Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Peaks and Pints Barleywine Fest and The Favourite


Peaks and Pints Barleywine Fest and The Favourite


Thursday, Dec. 20 2018 — Jonah Hill turns 35 today

Peaks and Pints Weather Guy has today’s weather for the Spruce River Trail along Lake Crescent.

Today’s Morning Foam was compiled while watching a former NASA engineer devise an ingenious glitter bomb to take on front porch package thieves.


The Barleywine Revue bluegrass band performs at 7 p.m. inside Peaks and Pints.

You fancy yourself cultured, don’t you? You do. It’s so obvious. If only you knew how obvious it is. You’re one of the special people: You’ve been to Europe (Eastern Europe, no less), you speak French, you’re dying to get to Hong Kong, you’ve at least tried to read Proust (and, as it was last year, it’s a resolution for the new year), you love both Spike Jonze and Douglas Sirk. We’re impressed.

Bet you ain’t never drank no barleywine, fancy pants. Peaks and Pints offers you the chance to enjoy a half dozen or more at 7 p.m. tonight. It’s our annual A Barleywine Carol party where we pair barleywines with live bluegrass from Tacoma’s amazing Barleywine Revue band. It’s a hoot.

Despite its name, the barleywine is indeed a beer but at wine strength — ranging as low as 7-percent alcohol by volume in British versions and upwards of 15 percent in American interpretations. The focus is traditionally on big malts, though American brewers tend to hop them up, which provides even more diversity and interesting flavors across the board.

Barleywine is a huge beer, both in flavor and alcohol content. It’s the color of deep maple wood; it has a tiny head and not all that much carbonation. As a result, it sort of glides past the taste buds. Unlike most of those Frankenstein beers that have fruit added to them, nothing’s forced or contrived about barleywine. It is what it is: a big, brawny beer, one that will fill you up, then lay you down on the floor and give you sweet, sweet kisses on the cheek.

A BARLEYWINE CAROL, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Peaks and Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma, no cover


Bale Breaker Brewing Co. has released new can designs for its core four beers: Topcutter IPA, Bottomcutter IIPA, Field 41 Pale Ale and Leota Mae IPA. The Yakima Valley brewery has loaded an RV with the new cans and will tour the Pacific Northwest, including a stop at Peaks and Pints at 3:30 p.m. today! Click here for details.

The maker of Budweiser is partnering with medical cannabis company Tilray in a $100 million deal to research cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market. The alliance announced Wednesday is the latest foray by a major beer company into the cannabis business in Canada, which legalized recreational marijuana in October.

Fort George Brewery’s Festival of Dark Arts has been sold out for weeks, but BREWVANA has a limited number of tickets for sale. The festival, which is taking place on Saturday, Feb. 16, will feature a lineup of over 60 bold and unique stouts. These highly coveted BREWVANA tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. The $109 BREWVANA ticket will include round-trip transportation to Astoria, admission to the festival, tasting mug, 12 tasting tokens, a BREWVANA tasting journal, and a pretzel necklace for palate cleansing.

Pike Brewing’s Chocofest 2019 will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Seattle brewery’s pub and brewery near Pike Place Market, taking over all three floors of the facility. Chocofest features lots of beer and other treats from local vendors. Beer, wine, cider, spirits, cheese, meat, seafood and more. Of course, there will be chocolate. Tickets are on sale now.


THE FAVOURITE, The Grand Cinema: Filmed mostly at Hatfield House, a 17th-century country estate north of London, The Favourite depicts the courtly world of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), the gout-suffering, childless monarch who reigned from 1702 to 1714. Americans might know her only by the lacy weed named for her, but her years on the throne were actually quite remarkable, remembered for the creation of Great Britain by uniting England and Scotland, the rise of two-party politics, and a resolution to the War of Spanish Succession. 1:05, 3:45, 6:30 and 9:10 p.m., 606 S. Fawcett, Tacoma

KAREEM KANDI BAND, Shakabrah Java: Saxophonist Kareem Kandi’s sound derives from the classic, free, often enthusiastic tradition of Joshua Redman as filtered through Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt, all of whose shadows can be traced — Redman in Kandi’s funky organicism, Gordon in his dynamic harmonics, Stitt in the intensity that coats his every note with a Gritty City finish. 8 p.m., 2618 Sixth Ave., Tacoma