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Instagram Stalker: Melvin 2×4 Day, crazy hats and awesome Deschutes brewers photo

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Happy Sunday! This week on Instagram Stalker, we are reminded that even though the Super Bowl sponsors try to claim this to be the biggest drinking holiday of the year, a good craft beer can make any occasion better. We saw a lot of violence during Melvin’s 2×4 Day, women posing with craft beers and whatever that Russian guy is wearing. Be sure to keep posting those craft beer nestled against cactus photos and be sure to tag @peaksandpints if you’d like a chance to be featured! Cheers! https://www.instagram.com/p/BPtqpIUgcVO/?taken-by=hopheadhunny https://www.instagram.com/p/BP5crDABJdA/?taken-by=breaksidebrews https://www.instagram.com/p/BP8FVc1jfhW/?taken-by=redhook https://www.instagram.com/p/BP8sVCpAxbM/?taken-by=melvinbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BP_kC_cjpjF/?taken-by=ninkasibrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BP_TnTKg3mY/?taken-by=culturebrewingco https://www.instagram.com/p/BQDwN49AaDH/?taken-by=hopworksbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BQEKBEQAClJ/?taken-by=foundersbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BQE7YMLg6xD/?taken-by=deschutesbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BQI1JJCghOD/?tagged=craftbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BQILz99F4VW/?taken-by=andunion https://www.instagram.com/p/BQJE1rOAdd3/?tagged=craftbeer

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Craft Beer Crosscut 2.5.17: A Flight For The Super Bowl

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An overly alcoholic, big beer will put a damper on your big Super Bowl experience; you need a lighter, easy-drinking beer that can keep you going from kickoff to the after-game celebration. But that’s where the trouble comes in: most people will grab a six-pack of a light beer from the big beer companies, thinking that only a light beer can sustain through the game. As Peaks and Pints has found in our craft beer brethren, it’s just no so. A low-alcohol beer doesn’t have to skimp on the essence of a craft beer, big flavor and big hops. Whether

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Uinta Brewing Golden Ale salutes national parks

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Peaks and Pints will host the Uinta Brewing’s Rotating Park Series Golden Ale No. 1: Yosemite release party at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. When national parks are mentioned what comes to mind? Mount Rainer, Olympic, or perhaps the Great Smokey Mountains? But what about Uinta? Yep, not a national park and not the noted national forest — Uinta Brewing Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah. We speak of the craft brewery founded in 1993 best known for the delicious pine and citrus forward Hop Nosh IPA. Uinta has introduced Golden Ale, a light bodied, slightly

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Craft Beer Crosscut 2.4.17: A Flight of Tacoma

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When you drink local, you drink fresh — but you also support the local economy. We’ll break it down for you: When you drink a Wingman Brewers’ craft beers you’re not only showing some love for a local business, you’re supporting a business that’s outsourcing their graphic design to a local artist. Everyone benefits. Our beer sample flight centers on local breweries. Please stop by and enjoy Craft Beer Crosscut 2.4.17: A Flight of Tacoma. 7 Seas Water Chopper Gose 4.8% ABV This dry, moderately sour, and extremely refreshing beer is made in the gose tradition at 7 Seas’ Tacoma

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Peaks and Pints New Beer Saturday: Super Bowl Sunday Edition

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Super Bowl Sunday is certainly a day about football. That much is for sure. But it’s almost as much about craft beer. While many will be doing their American duty and watching the game on Peaks and Pints’ 130-inch screen while enjoying our sandwiches, others will indulge in house parties. If you fall into the latter category, many new and restocked bottled and canned craft beers arrived at Peaks and Pints this week to pair with your friend’s bean dip. BALLAST POINT RED VELVET NITRO The deep red color comes from beets, which add a rich, earthy character that complements the

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Melvin 2X4 Day, Two Beers Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale and Cascade Brewing Sang Du Chene

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MORNING FOAM FOR SATURDAY, FEB. 4 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom Budweiser. … Melvin Brewing — Wyoming’s astonishingly talented brewer of hoppy ales — celebrates its multiple Great American Beer Festival-winning 2×4 IIPA today by shipping fresh kegs to certain bars in 30 states and three countries. 2×4 is of course the star of the show, but other beers which will make special appearances include Drunken Master IIPA, Asterisk IIPA, Citradamus IIPA, Carlton CDA, Pilsgnar Pilsner, Hubert, MPA Melvin IPA and rare kegs of the brewery’s much-lauded Lambda

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: Jim Basnight and the Moberlys and the Washington Hop Mob

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Jim Basnight and the Moberlys perform at The Valley tonight. FRIDAY, FEB. 3 2017: Tacoma concert paired with triple IPAs ROCK HISTORY Jim Basnight goes all the way back to the seminal Seattle Syndrome album from 1981 — a compilation of Seattle-based bands and artists released on vinyl and cassette by Engram records. He named his band after the director of the Seattle School District, David Moberly. Jim Basnight and the Moberlys have gone through breakups, reinventions, side-projects, re-releases, and reincarnations in the almost 40 years since they first hit the scene. According to Rev. Adam

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Tacoma jazz and blues

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Keith Henson Octet will perform at B Sharp Coffee House tonight. THURSDAY, FEB. 2 2017: Tacoma events paired with craft beer … B Sharp Coffee House + Peaks and Pints = Oscar and Oskar G. Donnalson’s + Silver City Brewery = romantic THE GREAT EIGHT The Keith Henson Octet will perform an extensive repertoire of jazz and American songbook standards at 8 p.m. in B Sharp Coffee House in downtown Tacoma. Led by Henson, expect five-horn arrangements from composers Shorty Rogers, Harry Warren, Mingus, Coltrane and others. PREFUNK: Why look, here comes one of Western Pennsylvania’s

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Gig Harbor Brewing Spice Winter Ale, Best of Craft Beer Awards and BC Cider Week

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MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY FEB. 2 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom love. … Gig Harbor Brewing Co. has been busy this winter. It just released its seasonal beer, Gig Harbor Spice Winter Ale. It’s also barrel-aging its beers, with a barrel-aged Imperial Stout currently on tap in its Tacoma taproom. Oregon dominated the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards, taking home more than twice as many medals as any other state. In a blind taste test with 88 certified beer judges, Oregon won 64 medals altogether, 18

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Ancestors In Training, comedy and Kim Bum Soo

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Kali and hi Ancestors In Training perform at The Valley tonight. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1 2017: South Sound events + craft beer … The Valley + Peaks and Pints = Family Tacoma Comedy Club + Parkway Tavern = Trickster Broadway Center + Pint Defiance = Silver and Soo SO STREET Kali Stoddard-Imari and his Ancestors In Training is a Boston-based band comprised of street musicians and open mic junkies with a passion for meeting new people and playing as much good music as possible. The body and soul moving music that emanates from the folk pop, rhythm

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Craft Beer Crosscut 2.1.17: A Flight of Entry Level Craft Beers

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There’s a paradigm shift in the beer world. After work on Friday, the average beer mom or dad is buying fewer six-packs of Miller at Safeway. Instead, they’ll cruise by places like Peaks and Pints for a quick pint, grab a 64-ounce growler to go, and then cruise home and rejoin the family for dinner. That said, there’s still a large portion of the population that doesn’t get craft beer. The most common deterrent is the illusion that all craft beers are hop bombs served by beer snobs. Oh contraire. For our daily beer sample flight friendly Peaks and Pints

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TUESDAY PREFUNK: Trappist craft beer before The Brand New Testament

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31 2017: And it was good … The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Heavenly CLEVER SPIRITUAL COMEDY Cheerily sacrilegious, the inventive comic fantasy The Brand New Testament by Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael is narrated by a 10-year-old girl in Brussels (Pili Groyne) who’s neglected by her drunken mother (Yolande Moreau) and beaten by her frustrated father (Benoît Poelvoorde). Imagining him as God and herself as Jesus’s kid sister, she vows revenge and hits the streets to recruit a homeless man as her Peter and various other lost souls as her disciples. Catch this wackiness at

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.31.17: A Flight of Chinook Hops

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Meet the American roughneck, Chinook. This hop is usually used for its bitterness but has lately gained popularity for the aromatics it imparts in many American craft beers across the style spectrum. The Chinook hop is a cross between the Petham Golding and USDA-selected male (#63012, if you want to be specific), and was first released from the breeding program in 1985. Primarily grown in the Yakima region of Washington state, this hop is primarily used for its high alpha acid content as a bittering hop. These days, however, late additions and even dry-hopping with Chinook is becoming more popular.

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MONDAY PREFUNK: Fantastic Beasts and blind beer tasting

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MONDAY, JAN. 30 2017: Blue Mouse Theatre + Peaks and Pints = Flight The Power MORE WIZARDS J.K. Rowling will always be aces in Peaks and Pints’ book. Got an entire generation interested in reading. Gave away so much of her money that she no longer qualifies as a billionaire. So yeah, she can milk the wizarding crap for the rest of her life as far as we’re concerned. Warner Bros. seems to agree, having allowed Rowling for the first time to adapt her own work in the form of Fantastic Beasts, a story that predates Harry Potter’s by some

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Olympia indie music craft beers, Washington Hop Mob and Barely Beer Barons

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Three Magnets teamed up with Diana Arens, former producer of the radio show Free Things Are Cool, program director at KAOS Olympia Community Radio, audio engineer at Dub Narcotic and Yoyo Studios, show organizer and Riot Grrrl band member who wanted to create “a strong beer for strong women.” The result is Free Things Are Cool Stock Ale, an 8.3% English strong ale. MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, JAN. 30 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom beard bib. … Olympia’s Three Magnets Brewing Co. collaborated

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.30.17: A Flight of Desert Island

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Peaks and Pints has a proclivity toward lists and the ranking of favorites. High Fidelity inspires desert island-record discussions. March Madness is a drug. And when we were just Hills and Schooners, we’d sit cross-legged in the living room, surrounded by sorted mounds of Halloween candy and conduct elaborate trades and negotiations based on our arbitrarily prized possessions. The point being: we’re no different today. Building a desert island list is a delicate task. With records, you need to take into account all the different styles, eras, and at least one sentimental favorite. You probably want some reggae in there, being

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Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker: bird beers, beautiful Propolis and Strange Brew

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Happy Sunday! Whew what a week, how did it go for you Peaks and Pints Pals? Judging by our bottle shop, taproom and eatery it looks as if everyone is finally getting over the flu. January is winding down and February is right around the corner. We stalked Instagram all week, running into some cool posts. Be sure to keep posting those craft beer buried in snow photos and be sure to tag @peaksandpints if you’d like a chance to be featured! Cheers! https://www.instagram.com/p/BPqwv7jh8_6/?taken-by=cascadebrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BPvoI-oh335/?taken-by=twobeersbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BPsr9PQDlsS/?taken-by=mikehessbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BPs9_sRBhEc/?taken-by=odellbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BPycWxqgW3p/?taken-by=draftmag https://www.instagram.com/p/BPyGpFZAwET/?taken-by=filip.adam https://www.instagram.com/p/BPyGO2cg9Gs/?taken-by=halflionbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BP0SmV3AiGQ/?taken-by=bendbrewingco https://www.instagram.com/p/BP073jzAayk/?tagged=strangebrew https://www.instagram.com/p/BPyvd6Wl8wi/?tagged=strangebrew https://www.instagram.com/p/BPy1Wj9gTYQ/?tagged=strangebrew https://www.instagram.com/p/BP3J4WTBSJe/?taken-by=propolisbrewing

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SUNDAY PREFUNK: Acrobats and oranges in Tacoma

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Regional bragging rights. Office betting pools. Weekend afternoon boredom. These are all worthwhile reasons to be a sports fan. But for Peaks and Pints’ money, the best defense of sports’ spectators has to be the vicarious thrill that we get from seeing athletes do all the cool stuff we can’t do. So unless you already know how to dance atop a stack of chairs or juggle jars, desks, ladders, and bamboo with your feet, you’ll want to check out The Peking Acrobats in the Pantages Theater at 3 p.m. Unless you’re completely dead on the inside, there should still be

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.29.17: A Flight of Dogfish Head

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Sam Calagione started making beer in 1995 when he opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in the beach community of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It was the smallest commercial brewery in America at that time. Within a few successful years, the company activated a major expansion, switching from making very small, homebrew-style batches to industrial-sized sessions in a sizeable brew house. Dogfish Head expanded and moved to a 100,000 square foot facility in nearby Milton, DE in 2002. They’re one of the largest craft brewers in America but yet there may be no brewery today that exhibits such a dedication to

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SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Cody Ray and the New Favorites and Fools Play Improv

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SATURDAY, JAN. 28 2017: Tacoma events + craft beer … Doyle’s Public House + Peaks and Pints = Cody Ray and the New Favorites and the Chicocabra Tacoma Little Theatre and The Eleven Eleven = Wild Tacoma GUITAR DRIVEN In May 2014, Cody Ray Raymond and Jesse Turcotte formed Cody Ray and the New Favorites, each adding exceptional guitar skills, experience and huge hearts to the neo-soul/R&B funk-rock fusion group. Catch the guitar-driven, power-trio soul and blues explosion in Doyle’s Public House at 10 p.m. PREFUNK: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Beer Camp is the ultimate brewing experience. The Chico, California

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.28.17: A Flight of East Coast

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Our beer flight heads east for Craft Beer Crosscut 1.28.17: A Flight of East Coast. Founded in 1997, Brewery Ommegang has been bringing Belgium to America with resounding applause. Designed with a traditional Belgian farmhouse in mind and built over a former hop farm in Cooperstown, New York, all of Ommegang’s beers are brewed with traditional Belgian ales in mind, courtesy of Belgian beer exert Don Feinberg. The company has since been acquired by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat (that’s right, Duvel’s founders), and has flourished over the past few years. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory Brewing

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: Tacoma breweries live music

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  FRIDAY, JAN. 27 2017: Tacoma music + craft beer … Dystopian State + Wingman Brewers + Peaks and Pints = Gigantic Sometimes you just need to bang your head. At least we do, and tonight’s head-banging option will satiate any and all neck-injuring, hair-thrashing needs you may have. Get ready for some hair metal rippers as Scorpions tribute band Dark Lady rock you like a hurricane in Dystopian State Brewing Co.’s taproom at 8 p.m. Also of note: Colin Scott Reynolds (frontman for alt-country stylists the Silver Dollars, drummer for both slippery math-rock act Etchings and crunchy alt-rockers Watermelon

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.27.17: A Flight of Chocolate Beer

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After being relentlessly hounded by a spamming cake marketer — which conjured up horrific mental imagery of frosting — we are capitulating. We will inform you that today, Friday, is National Chocolate Cake Day. In the spirit of National Chocolate Cake Day – which has yet to be declared an official holiday – we’re playing to your craft beer. Luckily for us craft beer lovers, there are many delicious and unique chocolate beers being crafted by U.S. breweries — just in time for this national day. We present Craft Beer Crosscut 1.27.17: A Flight of Chocolate Beer, our beer flight

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Harland Williams, Rachel Corrie stage play and more

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26 2017: South Sound events + craft beer and cider … Tacoma Comedy Club + Peaks and Pints = Tasting beer Broadway Center + Rainier Growlers = Walking Harlequin Production + Fish Tale Brewpub = Corrie & Chocolate & Cherry STAND UP COMEDY Probably best known as the cop in Dumb & Dumber who tastes a “beer” that more than smells like piss, Canadian actor-comedian Harland Williams has been doing some of the quirkiest stand-up around for years. His observational humor comes wrapped in a conventional appearance and stable, intelligent persona that can go off the deep end

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Portland Farmhouse Weekend, Anthrax Wardance beer and Oreo beer

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Wonderfilled MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, JAN. 26 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom show trick. … April 2, Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival and the inaugural Farmhouse Weekend will celebrate the rustic, working-class, yeast-driven beers that originated in France and Belgium but have had a new renaissance in the United States. The Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme is back in bottles. Last bottled in 2013, the quad — brewed with raisins, and aged with Brettanomyces in bourbon, brandy and red wine

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.26.16: A flight of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company was founded in 1980, and is credited with starting the craft beer movement. We present Craft Beer Crosscut 1.26.16: A flight of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., two days before the release of the Sierra Nevada Chicocabra Imperial Chocolate Stout. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 5.6% ABV, 38 IBUs Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale has been the beer drinker’s gateway craft brew for more than three decades. Peaks and Pints doesn’t know how many times we’ve heard someone tell us that, for some reason, they ordered a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale at a bar instead of a Bud or

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before highbrow beer, The Dude and graffiti money

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25 2017: South Sound events + craft beer … Washington State History Museum + Peaks and Pints = Then and Now Olympia Film Society + Northwest Beerwerks = Voodoo and White Russians King’s Books + The Red Hot = Presidents and pFriems HIGHBROW BREW Washington State History Museum newest exhibit, Steins, Vines & Grinds, explores the culture and industry-related stories of three libations that continue to be wildly popular in the Evergreen State — beer, wine and coffee. The exhibit follows a general timeline through movements in the industries, beginning in pre-statehood then follows an arc of early

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.25.17: A Flight of Coffee Beer

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File Under: things that get you buzzed. Like many folks, you might be a slave to chemical rituals. Caffeine in the morning, and booze at night. In the name of efficiency, Peaks and Pints recommends combining the two at every opportunity. The pairing of roasted barley with roasted coffee is so natural; it’s almost surprising these stouts and porters didn’t catch on sooner. But coffee beers didn’t really start to percolate until the mid-90s, and even now they are far from a staple even among craft breweries. But almost no one argues with the inspiration — porters and stouts tend

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Go nuts for porters and stouts on National Peanut Butter Day

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Peaks and Pints use to love Tuesdays. Sandwiched between the protracted psychotic episode of Monday and the soul-crushing tedium of Wednesday, Tuesday is a peanut-buttery buffer of soothingly mediocre experiences. Productivity is high, outlook positive and acid reflux pleasantly fruity. Well, not anymore. In some belated — and misguided — response to Thursday being the new Friday, Tuesday has become the new Wednesday … or Monday … or both. Want to schedule a 6 a.m. breakfast meeting? How’s Tuesday look for you? Family emergencies? Bad hair? Exhausting games of one-upmanship with the office alpha male? Ah, Tuesday, we see you

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.24.17: A flight of tropical paradise

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Remember when you knew how to relax? It was probably before you had an iPhone, before you had kids, before you had a job that demanded 70 hours a week — plus weekends. Relaxation, we’re afraid, is a dying art (especially this time of year). That’s why we offer a five craft beer flight of tropical chill today. So pawn the kids off on Grandma, put your phone down, and get ready to swallow one seriously giant chill pill. Step one: Deep breath, South Sound. Step two: Grab today’s Craft Beer Crosscut sample flight of tropical-themed brews intended to give you

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Celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day with the pioneers

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Celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day at Peaks and Pints in Tacoma. Yes, it’s 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

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MONDAY PREFUNK: Shoegaze, big band jazz and craft beer

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Season of Strangers performs at The Valley tonight. MONDAY, JAN. 23 2017: South Sound events + craft beer … The Valley + Peaks and Pints = 1980s and 1990s Rhythm & Rye + Pig Bar = Legit SHOEGAZE SEASON Tacoma musician Lino Fernandez has been rocking the South Sound in way or another, from garage rock band the Dignitaries to pop band Bandolier to the all-Filipino Hall and Oates cover band the Little Donuts. Fernandez’ new band, Season of Strangers, is a pretty substantial departure from his other projects. With Mandy McGee, the two singers drench

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Eating IPAs, Serious Scrump and Bourbon Chaos

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My name is Scrump, pronounced with a “ump”. MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, JAN. 23 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom spins. … The rise of the incredible, edible IPA: From tacos to milkshakes, food flavors are being cooked into an unlikely beer style: the India pale ale. With a few days left in January Fish Brewing Company has released their planned releases for Spring 2017. 2 Towns Ciderhouse out of Corvallis, Oregon has released their latest imperial seasonal cider Serious Scrump in

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.23.17: A flight of Scotch ales

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Scottish style beers can be a malt lover’s dream beer, with its smooth sweetness and body. The epitome of malty, scotch ales are boiled twice as long as ordinary beer, caramelizing the sugars to build these deep flavors of maple and molasses. Recipes may include peat-smoked malt, which can lend smoky, earthy tones to the aroma and flavor. Scottish ales commonly fall into four general types: Light, Heavy, Export and the Scotch Ale. Historically these distinctions carried labels of the shilling currency, which reflected the price charged per barrel of beer in the 19th century. For example, 60 shilling was

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Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker: hop beards, black latex beer and lumber sexual

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Whether you’ve been on Instagram since its beginnings in 2010 or you’re an Instagram neophyte, you know keeping up on important photos can be overwhelming. If you follow everything and everyone you find interesting, you can end up with hundreds and hundreds of Instagram posts showing up in your feed on a daily basis. Don’t despair. Peaks and Pints shares important and pointless IG posts from craft breweries’ IG accounts every Sunday so you may catch up on horses that pose with beers and the latest action along the production line. This week, beer syrup, hop beards, black latex beer

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.22.17: A flight of lagers and ales

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It’s a wickedly simple concept. Gather ye together five craft beers, pour 5-ounce samples of each and drink and self-deprecate and laugh easily and look at the chap next to you and chat up the crazy mixture of styles. But, you know, in a good way. Today’s Peaks and Pints Craft Beer Crosscut sample flight is a hodgepodge of goodness. Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider Und Sohn Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock 12% ABV, 15 IBUs Eisbock is a traditional German beer that is made by freezing off and removing water to further concentrate flavor, body and alcohol content. In other words, eisbocks

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Craft Beer Crosscut: A flight of Unibroue

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For single-minded devotion to quality, purity and tradition, the Trappist monks of Belgium are hard to match, especially when it comes to ale. It doesn’t take much imagination to get carried away picturing them at their work. Seated at their rough-hewn tables, clothed in their coarse robes, they spend hours in the serenity of silent prayer and study. Then the word goes out it’s time to brew the beer and like so many elves, off they go to perform their sacred chores. Unibroue founders André Dion and Serge Racine took beer brewing techniques used by said monks and brought them

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: MarchFourth, Leonard Cohen and craft beer

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20 2017: South Sound events + craft beer … Broadway Center + Peaks and Pints = Oregon craziness Olympia Film Society + Three Magnets Brewing Co. = Olympia craziness MARCHING TO A DIFFERENT DRUM Will saxophone-playing stilt-walkers ever get old? Even over a decade later, no one throws a party like a punk-rock marching band. Portland-based MarchFourth is a big band spectacular, consisting of a brassy assemblage of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, and a raucous drum/percussion corps anchored by a wireless electric bass. The group is also accompanied by world-class stilt-walkers, executing acrobatics and spinning fire six feet up.

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Seattle Belgianfest beers, Graveyard of the Pacific collaboration and brewmaster vs head brewer

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MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom thank you! … Washington Beer Commission’s 8th Annual Belgianfest takes place at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion Saturday, Jan. 28. There are two separate sessions: afternoon and evening. The event will feature 42 Washington Breweries pouring more than 110 unique, innovative and delicious Belgian-style, Washington-brewed beers. Check out the 2017 Belgianfest beer list here. North Jetty Brewing and Heathen Brewing collaborated to produce an imperial red ale that captures the relentless spirit of the Washington coast. Graveyard of the Pacific is

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Craft Beer Crosscut 1.20.17: A flight of Oregon

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In 2015, Oregon’s breweries crafted 1,700,000 barrels of beer. (A barrel is 248 pints.) Beer contributed $4.49 billion to the state’s economy and employs roughly 31,000 Oregonians directly and indirectly, from the guy who drives that beer truck all over Portland, to the woman working her family hop farm in the Willamette Valley, to the dude mushing thirsty peddlers around Bend on the Cycle Pub. But perhaps the snazziest stat is that of all the beer sold in state, 22 percent was made within its borders. In that same year, Oregon’s craft brewers sold 1.048 million barrels outside of Oregon,

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Lots of craft beer events tonight

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THURSDAY JAN. 19 2017: Drink up South Sound … YEE-HAW Cowboy literature isn’t exactly an oxymoron, although it is a rare breed. Its authors publish books of vernacular verse, but are part of a living oral tradition that sticks close to its working-class roots. Tacoma Art Museum hosts a Western Reading Club at 7 p.m. Join fellow enthusiasts of the American West in roundtable discussions and hear from guest facilitators. PREFUNK: Peaks and Pints feels fortunate every time we tap a Holy Mountain Brewing Co. craft beer. These days, the demand for all things Holy Mountain is so high that

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Craft Cider Crosscut 1.19.17: A flight of ciders

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Everyone loves a sampler platter. Buffalo wings, chicken tenders, eggrolls, potato skins — who wants to choose? Decisions can be tough, sometimes too tough to make. Especially when it comes to cider. There are just too many ciders out there — black and white, dry to sweet, apple to pear. Fortunately, the Peaks and Pints Craft Cider Crosscut 1.19.17 flight is all about cider. Seattle Cider Company Dry Cider 6.5% ABV Seattle Cider Company, the city’s first post-Prohibition cider producer, delivers delicious artisan products. With zero percent residual sugar, its Dry is a very dry cider in a classical style.

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Backcountry Film Festival, Comedy Open Mic and craft beer

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We’ll miss you Mr. Kevin Lind! WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 2017: South Sound events + craft beer … Tacoma Mountaineers + Peaks and Pints = Power To The People Tacoma Comedy Club + Pint Defiance = Laughs and Sticky Hands DANCING WITH SNOW Nothing really brings that dying-for-the-first-big-snowfall ache more than being reminded of the adrenaline rush and the awe-inspiring beauty of a winter playground landscape. The Backcountry Film Festival makes a stop in Tacoma tonight and is guaranteed to serve as that reminder. The Tacoma Mountaineers will screen the films at 7 p.m. It’s open to

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7,190 permitted U.S. breweries, New Belgium Whizbang and Mexican craft breweries

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MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom man on the street. … For the third straight year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued more than 1,000 new brewery permits, bringing the total number of permitted U.S. breweries to a record high of 7,190 in 2016. New Belgium Brewing’s new spring seasonal Whizbang, is a hoppy blonde ale with vibrant notes of mango, lemon, blueberry, and pine thanks to Mosaic, UK Admiral and Centennial dry-hopping. Celebrated by craft beer fanatics as

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