Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Craft Beer Crosscut 8.27.17: A City of Destiny Flight

Ron Swarner


Peaks-and-Pints-Tacoma-Beer-FlightThe Destiny City Film Festival is a homegrown, true-Tacoma community event, inspired by our city’s nickname — The City of Destiny — and is built to showcase the best independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Curated by former Tacoma Film Festival director Emily Alm, the fourth version of this film fest ends today with a closing party at 6 p.m. inside Peaks and Pints. In celebration of the film festival and the City of Destiny — Tacoma, Washington — Peaks and Pints presents a flight of Tacoma breweries that we call Craft Beer Crosscut 8.27.17: A City of Destiny Flight.

Harmon-Wollochet-Wit-TacomaHarmon Wollochet Wit

4.9% ABV, 19 IBU

Pat Nagle and Carole Holder launched the Harmon Brewery Company in downtown Tacoma in 1997. Since then, it’s evolved into a string of local brewpubs and restaurant spanning Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Puyallup and soon outside of Pierce County. Today, at peaks and Pints, the Harmon presents a classic Belgian wit brewed with a 500-year-old recipe close to hearts of Harmon brewers Jeff Carlson and Bill Lundeen. Think Hoegaarden. Notes of coriander and bitter curacao orange peel add a light spice and citrus flavor to this beer. Unmalted wheat, flaked wheat, oats and powdery yeast keep things hazy.

7-Seas-253-Pilsner-Tacoma7 Seas 253 Pilsner

5.2% ABV, 32 IBU

7 Seas Brewing and 253Heart joined together to craft a beer that supports the Pierce County community by donating a portion of the 253 Pilsner proceeds to a variety of local non-profit organizations. Two organizations are selected at any one time to receive a portion of the sales, up to $5,000. After the goal is hit the two organizations continue to select small, local, state certified 501C-3 and 501C-6 non-profits. The goal is to find the local non-profit organizations that this money would make a large impact to. In regards to the 253 Pilsner 7 Seas co-owner and head brewer Travis Guterson brewed more than five test batches, with different hops and different malts, to dial-in the recipe. “Travis settled on Sterling and Cascade hops,” says his business partner, Mike Runion. “It’s a Northwest interpretation of a pilsner.” Guterson and Runion brewed the 253 Pilsner with Northwest Pale and Pilsner malt, hopped with said hops, for a 100 percent Washington, refreshing, dry and crisp authentic premium pilsner.

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-Potomac-Citra-Pale-TacomaPacific Potomac Citra Pale

6% ABV, 42 IBU

Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. co-owner and head brewer Steve Navarro never intended to brew his popular Potomac Citra Pale when the brewery opened in late 2014, but when he asked his Yakima hop supplier what they had in special, the supplier said, “Well, I’m not suppose to give this out … but we have 22 pounds of Citra hops available. Bam! Navarro’s planned four flagship craft beer repertoire became five. Potomac Citra Pale is a medium bodied single hop beer showcasing Citra hops with strong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime and passionfruit.

Narrows-Summer-IPA-TacomaNarrows Summer IPA

5.9% ABV, 60 IBU

Founded in July 2013 by a group of friends, Narrows Brewing Co. is a 15-barrel brewhouse built on wood pilings next to Narrows Marina above the Narrows waterway with a glorious view of the Narrow Bridge and active waterfront. Peaks and Pints asks you to skip the view for one day and drink Narrows’ Summer IPA in a huge lodge in the middle of Tacoma’s Proctor District. This delicious, slightly cloudy golden IPA has a lovely citrus aroma and tropical flavors. Ahhhhhh.