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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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Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: MLK Day 2024

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream,” speech at the March on Washington in August 1963 serves as the touchstone for today’s annual King holiday. He brought hope to untold people both black and white. Remembering his dream matters more than ever today as we witness, still, the openly mocking and demeaning of women, blacks, Islam, and immigrants while ignoring human rights, denying science and climate change, supporting violence and conspiracy, and taking away the health care of millions of Americans. It’s Monday, which means in addition to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it’s Peaks and Pints weekly in-house

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Fancy Pants Sunday: Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée

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You fancy, Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée! Fancy Pants Sunday: Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée Probably more than any other country, Belgium holds particular prominence to folks around the world who enjoy beer.  This young (1830) small (11 million people) country has centuries of brewing traditions built into its history. For our Fancy Pants Sunday column — a weekly look at beers that rule with complexity, creativity and/or giant bottles — we tap into Belgium’s brewing history featuring a Lindemans Cuvée in what we’re calling Fancy Pants Sunday: Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée. In 1822 Joos Frans Lindemans married a desirable farmer’s

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Trappist Ales

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In a time where American craft beer is more obsessed with hazy IPAs, pastry stouts and sour ales, it’s refreshing to revisit Belgian-style Abbey and Trappist ales, which Peaks & Pints will aiming our daily in-house beer flight toward, a flight we call Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Trappist Ales. Of the many thousands of beers produced around the world, only 14 monasteries — six in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, and one each in Austria, Italy, England, France, Spain, and the United States — currently produce Trappist beer as recognized by the International Trappist Association. These beers are all

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Block 15 IPAs

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There are a few Northwest breweries that crank out numerous different beers every week. Block 15 Brewing is one of them. And, the Corvallis, Oregon, brewery releases a wide variety of styles every week, too. Offering unique hop-forward ales, crisp lagers, Belgian-style brews, barrel-aged rarities, and one of the Northwest’s most extensive wild and sour programs, Block 15 produces a range of artfully crafted beers, brewed with a nod toward fresh ingredients and fresh thinking. The Block 15 barrage has arrived again to our Tacoma Proctor District craft beer lodge. It’s time for another in-house Block 15 flight, which we’re

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Black Raven DJ ABV in Sade Heaven at Peaks and Pints

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Black Raven DJ ABV in Sade Heaven at Peaks and Pints Tailored suits, well-fitting jeans, lots of knitted sweaters, denim on denim, all-black looks, slick back hair, and a red lip doesn’t describe DJ ABV, but rather singer Sade Adu who DJ ABV, aka Nick Weitzel, will be spinning in support of Adu’s 65th birthday and a Western red cedar tap log takeover of Black Raven Brewing beers Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Peaks & Pints in Tacoma’s Proctor District. It makes perfect sense that these kindred spirits are associated with a night of smoke-softened seduction and a Russian Imperial Stout

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: River Barrel Distributing

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After Buoy Beer Company won double gold for its Helles Lager at Sip Magazine’s 2017 Best of The Northwest competition, it started self-distributing beers to a handful of Washington-area accounts. As demand grew in the years following, they decided it was time to create their own distribution company to grow into the market. River Barrel Distributing was established in 2020 to help bolster the presence of Buoy Beer and its sister company, Pilot House Distilling, in accounts throughout the Puget Sound area. Since then, the distributor has been expanding its portfolio with other regional producers. River Barrel’s portfolio includes Buoy

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: National Milk Day

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Whether you’re a skim, two percent, or whole milk drinker, Jan. 11 is a day to celebrate anything and everything milk. It’s National Milk Day and, of course, Peaks & Pints celebrates with a flight of milk stouts — a flight we call Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: National Milk Day. ‘Milk stouts originated in Europe in the 1800s. The style emphasizes a malty sweetness with hints of chocolate and caramel. They are sometimes called cream stouts or sweet stouts. Brewers intensified the dark, chocolaty malt body with lactose, the sugar in cow’s milk, hence why they’re more often called

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Barrel Fermentation

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Fermentation, at its most basic, is the process by which yeast eat sugars found in wort and convert them into alcohol. Wort is liquid that contains grain sugars and is nutrient rich, that is then fermented with microorganisms to make beer. In typical modern brewing wort is transferred to a stainless-steel tank where it’s carefully inoculated by a single yeast culture. Depending on the type of beer, and a brewery’s preferred processes, after primary fermentation beer may be either packaged and sold, or it may undergo additional cold conditioning or lagering, also typically in stainless steel. In a barrel-aged beer,

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Rum

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Hemingway drank it in doubles and Bluebeard pirated the seven seas fueled on the stuff. It’s rum, and it’s having a day at Peaks & Pints. Rum is said to have originated in the Caribbean island of Barbados in the 17th century. Since then, it has made its way around the world, becoming one of the most versatile and beloved spirits. Rum is an alcoholic distillate from the fermented juice of sugarcane, sugarcane syrup, sugarcane molasses, and other sugarcane by-products, produced at no less than 190 proof in such manner that distillate possess the taste, aroma and characteristic generally attributed

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Peak and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Europe

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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. 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

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Peaks and Pints Fancy Pants Sunday: Deschutes The Abyss

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You fancy, Deschutes The Abyss! Peaks and Pints Fancy Pants Sunday: Deschutes The Abyss Named for a sharp hook in the Deschutes River in Central Oregon’s high desert, the city of Bend was the abyss; decades ago, it was a bump on the state highway between golf resorts Black Butte Ranch and Sunriver. Lumber ruled the roost until the two large timber mills closed in 1994. Then, Californian Gary Fish opened Deschutes Brewery in downtown Bend on Bond Street, back when Bond Street was the abyss. Deschutes has since grown to become one of the United

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Peaks and Pints Premium Flight: Craftwell Cocktails

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Today, the Peaks & Pints bartenders will pour 20.5-percent cocktails — but the plotline thickens with apple wine, which is essentially apple juice that has gone through the same process as you would making wine. Craftwell Cocktails blends apple wine with real fruit and ingredients to recreate the cocktail experience. The Oregon-based team behind 2 Towns Ciderhouse created Craftwell Cocktails, prioritizing taste above all else. The ready-to-drink Craftwell Cocktails rely on the expertise developed over a dozen years using real fruit to make their cider. The initial launch featured four distinct flavors — Pineapple Margarita, Grapefruit Paloma, Blueberry Cosmo, and

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 1.6.24

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Peaks and Pints New Beer in Stock 1.6.24 Here are a few of the new beers that arrived at Peaks & Pints this week. Stock up for the next three days of football. Cheers! BEAST AT THE DOOR, Anchorage Brewing: Hazy IPA brewed and dry hopped a supple base with a heavy dose of Superdelic, Nectaron, and Luminosa hops for notes of ripe melon, drippy mango, and bright citrus, 6.4%, 16oz FOGGY GOGGLES, Everybody’s Brewing: Hazy IPA with flavors of honeydew, orange sherbet, and peaches from Galaxy, Simcoe, Azacca, and Ella hops, 6.9%, 16oz GRAPEFRUIT IPA, Fremont Brewing: Brewed with

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Epic Stouts

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In 2009, Epic Brewing Company became Utah’s first brewery since prohibition to exclusively brew high-alcohol content beer. Having started an international aquaculture company in Utah in 1992, David Cole and Peter Erickson were no strangers to food and drink (and the art of making them well), so when they teamed up with acclaimed brewmaster and fellow beer geek Kevin Crompton to open epic Brewing in Salt Lake City, they saw rapid growth early in its existence. In 2013, Epic expanded its brewery operations into Colorado by opening a second brewery in the River North District of downtown Denver. The Denver

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Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Winter Warmers

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There’s a wonderful scene in the 2007 documentary American Brew where late British author Michael Jackson (a.k.a. the Beer Hunter) describes a perfect scenario for sipping a dark ale. He’s in a pub, holding a full pint of heavy ale. “This would be even better on a cold night,” he says, “just as the rain is hammering against your windowpanes, and you’re in a nice, comfortable leather chair, and your wife’s gone to bed, and you’ve a got a bit of peace. You can have a bit of beer and some quiet time.” That’s all fine and dandy, but winters

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