, delicious
Good morning from the Fernseed in the Proctor District! Morning Foam: Point Ruston Market and Georgetown Fresh Hop Johnny Utah pulls GOOD MORNING, PIERCE COUNTY! Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 — Gwyneth Paltrow turns 48 today! Cloudy early, becoming mostly sunny this afternoon, high 67. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Georgetown Brewing Fresh Hop Johnny Utah. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW Today marks the last day of the Tacoma Farmers Market Point Ruston, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Seattle Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys at 1:25. CRAFT CHOICE CLICKABLES New School Beer reports
6-Pack of Things To Do: Saturday September 26 2020 Welcome to the Saturday version of 6-Pack of Things To Do! Today, the annual Cider Swig goes home, last call for blueberries in Proctor, Fort from Home goes blacksmithing and more. … CIDER SWIG: Today is National Public Lands Day, which means it’s also time for Cider Swig. The annual outdoor cider festival held at Sehmel Homestead Park in Gig Harbor opens its gate every year on Public Lands Day as proceeds always benefit environmental education and conservation, including this year’s beneficiary Lu Winsor Environmental grants program. That’s all fine and
In 2000, Yakima Chief Ranches brought Simcoe into the world as a proprietary hop varietal with strong bitter and aromatic qualities. Although not used much as a bittering hop, many craft brewers favor Simcoe for its unique aroma profile composed of piney, woody, and grapefruit citrus notes mixed with slightly dank and spicy notes of onion and garlic. When fresh Simcoe hops are introduced, the tropical fruit, citrus, and pine pop even more. Let’s get to poppin’. Today’s Peaks & Pints to-go beer flight features beer brewed with fresh Simcoe. It’s a delicious flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot
Good morning from the Mason Avenue asphalt trail in the Proctor District! Morning Foam: Cider Swig-ing at home and Wayfinder Sun Titan pulls GOOD MORNING, PIERCE COUNTY! Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 — Olivia Newton-John turns 72 today! Cloudy this morning with showers during the afternoon, high 62F Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Wayfinder Beer’s Sun Titan Pale. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW This year’s Cider Swig isn’t in Gig Harbor, but rather at your home with “festival to-go” tasting kits available at LeMay America’s Car Museum. Proctor Farmers Market opens with autumn at 9 a.m.
On sprawling farms clustered around Yakima and Willamette valleys, thousands of green Humulus lupulus vines snake vigorously skyward. A relative of marijuana, these hop plants produce resiny, cone-shaped flowers prized for their use as a bittering agent in beer. September is the traditional time for end-of-the-season harvesting and hops are no exception. That’s good news for beer lovers, as many breweries take advantage of the numerous Pacific Northwest hop farms, creating beers flavored by hops sourced 3-5 hours from the kettle boil. These beers typically have an aroma akin to that of a freshly-mowed lawn and the resinous and deep
Good morning from Peaks & Pints in Tacoma’s Proctor District! GOOD MORNING, PIERCE COUNTY! Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 — Michael Douglas turns 76 today! Rain early then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon, High 63. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Moonraker Brewing Day Dripper Wet Hop IPA. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW Museum of Glass in downtown Tacoma reopens today. Masks are required and MOG will be asking all guests to maintain physical distancing protocols while enjoying the Hot Shop, galleries, and while shopping in the Museum Store. The Lakewood Farmers Market opens at
Peaks and Pints collaborated with Kulshan Brewing on our third anniversary beer, Tree-dimensional IPA, and with Tacoma Tree Foundation Executive Director Sarah Low on a weekly Tacoma tree column. Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Cascara Farewell The falling leaves are changing color. The trees are becoming bare. And, frankly, Peaks & Pints is melancholy. This time of year marks the end of our yearlong house beer. Like past years, we’ve had a blast with Kulshan Brewing and our Tree-dimensional IPA. This year, though, we must also say goodbye to Tacoma Tree Foundation Executive Director Sarah Low’s weekly tree column.
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. We’re calling the to-go flight, Peaks and
Good morning from Chirp & Co. in Tacoma’s Proctor District! GOOD MORNING, PIERCE COUNTY! Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 — Lou Dobbs turns 75 today! Showers and scattered thunderstorms, high 63. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Deep Draft Brewing Old Crow Oktoberfest. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW Fierce County Cider opens their first taproom in South Hill Puyallup today. Broadway Farmers Market opens at 10 a.m. CRAFT CHOICE CLICKABLES Back in May, Craft Beer & Brewing polled readers via email to get a sense of how their beer buying and drinking was changing amid the pandemic.
Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.23.20 Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.23.20 includes a new load from Moonraker Brewing in California and the first cans released from Sig Brewing in Tacoma, as well as a killer fresh hop from Single Hill Brewing, new hazy IPA from Gigantic Brewing, and two new IPAs from Modern Times. Gigantic Brewing RAINBOW SUPREME: Hazy IPA brewed with Citra, Southern Passion, and African Queen hops for a rainbow of juicy and tropically hop flavors. 7.5% Modern Times ELARA: This hazy IPA is stuffed with heaps of Mosaic and Amarillo hops for
Sabro hops are known among IPA lovers for their fruity citrus character with strong notes of pineapple and tangerine. They may also impart subtle background hints of coconut, stone fruits, grassy mint and woody cedar. Sabro Brand HBC 438 is a relatively new release from the Hop Breeding Company, a joint venture between Yakima Chief Ranches LLC and John I. Haas Inc. Sabro’s pedigree is the result of a unique cross-pollination of a female Neomexicanus hop. With a robust brewing performance, Sabro proves to be a strongly expressive hop that translates its flavor incredibly well into beer — especially if
Good morning from Playback Sports in Tacoma’s Proctor District! GOOD MORNING, PIERCE COUNTY! Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 — Bruce Springsteen turns 71 today! Cloudy with periods of rain, high 66. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of AleSmith Brewing Nut Brown Ale. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW City Club of Tacoma hosts their second candidates forum featuring the Pierce County Council races for Councils #2, 4, and 6 online at 6 p.m. Pretty Gritty Tours hosts Tacoma True Crime at 8 p.m. CRAFT CHOICE CLICKABLES Beyond social media or beer-rating apps, the beer technological has replaced the
Today marks the first day of autumn, therefore Peaks & Pints sat with a dozen eggs to, once and for all, confirm or dispel the nagging question of whether or not eggs will stand unaided on the autumnal equinox. What we had was scrambled eggs for breakfast. What is guaranteed is that fall is upon us. The leaves are falling. You have sleeves on. It’s time to make it official: Peaks & Pints presents a to-go flight of fall beers. So let’s ignore that it’s 69 degrees outside and enjoy Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Autumn On the Fly. Peaks
Good morning from the Proctor District in North Tacoma! GOOD MORNING, PIERCE COUNTY! Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 — Joan Jett turns 62 today! Mostly cloudy skies, high around 70. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Wet Coast Brewing Soppin’ Wet Sabro Fresh Hop Pale. TODAY’S LOCAL STEW Tacoma Art Museum screens Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center’s Harriet: The Black Swan In The Year of COVID-19 outside on their façade tonight. The Museum of Glass launches their annual fundraiser Red Hot Gala 2020 online. CRAFT CHOICE CLICKABLES Everybody’s Brewing has released their Head Stash Fresh
Shaun Kalis and Devin Benware began brewing their Ruse Brewing beers on a big system before Ruse was a thing. When not brewing for Tomas Sluiter at Culmination Brewing, whom they originally worked under at the Old Market Pub & Brewery in Multnomah Village, they used Tom’s tanks to make their Ruse beer. Kalis and Benware moved into their big southeast Portland facility a little over two years ago. These guys are experts of adjunct ingredients and yeasty expressionism, and Peaks & Pints is thrilled to offer another to-go Ruse beer flight, Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Ruse Brewing On
Good morning from New Era Cleaners in Tacoma’s Proctor District! Mostly cloudy, slight chance of a rain shower, high 72. Creative Colloquy ZOOM Literary Gathering tonight Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of pFriem Family Brewers Oatmeal Cookie Ale. Have a great day!
Good morning from the Cowlitz River in Packwood! Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon, high 69. Seahawks versus Patriots at 5:20 p.m. Peaks & Pints offers Campfire Crowler fills of Fremont Brewing’s Field to Ferment: Centennial and Sabro 2020. Have a great day!
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
Peaks and Pints New Beers In Stock 9.18.20 Rest In Peace, Justice Ginsburg. May we all strive to fight as hard as you, and as well as you, to the very end. Here is some new beer. Aslan Brewing CHARLIE FOXTROT FRESH HOP: The Bellingham brewery’s annual Charlie Foxtrot is a collaboration IPA with Growing Veterans Farm, which provides place, purpose and camaraderie for veterans in Lynden, Washington. Aslan and the farmers plant, handpick, and brew this super fresh, locally sourced, organic IPA, this version brewed with fresh C hops. It’s both resinous, yet quaff-able, fruity, yet balanced. Bonus: 5