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Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker Holiday Edition

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There have been lots of posted photos to comb through these past two weeks. Santa drank beer. Sweaters were worn. Beards were decorated. You’ll find all that (plus silliness) right here in the holiday edition of Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker. 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/BN-FuqugcKN/?taken-by=soundbrewery https://www.instagram.com/p/BN9518EhJGR/?taken-by=rogueales https://www.instagram.com/p/BN-PW9VAnaF/?taken-by=allagashbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOBgdC1Bd-0/?taken-by=fairhaven_stonesthrowbrewery https://www.instagram.com/p/BOBysTal_5s/?taken-by=theredhot https://www.instagram.com/p/BOBu3qBBRNj/?taken-by=b.i.g.beerd https://www.instagram.com/p/BODmVK-B5z2/?taken-by=twobeersbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOD5vT3B6oq/?taken-by=machinehouse https://www.instagram.com/p/BOC_FQiB49L/?taken-by=hopvalleybrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOGPGuKjj-J/?taken-by=wanderbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOGui4kh8xE/?taken-by=propolisbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOGuLzkAFds/?taken-by=ehfungi https://www.instagram.com/p/BOFkzw5gDAq/?taken-by=allagashbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BODYVpTBoju/?taken-by=baerlicbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOBEu3rBSYl/?taken-by=oddotterbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOJYL4TDYap/?taken-by=enginehouseno9 https://www.instagram.com/p/BN8DMU6ghPn/?taken-by=toprungbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOJM4dvhp_L/?taken-by=narrowsbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BONzdxFgWC4/?taken-by=greenflashbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BOQreRhACUo/?taken-by=triceratopsbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOQkViTBZez/?taken-by=stonebrewingco https://www.instagram.com/p/BOQjK_LFu7r/?taken-by=worthybrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOQitWaBavU/?taken-by=twobeersbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOSomoAjLne/?taken-by=thebeeroness https://www.instagram.com/p/BOPuwQBg3sr/?taken-by=filip.adam https://www.instagram.com/p/BOOWx9HjxFa/?taken-by=craft_not_crap https://www.instagram.com/p/BOQvhaoDGGY/?taken-by=ninkasibrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOStY2ZBZ_5/?taken-by=harmonbrewingco https://www.instagram.com/p/BOZ9IUCgP5R/?taken-by=lalo1981_ https://www.instagram.com/p/BOaVuJTBR27/?taken-by=wetcoastbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOXspXlD4Ok/?taken-by=dicksbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BOckN2-joQ6/?taken-by=mikehessbrewing

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before burlesque Christmas carols and punk rock

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It’s beginning to look a lot like … burlesque caroling tonight. FRIDAY, DEC. 23 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Gritty City Sirens + Peaks and Pints = Christmas carols The Valley + Zog’s = Hefe Reign and punk reign CHRISTMAS CAROLS When we think about Christmas, we think burlesque. There’s something about sultry, fishnets and pasties that send joy to our hearts. Apparently, we are not alone. Tacoma’s burlesque troupe Gritty City Sirens celebrate their 6-year anniversary with a Christmas Caroling Pub Crawl in Tacoma tonight. The buxom crew of ladies will be

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Pike Brewing Chocofest, Black Raven Redfeather SIPA and Dogfish Head Vanilla World Wide Stout

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We heart Pike Chocofest! MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 23 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom sing-along. Pike Brewing has picked a date for its annual Chocofest — Sunday, Feb. 12. The downtown Seattle brewery celebrates Valentine’s Day with unlimited food bites from premiere local restaurants and talented chocolatiers, alongside delicious sips from local brewers, wineries and distillers. There’s even a cask beer section, with unique cask beers available for just that one night. Black Raven Brewing out of Redmond, Washington, releases its Redfeather

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Barleywine Revue, jazz jam and Jackie Kennedy

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Barleywine Revue performs at Peaks and Pints tonight. THURSDAY, DEC. 22 2016: South Sound events + craft beer Barleywine Revue + Peaks and Pints = bluegrass and barleywine B Sharp Coffee House + Boathouse 19 = snapbacks and sweaters The Grand Cinema + Harmon Tap Room = the days before and the days after BLUEGRASS AND BARLEYWINE Doggie Claws! Reindeer Tears! Wait: What’s that? Is Great-Aunt Betsy drunkenly shouting holiday memories at Sunday dinner again? No, no — those are just names of two excellent barley wines. (Although, if Aunt Betsy wants to get tanked at

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Miracle on 34th Street, Model Train Festival and Polar Plaza

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Christmas tale and Christmas Ale Washington State History Museum + The Red Hot = going small and going big Polar Plaza + Two Town Pub and Cafe = Jump sequence and Jubelale Fantasy Lights + Delia’s Oakland Lounge = drive-thru and Dick’s brew Tacoma Musical Playhouse + Rainier Growlers = Charlie Brown and Eric Akeson THE REAL THING You have the tree picked out, every box of yard decorations categorized, and the yuletide music at full blast. Now all you need

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Boundary Bay Brewery Bootlegger Barrel Series, Shmaltz Pastrami Pilsner and beer bongs

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MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom Griswold. … Boundary Bay Brewery releases its Bootlegger Barrel Series beers today. The series includes six beers, ranging from a bourbon barrel oatmeal stout to a cherry sour beer brewed with local heirloom cherries. Jester King Brewery has a hand in Fair Isle Brewing, which has plans to open a Seattle location in early 2018. Left Hand Brewing’s 2017 line-up introduces a variety of seasonals and limited releases including a new saison line, small-batch can releases, and

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TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Beatles White Album and Christmas Revels

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = John Lennon and John O’Gara Christmas Revels + The Copper Door = European influence THE WHITE ALBUM Composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the Abbey Road Studio with the Fab Four as they create their best-selling album, The Beatles (commonly referred to as The White Album). Released in 1968, the 30 songs — which include “Revolution,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Blackbird” — pack elements of hard rock, country, chamber music, avant-garde and recording tricks George

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MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Creative Colloquy Volume Three and holiday lights

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Pile into the car and tour Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park tonight. MONDAY, DEC. 19 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Creative Colloquy + Peaks and Pints = Good story Zoolights + Fantasy Lights + Harmon Tap Room = Christmas NIGHT OF STORYTELLING Do you like big finales? Do you enjoy literary shenanigans? Well, get your butt to B Sharp Coffee House at 7 p.m. as the monthly Creative Colloquy storytelling session takes it to the next level with Creative Colloquy Volume Three book launch and reading extravaganza. Volume Three is the cumulative efforts

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SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Strangely Alright and holiday shopping

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It’s going to be Strangely Alright at The Swiss tonight. Original photo by Sean Van Dommelen SATURDAY, DEC. 17 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Swiss + Peaks and Pints = Alright! Rhythm & Rye + Top Rung Brewing Co. = original holiday ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT Strangely Alright is more than all right — the band is awesome. Its music is fun, timeless and real. Fronted by longtime Tacoma musician Regan Lane (Baby Knockors, Strypes, Groovy Times in Babylon, BrokenNess), take the Beatles and Super Furry Animals sprinkled it with some Bowie, Traveling

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Gremlins, Busta Rhymes and Handel’s Messiah

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Blue Mouse Theatre + Peaks and Pints = Mogwai and Huyghe Tacoma Dome + Silver City Brewery = Time Traveller Symphony Tacoma + Edison City Alehouse = halllll-lelujah FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS Were this a saner world, Phoebe Cates’ grisly monologue about why she hates Christmas in Gremlins would be just as cherished as the explanation of why bells ring at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life. Those of us who like holiday movies to resemble our holiday moods would then be encouraged to head off to The

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Art Bus, Star Wars and holiday jazz

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Tacoma Art Bus + Peaks and Pints = holiday gifts Rogue One: A Star Wars Story + Rainier Growlers = Light and Dark Side Rhythm & Rye + Fish Tale Brewpub = hint of vanilla HOLIDAY ART BUS The iconic Tacoma Art Bus tour, hosted by Duchess of Downtown Tours, is a guided tour that runs on the third Thursday of the month. The evening tour visits various art exhibits throughout Tacoma, and celebrity tour guides, games, prizes, swag and good eats are signatures of the trip. Launching from

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Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter release, best beers in America and Shortest Day CDA Bash

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Find Two Beers Brewing Co.’s Overhang Imperial Porter. MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom Chuck E. Cheese Challenge. … Two Beers Brewing Co. has released its 2016 Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter in 22-ounce wax-dipped bottles. Overhang is a uniquely boozy beer perfect for the season, aged in bourbon barrels for six months with cocoa, cinnamon and a touch of cloves. The result is a roasted caramel and molasses nose with a rich brown head. Men’s Journal, a monthly

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Big Band Christmas, live music and Ripley

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In the Capitol Theater everyone can hear you scream. WEDNESDAY, DEC 14 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Tacoma Community College + Peaks and Pints = Taste from the past The Valley + Pint Defiance = sweaters and live music Olympia Film Society + Pints & Quarts = Ripley and dunkelweizens BIG BAND CHRISTMAS If all you want for Christmas is a beautiful, live concert, the Groovin’ Higher Orchestra is the answer and they’d prefer not to be wrapped. Rich Wetzel’s Groovin’ Higher Orchestra is a who’s who of big band musicians in the

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TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before science and seeds

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Swiss + Peaks and Pints = Think & Drink The Grand Cinema + Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. = Seed and seasonal THINK & DRINK Whether it’s credentialed neuroscientists delivering a solid 25 minutes on the mysteries of the brain or a lecture on difference between a regular robot and a killer robot, Grit City Think & Drink brings scientists and scholars face-to-face with the general public in the comfortable, lively atmosphere at 6:30 p.m. in The Swiss Restaurant and Pub. The evening begins with a 25-minute presentation

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MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before White Christmas and live band sing-alongs

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The Grand Cinema will screen White Christmas tonight, offering movie-goers a chance to sing-along with the film. MONDAY, DEC. 13 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Holiday movie and cocoa Jazzbones + Parkway Tavern = Wreck The Halls COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS You know you’re already humming “White Christmas” in your head. If you aren’t, we are. The Grand Cinema screens the classical musical film White Christmas at 6:30 p.m. But beyond simply watching, you will be immersed in the total “The-Best-Things-Happen-When-You’re-Dancing” experience — you will have

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Best Cascadian Dark Ales and Santacon

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As we approach the shortest days of the year, Full Sail Brewing helps us get through with its new Shortest Day Cascadian Dark Ale. MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, DEC. 12 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom 10,000 Santas. … The Black IPA (BIPA) goes by many names: American Black Ale, India Black Ale, and Cascadian Dark Ale (when most of the hops are American-grown Cascades). Hops are at the forefront, but the style can also have a modest malt signature because of the amount

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Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker: sand snowman, winterface and cats staring at Batman pints

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It’s beginning to look a lot like craft beer! But really, this week’s edition of Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker is, once again, quite festive. Actually, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with all the snow and snowman sand shots. Be sure to keep posting those photos of you balancing on kegs and be sure to tag @peaksandpints if you’d like a chance to be featured! Cheers! https://www.instagram.com/p/BNrkZSXDaMH/?taken-by=ninkasibrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNqK1MyAgiH/?taken-by=filip.adam https://www.instagram.com/p/BNutbvbjwdC/?taken-by=flatstickpub https://www.instagram.com/p/BNvH3zdhXRt/?taken-by=nwcider https://www.instagram.com/p/BN0Krdih9BX/?taken-by=peaksandpints https://www.instagram.com/p/BNvCP4CAb3t/?taken-by=pfriembeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BNw_I1hhFJF/?taken-by=rogueales https://www.instagram.com/p/BNxJE1sBHbd/?taken-by=oddotterbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNxdqytAQgB/?taken-by=hopworksbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BNztHsbhMqa/?taken-by=twobeersbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNzgjixjuwM/?taken-by=thebeeroness https://www.instagram.com/p/BNz3znnAD9K/?taken-by=cruciblebrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BN0Eia8AB6V/?taken-by=nolibrewhouse https://www.instagram.com/p/BNz3r3CDYtd/?taken-by=dicksbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BN26xBDhauN/?taken-by=harmonbrewingco https://www.instagram.com/p/BN3OnJ6gZHt/?taken-by=doylespub https://www.instagram.com/p/BN2R1zTBcGV/?taken-by=publiccoastbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BN3kl4dh4oQ/?taken-by=99bottlesbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BN5bZ0QBPZl/?tagged=craftbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BN5aDGlD-4m/?tagged=craftbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BN5Y1uDgbm5/?tagged=craftbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BN5YIpohmxW/?tagged=craftbeer  

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Peaks and Pints: A Barleywine Carol

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Expect Barleywine flights during A Barleywine Carol Thursday, Dec. 22 at Peaks and Pints in Tacoma. A mean-spirited, miserly old man named Shaw Moore sits in his fire-suppression business on a frigid Dec. 22 night. His clerk is bored to tears because Moore refuses to spend money on music. Moore’s nephew, Scruggs, pays his uncle a visit and invites him to A Barleywine Carol at Peaks and Pints in Tacoma. Two portly gentlemen also drop by and to offer Moore a 10 Squared Barleywine from Fish Brewing Company. Moore reacts to the holiday visitors with bitterness

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Silver City Brewery announces 2017 beers

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Team Silver City Brewery, from left, Scott Houmes, Kat Goodsell, Daniel Frantz, Jordan Marsh and Kurt Larsen drinking at Peaks and Pints in Tacoma. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner Bremerton’s oldest craft brewery turned 20 this past fall, with the energy of a human the same age. Peaks and Pints is still crunching the numbers but we swear Silver City Brewery released a new craft beer, or resurrected vintage throwback recipes, every three days since January 2016. Makes sense, the busy brewery added a 20th Anniversary series with its MacFarlane’s Scotch Ale hitting the taps Jan. 8,

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Northeast-style IPA invasion, 2017 craft beer releases and vegetables paired with beer

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Founders Brewing, which will hit the Washington state market in January, announced a new barrel-aged series for 2017. MORNING FOAM FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 20 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom recipe. … The Motley Fool has a breakdown on how the stock market treated the big boys in the beer world in 2016. Craft Brew Alliance — owners of Redhook Ale, Widmer Brothers and Kona Brewing, among others — had a bullish year with stocks increasing 86%. Meanwhile, A-B InBev, despite the merger with

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Baby Gramps, Hillstomp and Kris Kringle

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Baby Gramps will perform at The Valley tonight. FRIDAY, DEC. 9 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Valley + Peaks and Pints = Extra Special Rhythm & Rye + The Eastside Club Tavern = The Highest and Lowest Pair Tacoma Little Theatre + Rainier Growlers = Mother of Precociousness and All Storms SEATTLE LEGEND Baby Gramps is a complete enigma. Who is this man behind a wide brimmed hat and long gray beard? He looks just as comfortable busking next to the University of Washington in 1964 as he did performing on David

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer and cider before Romeo and Juliet, nature film, comedy and Christmas market

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Andy Woodhull performs at the Tacoma Comedy Club tonight. THURSDAY, DEC. 8 2016: South Sound events + craft beer and cider … Pacific Lutheran University + Peaks and Pints = Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night Olympia Film Society + Fish Brewing Company = Old Woody then woodpecker Tacoma Comedy Club + Rainier Growlers = Wicked Weatherly Inn + Narrows Brewing = Santa WHERE ART THOU? Remember junior high? Wasn’t it fun? The misunderstandings, the awkwardness in love — sort of an introduction to the way you’d feel for the rest of your life, magnified

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The Hub in Puyallup, Teton Range IPA goes pro and 5,005 breweries in the US

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Portland’s Swift Cider is now in Washington state. MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom freakout. … The opening of the 154-seat Hub at Puyallup was delayed a few months, but it is now expected to open in mid-to-late December, as long as the construction timeline proceeds as planned. The restaurant comes from the 20-year-old Harmon Brewing Co., which operates the Harmon Restaurant and Harmon Taproom in Tacoma and Hub restaurants in Tacoma and Gig Harbor. After

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before animals on ice, jazz and theater

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Tacoma Nature Center will be at Polar Plaza today. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Polar Plaza + Peaks and Pints = animal planet Dillinger’s Cocktails & Kitchen + Northwest Beerwerks = Olympia night University of Puget Sound + Scotty’s Grub and Pub = theater and sweaters HOLIDAY CHEER How do you escape the pressures of the holidays, like, really quickly? Bundle up, drop your packages in the trunk, pinch your cheeks until they glow and strap on a pair of silver skates, Hans Brinker, for a glide across the frozen

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TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Gimme Danger and Mozart

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = 45% Boulevard’s Bourbon Barrel Quad, 35% Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee, 10% Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Tart Cherry (whiskey barrel-aged), 10% Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin and 100% punk rock Old Town chamber music series + 7 Seas Brewing = classical and chocolate PUNK DOCUMENTARY Never commercially successful — and a careening mess of dysfunction during their brief run — The Stooges, fronted by Iggy Pop, nonetheless made a serious dent in rock ’n’ roll. See for yourself in Jim Jarmusch’s new

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MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer and cider before Magnificent Seven and Big Band Christmas

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MONDAY, DEC. 5 2016: South Sound events + craft beer and cider … The Blue Mouse Theatre + Peaks and Pints = Double Mountain and Seven Magnificent cowboys Tacoma Musical Playhouse + Silver City Brewery = Taste of Christmas MAGNIFICENT SEVEN AGAIN The Blue Mouse Theatre screens Magnificent Seven at 7 p.m. starring Denzel Washington. There are plenty of people young and old who realize this is a remake of the original Magnificent Seven, which was in turn an adaptation of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. The basic plot remains the same, with a desperate town turning to a septet of ne’er-do-wells

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Breakfast Milk Stout in bottles, San Diego Pale Ale .394 and hop shampoo

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AleSmith Pale Ale .394 pays tribute to the city that Tony Gwynn loved and the career high batting average that he achieved in ’94. MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, DEC. 5 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom of your roots. … Reuben’s Brews has released their classic Breakfast Stout and Bourbon Barrel Breakfast Stout in 22-oz bottles for the first time. The classic Breakfast Stout is a imperial milk stout with oats and Kuma Coffee. The bourbon barrel version has added notes of raisins, plums,

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Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker: holiday craft beer parties, frisky elves and Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb

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There has been lots of news to comb through this week. holiday beer parties were thrown, beers were released, and elves made out with bottles. You’ll find all that (plus other announcements and silliness) right here in this weeks’ edition of Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker. 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/BNcQzVPl5fR/?taken-by=holidayalefest https://www.instagram.com/p/BNanrICAFUA/?taken-by=allagashbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNc7dwCA9Mt/?taken-by=filip.adam https://www.instagram.com/p/BNfbBkAgUWE/?taken-by=matchlessbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNfJ5q9Brrj/?taken-by=7seasbrew https://www.instagram.com/p/BNfHWs0jKPq/?taken-by=columbiadist_pugetsound https://www.instagram.com/p/BNdCqcVDeJJ/?taken-by=twobeersbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNinft4g4ht/?taken-by=powerhousebrewery https://www.instagram.com/p/BNiS8_nDSPf/?taken-by=cloudburstbrew https://www.instagram.com/p/BNfyWZkA_Ed/?taken-by=foundersbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNkpd-MDFWO/?taken-by=beerbitchaz https://www.instagram.com/p/BNkqSh6gw_9/?taken-by=tikicommando https://www.instagram.com/p/BNkPh9gD9Af/?taken-by=caity_rock https://www.instagram.com/p/BNkdV4PA1Na/?taken-by=fremontbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNkUdl3B6JM/?taken-by=burwoodbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNk2Lo3A4_h/?taken-by=washingtonbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BNhorr9AA4r/?taken-by=draftmag  

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Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Avalanche flows into Peaks and Pints

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Peaks and Pints can feel it in the air—winter is here. And as the temperatures plummet and the days grow shorter, it’s scientifically proven that the body goes into “cold weather” mode. Much like the mighty grizzly bear stocking up for the long winter months, we are drawn to comfort foods like hearty sandwiches, heart sandwiches and hearty sandwiches to stave off starvation, especially after a long day of slaying the slopes. But what about quenching a mighty thirst? After a day on the snow, you need something tasty on the way home. Sure, you could head straight home and

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SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer and cider before Hey Marseilles and Beautiful Angle

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SATURDAY, DEC. 3 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Broadway Center + Peaks and Pints = good-natured Beautiful Angle + Cockrell Hard Ciders = annual celebrations CHAMBER POP A youthful earnestness, a genuine passion for song, shines through every second of Seattle band Hey Marseilles’ music. Singer Matt Bishop, guitarist Nick Ward, keyboardist Philip Kobernik, cellist Sam Anderson, and violist Jacob Anderson make some of the most good-natured chamber-pop music around. That said, their new tracks find the band moving away from the middle ground indie/chamber pop realm of their first two albums and toward slickly produced territory.

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before modern music and backyard folk

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The Gems perform at The Valley tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook FRIDAY, DEC. 2 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Valley + Peaks and Pints = the story of two drummers, two keyboardists and two beers The Swiss + Pint Defiance = Rabbits and Dragons UNIQUE SONIC EXPERIENCE Mixing rock with an electronica bump gives Seattle band Gems a human edge rarely found in modern music. According to pre-show hype, “Two drummers, Adrian Van Batenburg and Jacob Evans, provide the foundation of syncopated interweaving rhythms, while two keyboardists, Gary Palmer and Dan Rapport,

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Zoolights and GrooveSession

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Billed as the region’s biggest walk-through light show, ZooLights includes animated light sculptures, live entertainment, snacks, animal encounters, and the Paul Titus Carousel. THURSDAY, DEC. 1 2016: South Sound events paired with craft beer and cider … Zoolights + Peaks and Pints = Christmas pFriems The Swiss Restaurant & Pub + The Copper Door = funky flare ZOOLIGHTS From watching Elf to eating Aunt Bethany’s cookies to spraying fake snow on the windows, we all have our seasonal rituals. And it’s impossible to live here and get in the spirit without a spin through ZooLights. Point

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Coco Jones in cans, Cascade Brewing anniversary and Craft Brewers Conference

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MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, DEC. 1 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom holiday movie. … Brand new six-pack 12-ounce cans of Black Raven Brewing’s Coco Jones Coconut Porter hits the shelves Dec 2. This beer has a storied history at Black Raven. It was first brewed back in 2009 as a variant of the Redmond, Washington brewery’s Tamerlane Brown Porter, infused with toasted coconut. When customers went cuckoo for Coco, Black Raven decided to enter it in the World Beer Cup where it won a gold medal (category:

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Fox Island Brewing CenColSim IPA release party

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Drink Jim Dignam’s Fox Island Brewing CenColSim IPA while grilling him about his brewing techniques Saturday afternoon at peaks and Pints. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner Here’s what we know about Jim Dignam: He opened Fox Island Brewing in his Fox Island garage in 2015, brewing on a 3-barrel system; He grows his own hops on his property; His wife’s favorite beer is his Belgian Wit; You can always find his beers on tap at Fox Island’s favorite and only craft beer taproom, Zog’s; He enjoys a good conversation; He just brewed a CenColSim IPA; He enjoys

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Eva Green and Fantasy Lights

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30: South Sound events + craft beer … The Blue Mouse Theatre + Peaks and Pints = DANG! Fantasy Lights + Rainier Growlers = Pike and penguins EVA GREEN! Peaks and Pints fell in love with Eva Green in Bertolucci’s The Dreamers. She was also terrific in Casino Royale. Then came Penny Dreadful, and it was like, holy barleywine! The ability to convey pages of characterization with just a look! Case in point: She hardly has any dialogue in the trailer to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and yet we’re almost certain we understand 75 percent of

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TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before dodgeball on ice and Equal Means Equal

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Corporations battle it out at downtown Tacoma’s Polar Plaza tonight. TUESDAY, NOV. 29 2016: South Sound events paired with craft beer … Polar Plaza + Peaks and Pints = Snipers and sours The Grand Cinema + The Copper Door = wee heavy DODGEBALL ON ICE Feeling a little post-work aggression? Need to work out some of that latent hostility toward your corporate competition? Then head to downtown Tacoma’s outdoor ice skating rink, Polar Plaza. Wha? That’s right, dodgeball on ice. There’s nothing like hearing the thwap of a red rubber ball on human flesh or an

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Washington Winter Beer Fest, South Africa Luponic Distortion IPA and Belgian Beer Book

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Beer drinkers dress for the occasion at the annual Washington Brewers Guild-produced Winter Beer Fest in Seattle. Photo credit Pappi Swarner MORNING FOAM FOR TUESDAY, NOV. 29 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom giblets. … Somewhere between a joke and a necessity lives the holiday sweater. They can certainly be ugly — and something you’ll bump into repeatedly this weekend at the Washington Brewers Guild-produced 2016 Winter Beer Fest in Hangar 30 at Seattle’s Magnuson Park. Now, if being in a hangar full of

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Q&A with Double Mountain brewer Matt Coughlin

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Double Mountain Brewery brewer Matt Coughlin puts muscle into his brews. Photo courtesy of Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom I’m not sure how it got past me. I’ve hung out at Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom in at least a dozen times over the past three years. I’ve sat before the Hood River, Oregon, brewery’s founder and head brewer Matt Swihart in his extremely efficient brewhouse. I’ve driven there just to have their pizza (and beer). But, while finalizing details on the Double Mountain’s Dry Cider South Sound debut party Monday, Dec. 5 at Peaks and

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MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Vince Brown and big band jazz

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The Olympia Jazz Senators will perform at Rhythm & Rye tonight. MONDAY, NOV. 28 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … G. Donnalson’s + Peaks and Pints = Not a secret Rhythm & Rye + Three Magnets Brewing Co. = brand new WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU? Vince Brown is no stranger to string swing fans in the Northwest. He plays western swing style take-off guitar with Red Brown & the Tune Stranglers; strums guitar and tenor banjo with the gypsy swing band Hot Club Sandwich; he’s half of Red and Ruby — a

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Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker: Oregon Civil War, Hot Scotchies and new beer releases

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There have been lots of posted photos to comb through this week. Oregon’s Civil War college football game went down, Hot Scotchies were consumed and beers were released. You’ll find all that (plus silliness) right here in this weeks’ edition of Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker. Be sure to keep posting those holiday craft beer photos and be sure to tag @peaksandpints if you’d like a chance to be featured! Cheers! https://www.instagram.com/p/BNFcOIYhYxa/?taken-by=peaksandpints https://www.instagram.com/p/BNIXwuIgCKD/?taken-by=powerhousebrewery https://www.instagram.com/p/BNJAg7chpW1/?taken-by=wetcoastbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNIWYD5g09C/?taken-by=tacomabeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BNKsWZOgHg-/?taken-by=triceratopsbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNKzIJlBX0E/?taken-by=7seasbrew https://www.instagram.com/p/BNITviagdED/?taken-by=hopworksbeer https://www.instagram.com/p/BM7De0RhAYh/?taken-by=hopvalleybrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNH5p6IBEq_/?taken-by=baerlicjim https://www.instagram.com/p/BNKCHEWAmI7/?taken-by=filip.adam https://www.instagram.com/p/BNHyOKMhZFC/?taken-by=breaksidebrews https://www.instagram.com/p/BNM3nQRAvti/?taken-by=10barrelbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNMjr_dhW6c/?taken-by=trnql https://www.instagram.com/p/BNLfNrohb_u/?taken-by=propolisbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNPg5r7AWGV/?taken-by=brouwerscafe https://www.instagram.com/p/BNPxW2BgSo6/?taken-by=northtacoma https://www.instagram.com/p/BNPlEgvjBwM/?taken-by=pikebrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNKbBKEBTrx/?taken-by=twobeersbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNSQqZyAHGT/?taken-by=shortsbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNSdYTgg9lK/?taken-by=grixsenbrew https://www.instagram.com/p/BNQpi1lBiwD/?taken-by=oddotterbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNSpQQ_AuGd/?taken-by=10barrelbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNTPGeygCmx/?taken-by=toprungbrewing https://www.instagram.com/p/BNSklk-jrzC/?taken-by=3magbrewing  

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pFriem Cognac Barrel Aged Belgian Dark coming to Tacoma

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In the craft beer scene, anything barrel-aged is going gangbusters these days. Wood slowly imbues liquids with all manner of nuance and complexity, so it’s easy to understand why it would appeal to the high-minded connoisseur. But even for the casual drinker, the chill of late autumn signals a sensible time to explore these elegant expressions. The types of beer that stand up to months of rest in the barrel tend to be fuller in body, lengthier in flavor — the type of grog that warms your bones, and soothes your soul. For a prime example of barrel-aged goodness, drop

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SATURDAY PREFUNK: Classic films paired with craft beer

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SATURDAY, NOV. 26 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Broadway Center + Peaks and Pints = The hills are alive with the smell of coffee and cocoa Olympia Film Society + Three Magnets Brewing Co. = funk CALLING ALL NUNS! Many critics trashed Robert Wise’s 1965 screen version of The Sound of Music, but the musical’s emotional openness and unguarded optimism honestly express the worldview of songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. In the words of theater historian Ethan Mordden, their last collaboration is a “youthful piece written by the elderly, because it is entirely about freedom, which

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BLACK FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before George Bailey, Ed Taylor and Kim Archer

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Kim Archer provides the soundtrack for Odd Otter Brewing Co.’s second anniversary party tonight. BLACK FRIDAY, NOV. 25 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Lakewood Playhouse + Peaks and Pints = a Wonderful day and night G. Donnalson’s + Odd Otter Brewing Co. = good for the Soul OK, IT’S WONDERFUL Lakewood Playhouse is getting all nostalgic on us with a touching version of a holiday classic. It’s a Wonderful Life follows George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family

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Double Mountain Dry Cider release, Bourbon County Stout history and Fish Brewing dinner

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Peaks and Pints will host the South Sound release party for Double Mountain brewery’s Dry Cider Monday, Dec. 5. MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, NOV. 25: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom exploding cans. … Double Mountain Brewery has long toyed with releasing their own hard cider, occasionally featuring housemade cider on at the taproom made from owner Matt Swihart’s own apples. The Oregon Hood River Gorge-based brewery finally releases its own Dry Cider (6.7% ABV) blending freshly harvested heirloom apples from Double Mountain

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