Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.24.19: A Flight for the Destiny City Film Festival

Ron Swarner


The Sixth Annual Destiny City Film Festival has been screening at the Blue Mouse Theatre in Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood since Friday, Aug. 22. Festival Director Emily Alm presented more than 35 dynamic films from around the world, filmmaker Q&As, a free screenwriting panel and more. After the 2 p.m. screening of the documentary Earthrise — the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968 — followed by My Indiana Muse — a documentary on artist Robert Townsend and his muse, Helen — Peaks and Pints will host the closing party complete with a film inspired beer flight and the release of Scut Farkus Strikes Back, a 7.8 percent winter warmer brewed by Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. that was aged in a Chamber Bay Distillery bourbon barrel. In celebration, Peaks and Pints presents an all-day movie-themed beer flight we call Craft Beer Crosscut 2.24.19: A Flight for the Destiny City Film Festival.

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.24.19: A Flight for the Destiny City Film Festival

Boundary-Bay-Neighborhood-Watch-TacomaBoundary Bay Neighborhood Watch

5.4% ABV, 15 IBU

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade play four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion in The Watch, which had originally been called Neighborhood Watch, but that the title was changed in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case. Peaks and Pints saw the film. It’s unlikely many had Trayvon Martin on their minds as they watched these four blasting aliens and trading a stunning number of jokes relating to testicles of various species. Brewed in collaboration with their Bellingham neighbors, Gruff Brewing Co., Boundary Bay’s Neighborhood Watch is a dry-hopped kettle-sour with pineapple, mango and passionfruit purees and “Pilot” malt from Skagit Valley.

Pelican-Queen-of-Hearts-TacomaPelican Queen of Hearts

6.5% ABV, 30 IBU

The Queen of Hearts is a fictional character from the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by the writer Lewis Carroll with many film adaptations — from Vie Quinn’s Queen of Hearts performance in the 1931 Alice in Wonderland to Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen in 2016’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. She is a foul-tempered monarch whom Carroll himself describes as “a blind fury,” and who is quick to give death sentences at the slightest offense. Pelican Brewing’s version is a more even-tempered bird. The Pacific Beach, Oregon brewery’s Saison du Pélican is exceptional on its own; when aged in Ransom Distillery gin barrel, it takes on a whole other dimension of flavor. The fruity and spicy aroma of the farmhouse Belgian yeast, herbaceous Goldings hops and the well rounded malt character of Saison du Pélican pairs exquisitely with the huge botanical infusions imparted by Ransom Distillery’s Old Tom gin barrels. The name? Wait for it. … It has been mentioned that the distillers only bottle the “heart of the hearts” (best portion of distillate), which is why the Oregon coast brewery dubbed its barrel-aged saison, “The Queen of Hearts.”

Boneyard-Skunkape-TacomaBoneyard Skunkape

6.2% ABV, 40 IBU

In the wilds of Florida, folks will tell you about a monster that prowls around at night. A humanoid creature much larger than a man, covered with hair from head to toe. The ungodly stench of the creature is why it’s called the Skunk Ape. This is the southern most Bigfoot in the U.S., and folks have been spotting it for years. The 2003 movie Skunk Ape!? dares to ask the important, bold question: What if a bunch of punk kids played their music way too loudly in the Everglades and totally ticked off an ape-man? In 2010, in the wilds of Bend, Oregon’s historical district, Boneyard Beer opened in an old auto shop. Their Skunkape is a lightly sweet India red ale brewed with Lib Tech snowboards. Cascade, Bravo, CTZ, Eureka, Simcoe, and Super Galena Hop Oil give off bitterness of citrus rind and a touch of pine.

Pacific-Brewing-Scut-Farkus-Strikes-Back-TacomaPacific Brewing Scut Farkus Strikes Back

7.8% ABV

“Scut Farkus! What a rotten name! There he stood, between us and the alley. Scut Farkus staring out at us with his yellow eyes! He had yellow eyes! So, help me, God! Yellow eyes!” Those are the words spoken by young Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) in the classic film, A Christmas Story. Every good protagonist needs opposition. And filling the role to perfection in the beloved yuletide comedy classic was bully Scut Farkus, played by Zack Ward. Pacific Brewing & Malting created a special beer for the 2019 Destiny City Film Festival. The Tacoma brewery grabbed its Scut Farkus winter warmer and aged in a Chamber Bay Distillery bourbon barrel. “Expect toasty flavors of toffee, raisin, chocolate, and of course, bourbon, meld together to create a full-flavored experience,” says Bethany Carlson, head brewer at Pacific Brewing and Malting. “A small amount of cinnamon was also added lending a hint of spice.” Carlson brewed the original Scut Farkus Winter Warmer with Greer Hubbard, head brewer at neighboring Odd Otter Brewing Co.

Great-Divide-Yeti-Imperial-Stout-TacomaGreat Divide Barrel Aged Yeti

12.5% ABV, 75 IBU

In the film Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon, an American college football team is left stranded after a plane crash in the Himalayas, where they become prey for a monster. It is somewhat funny seeing a football team (with a quarterback named Payton no less) taking on a couple Yeti. This results in some football references not to mention at one point a player tackling a Yeti, or do we call it a sack? Needless to say if the folks who made this movie were in fact quarterbacks they were sacked and sacked for a loss. It’s safe to say it: the yeti exists. Scientists were skeptical for many years, but the evidence is overwhelming. Seasonal migration patterns have different species of yeti lumbering right through the middle of the South Sound, from the Yeti Imperial Stout to its barrel-aged version that arrives at our beer flight today. Great Divide Brewing Co.‘s Barrel Aged Yeti is a version of the Denver brewery’s monstrous Yeti Imperial Stout that is aged for at least 12 months in whiskey barrels. The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a boozy finish.