Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Positivity On The Fly

Ron Swarner

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Beer flights in TacomaWe woke up to rain in Tacoma’s Proctor District this morning, finishing off week seven of gloved-up social distancing, excessive cleaning and a takeout business model. While it may currently feel like we are living in a dystopian novel, for our own sanity, we will continue to serve the community and to work hard to find the bright side to this experience, which we do believe actually exists. In terms of our daily to-go beer flight on a rainy day, we came up with Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Positivity On The Fly. Cheers and be well!

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Positivity On The Fly

Silver-City-Charming-Disarmer-Wild-Ale-with-Peach-TacomaSilver City Charming Disarmer Wild Ale with Peach

5.4% ABV, 16 IBU

A disarmer, by definition, is someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes. That’s positive. Silver City Brewery’s Charming Disarmer Wild Ale with Peach draws you with her sweet demeanor, but it’s her wild side that captivates. Aged for two years in a barrel that once housed Chardonnay; peaches, wheat, and the vanilla character of the oak are brought together by Brettanomyces, lending a subtle, bright tartness.

Trap-Door-With-Our-Powers-CombinedTrap Door With Our Powers Combined

5% ABV

This Earth Day collaboration was the brainchild of Final Draft Taphouse to raise money for the Columbia Riverkeeper, a local environmental group focused on protecting clean water and our climate. Trap Door Brewing owner/head brewer Zane uses Francin Pilsner malt, salmon-safe Sterling hops, lager yeast, and Nelson, Mandarina and Ella hops for as hazy juicy lager with a hoppy nose and slight sweetness.

American-Solera-Pals-Pale-Ale-TacomaAmerican Solera Pals Pale Ale

5.6% ABV

We’re not sure why American Solera offers a Pals Pale Ale series with two guys hugging on the can. Maybe the Tulsa brewery enjoyed the hugs they received after being named second Best New Brewery in the World for 2016 and Best New Brewery in the United States for 2016 by RateBeer. According to Psychology Today, more frequent hugs are related to higher oxytocin levels and lower baseline blood pressure. Thus, frequent partner hugging enhances cardiovascular health and therefore potentially reduces the risk of heart disease. We’ll ponder that positively while enjoying this pale ale generously dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops for all that orange mango goodness.

Reubens-Summer-IPA-TacomaReuben’s Summer IPA

6.8% ABV, 50 IBU

The weather may be depressing, but you can keep your outlook sunny with a beer that’s as clear and bright as a warm summer day, like a solid American IPA. You can’t go wrong with a Reuben’s Brews‘ Summer IPA, whose hop forward and citrus fruit aromas will brighten any mood. Notes of orange and grapefruit, with a medium light body and slightly bitter finish, bring us hope for a sunny summer hanging out with friends and family.

Evil-Twin-I-Always-Look-Forward-To-My-Daily-Commute-On-I-95-TacomaEvil Twin I Always Look Forward To My Daily Commute On I-95

11% ABV

Interstate 95 is the main interstate highway on the East Coast of the United States, running from U.S. Route 1 in Miami, Florida to the Houlton–Woodstock border crossing with New Brunswick, Canada. The I-95 eastbound stretch from Exit 70A (I-80) to Exit 7A (I-695) is in the top 10 of most congested roadways in the county. Obviously, someone at Evil Twin Brewing is trying to look on the bright side or his or her daily commute on I-95 to the brewery, and double dry hopped this triple IPA with tongue firmly in cheek. The Citra, Galaxy, and Nelson hops offer orange juice, tangerine and Tang flavors with accents of coconut in the boozy IPA.