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Morning Foam: Double Mountain and E9 release parties and flight

Ron Swarner

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Morning Foam: Double Mountain and E9 release parties and flight

Wednesday, May 19 2021 – Good Morning Foam: Double Mountain and E9 release parties and flight! BTW, Cher turns 75.

THE TACOMA FACTOID

Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million people. Tacoma adopted its name after the nearby Mount Rainier, originally called Takhoma or Tahoma.

THE DAILY WORD

beshrew (bi-‘shroo) verb transitive – beshrewed, beshrewing, beshrews. Archaic. [Middle English bishrewen : bi-, be- + shrew, wicked person]
To invoke evil upon; curse.

Usage example: Peaks & Pints beshrews Tik Tok for allowing a lengthy car chase to be broadcasted causing this column to be late today.

CRAFT BEER CLICKABLES

>>> As allegations of sexual harassment, assault and other workplace hostilities continue to come to light on social media, the Brewers Association announced several initiatives to combat the seemingly pervasive toxicity in the craft beer industry. (Brewbound)

>>> Whistle Buoy Brewing Company released NFT IPA this week, marking the first crypto beer produced in Canada, and perhaps the world. (Northwest Beer Guide)

>>> New School contributor Neil Ferguson hosted a virtual tasting and conversation about all things New Zealand hops with Firestone Walker Research and Development Brewer Sam Tierny. (The New School)

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Double Mountain and E9 On The Fly

Matt Coughlin was raised by folkies in Montana who taught him to play piano, guitar, and sing. He made his was to Tacoma where he tended bar at the Parkway Tavern, homebrewed with fellow Parkway bartender Sean Jackson, and performed with his band, Matt Coughlin and The Growlers. Jackson also brewed with Shane Johns at E9 Brewing, often with Coughlin in the house. Fifteen years or so ago, Coughlin, Jackson, and Johns were the Three Musketeers of the Tacoma beer scene. Coughlin moved to Hood River, Oregon, and worked his way up the Double Mountain Brewery & Cidery ladder to become head brewer. Peaks & Pints is happy to report the Three Musketeers ride again. Coughlin and Johns collaborated on two beers, Kissa Me Grisette brewed at E9 in Tacoma’s Historic Brewery District where Jackson lent a brief hand, and Hi Friend! IPA brewed at Double Mountain. Today, both beers will be on tap: 6 p.m. at Peaks & Pints and 8 p.m. at The Parkway. In celebration, we add a to-go flight beers from both breweries — a flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Double Mountain and E9 On The Fly.

E9 Tacoma Brew

5.1% ABV

Columbia Brewing Co. brewed Tacoma Brew in the late 1800s in Tacoma’s now Historic Brewery District. Beer made at the facility gained national attention for its flavor and smooth aftertaste in the early 1920s, prompting the brewery to double in size and increase capacity by the mid-1930s. Success at the plant got the attention of another brewery, Heidelberg Brewing Co., which purchased the Columbia plant in 1949 and set out for another round of remodeling. The facility was bought yet again a decade later by Carling Brewery, making it the only West Coast holding of the otherwise East Coast beer company. The brewery is long gone but Tacoma Brew, a Kolsch, is still being brewed. Tacoma’s Engine House No. 9, now E9 Brewing in Tacoma’s Historic Brewing District, bought the recipe for the breweries’ “Tacoma” brew and still serves it many, many years after the originating brewery held its last call. Tacoma’s first beer has a medium body accentuated with crisp Northwest hops.

E9 Kissa Me

4.8% ABV

In the search to offer something different, craft brewers sometimes turn to older forgotten styles. E9 Brewing recently teamed up with Double Mountain Brewery & Cidery to recreate a grisette, a type of farmhouse ale that dates to the late 1700s or early 1800s in southern Belgium. As with the saison, which originated as a beer made for farmhands, the grisette was seen as a beer intended to quench the thirst of miners. Grisettes are made with a combination of wheat and barley and are often fermented with saison yeast. The Kissa Me collaboration is supremely crushable and can conditioned.

E9 Don of Time

5.4% ABV

Donovan Stewart has spent some time in Tacoma. The city first got to know Stewart as a drummer in the stoner sludge metal band Mico de Noche playing Hell’s Kitchen on Sixth Avenue many times, although he rocked with bands Helltrout and Migas previously. Stewart moved to guitars, added more bands to his week — most notably Tacos! and Gold Sweats — as well as recording gigs. You could argue many Tacomans know Stewart as the longtime assistant brewer and now sales director at E9 Brewing. He and Head Brewer Shane Johns built a world class sour and saison program together, when they weren’t creating delicious IPAs and the house pale ale, Don of Time, brewed with Amarillo and Simcoe for a hoppy yet balanced pale with subtle citrus notes.

Double Mountain Hi Friend! IPA

6.3% ABV, 45 IBU

“A warm welcome of ripe grapefruit, tangelo, and bright forest greet the nose of this IPA, like old friends getting together for a high five and a few laughs,” states Double Mountain Hi Friend IPA hype. A collaboration with longtime friends E9 Brewing, this juicy IPA is “dry and quenching, light on the tongue, and pulling sticky citrus and forest aroma; it’s a perfect beer to welcome friends (safely) on those warm evenings when the spring is waning and summer is getting started.”

Double Mountain Burnside Skatepark

6.4% ABV, 50 IBU

Matt Swihart and Charlie Devereaux crossed paths while working at Full Sail Brewing in Hood River, Oregon. They became instant friends, chatting up food, beer and music while starring out Full Sail’s window at the beautiful Columbia Gorge. St. Patrick’s Day 2007, Swihart and Devereaux opened Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom across the street from Full Fail, named after the orchard Swihart owned, Double Mountain Orchards — where one can look in one direction and see Mt. Adams and then look in the other direction and see Mt. Hood. In August 2016, Double Mountain opened a second taproom location in the Woodstock neighborhood in Southeast Portland. Their Burnside Skatepark IPA benefits the skatepark located underneath Portland’s Burnside Bridge. Expect notes of guava, pineapple, dried mango, and a little Strawberry Cough.

LINK: Peaks & Pints cooler inventory