Oct. 17, 1989, the Pike Place Brewery, as it was then known, officially opened in the old Liberty Malt Supply space under the Pike Place Market on Western Avenue in downtown Seattle. At the time there were only three other craft brewers in Washington state and IPAs were hard to find on tap or in bottle. A lot transpired at the brewery since, including a name change to the Pike Brewing Company, but Charles and Rose Ann Finkel still proudly own the brewery and the history of beer museum that doubles as their restaurant and taproom. Tonight, Pike Brewing will
True love WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 2017: West Side Story paired with Rosetta Kriek When you think about it, West Side Story was the La La Land of 1961 — a musical love story that became a hugely popular Oscar contender. The adaptation by Robert Wise and original choreographer Jerome Robbins of the 1957 Broadway play that transposed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the gangs of modern-day New York was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning 10 (a record for a musical), including best picture. The Grand Cinema will screen the original 1961 musical drama at 1:45
There are few dishes we remember with such fondness as Poire belle Hélène we once enjoyed at a trendy restaurant in Paris. The pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup left a lasting impression. Imagine our surprise when we discovered its National Pear Hélène day. Sadly, Pear Hélène isn’t on Peaks and Pints daily special board, so we decided to create the flavors for our daily beer flight: Craft Crosscut 3.15.17: A Flight of Pear Hélène. Yeah, we know. Pears are popular in hard cider in what is called “Perry,” or pear-based cider,
TUESDAY, MARCH 14 2017: Tacoma events paired with craft beer … The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = 1941 love and 360 Red Jazzbones + The Copper Door = Tightwad Tuesday and Tasting Tuesday TUESDAY FILM SERIES Director Maggie Greenwald has adapted Augusta Trobaugh’s 2001 historical romance Sophie and the Rising Sun about a white woman (Julianne Nicholson) and a Japanese-American man (Takashi Yamaguchi) falling in love in a South Carolina fishing town prior to Pearl Harbor into a decorous feminist drama. The townsfolk prize propriety, believe in helping their neighbors and extend hospitality to a wounded stranger. Nice.
Bred at the Hop Research Center in Hüll in 1980 and released in 1993, Hallertauer Magnum has an impressive cosmopolitan lineage that includes American superalpha hop cultivar Galena. Magnum gardens can now be found in all German hop-growing regions as well as in France, Poland, and sparse plantings in the Pacific Northwest. With subtle aromas of black pepper, nutmeg and a touch of citrus, Magnum is valued for having a very clean aroma, and is thus a fairly versatile hop used as a bittering base. It is generally accepted for use in ales and lagers, and our Craft Beer Crosscut
DJ Hoyt spins at Peaks and Pints tonight. Bringing the people together. What a concept! We mean, riots bring people together, don’t they? And so do funerals, until the after-ceremony lunch is over and every member of your family competes to see who can ditch the bill the fastest. Hoyt Smith is an OG in bringing people together and making you get down, and tonight at Peaks and Pints he will be doing just that celebrating the 33rd anniversary of the MTV’s Top 20 Countdown with an 1990s rock explosion during our SudsPop music and beer
2 Towns Ciderhouse has released its spring seasonal, Cherried Away, a sour cherry and hibiscus hard cider. MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, MARCH 13 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom brewing on Mars news. … The Port of Kalama Commission approved the final lease agreement with McMenamins to build a new 40-room hotel, brewery and rooftop brewpub on Port property. Construction of the facility is expected to commence on the site within the next 60 days. You can hear the sighs from Tacomans.
In 2006, Chris Nemlowill and Jack Harris flew to Virginia Beach, Virginia to salvage an 8.5-barrel Saaz brewing system and drive it across the country to install it in their soon-to-open Fort George Brewery in Astoria, Oregon. While traveling with the equipment strapped to a flat bed, they met up with a tornado that nearly spread the brewery across a Nebraska cornfield. This became the inspiration behind the name Vortex IPA. Before the tornado, though, their U-Haul broke down in Rabun County in northeastern Georgia. The tow truck diver said, “You’re not from around here are you?” They replied, “No,
Fancy Pants Sunday: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Let’s say you’re at a dinner party on the edge of Gravelly Lake in Lakewood, Journal tucked under your arm, tamping your pipe with one hand, and sipping on a crisp Reuben’s Brew IPA with the other. You’ve been talking Russian politics with someone you consider your intellectual inferior and you’re wearing your fancy jeans — all in all, the night is going well. Suddenly, the hostess offers you some caramel apple bread pudding flown in from an obscure arrondissement of Paris. Crickey. What’s a craft beer drinker to do? Grab a
Lingering cool nights keeps Peaks and Pints focused on gut-warming beers, but with the arrival of daylight savings time, there are tempting perennial favorites and new craft beers to bait our palates away from winter’s bigger and bolder brews. Daylight saving time is a providential gift, and an hour of your time is a more-than-fair sacrifice to Helios. Grab a little spring with Craft Beer Crosscut 3.12.17: A Flight of Daylight Savings Time. Midnight Sun Snowshoe White 4.8% ABV, 12 IBU Modeled after a Belgian witbier, Midnight Sun’s annual specialty is designed to be an easy-drinking, quenching smooth sipper. It
Hell’s Belles will rock Jazzbones tonight. SATURDAY, MARCH 11 2017: South Sound events + craft beer Jazzbones + Peaks and Pints = Hell’s Belles and Voodoo Northwest Pro Wrestling + The Copper Door = Tough Love FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK Hell’s Belles has been around for a while now. Their all-female tribute to AC/DC is nothing new. There’s a good chance you’ve seen them, and there’s a good chance you’ve read about them before on this website. Peaks and Pints doesn’t care. It’s true, Hell’s Belles has been doing the same thing (albeit with lineup
It was the girl that drew King Kong out of the woods. It was craft beer. For the uninitiated, the new Kong: Skull Island is part of a so-called “shared universe” of movies. Just as the Marvel movies share a universe and the DC flicks operate in similar fashion, the new King Kong thriller likewise shares a MonsterVerse with 2014’s Godzilla and Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019 and Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020. Anyway, Skull Island is a period piece set in 1973, with a band of Apocalypse Now-esque adventurers arriving at Skull Island
Tom Jones scored the first of 16 No. 1 songs in the U.K. with “It’s Not Unusual” in 1965. The Jackson 5 signed with Motown Records in 1969. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the epic album Déjà vu and The 5th Dimension won Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards with the classic Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In in 1970. Tears for Fears released the single “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” in 1985. Queen Elizabeth II knighted Paul McCartney in 1997. Indeed, March 11 has seen some musical high notes including, we think, Craft Beer Crosscut 3.11.17: A Flight
The Rusty Cleavers hold their CD release party at Jazzbones tonight. Original photo by Kendra Design Photography, kendradesign.com FRIDAY, MARCH 10 2017: South Sound events paired with craft beer … Jazzbones + Peaks and Pints = Fist-pumping bluegrass and craft beer Immanuel Presbyterian Church + Powerhouse Restaurant and Brewery = Band of Lovers trio and Slamarillo THE RUSTY CLEAVERS Armed with husky harmonies, bluegrass instruments and a heaping dose of one-liners, moonshinegrass band The Rusty Cleavers rattled the empties at MountainHouse Productions in August 2016, laying down tracks for their upcoming album. Peaks and Pints had
Hops are a perennial vine with the scientific name Humulus lupulus, which means “small wolf,” a reference to its aggressive climbing nature and tendency to take over other nearby plants. There are more than 120 different hop varieties used today. To be a true fan, the appeal of hops has to be more than just bitterness. Hops offer a range of flavors and aromas that resemble herbs, pine, tropical fruits like grapefruit and tangerine and more. Citra hops, well, the name says it all. A relatively new hop on the scene (released in 2008 by Hop Breeding Company of Yakima),
THURSDAY, MARCH 9 2017: Beatles film + craft beer … THE FAB FOUR ON FILM In 1967, Richard Goldstein of the New York Times called the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “an album of special effects, dazzling but ultimately fraudulent.” He liked only the last song, “A Day in the Life,” but called it “a coda to an otherwise undistinguished collection of work.” Musicologist Scott Freiman lectures on this, “fake band, where the Beatles can pretend to be someone else … and try lots of different things” in the documentary Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at
MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 9 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the heroes. … Everybody’s Brewing announced its spring seasonal 22-ounce bottle will be a farmhouse ale brewed with pear juice, Get A Pear. The beer was fermented with a never before used Belgian Saison yeast strain from Imperial Organic Yeast, and used a grain bill that was made up of 25 percent flaked rice. Jarrlo and Centennial hops are featured, and near the very end of fermentation, organic pear juice was added to the tanks. Hellbent
Tacoma musician Kim Archer picked the Peaks and Pints’ beer flight for Thursday, March 9, 2017. When you feel the music, you feel the music. And Kim Archer and Ricky German are feeling the music. Again. Archer and German, talented musician and customer designer, respectively, will present Soul Revue II — The 70’s Edition, a reprise of their ’70s soul stage production, an audio and visual trip back in time when Marvin Gaye knew what was going on and Chaka Khan hung out with Rufus. Archer, German and McBride Cohen Management will fill the Pantages Theater
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 2017: Tacoma events paired with craft beer … Pacific Lutheran University + Peaks and Pints = Science! Tacoma Nature Center + The Defiant Goldfish = Dwarf mistletoe and Jack The Beer King’s Books + The Red Hot = Tortilla Flat + Fall Line Russian Imperial Stout SMART GUY FROM WASHINGTON Dr. James G. Anderson was born in Spokane. He earned his B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington and his PhD in Physics and Astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado. He joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1978 as the Robert P.
In ancient Europe, brewing was almost exclusively a woman’s role. The medieval times, however, brought about the frequency of brewing in monasteries to accommodate travelers, and as time passed, the number of female brewers dwindled, brewing in the home became rare, and commercial taverns became a predominantly male domain. Today, while women have since shed the label of “alewives,” they are continuing to infiltrate what has since become an XY-dominated scene by owning and running breweries. Women leading craft beer businesses certainly isn’t unusual. A 2014 Stanford survey of 2,500 breweries found that 21 percent had at least one woman
TUESDAY, MARCH 7 2017: Tacoma events + craft beer … The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Lampedusa and lupulin The Swiss Restaurant and Pub + The Copper Door = Name That Tune and Beer Flight LANDING The Grand Cinema’s Tuesday Film Series finds Fire at Sea about the European immigration crisis focuses on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, where thousands of people arrive each year from Africa and the Middle East en route to the continent. Director Gianfranco Rosi divides his narrative between a 12-year-old boy who lives on the island, enjoying a bucolic childhood of slingshots and
Quick, grab us a cell phone! We need to call someone. It doesn’t matter whom. It just doesn’t matter! We’re going to mash the keypad until some numbers come out and whomever picks up we’re going to scream with pleasure into the phone until they get to Peaks and Pints and try our beer flight of nuts. Our eyeballs are filling with flavor. Do your life a favor and buy this flight of these damn nut flavored craft. We don’t care what you’re doing; we close at 11 p.m. After that, all bets are off. Did you hear that? All
MONDAY, MARCH 6 2017: Tacoma events paired with craft beer … The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Sweet Bean and Polish’s Black Walnut Stout University of Puget Sound + Parkway Tavern = Crowdpleaser SISTER SWEET BEAN Tacoma’s annual Sister Cities Film Festival, which showcases films from several of Tacoma’s 12 sister cities, has found a new home — The Grand Cinema. At 6:30 p.m., the film festival launches its long run with Sweet Bean in honor of Kitakyushu, Tacoma’s sister city in Japan. It’s the story of a lonely Japanese baker who hires a 76-year-old woman to be
Tiny Horse Pilsner is named after the tiny model horses on Portland’s sidewalks tethered to old metal horse rings. MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, MARCH 6 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom skin printer. … Now in its ninth beery year, Seattle Beer Week will serve up hundreds of beery events May 4-17 (because a beer week should be longer than a regular week). In honor of the civic week of beer, organizers, once again, have selected an official craft beer to represent
Simcoe was introduced in 2000 by Yakima Chief Ranches as a proprietary hop varietal with strong bitter and aromatic qualities. Little has been released about its parentage, but it has been compared to Cascade. 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. We certainly enjoy it, and deem worthy of a beer flight. Craft Beer Crosscut 3.6.17: A Flight of Simcoe is on today. Alpine Duet IPA 7% ABV, 45 IBU
Fancy Pants Sunday: Chimay Fashion-wise, we keep things pretty casual here at Peaks and Pints: Brewery T-shirts and flannel, jeans, 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, and gather all your friends to do the same and indulge in fancy craft beer. This week’s Fancy Pants Sunday craft beer is Chimay, made by Trappist monks cloistered away in Scourmont Abbey in Belgium (where they also make tasty Chimay cheese) with the operation’s profits paying for the monks’ pious lifestyle and charitable efforts.
There’s nothing quite like a good porter; Peaks and Pints can recognize one almost by its aroma alone. These dark, often full-bodied beers have something of an attitude thanks to their caramel and chocolate tones. The origins of the style are traced to the 1700s, when it was a favorite beer of the porters who worked the shipyards in London. In the U.S., the porter style nearly vanished in the years following Prohibition, as light-bodied lagers appealed more to the masses. Homebrewers and small craft beer makers helped revive the style. Today, Peaks and Pints porters in the beer flight
In the world history of beer, pilsners are relatively recent. Around 1840, eons before marketers invented “drinkability,” Czech brewers in Bohemia created pilsner, a light beer that didn’t taste like spongewater. The primary source of the innovation was the use of bottom-fermenting yeasts, which yielded a livelier, more consistent beer than the traditional top-fermented brews. Today, the best pilsners are still found in continental Europe, partly because of demand and partly because it’s home to the style’s signature Saaz hop, Pilsen’s soft water and crackery, paler malt. German and Bavarian styles tend to emphasize bitterness and spicy hop flavor. But stateside,
Sky Cries Mary performs at Jazzbones tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook FRIDAY, MARCH 3 2017: South Sound events + craft beer … Jazzbones + Peaks and Pints = Silkifying The Valley + Edison City Alehouse = Mirrorgloss and Darkenfloxx SPACE IS THE PLACE As the Pacific Northwest slammed their shorts over long johns into each other, Sky Cries Mary sold out show after show with their alternative to the alternative — a danceable, fluid and often hypnotic brand of music. Sky Cries Mary started as a drama student Roderick’s project. With six musicians and vocalist Anisa
You’ve seen her. She wore the 7 Seas Brewing T-shirt as she brewery hopped Bend, Oregon. She’s the one who always had one eye on the Sounder’s game during her restaurant shifts, most of the time wearing a “Manager” nameplate. You’ve seen her at beer festivals. You’ve seen her at the Parkway’s Randall nights. You’ve seen her volunteer for this and that. Reunite youngsters with their campground spot. Hug someone in distress. Drink four No-Li Spin Cycles before her clothes completely spun dry. Thankfully, you have seen her at Peaks and Pints since the day we opened. Erin Miller, a
UPDATE: Tournament of Beers: Washington State IPAs seeding nomination voting is closed. we’ll announce the 64 nominated Washington state IPAs soon. Tournament begins April 7, 2017. In April 2017, Peaks and Pints will host the Tournament of Beer: Washington State IPAs. Chosen through the nomination process below, the top 64 vote getters — the cream of the hops — will compete Monday through Friday on our website, April 7-28. Through online voting, Washington state India Pale Ale drinkers will pick daily winners until the best IPA in Washington state is crowned. It’s just like March Madness, only with way more
Three Magnets Brewing Co.’s craft beers that salute Olympia’s notable indie music scene will be on full display at the Washington State History Museum tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook THURSDAY, MARCH 2 2017: South Sound events + craft beer … Washington State History Museum + Peaks and Pints = Tacoma and Olympia craft beer Olympia Film Society + Fish tale Brewpub = Cranky guy and happy guy MUSIC TO MY BEERS As you know exhibits “A Revolution You Can Dance To: Indie Music in the Northwest” and “Steins, Vines & Grinds: Washington’s Story of Beer, Wine,
Anxious to start a business venture in the growing craft beer industry, homebrewer Ken Thoburn didn’t have to look far for inspiration for his brand, Wingman Brewers. With a grandfather who painted various nose art designs on a variety of World War II airplanes, Thoburn fell in love with the 1930-40s-era vintage military theme. Combine that with an area that has a large saturation of active-duty and retired Air Force and military members and Tacoma’s Wingman Brewers was born. Head Brewer Thoburn, including Derrick Moyer and Daniel Heath, started Wingman Brewers in April 2011, brewing beer to sell to local
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 2017: South Sound events + craft beer … University of Puget Sound + Peaks and Pints = Hell Boys and Hellbent Washington State History Museum + The Red Hot = Washington state craft goodness VAMPIRES AT UPS The University of Puget Sound Associated Student Body continues its CHOP FEST! Horror Film Festival with a 9:30 p.m. screening of The Lost Boys in McIntyre Hall on campus. The film follows Michael and Sam Emerson (Jason Patric and Corey Haim), who move to the coastal town of Santa Clara, only for Michael to fall in with a local gang
We celebrate just about every special occasion (i.e. birthdays, really good weeks and sometimes really bad weeks) with cake. And while Tacoma dessert options are more than plentiful, we’ve somehow exhausted our local options (eating our way through Met Market’s whole cake menu in a few short months) and began thirsting for something new — something worth celebrating, which meant it needed to have craft beer. Happy National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! Seriously, it’s today. Skipping traditional desserts we’re celebrating with a beer flight that combines our love of nuts and craft beer. Love our Craft Beer Crosscut 3.1.17: A
Learn about Tacoma’s trolley disaster tonight. TUESDAY, FEB. 28 2017: Tacoma events + craft beer … St Mary’s Episcopal Church + Peaks and Pints = That Wednesday and Fat Tuesday The Grand Cinema + The Copper Door = Shorts weather TROLLEYS CAN SUCK Pierce County has been rockin’ the Fourth of July since 1841. It was a time for flag waving, potato salad and smiles, except in 1900. The patriotic Wednesday 116 years ago began with typical clouds and a light mist. But before the holiday was over, it would be remembered as anything but typical.
Today is Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, the culmination of the Mardi Gras celebratory period. For Roman Catholics and many other Christians, this is the last day to feast and enjoy a beer or two before 40 days of the fasting and prayer before Lent commences on Ash Wednesday. For many others, it’s just one heck of a party. Peaks and Pints is guessing many of you won’t be taking a 40 days respite from craft brew quaffing, but hey, might as well act like you are and enjoy Fat Tuesday a little. Here’s our Craft Beer
Sing Street screens at Galaxy Uptown Theatre tonight. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017: South Sound events + craft beer … The Spar + Peaks and Pints = Drinking for nature Galaxy Uptown Theatre + Parkway Tavern = Special night The Swiss Restaurant and Pub + Pint Defiance = Haze HUG A POLAR BEAR Today is International Polar Bear Day. If you believe us drop by Point Defiance Zoo and watch the polar bears party. Speaking of parties, Tacoma’s party animals Drinking For Conservation will be at The Spar in Old Town Tacoma from 5-10 p.m. raising money
MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, FEB. 27 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom beer ’stache. … Portland Cider toasts to four years with an all-day party at its new taproom and cidery in Clackamas Saturday, March 11. The party kicks off with a 5K Cider Run in partnership with Oregon Brewery Running Series at 11 a.m., and is family-friendly until 8 p.m. The afternoon and evening round out with live music, a special food menu and food truck, screen printing of commemorative shirts and cider releases, including Bourbonator, a bourbon barrel-aged
Coffee and beer. Two of the most popular vices in the world. Two of the most ancient beverages known to mankind. Though the pair aren’t commonly served together, something magical happens when coffee and beer become one. Light and dark merge. Morning and night lose all distinction. La La Land wins Best Picture, but, it didn’t. Suddenly, it’s totally cool to down a dark craft coffee beer at 11 a.m. on a workday, which is exactly what Peaks and Pints is doing today with Craft Beer Crosscut 2.27.17: A Flight of Black Coffee. Eel River Single Origin Mocha Stout 6%