Friday, January 19th, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Pink


Tacoma Arts Live is bringing in pianist Thomas Lauderdale and his legendary Portland-based jazz and classical pop ensemble will perform at the Pantages Theater next Friday. Pink Martini‘s blend of American swing, Latin rhythms and chamber arrangements give the group’s largely original material mass appeal. Lauderdale of Portland, Oregon, founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994. Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums, and fashion shows. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. Their music has gone on to become a genre unto itself. Since Tacoma Arts Live hosts Pink Martini at the Pantages next Friday, Peaks & Pints presents an in-house flight of pink beer to inspire your plans for the show. Sip on Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Pink while you buy your tickets and plan your outfits for next Friday.

Pink Martini performs at the Pantages Theater Friday, Jan. 26. 

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Pink

Anderson Valley Framboise Rose Gose

4.2% ABV

Developed as their take on a rosé in beer form, the brewers at Anderson Valley Brewing brought Framboise Rose Gose to life by adding rose hips to the boil and fresh raspberry puree at the end of fermentation.  These additions result in a light ruby hued kettle-soured beer highlighted by subtle raspberry fruit notes that greet the nose and fall soft on the palate; tangy, hibiscus-like flavors that mingle with the salty tartness of gose to create a uniquely complex, pink, and refreshing drinking experience.

Skygazer Watercolors Christmas Creamee

5.5% ABV, can

Smoothie sour beers (also known as pastry sours) are the evolution of the fruited kettle soured beers that made a resurgence and grew incredibly popular in the early part of the 2010s. Around the same time, brewers began to add non-traditional ingredients to traditional styles to recreate baked goods and desserts in liquid form. At their essence, the common denominator is always extremely large amounts of unfermented fruit puree. By leaving the fruit unfermented, the brewer is essentially trying to make a beer that looks, smells, and drinks like a fruit smoothie from a juice café, but with alcohol. After that is achieved, there is a never-ending list of adjuncts and spices that can be added to create whatever flavor a brewer wants. Skygazer Brewing added gingerbread and marshmallow to tons of cranberries, cherries, tangerines, and pomegranates to make their Watercolors Christmas Creamee smoothie sour.

pFriem Frambozen

5.7% ABV

Pfriem Family Brewers brews their Frambozen with a malt bill of Gambrinus Canadian Pilsner malt, Rahr unmalted wheat, and Rahr red wheat under aged whole leaf noble hops. With a lactic bacterial culture and Brett, plus red raspberries from Hoffman Farms in Sherwood, Oregon, then aged in French oak barrels, Frambozen arrives a deep fuchsia, pink foam-topped nectar with perfumy aromas of fresh fruit, and flavors of fresh jam, plus a tart, prickly finish.

Fair Isle Cherry Pedro

6.8% ABV

Fair Isle Brewing’s Cherry Pedro took 3 years to create. A blend of 12- and 30-month-old beer aged in French Oak puncheons, this extended maturation allowed some more assertive acidity to come through, without finishing with a bracing sour note. The older beer in the blend brings more depth and a layered acid profile, while the younger beer contributes vivacity and fruitiness. After selecting puncheons and blending, Fair Isle then transferred Pedro on to Montmorency cherries from Eastern Washington. Here the beer went through a secondary refermentation on the fruit creating complex notes of cinnamon, toffee, and figs with a pink-ish hue.

Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René

7% ABV

Lindemans adds whole krieken cherries to a lambic that has aged for at least 6xmonths old in oak foeders to create Oude Kriek Cuvée René. These krieken cherries then ferment in the barrel for at least another 6 months until they produce a lovely kriekenlambiek. This lambic is then transferred into 75cl bottles where it continues to ferment. The fermentation in the bottle produces carbon dioxide, which accounts for the delicate bubbles and almost translucent collar of froth. Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René takes on a ruby-red color in the glass covered by a pinkish-red cloud of froth. This kriek is a thirst quencher par excellence. Its slightly sour and sparkling taste turns it into an ideal aperitif.

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