Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.9.19: A Flight of Northish and Three Magnets

Ron Swarner


Beer-Flights-Logo-no-wordsWe’re guessing you disbanded your Saturday-night Dungeons and Dragons league sometime back in junior high, but for some, the geekdom continues. Who, you ask? See for yourself tonight when Northish Beer Co. releases its glitter imperial oatmeal stout, Feat. Tim Curry as The Darkness. The beer’s inspiration arose while Northish’s sales executive R.J. Adler and Three Magnets Brewing’s former sales executive Abe Burt watched Ridley Scott’s fantasy flick, Legend. The 1985 film features fantastical creatures, a battle between darkness and light, a beautiful, innocent maiden and the unicorn she loves, Tim Curry’s bright-red, horny glory Lord of Darkness, and — most importantly — glitter. All the glitter. Alder and Burt sketched out a recipe while watching Jack (Tom Cruise) and his friends do everything possible to save the world and Princess Lili (Mia Sara) from the hands of Darkness. Brewed at Northish in Tacoma, the rich, dark imperial oatmeal stout with cocoa notes and glitter is named after the best actor in the movie, Feat. Tim Curry as The Darkness. In celebration of tonight’s Feat. Tim Curry as The Darkness release party at Peaks and Pints, we offer an all-day flight of craft beer from Northish and Three Magnets that we call Craft Beer Crosscut 1.9.19: A Flight of Northish and Three Magnets, even though it’s officially not a Three Magnets event. By the way, costumes are definitely encouraged tonight, but please, leave your broadsword at home.

Craft Beer Crosscut 1.9.19: A Flight of Northish and Three Magnets

Northish-Beer-Fetish-TacomaNorthish Beer Festish

6% ABV, 25 IBU

This crushable German-style lager bier recipe has Northish Beer Co. festishizing beyond autumn. It pours a deep gold color, it is malt forward, and it has a Saaz bite.

Three-Magnets-Oliver-TacomaThree Magnets Oliver

5.2% ABV

Three Magnets Brewing’s Oliver sports a sophisticated backbone of noble Delta hops and the Olympia brewery’s Yorkshire yeast, and well as ESB and Munich malts for flavors of bake biscuits and Nutella. This Oliver is a little nutty and a little sweet and puts a little twist on tradition.


Three-Magnets-Mental-Block-IPA-TacomaThree Magnets Mental Block IPA

6.5% ABV

Inspired by one of Three Magnets’ favorite Michigan breweries, this beer was originally going to be called Three Hearted but they chose to avoid a possible (OK, certain) cease and desist order. But, then they couldn’t think of a name. They had, if you will, a mental block. Mental Block is brewed with 100 percent Washington grown Centennial hops for a beautiful blend of floral and citrus aromatics with a light touch of soft cotton candy.  The malt base is designed to stay as a subtle backdrop for beauty of one of the Pacific Northwest’s pioneering hop varieties, a classic and favorite and perfect to feature as a single hop due to it’s complexity and myriad flavor compounds.

Northish-Wolf-Link-IPA-TacomaNorthish Wolf Link IPA

6.8% ABV, 50 IBU

Growing up with video games has taught Northish Beer Co. to expect the unexpected and embrace surprises. The owners’ memories are scattered with memorable boss fights and epic cut scenes. They remember that time where they thought they knew what to expect in a new Zelda game, then Link turns into a WOLF?! Mind blown. Northish’s Wolf Link IPA is a nostalgic take on a brutishly bitter style, magically transformed by heaps of their favorite hops. The IPA begins with a backstory of Citra and Simcoe, imparting that legendary citrus bite, then finish it with a Triforce blast of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Mosaic. It’s bright, fruity, and restores three hearts. 

Three-Magnets-Tubby-Unicorn-TacomaThree Magnets Tubby Unicorn

7% ABV

Three Magnets’ Tubby Unicorn IPA is brewed with hefty doses of malted and flaked rye to create a spicy, almost juniper berry like malt base. Simcoe and Centennial hops create a dank and assertive fruity, piney, and floral nose and pallet.