Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Irish Beer On the Fly

Ron Swarner

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Beer flights in TacomaPeaks and Pints Pilot Program: Irish Beer On The Fly

First and foremost, your health and safety is our priority. Peaks & Pints is lucky to have such a dedicated and loyal customer base with many of you whom we consider friends and family. As we would with our own families, we want each and every one of you to remain in top physical and mental health through this whole thing. This is a first for all of us and we’re in this together. That being said, as most of you know that our license allows us to sell packaged beer (cans and bottles) To-Go off-premise. At this time Peaks & Pints will open our doors open to you to offer to-go beer, wine and cider sales, as well as growler fills and take-out food. We’ve taken extra precautions in all of our establishments, implemented additional operational steps to reduce risk and enhanced safety protocols. We’re also continuing our daily flights, but a portable version. We’ll create daily themed to-go flight that will hopefully bring a little light in these dark times. Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, we’re leading off with Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Irish Beer On the Fly, a to-go beer flight of Irish-themed craft beers.

Thank you for supporting small businesses like ours. We hope since we can’t comfort you in our home as usual that we can provider a little comfort in yours.

Iron-Horse-Quilters-Irish-Death-TacomaIron Horse Quilter’s Irish Death

7.8% ABV, 12 IBU, can

Ellensburg, Washington’s Iron Horse Brewery is an iconoclastic brewery. They’re not ones to copy/paste a style into their profile just to compete with the Irish beer giants. Quilter’s Irish Death was born of a reverence to the dry Irish stout. Created by the Iron Horse Brewery founder Jim Quilter, this craft beer has been called a sweet stout, strong ale and Scotch Ale. We call it delicious with a massive amount of malt that goes down easy. On the nose, caramel malt was definite and distinct. On the tongue, is over-the-top malty with sweetness and caramel flavor. We survived this beer candy to see another day.

Oakshire-Dry-Irish-Stout-TacomaOakshire Dry Irish Stout

4.1% ABV, 30 IBU, growler draft

Irish stout, also known as a dry stout, has been combined into the Dry Irish Stout by Oakshire Brewing. The Irish stout is very much the archetype of dark beers, if not the national drink of Ireland. The Irish stout offers a vivid, even silky black color with a creamy brown head. The dry stout gains much of its bitter character from roasted barley. Overall, expect this style of stout to have an emphasis on the chocolate and caramel flavor of malts, with a distinct dry-roasted bitterness in the finish. These stouts look thick, but are actually medium to light-medium bodied. Oakshire’s version has fresh drip coffee, chocolate and dark fruit on the nose. Bitterness from the hops and dark malt cross the tongue leading to waves of classic roasted malt character, baker’s chocolate and a refreshing drying finish.

Guinness-Extra-Stout-TacomaGuinness Extra Stout

4.2% ABV, 45 IBU, can

Arthur Guinness actually began by brewing ales and porters. It wasn’t until 1819, with the introduction of Daniel Wheeler’s black “patent” malt, that stouts began to be brewed. The words “dry” or “Irish” are often tacked on to “stout” in order to differentiate it from English and American sweet or milk stouts, which usually contain oatmeal or lactose. Yes, the Guinness brewery in Park Royal, London closed in 2005. The production of all Guinness sold in the UK and Ireland was moved to St. James’ Gate Brewery, Dublin. Guinness Extra Stout is a top-fermenting brew made with roasted malts and roasted unmalted barley. It’s classified as a “dry stout” or “Irish stout” — smoother and roastier than its English and American counterparts. The regular stuff is extra-dark with a black hue and a dense, tan-colored foam. Despite its dark color and strong flavor it’s medium-bodied and quite drinkable.

Triceratops-Irish-Lager-TacomaTriceratops Irish Lager

4.9% ABV, can

After years of home brewing Rob Horn decided to make it official and he and his wife, Kelly, opened their tiny Triceratops Brewing in August of 2014. With the last name Horn and three awesome kids, is there really any other name? At first, they brewed out of their home garage. After thriving there for three years they opened a tasting room next to Matchless Brewing in Tumwater. The Horns brewed Irish Lager, a premium lager brewed with Pilsner malt from Ireland and East Kent Golding hops. Floral, earthy and slightly grassy on the nose, the aroma brings to mind a spring meadow, while the golden color suggests a light, crisp taste with notes of honey.

Triceratops-Collin-James-Irish-Red-Ale-TacomaTriceratops Collin James Irish Red Ale

5% ABV, can

Low in alcohol and bitterness, Collin James Irish Red Ale is a well-balanced people pleaser. Lightly hopped with the mild, earthy, and somewhat woody Fuggle variety, this beer entices the nose with a rich, toffee-like aroma. Meanwhile, notes of plum and raisin play with a slightly bready and nutty flavor provided by Irish ale malt and a touch of roasted barley.