Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Cascara Farewell
The falling leaves are changing color. The trees are becoming bare. And, frankly, Peaks & Pints is melancholy. This time of year marks the end of our yearlong house beer. Like past years, we’ve had a blast with Kulshan Brewing and our Tree-dimensional IPA. This year, though, we must also say goodbye to Tacoma Tree Foundation Executive Director Sarah Low’s weekly tree column. Inspired by our Tree-dimensional IPA, Low shined a spotlight on 34 different trees growing in Tacoma — 35 if you count this cascara tree post — describing their history and traits and how they related her emotions. It’s going to be hard to leaf this column (tree pun!).
“Partnering with Peaks & Pints on these weekly tree posts has reminded me how much peace and serenity I get from paying deep attention to trees,” says Low while holding two young cascaras ready to plant. “It’s with so much gratitude to Peaks and Pints that I write this last post.
“Fall is for planting trees and in preparation we have been growing trees from seedlings all summer,” she continues. “One of them is cascara, now Frangula purshiana (not to be confused with the cascara the skin of a coffee bean). This plant is known for its ability to aid in healing, particularly to cleanse the gut, so to speak. This Pacific Northwest native is a small tree with shiny, dark green leaves. It is hard to come by in nurseries but it is an adaptable tree that can thrive even as a street tree and is loved by songbirds.
“Covid-19 has required that we all shift and adapt in ways that we wouldn’t have imagined a year ago, that we dig deep into our personal archives for the emotional resources that can help us thrive despite uncertainty.
“Be well, take care, and go outside.”
Thank you Sarah!
Head to the Proctor District for a Campfire Crowler fill of Tree-dimensional IPA (6.8%) at Peaks & Pints. Kulshan Brewing collaborated with the Tacoma craft beer lodge on their house beer. Paying homage to the outdoor enthusiasts who join Peaks daily in Tacoma’s Proctor District, Tree-dimensional IPA is the perfect beer to toast the powder, currents or trails, as well as reveal the sprains. Tree-dimensional IPA, or Tree-D, continues Peaks & Pints’ love affair with old school piney IPAs, this time brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, CTZ, Centennial, and whole leaf Cascade in the hop back for all the pine, a little citrus, with a creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish.
Tacoma Tree Foundation is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting community members in neighborhood-based greening. In other words, the Tacoma organization strives for a greener, healthier, more connected Tacoma — which plants well with Peaks and Pints.