Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Morning Foam: 20 Corners coaster houses, Orval Day, playful FURS show

Ron Swarner

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Morning Foam: 20 Corners coaster houses, Orval Day, playful FURS show

GOOD MORNING, SOUTH SOUND!

Thursday, March 21, 2019 — Eddie Money turns 70 today!

Peaks and Pints Weather Guy says it’s a good day to head up to the Mt. Pilchuck Lookout.

Today’s Morning Foam was compiled while watching a Salem man catch a thief. …

PEAKS AND PINTS DRAFT HIGHLIGHTS

POG PAU HANA TROPICAL IPA, Hellbent Brewing: In Hawaiian, “pau hana” (pronounced “pow hawna”) means “work is finished,” so let the tropical hop party begin with this IPA infused with a POG blend (passionfruit, orange, guava) for layers of citrus hop flavors and aromas intertwine with the seductive, tropical flavors of passionfruit, orange and guava. 5.8%

POUR POUR PITIFUL ME, Monkless Belgian Ales: After 11 years of business travel in Europe, Todd Clement had developed a taste for the bold, complex beers of Belgium. But no one in Bend, Oregon seemed to be making the beer to scratch that itch. So, Clement and his wife, Robin, decided to take matters into their own hands and open a Belgian style brewery. Pour Pour Pitiful Me is a massive Belgian quadrupel aged and fermented over cherries to produce a ripe and full-bodied flavor profile. 9.8%

CRAFT CHOICE CLICKABLES

Saturday, March 23, is Orval Day — created by Seattle specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin in honor of the famed 1000-plus-year-old Orval Trappist Ale brewed within the walls of Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery. Merchant du Vin’s charity partner for 2019 is Safe Water Network. This group helps bring clean, sustainable water to communities in Ghana and India. After Merchant du Vin totals up the 2019 Orval Day sales, the importer will donate 50 cents to Safe Water Network for every bottle of Orval sold. Saturday, Peaks and Pints will offer a taste of Orval 2017 and 2018 for you to compare and contrast. Bottles of Orval 2018 will also available for purchase.

Some two decades after starting out as a keg washer, Tod Mott had had finally realized his long-held dream of having his own brewery when he and his wife, Galen, opened Tributary Brewing in September of 2014 in Kittery, Maine. The following spring he re-introduced his famous barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout under its new name, Mott the Lesser, to much the same fanfare as its original name, Boston Strangler Stout. Read “The Unlikely Journey Of Tod Mott And His Famous Stout.”

Many craft beer styles are pretty neatly defined in the minds of beer drinkers. We more or less know what we’re getting when we order a hefeweizen or an imperial stout, or even — as long as the brewery conveys the substyle — an IPA. Variations exist, but the basic profile of these styles stays pretty consistent. American Brown Ale, however, is more of a moving target.

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Sophia Munic shows off one of her fur sculptures.

TODAY’S LOCAL STEW

COASTER HOUSE CONSTRUCTION WITH 20 CORNERS BREWING, Peaks and Pints: The first 20 corners are the toughest. Ask any coaster house builder and they’ll agree — building a coaster house becomes easier after those first 20 corners are in place. Peaks and Pints isn’t sure if 20 Corners Brewing Co. ran into the same issue and, therefore, stopped once they reached 20 corners on their beautiful brewery in Woodinville, but we do know delicious beer emerges from their 20-cornered structure. Peaks and Pints will host 20 Corners Brewing and a beer coaster house building contest at 6 p.m. tonight in our craft beer bar, bottle shop and restaurant in Tacoma’s Proctor District. 6 p.m., no cover, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma

FURS, Alma Mater: An opening reception for Sophia Munic’s month-long FURS show at Alma Mater goes down tonight. Munic is a Tacoma-based artist currently finishing her undergrad at the University of Puget Sound where she studies sculpture. She has been focusing on creating soft sculpture that evokes the sensation of play. She invites you to walk behind the camera and play with the soft furry sculptures, and take a moment to figure out how to interact with them. 6-9 p.m., no cover, 1322 S. Fawcett, Tacoma

STINGY BRIM OLDE-TIME BLUES PROJECT, Shakabrah Java: On a cool spring night out on the rolling plains of downtown Tacoma about 1,681 miles west of the Mississippi, five gents will sit in a circle of wooden chairs playing fiddles, banjo and guitar around a crackling fake fire of pine twigs and dead oak inside Shakabrah Java around 8 p.m. As the spindly strains of Stingy Brim Olde-Time Blues Project’s tunes danced like a daddy longlegs into the air from string and voice, folks will sip beverages and marvel at the wondrous gifts that some great god had decided to heap down upon them. 8 p.m., 2618 Sixth Ave., Tacoma