Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 9.4.19: Flight of Tree Nuts

Ron Swarner

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Beer flights in TacomaIt’s National Macadamia Nuts Day! Quick, grab us a cell phone! We need to call someone. It doesn’t matter whom. It just doesn’t matter! We’re going to mash the keypad until some numbers come out and whomever picks up we’re going to scream with pleasure into the phone until they get to Peaks and Pints and try our beer flight, Craft Beer Crosscut 9.4.19: Flight of Tree Nuts. We’re not talking peanuts, because they’re legumes. We’re not talking nut browns, because they don’t contain nuts. We’re talking about tree nuts, which include, but are not limited to, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts/hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Our eyeballs are filling with flavor. Do your life a favor and buy this flight of these damn nut flavored craft. We don’t care what you’re doing; we close at 11 p.m. After that, all bets are off. Did you hear that? All bets. We’re nuts over it!

Craft Beer Crosscut 9.4.19: Flight of Tree Nuts

Backwoods-Pecan-Pie-Porter-TacomaBackwoods Pecan Pie Porter

5.9% ABV, 20 IBU

Nestled on the edge of lumber country along the Columbia Gorge, Backwoods Brewing Co.’s Pecan Pie Porter satisfies the sweet tooth. This mahogany-colored porter, brewed with whole PECANS, showcases the nut’s earthiness in the aroma. Made with five different grains, including chocolate and caramel malt, this seasonal porter gives off subtle chocolate notes, complimented with hints of vanilla and pecan. Makes us want some ice cream to drizzle this on.

Evil-Twin-Imperial-Wedding-Cake-Break-TacomaEvil Twin Imperial Wedding Cake Break

11.5% ABV

Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø contract brewed at Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina before moving his Evil Twin Brewing to New York City. As he brewed his Biscotti Break imperial stout with vanilla, almond and coffee he drank Westbrook’s Mexican Cake imperial stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. Then one day Biscotti Break met Mexican Cake and they knew it was much more than a hunch. Soon they became the Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, an imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers. The two brewery’s kept the drive alive, brewing variants of the Imperial Biscotti Break, including Imperial Wedding Cake Break this year, an imperial porter brewed with coffee, ALMOND and wedding cake. The coffee overshadows the cake batter, with chocolate and vanilla as the icing on the cake.

Tacoma-waterTacoma Water

0% ABV

Since 1913, Tacoma’s primary water supply has been the unfiltered Green River. Until the Green River Filtration Facility was built in 2015, the Green River was one of the few major unfiltered surface water supplies left in the U.S. After thorough study and public input, the City decided that filtration was the best way to comply and keep the water safe, and so built the filtration facility at the Tacoma Water Headworks, near the town of Cumberland in south King County. The facility continues to provide clean, healthy water, and levels of cryptosporidium remain low in the Green River water supply.

Stone-Farking-Wheaton-wOOtstout-TacomaDrew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton wOOtstout

11.5% ABV, 45 IBU

The w00t is back. This year marks the sixth year Stone Brewing’s collaborative imperial stout hits the street. Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout — an 11.5 percent ABV Russian imperial stout brewed with rye, wheat malt and PECANS before being partially aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels — is a collaboration between actor Wil Wheaton, Fark.com creator Drew Curtis and Stone CEO Greg Koch — a stout partially inspired by Kentucky Derby Pie of Drew’s home state. It’s named after Wheaton’s annual festival celebrating cross-genre geekdom w00tstock. Expect raisins, coffee and roasted malt flavors with a spicy finish. The booze is evident but for the ABV it goes down easy. Woot! Woot!

Evil-Twin-Imperial-Doughnut-Maple-Syrup-Bourbon-Barrel-Aged-TacomaEvil Twin Imperial Doughnut Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrel Aged

13% ABV

Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø contract brewed at Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina before moving his Evil Twin Brewing to New York City. As he brewed his Biscotti Break imperial stout with vanilla, almond and coffee he drank Westbrook’s Mexican Cake imperial stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. Then one day Biscotti Break met Mexican Cake and they knew it was much more than a hunch. Soon they became the Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, an imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers. The two brewery’s kept the drive alive, brewing variants of the Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, including Imperial Doughnut Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrel Aged — a 13 percent ABV imperial porter aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels with doughnuts, ALMONDS, coffee, and vanilla.