Monday, May 10th, 2021

MORNING FOAM: American Craft Beer Week Pierce County, Queen Elizabeth beer and more

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MORNING FOAM: American Craft Beer Week Pierce County, Queen Elizabeth beer and more

Monday, May 10 2021 – Good Morning Foam: American Craft Beer Week Pierce County, Queen Elizabeth beer and more! BTW, Bono turns 61.

THE TACOMA FACTOID

The Port of Tacoma covers more than 2,400 acres and is the 6th largest port in North America.

THE DAILY WORD

philter (or philtre) \’fil-ter\ noun [French philtre, from Old French, from Latin philtrum, from Greek philtron: philein, to love (from philos, beloved, loving) + -tron, instrumental suff] (ca. 1587)
1) potion, drug, or charm held to have the power to arouse sexual passion
2) a potion credited with magical power

Usage example: While craft beer is a psychological philter to get you in the mood for sex, a six-pack of AleSmith Speedway Stouts might not help in the sexual performance department.

CRAFT BEER CLICKABLES

The Brewers Association released annual production figures for the U.S. craft brewing industry. In 2020, small and independent brewers collectively produced 23.1 million barrels of beer and realized a 9 percent decline, decreasing craft’s overall beer market share by volume to 12.3 percent, down from 13.6 percent the previous year.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham Estate has begun brewing and selling its own beer range, available exclusively on site.

Peaks and Pints American Craft Beer Week 2021: Pierce County

Lift a glass: Washington state’s 428-plus craft breweries pumping more than $2.32 billion into the state’s economy and provide more than 7,000 jobs, according to data. Let’s celebrate. The Brewers Association launches its 15rg annual American Craft Beer Week today running through May 16. Following a tumultuous year, this year’s holiday honors the creativity, community, and resiliency of America’s small and independent craft breweries. As loyal community supporters, many craft breweries responded quickly to the pandemic by producing hand sanitizer for local first responders and collaborating to raise funds for frontline, restaurant, and hospitality workers. U.S. craft breweries are community gathering places and job creators as well. With 85 percent of legal drinking age adults living within 10 miles of a brewery, almost every American has a local brewery they can support. Today, Peaks & Pints will do just that with our to-go flight centering on Pierce County breweries that we have in-house. Stop by and grab Peaks and Pints American Craft Beer Week 2021: Pierce County

Sig Paddington Porter: In the spring of 2020, Duncan Susag, brother Alex Susag and cousin John Samuelson opened Sig Brewing on the edge of Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District, along Tacoma Avenue South in the building formerly occupied by Duncan’s concrete design firm, Studio Make. Head brewer Jeff Stokes has been cranking out delicious craft beers, including their Paddington Porter, a London dry porter with notes of milk chocolate, coffee roast, redberry, and dry bakers chocolate, 5.4%

Wingman P-51 Peanut Butter Cup: Ken Thoburn, Derrick Moyer, Daniel Heath and a few others started Wingman Brewers in April 2011, brewing beer to sell to local bars, restaurants and grocery stores out of a small storefront in Tacoma. Wingman Brewers took off in a big way, with a constant eye on their vintage military theme. Their Peanut Butter Cup Porter tastes like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup full of rich peanut, chocolate, some light roasted notes and a decent amount of sweetness, 8%

E9 Loopzilla: In 1995, Dusty Trail converted the historic Engine House No. 9 bar into a brewpub at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Pine Street in Tacoma. In 2011, X group purchased E-9, with Shane Johns running the kettles and hanging the medals. Last year, they separated the brewery from the restaurant and opened E9 Brewing in Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District. Their Loopzilla West Coast IPA is brewed and heavily dry-hopped with multiple “C” hops adding massive notes of stone fruit and spicy lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus, 6%

Wet Coast Two Flights Up: West Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters Bryan Copeland and Aaron Johnson are the brewers and co-owners behind Wet Coast Brewing in Gig Harbor. Their Two Flights Up IIPA offers citrus flavors and aromas shine bright as an assertive bitterness grabs hold of your palate. The beer finishes slightly dry with a mild alcohol warmth, 8.2%

Narrows OCTO IPA: July 12, 2013, Scott Wagner, Gordon Rush, Matt Smith, Thair Jorgenson, and Chris Dewald opened the 15-barrel Narrows Brewing perched on pilings above the Narrows waterway. Narrows Head Brewer Matt Rhodes reworked their flagship IPA recipe, with 2-row as the base for a foundation of Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops, and an ever-rotating modern dry-hopping, for a fruit-forward, soft West Coast IPA, 7.2%

7 Seas Double IPA: You can’t talk local beer without mentioning 7 Seas Brewing. Founders Mike Runion and Travis Guterson have seen many changes since they declared their beer a ting in 2008. They now run two operations — a small taproom along the Gig Harbor waterfront and a massive production plant in Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District. Formerly known as Ballz Deep, this double IPA has copious amounts of resiny Yakima Valley hops making the firm, slightly sweet malt flavor works its ass off to seek balance. It’s sold in 19.2-ounced flat gray cans and they move fast, like the alcohol, 8.4%

LINK: Peaks & Pints cooler inventory