Saturday, April 8th, 2017

New Beer Saturday: Going In Style Edition

Ron Swarner

Cheers to the new beers in Peaks and Pints’ cooler.

We’re sitting here pondering the remake of 1979’s Going in Style this time starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin assuming the roles of pissed-off geezers who plot to rob the bank that holds their now-cancelled pension funds. Stick it to the Man, shart boys! It almost makes us forget that the characters in the original were holding up the bank not because it had actually screwed them, but simply because their life as retirees was too boring. What can we say? We didn’t need much to set us off back then.

Speaking of going in style, the re-release of Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA leads off Peaks and Pints New Beer Saturday, the bottles and cans that arrived at our little bottle shop in Tacoma’s Proctor District this week. …


Described as “the holy grail for hopheads,” the Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales’ 120 Minute IPA gets its name for how long it’s boiled for — two hours, using only the finest American hops in the brewing and fermenting process — the result is an out-of-this-world beer that’s definitely not for everyone. The 120 Minute pushes the human palette to the limit — maxing out at 120 IBUs (see a theme here?). Despite this, there’s a nice, smooth finish that follows the initial hoppy burn. Peaks and Pints has this treasure in our cooler to remind everyone of our special Pre Record Store Day party with Dogfish Head April 20. Every year, the Baltimore brewery creates the official beer of Record Store Day; this year a tropical blonde ale called Beer To Drink Music To ’17. The ale features hibiscus flowers and kiwi juice, with strong citrus fruit aromas, hints of grapefruit and floral notes and a crisp, dry finish. We’ll be pouring the Beer To Drink Music To ’17 — as well as 120 Minute IPA on tap, Olde School Barleywine, Palo Santo Marron and World Wide Stout. Every Dogfish Head beer ordered comes with a raffle ticket with a change to win an awesome Crosley/Dogfish Head turntable, which is on display at Peaks and Pints. In addition, bring in receipts from vinyl purchases April 1-20 for an extra chance to win the turntable. 12oz, 18%


There is a new variant of Evil Twin Brewing’s Even More Jesus that’s sweeter than anything that has come before. Even More Jesus Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrel Aged, a 12 percent ABV imperial stout aged in BLiS Gourmet bourbon-flavored maple syrup barrels is full, sweet and wreaking of ethanol. There’s big dark chocolate, raisins, dark dates, leather and spice on the tongue. The finish is insanely long and boozy. 22oz, 12%


Firestone Walker’s Parabola is a barrel-aged Russian imperial stout that has a lot of hype behind it, but it’s well-deserved hype. That’s why is sold out in our cooler the first day.


Arguably Michigan’s most sought-after brew, Kentucky Breakfast Stout is in Peaks and Pints’ cooler – and at first taste, the 2017 vintage is one of the best. Longtime fans will notice the annual Founders Brewing Co. release, an imperial stout with coffee and chocolate, cave-aged for months in bourbon barrels, is even more smooth and balanced than previous years. We immediately noticed less of the boozy heat than last year’s release, with roasty coffee notes taking center stage. 12oz, 12.4%


The Petaluma, California brewery brews this seasonal triple IPA as a tribute to the Waldos, the group of kids who attended San Rafael High School in the early 1970s. The kids received their name because they would hang out around a wall. The Waldos are most well known for being the founding fathers of 420. They created the slang term as a covert way to gather after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke weed. Dude, Waldos’ Special Ale is dank and sticky. 22oz, 11.5%


The craft beer scene is full of colorful characters. There’s something in the DNA of brewers and founders that prioritizes individuality and the pursuit of fun. As a case in point, Melvin Brewing’s co-founders have the creative titles of “Field Hoperative” and “Head Donkey.” The Field Hoperative and Head Donkey have created a line of boozy hop bombs including the Drunken Master IIPA, a 2016 National IPA Champion, with a blend of Citra, Columbus and as-yet-unnamed hop varietals. 12oz, 9%


Brewed with Simcoe, Polaris and Mosaic — and utilizing a lean and dry grain bill — Mollusk‘s Introspective Polarity Accelerator IPA is super fruity with hints of pineapple, mint and coniferous throughout. 500ml, 6.5


Michael Jackson describes “Berlin White Beer” as having an “insistent sparkle, a fragrant fruitiness in the nose, a sharp, dry palate, and a frisson of quenching, sour acidity in the finish.” North Coast Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse is made with the juice of Michigan Montmorency cherries, whose addition softens the lactic finish of the beer and gives it a springtime blush. 22oz, 4.1%


pFriem Family Brewers have created a pale ale that drinks like a light pilsner. It hits the nose with crunchy malts, lemon, grass, dandelions and berries. It goes down light and quickly with very little bitterness until a big grassy bouquet of hop flavor sweeps along the back like a fresh spring breeze. It ends very crisply with a little lingering green weedy hop flavor. 16.9oz, 5%

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon

Ace Berry Cider

Bear Republic Fastback Racer Double IPA

Bellevue IPA

Bellevue WTA Tangerine Pale Ale

Black Raven Spring beak key Lime IPA

Breakside Wanderlust IPA

Evil Twin Falco IPA

Grand Teton BA Double Vision Doppelbock

Hair of the Dog Blue Dot

Mollusk Aloha St. Witt

Odin Asgard IPA

pFriem Golden Coffee

Puyallup River Brewing Pineapple Ghost Pepper

Schilling Passport Pineapple Passionfruit

Silver City Bourbon Barrel Aged Fat Scotch Ale

Uinta Birthday Suit

Uinta Lime Pils

Urban Family Brewing Heart of Stone Sour Ale

… and 600 different craft beers and ciders in our cooler.