Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.4.17: A Flight of Tacoma

Ron Swarner


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-Tacoma7 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 production plant. Water Chopper Gose is fermented with Lactobacillus in conjunction with 7 Seas house ale strain, and brewed with 35 percent malted white wheat and German Pilsner malt. For local flavor, 7 Seas Brewing added San Juan Island sea salt, and a pinch of coriander as the gose-style dictates. It’s a funky, tart, in-your-face, refreshing creation.

Chocolate-beer-Tacoma-Puyallup-River-Mud-Mountain-Milk-StoutPuyallup River Mud Mountain Milk Stout

7% ABV

Puyallup River Brewing Co. Mud Mountain Milk Stout grabbed a silver medal at the 2015 Washington Beers Awards. It grabbed a bronze at the 2016 Washington Beer Awards. It grabs every drinker when they taste its smooth as chocolate silk self. Fresh vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, oats, and six different specialty malts make this milk stout one of the easiest drinking dark beers on the planet.

Wingman-Perfect-Proctor-Porter-TacomaWingman Perfect Proctor Porter

6.1% ABV

Wingman Brewers and Peaks and Pints collaborated on the Perfect Proctor Porter, a slight deviation of Bert Grant’s famous Yakima Brewing & Malting Co. Grant’s Perfect Porter. We skipped the Scottish peated malt and added a whole vanilla bean plus Cascade hops for bittering. Our version of the porter, perfect really, pours smooth with roast, slight hop and mellow vanilla notes.

Pacific-Brewing-Power-Laces-PalePacific Power Laces Pale

5.5% ABV, 40 IBU

Joseph Abarca is the man behind the bar and marketing at Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. in downtown Tacoma. He’s also the man in front of the mic. He and his brother, Jeramey, are the force behind the power dub reggae band Power Laces, named after Back to the Future 2 scene where Marty McFly puts on a pair of futuristic, self-tying Nikes. “He goes, ‘Oh, sweet, Power Laces.’” Pacific Brewing head brewer Bethany Carlsen brewed Power Laces Pale in honor of Abarca complete with Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, Galena, Citra, Belma and Simcoe hops for notes of soft pine, a delicate malt backbone, with hints of lemon and guava.

Narrows-Brewing-Giant-Pacific-Octopus-IPA-TacomaNarrows Brewing Giant Pacific Octopus IPA

7.2% ABV, 72 IBU

Named after the sea creature that lives below this Tacoma brewery perched above the water, Giant Pacific Octopus IPA sports a thick beige head and cloudy golden body. Pine and citrus hops take charge, in that order with a lingering note of grapefruit as you sail away from Narrows Brewing toward the Narrows Bridge.