Friday, August 31, 2012

TCBF - Who's Coming?

Check out the brewery list for tomorrow's Tacoma Craft Beer Festival on Foss Waterway! There are some very exciting line items on the listola below and my mouth hole is watering in anticipation...

1. Full Sail Brewing
2. Silver City Brewing
3. Odin Brewing Co
4. Snoqualmie Fall Brewing
5. Wingman Brewers
6. Ninkasi Brewing Company
7. Hopworks Brewing
8. M. T. Head Brewing Co.
9. Mac & Jack's
10. Maui Brewing Co
11. Alaskan Brewing
12. Deschutes Brewery
13. Stone Brewing Co
14. Unibroue Brewery
15. DUO Brewing
16. Everybody's Brewing
17. Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
18. Tieton Cider Works
19. Harmon Brewing Co.
20. Airways Brewing Company
21. American Brewing Company
22. Dicks Brewing Co.
23. Pyramid Breweries
24. Ayinger
25. Fish Brewing Company
26. Iron Horse Brewery
27. Schooner Exact Brewing Co.
28. Two Beers Brewing Co.
29. Pike Brewing Company
30. Georgetown Brewing
31. Chuckanut Brewing
32. E9
33. Double Mountain Brewing
34. 7 Seas Brewing
35. Avery Brewing
36. Port Townsend Brewing
37. Lazy Boy
38. New Belgium
39. Powerhouse
40. Firestone Walker
41. Hales
42. Kona
43. Widmer
44. Redhook
45. Alpine
46. Bear Republic
47. Dogfish
48. Ommegang
49. Flyers
50. North Coast
51. Northwest
52. Port/Lost Abbey
53. Scuttlebutt
54. Hillards
55. Puyallup River
56. Great Divide
57. Belukus

Can't wait to enjoy the sunny weather with a crap ton of awesome Tacoma (& other) people doing what we do best, imbibe craft beer deliciousness!

Check out the TCBF site for all the info on where, when, how, (there is no why, there is only DO), what, etc. And if you have some idle time for reading about the awesomeness that is TCBF, check out the Tacoma Weekly Article from last week.  I totally dig their photo selection!

Cheers & see ya tomorrow!!!
the pissed liBEERian

We ARE!!!!

 Photo and additional excitement over TCBF being tomorrow provided by The Real MGD

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tacoma Craft Beer Fest - Are you ready?

A pictorial recap of...
Tacoma Craft Beer Fest

They came in long buses, taxis and cars.
They came from their homes, the shopping mall, bars!

They came alone and in groups, to have a wee taste.
They came in great haste; all to taste, taste, taste, TASTE!

For TCBF offered the loveliest of times!
Afterall, it inspired MGD to bust out some rhymes.

PL Disclaimer: Pictorial commentary below provided by the Real MGD...

 Seven Seas brought their Rude Parrot once again, often seen at TCBF garnished with a hop flower! Mike also brought temp tats, which you know the PL can't resist.

As you can tell from the photos, the weather was superb. If Sean Jackson's (Engine House #9) smile is a factor, it'll be sunny and warm again this year.
TRH's Chris Miller seemed to be having a grand time also!
The PL always seems to end up sailing the Schooner Exact, hmmm...
TCBF Co-organizer Roxi and the PL make a Kenny Zee Beerman sammy
The Park Way Tavern plied their wares (and more temporary tats!) as an event sponsor
Beer Bloggers Union meeting, with guest speaker Mike Runion

With plenty of grass to sit on and space to cavort, the location was a big improvement over 2010. TCBF 2012 is in the same location
The day ended too soon for most festival-goers, most likely due to an underestimation of Tacoma's ability to drink lots of craft beer!
But the party continued for Colin and other hard core hopheads at our home-away-from-home!


You can see with your eyes,
all the fun had last year.

From beginning to end,
folks were full of good cheer!

Won't you join us again
for some fun, sun and beer?

Beer, beer, beer, BEER!

 Round 4 of the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival will surely not disappoint so ya best come on down and join the festivities! 
More info can be found below and at

Tacoma Craft Beer Fest
Saturday, September the 1st, 2012
11am to 8pm
50+ Craft Breweries
At the 21st Street Park on the Foss Waterway
2101 Dock Street, Tacoma WA 98402
21+ only
$25 pre-sale online July 15th, 2012
$30 at the door
$10 Active Duty Military discount at the door only
5.5 oz commemorative taster glass + 10 tasting tokens
Additional 5.5 oz pours: $1.50
Great Food
Live Entertainment

All profits benefiting Tacoma Historical Society. This event is being held to bring together those that are passionate about craft beer, and to further build community while promoting this amazing beverage in the South Sound. Please hop on board for our 4th year! This event will surely be one to look forward to annually.
  Last year ticket sales shut down at 4:30pm due to the availability of beer on hand. This year, we're increasing our brewers from 41 to over 50, but plan ahead and buy your tickets online!

See ya there kids!
Stay tuned of a beer list of what's pouring at the upcoming fest!
the pissed liBEERian

Photos and random commentary courtesy of The Real MGD because he's kind of a big deal.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy 5th Anniversary to World Beers of Tacoma!

Happiest of Anniversaries to one of my favorite places in Tacoma: World Beers of Tacoma. They've been selling an eclectic mix of brews for 5 years now and their happy little shop has gone through many changes in the short time that I've known and loved them.

During the last year they went full into the beery goodness by putting the cigar portion of their operation in a different facility, installed several taps so they could start serving pints and filling growlers, host weekly tasting nights, and now there is even a beer garden! Oh and there is pinball. It's basically went from being great to holy effing magical.

They've put together a beer lineup for their 5th Anniversary that would be sure to give anyone some relevant wood. (Don't be sick, click on the link to see the correlation.) Hope to see all of Tacoma come out to join in on the festivities this weekend!  Bring growlers. Come early. Stay late.

Friday July 13th – Pike Brewing Tasting Night kicks it off at 5:00 with great beers and prizes galore.

Saturday July 14th – This is the day you don’t want to miss. Free Food, Live Music, More prizes and giveaways, a Beer Trivia Contest, Beer Floats, and a taplist that includes Two Beers Brewing, Schooner Exact, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Double Mountain, Boneyard, Southern Tier and Deschutes.

Sunday July 15th - Probably worth stopping by to see what the masses didn't fully demolish with their mouth holes, just sayin'.

Cheers to World Beers!
the pissed liBEERian

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Washington Brewers Festival 2012 Beer Listholio

This weekend (Friday, June 15th through Sunday, June 17th) is Washington Brewers Festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA. Rain or shine, fun will surely be had and delicious craft beer will most definitely enjoyed. You don't want to miss it!

Here is a recap from our 2011 Brewers Festival experience, for your reading pleasure.

For all the info on times, tickets, and other such junk you can hit up the Washington Beer Commission site.

Below you will find my Picks of Beer Awesomeness for the Washing Brewers Festival coming up this weekend. For a complete list of beers being served up this weekend, click here.

* = Beer poured on Friday only (if you go on Friday, I highly suggest getting there early)
S = Beer poured on Sat/Sun only
! = Beer I will probably end up drinking based solely on its name

192 Brewing
Granny’s Apple Ale

7 Seas Brewing
Rude Parrot IPA (So excited that this will be pouring, one of my fave 7Seas brews!)

Airways Brewing (S)
Ol’ Wooden Hag IPA
Coconut Cream Ale (!)
Rotating Cask

American Brewing
Piper’s Scotch Ale

Anacortes Brewery
Cask IPA*

Barhop Brewing
PA 7
Predecessor ESB
Six Confessions Scotch Ale
Red Neck Logger

Big Al Brewing
5 Star Chile IPA (If this was MGD's blog he would triple bold and highlight this one)
Rat City Blonde
Brewer’s Select (By 'Brewer's Select' I hope they mean one of their sours...)

Big Time Brewery
Icculus Pale Ale
Homegrown IPA

Black Raven Brewing
Pina Colada IPA
Kitty Kat Blues*

Brickyard Brewing
Brickyard IPA
Masonary Stout

Diamond Knot Brewing
Possession Porter*

Dick’s Brewing (S)
Working Man’s Brown

Dirty Bucket Brewing
XXX-Tra Filthy IPA (!) (Extra filthy, just how I like it)
Full Nelson Black Ale*

E9 Brewery (S)
Dry- Hop Tacoma Brew
Golden Berry Hefe
Rowdy & Dick amber

Elliott Bay Brewing (S)
Organic Coffee Stout
Aussie Double IPA
Three Tree Imperial Porter

Elysian Brewing
Ruin: Rosemary Agave IPA
Great Pumpkin
Zephyrus Pilsner Cask

Fish Brewing  (S)
Swordfish Cascadian Dark Ale
Leavenworth Blackbird Island Hopfenweizen

Flyers Restaurant and Brewery
Mile High Summer Rye
Pacemaker Porter
Barnstormer Brown Ale
Jet Fuel Coffee Porter*

Foggy Noggin Brewing
Chief Lightfoot (Saturday Only)
Little Chief (Sunday Only)
Big Chief (Imperial Irish Red)

Fremont Brewing
Kentuck Dark Star*

Gallaghers Where U Brew
White Knuckle IPA
Blonde in the Back

Georgetown Brewing
Craigalicious Black Lager*
Johnny Utah Session IPA (S) (!!!!!!)

Hale’s Ales Brewery and Pub
Wit (Chardonnay Barrel Aged)

Harmon Brewing (S)
Expedition Amber

Hood Canal Brewery
Big Beer Oatmeal

Issaquah Brewhouse
Frog in the Rye IPA
Rogue Chocolate Stout on Cask*

Kona Brewing (S)
Wailua Wheat (Scored a Kona beach towel last year through my powerful powers of persuasion, can't wait to see them again!)

Kulshan Brewing (S)
Bastard Kat
Good ol’ Boy Pale

Lantern Brewing
Sour Pale

North Sound Brewing
Bitter Rain
Oaked Hazelnut Goosetown Brown

Northern Lights Brewing
Solar Winds
Blue Berry Creme Ale

NW Peaks Brewery (S)
Redoubt Red
Black Blonde

Odin Brewing
Odin’s Gift- Juniper Amber Ale
Thor’s Limited Release

Paradise Creek Brewery
Dirty Blonde (!)
Paradise Hoe (!)
Hopocalypse Cascadian Black IPA*

Pike Brewing
Pike Space Needle Golden Anniversary IPA

Port Townsend Brewing
Peeping  Peater Scotch Ale (!)

Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Cask Peachy Keen Pale Ale

Riverport Brewing
Bullseye P.A.
5/5 Pepper Beer

Schooner Exact Brewing
Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat (Don't even get me started...)
West Point Pale Ale
Latona 25th Anniversary*
Raspberry Sour Brown (Sunday only.. 1/6 bbl)

Silver City Brewery
Ziggy Zoggy
Whoop Pass Double IPA*

Skookum Brewery

Snipes Mt. Brewery
Quinceanera* (We were on a blending panel at Snipes to help create this beer in the Spring, we might be helping pour it so come say hello!)

Trade Route Brewing
Midnight Ale
Beach Blonde
Ginger Pale Ale*

Twelve Bar Brews (S)
Wicked Riff
Turnaround Red

Twelve String Brewing
G-String Blonde (!)
C#7#5 IPA
Drop D Stout*

Two Beers Brewing
Mango and Orange Infused Evo. IPA
Ginger and LiMe Infused Panorama Wheat
Cask Evo. IPA*

Widmer Brothers Brewing
Marionberry Hibiscus Gose

Wingman Brewers
Pomegranate P-51 Porter
Peanut Butter Coconut Porter*

the pissed liBEERian 

Micah Sims of Big Al, Chad Roberts of Snipes and me enjoying ourselves at the 2011 Brewers Fest

Thursday, April 26, 2012

May Craft Beer Events

May Craft Beer Events & Going Ons
in and around Tacoma
(including related events outside of Tacoma that I think are rad and/or will be attending personally)

Thursday 3rd - Give Blood Get Beer @ Great American Casino (Lakewood) Cascade Regional Blood Services brings a bloodmobile to the sponsoring business for a Pint-for-Pint blood drive around lunch time or early afternoon. All registered donors receive a prepaid coupon for a pint of beer that can be redeemed beginning the day following the drive.

Tuesday 8th - Science Cafe @ The Swiss Pub (Tacoma, 6:30p) 'Preserving Asia's Wild Cats' is the topic of this month's Science Cafe, put on by the PacSci Center and KCTS9. Come to the Swiss Pub to participate in a discussion about the following: Clouded leopards, fishing cats, bay cats, and more: Southeast Asia's wild cats are beautiful and fascinating, yet poorly understood. At the May Tacoma Science Cafe, join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium zoologist Karen Povey to explore the challenges of studying these elusive cats in the wild and learn how our actions can impact the survival of rare species half a world away. You can learn about more Science Cafes by checking out their schedule of talks also taking place in Kirkland and Seattle.

Thurs. 10th thru Sun. 20th - Seattle Beer Week 2012 (All over Seattle!) An insane amount of craft beer awesome events are happening for Seattle Beer Week this month, no one person can possibly do them all! Might be a challenge tho... so get out there and try your darndest.

Thurs. 5/10 Cask-O-Rama Pt.1 (BPP)
Fri. 5/11 Back in Black Stout Fest (Brouwer's Cafe) & Cask-O-Rama Pt.2 (BPP)
Sat. 5/12 Pine Box Can Derby (The Pine Box) & Brewers Mini-Golf Blowout (Interbay Golf Center)
Sun. 5/13 Iron Brewer Triple Header (BPP)
Mon. 5/14 This is Washington Dammit! (BPP) & Beer Bingo! (Pyramid) & Big Al's Brewery Night (Columbia City Alehouse) & Big Sky Ride the Bull Night (Brouwer's Cafe)
Tues. 5/15 Northwest Women in Beer (Pike Brewing Co.) & New Brewers' Night (Park Pub) & Bottleworks Cellar Tasting (Bottleworks)
Wed. 5/16 Score on Skip (American Brewing Co.) & All Beer Quiz Night (BPP) & New Belgium Sour Symposium (Stumbling Monk) & Snipes Mountain Sour Night (The Noble Fir)
Thurs. 5/17 Sour Fest (Brouwer's Cafe) & Wall of Casks (Latona Pub)
Fri. 5/18 Bodacious Brewfest (BPP)
Sat. 5/19 Beer Sensory Panel w/ Jamie Floyd (Bottleworks)

Saturday 12th -  
Gig Harbor Beer Festival (Gig Harbor, noon-7p) Check out the site for information on tickets and which brewers will be representin'. This is the first beer festival in Gig Harbor and I'm sure the sun will be a shining!!!
Pocket Aces Double IPA Release @ Wingman Brewery Tap Room (Tacoma, 2-11p) Head on down to the new Wingman Tap Room for a pint of their New Pocket Aces Double IPA. There's only one keg of it so show up early!

Wednesday 16th
-Wingman Brewers Night @ Dog & Pony (Renton, 6:30p) There should be a Wingman beer on tap for every kind the Wingman guys have available at that time. Go drink and enjoy some local 253 goodness!
-Silver City Tap Room Opening @ Silver City Brewery (Bremerton, 3p)
Silver City Brewery Taproom will open to the public on Wednesday May 16th. The Taproom will feature all of their annual offerings, seasonal brews, specialty releases, small & pilot batch & experimental beers on tap for guests to try & enjoy. All beers will be available in samples or pints to enjoy, with most available for growler fills, 22oz bottles & kegs to go. Silver City Taproom will also offer retail merchandise and daily brewery tours.
Thursday 17th - (SBWk Event) Sour Fest @ Brouwer's Cafe (Seattle, 11a) This might be a day worth getting off work early for... Russian River Supplication, Temptation, Several Cantillions, Cascade has something in the works, as does New Belgium, Double Mountain Devil's Kriek, and so many more. Oh my!

Friday 18th - Give Blood Get Beer @ The Spar (Tacoma) Cascade Regional Blood Services brings a bloodmobile to the sponsoring business for a Pint-for-Pint blood drive around lunch time or early afternoon. All registered donors receive a prepaid coupon for a pint of beer that can be redeemed beginning the day following the drive.

Wednesday 23rd - Wingman Brewers Can Release Party @ 99 Bottles (Federal Way, 4-7:30p) That's right! Wingman Brewers of Tacoma is now packaging some of their beers... in cans! Why cans? It keeps beer fresher, protecting it from light and oxygen better than the bottle. And you can take cans nearly anywhere: River rafting, golfing,... Meet head brewer Ken Thoburn and taste Wingman's canned beers for $1 and bring photo id. The first 48 tasters get a FREE Wingman pint glass!!                                         

Saturday 26th - Made in Tacoma @ Wingman Brewery (Tacoma, 6-11p) Madrona Coffee, 21Cellars Winery, Barrel 51 BBQ, and Backcountry Creamery will be joining Wingman Brewers in a celebration of products made in Tacoma. There will be beer, coffee, wine, cheese, and BBQ. Check out their event page to RSVP and get more information.

Reoccurring Events

Randall Wrecker Mondays @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, 6p) - A new beer (and much more!) will be thrown into Parkway's Randall every Monday night for your mouthhole delight. They even have a Randall Wrecker punch card!

Beer Tasting Wednesdays @ Tacoma World Beers (Tacoma, 4-7p) Hit up your localest of local beer stores every Wednesday for a $2 beer tasting. You can always make your own tasting from the beers they have on tap but check out their Facebook page or sign up for the newsletter to see what special beers are being served every week.

Cask Thursdays @ Airways Brewing Tap Room (Kent, 4p) - A firkin will be tapped every Thursday at their Tap Room. You can find weekly updates on what cask ales are being served on their website.

Growler Fills @ Wingman Brewery (Tacoma) - New Taproom open!!! Newly located at 509 1/2 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, 98421. Swing by for a growler fill or taste of their lovely beer on Thurs, Fri & Sat from 2-11p.

the pissed liBEERian 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Things are brewing in Puyallup!

It appears that things are really brewing (sorry, I couldn't help myself) in the Puyallup area lately. In addition to the oh so loverly Power House Brewery, the area now hails as the home of both DUO Brewing and Puyallup River Brewing. My experience with the guys and brews behind each of these breweries has been a pleasure in many ways (and by pleasurable I am referring to free bottles of beer and not being scolded in 'class' for talking too much) and I am stoked to see both places making a go of it.

I initially met Puyallup River Brewing's Eric Akeson through my blog (he was a long time reader, first time stalker) and we have become good, beery friends ever since. I was privileged to sample some of his ales early on and am excited to see what progressions have come of the movement to a larger system. Puyallup River is doing bottles only to start and you can currently grab a few at Tacoma Boys, H&L Produce and 99 Bottles. Thank goodness for our new beer fridge (which  has essentially converted a typical, everyday garage into what we lovingly call Beertopia; a heavily guarded and padlocked Beertopia that is...), we are now free of space issues when it comes to buying beer. First brews on my list to snag will be the Paradise Blonde Saison (adorable blond chickie on the label has my salivating, even if the beer style isn't one of my faves) and the Fryingpan Cascadian Red Ale (for obvious reasons).

See? Adorable!
On a random whim of mutual inspiration, my superb minion Basil and I signed up for a Beginners Homebrewing class at the King County Library. Dan O'Leary (of DUO Brewing) helped teach the class, which was not only informative but made the endeavor of homebrewing seem both easy and approachable. Which explains why I still haven't gotten around to doing it yet... The first thing I noticed about Dan was that he was sporting one of those bottle opener rings. Plus he and his co-teacher were willing to take cheesy pics with me for my blog, so my first impression was obviously a favorable one. I've gotten to know Dan a bit through the interwebs and have had his beer at a couple of festivals now. DUO Brewing been a long time dream for both Dan and his wife Heather, who have dealt with a fair share of hardships getting started up. You can find DUO's beer in a few places around Tacoma such as at Engine House No. 9 and The Red Hot, but check out their website for what brews are currently on tap elsewhere. They have hopes to distribute some 22oz bottles on the farmers market scene this summer so keep your eyes peeled!
Dan and I at Belgianfest '12, enjoying some beer and randomness
You can read about more wonderfulness on both breweries if you check out the recent write ups by Sue Kidd (of TNT Diner fame), on both DUO Brewing and Puyallup River Brewing.

I'm curious to hear what others have to say about these local brews so feel free to drop me a line with your thoughts!

the pissed liBEERian

Me and my trusty sidekick, BASIL!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April Craft Beer Events

April Craft Beer Events & Going Ons
in and around Tacoma
(including related events outside of Tacoma that I think are rad and/or will be attending personally)

Tuesday 10th - Science Cafe @ The Swiss Pub (Tacoma, 6:30p) Get your nerd on while enjoying a pint or two! This month's Science Cafe topic is all about climate change. "Climate Change and the Arctic Ocean"As global warming continues, we hear a lot about melting polar ice, warming oceans, and their potential consequences. At the April Tacoma Science Café, join Dr. Mike Steele from UW's Polar Science Center to discuss his experiences in the Arctic studying how our changing climate is affecting the Arctic Ocean. If this date/time/location isn't convenient for you, check out the other April Science Cafes in different areas.

Thursday 12th - PRO-AM Parkway Submissions Due @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, by closing time) This is the last day to enter your beers in the Parkway Am-Pro. Bottles must be properly labeled and it is $5 per entry. MGD & I have been asked to guest judge again this year and I'm excited for another chance to do so, it was so fun and I learned a ton!

Saturday 14th - Snipes Mountain Brewers Dinner & Blending Panel @ Snipes Mountain Brewery (Sunnyside, 6p) All kinds of delicious, gourmet oddities (such as Prairie Oysters and Creole Bread Pudding) will be served up to us with Snipes beer pairings for their Brewers Dinner after we participate in a beer blending panel. And since MGD and myself are making the trek across the mountain on Friday night, we can commence the wine tasting at 10a on Saturday to get nice and lubed up for said blending and eating.

Sunday 15th - PRO-AM Parkway Beer Judging @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, should probably find out what time they need us there since we have to drive back from Eastern, WA this same morning...) We had a blast being a part of the beer judging process for Parkway's PRO-AM homebrew competition, I'm sure this year won't let us down one bit either! Can't wait to try what's been concocted! Last year I rated a barleywine that a good friend had brewed (unknowingly a the time, as all the brews are anonymous) and he gave me some kudos for my review a few weeks later. He said my comments were constructive and helpful, so this year I feel marginally more confident in my abilities as a judger of beery goodness vs. beery badness.

Wednesday 18th 
- Wingman Brewers Night @ Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse (Mukilteo, 6-9p) I don't have any other info on this so just show up at Diamond Knot and enjoy some tasty Wingman brews, mmmmkay?
- Sidetrack Distillery Collaboration Beer Release @ Airways Bistro (Kent,  5:30p) For the 2nd beer released in Airways' collaboration series you can head on down to the Bistro and enjoy Airways Starliner Stout with Oak Chips soaked in Raspberry Liquer.
- Black Raven Night @ Red Hot (Tacoma, 6p)Your favorite tube steak place has the hook up on some gems by the oh so popular Black Raven Brewery. Swing in tonight for a taste of the Trickster IPA, Totem Northwest Pale, Wisdom Seeker Double IPA and Grandfather Raven Redmond Imperial Stout (only brewed once a year). It's sure to be packed with this kind of line up, so get there early!

Thursday 19thDouble IPA Blind Tasting @ Beveridge Place Pub (West Seattle, All day long) Think you know what your favorite IPA is? Challenge your taste buds with 6 of the best and find out the truth...

 Saturday 21st - Wingman's New Brewery Opening!!!  (Tacoma, starts at 2p) The Wingman Brewery doors will finally be open on the new brewery and taproom, a much needed expansion. You can find their new digs at 509 1/2 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, 98421. Come join the party!

Wednesday 25th
-PBR Night @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma) Something about there being a gigantic Connect Four game, IDK. Gets pretty kuh-razee up in the Parkway sometimes so bring your A-Game.
-DUO Brewing Brewers Night @ Dog & Pony (Renton, 6:30p) Go try a pint of DUO's Belgian Golden Ale, Coffee Porter, Cask Conditioned Vanilla Porter, or the Milk Stout.

Saturday 28th - April WABL Gathering @ H20 Bar (Anacortes, 3-6p) This new beer bar is owned and operated by the peeps of Anacortes Brewery. Go check out the new bar (maybe on your way to April Brew's Day in Bellingham) and enjoy 24 taps of lovely craft beer. WABL members can enjoy $3 pints (this means you should probably bring your passport) and there will be prize drawings!

Saturday 28th thru Monday 30th - Holy Crap, It's Barley Wine Fest! @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, from 2p on Sat. until closing on Sun. (technically 2a Mon.) My liver is both excited and currently cramping in anticipatory happiness for the Parkway's BWF. I don't remember last year very well but that means I probably had a stellar time. Hit up their Facebook page for a complete list, it's guaranteed to make your mouth hole water. They usually coordinate a Barley Brunch for one of the mornings with special food (brunch, duh) and beers so keep an eye out for that as well!

Reoccurring Events

Randall Wrecker Mondays @ Parkway Tavern (Tacoma, 6p) - A new beer (and much more!) will be thrown in the Randall every Monday night for your delight. They even have a punch card!

Beer Tasting Wednesdays @ Tacoma World Beers (Tacoma, 4-7p) Hit up your localest of local beer stores every Wednesday for a $2 beer tasting. You can always make your own tasting from the beers they have on tap but check out their Facebook page or sign up for the newsletter to see what special beers are being served every week.

Cask Thursdays @ Airways Brewing Tap Room (Kent, 4p) - A firkin will be tapped every Thursday at their Tap Room. You can find weekly updates on what cask ales are being served on their website.

Growler Fills @ Wingman Brewery (Tacoma) - New Taproom open now!!! Newly located at 509 1/2 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, 98421. Swing by for a growler fill or taste of their lovely beer on Thurs, Fri & Sat from 2-11p.

 April showers bring me
special beer powers!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Why I love Eyeluvbeer & other out of this world musings

 You gotta check out my buddies blog post today over at Eyeluvbeer, it made me laugh out loud (sorry, I can't physically make myself type 'LOL'). I totally love them and their goofy weirdness, my kinda peeps through and through. You can check out his other posts and rad merchandise here, after you're done reading. Might as well read on and enjoy!

Meet 0101110, Our New Friend

Hi, I'm 0101110
Greetings Earthlings. I have been deployed from the planet Bräuzeer contained in the UDFj-39546284 Galaxy, which is approximately 13.2 billion light-years from Earth. We are fluent in 10,126 languages, including English. My planet Bräuzeer is interested in a liquid you create called beer. Where I'm from no such thing exists. We used our recently developed Hopdar Sensor Technology (HST) and have found the Pacific Northwest produces some of the best beer in the United States. After careful analysis we have chosen Oregon as our test site; Portland to be exact. Bräuzeer was amazed when they looked at their radar findings and saw 47+ breweries in the metropolitan area. Fascinated by this enormous number they have sent me, 0101110 to explore the love you humanoids have with beer. Oh, and don’t worry, we aren’t going to try to take over your planet like those Hollywood movies want you to believe.

Bräuzeer as seen from your crappy Hubble Space Telescope

My space craft was programmed to land at 45° 33' 7.2'', -122° 40' 32.2''. As it turns out, this was the exact coordinates of what I have become to know as Bridgetown Beerhouse. I made it, but was in bad shape from a very rough landing. Almost unconscious outside Bridgetown’s entrance, I was scooped up off the ground by a scruffy looking human who was headed out the door. I noticed one particular article of clothing the earthly being was wearing had some strange symbols on it; one I recognized was the state of Oregon. Below it, in tiny letters was some text. It read Eyeluvbeer. I would call this Earthling, Eyeluvbeer.

Eyeluvbeer, put me in his pocket and we traveled by foot to the place he calls home. So far, I have been on Earth for roughly two weeks. In that time, I have consumed a number of beers and have begun to see why you humans love it so much. It's certainly delicious, there seems to be a style for everyone’s liking and more importantly, it brings people together. I have met some really great beings in Portland while out sipping a pint. They think I look a little funny at first, but they figure I’m just keeping Portland weird.

Eyeluvbeer bought me a nice
HUB Galactic Imperial Red.  It was out of
this world!
Eyeluvbeer has promised to take me out more and more. He said he’d be happy to have me as a guest blogger or at least contribute somehow to the beer blog he maintains. Eventually I will have to return to Bräuzeer to report my discoveries. Until then, I hope we cross paths and can enjoy a pint together.

Happy St. Patricks Day,

You can check out Eyeluvbeer's other blog posts and rad merchandise here, they are definitely doing their part to keep Portland weird. Thank goodness for that!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tacoma Drinks WA Beer Week - We did it!

I recently went on a fabulous trip through Washington. A trip solely experienced by my mouth hole that resulted in many a night spent ingesting Washington brewed beers. Tacoma Drinks Washington Beer Week is a collaborative event put on by the Red Hot and Parkway Tavern, 2012 will mark the 2nd year they've done this and I was stoked when I heard it would be going on again. Resulted in a big 'ol happy dance and a game plan, as a matter of fact.

The challenge is simple enough: Pick up a bingo-style beer sheet, get a stamp for every WA beer you drink during the designate time (both places dedicate all of their taps to this event so there were lots of options) and hopefully fill out the sheet to win a commemorative growler. Although I found absolutely nothing wrong with how this event played out in the Fall of 2010, some obvious improvements had been made. Only 20 pints (19 plus a free space) needed to be downed for completion, versus the 25 (24) of last year. Both places made sure to have multiple kegs of some of the harder to find beer, that way I didn't have to worry about making it out every single night just to ensure I don't miss a beer that might run out quickly.

Last year, if I remember correctly, a keg of Fish beer was only served the first day or two at Red Hot and if you didn't happen to get it at that time there were no other options during the event to do so. It left quite a few people (including both MGD and myself) with almost filled out beer sheets and no way to complete the task. Red Hot was great about getting another keg at the end of the event to sort everyone out and a couple days before this year's event ended, they did a shout out on Facebook to see what beers people still needed to drink for stamps. Brilliant.

The beer sheet also had special events listed for the duration (like Harmon brew on the Randall at Parkway and the release of the Wingman/Airways collaboration brew at Red Hot) which I found immensely helpful in our overall game plan. From previous experience, we knew to drink the 'hard' beers first and then drink whatever from there.

While there was oodles of WA beer to try during the event, here are some of the ones that MGD & I drank:

-Wingman Stratofortress
-Fish Mudshark Porter
-ABC Blonde on Randall
-ABC Scotch Ale (It was American Brewing Company brewers night at Parkway and this was my fave of the night. The Scotch Ale is terribly delicious!)
-ABC Oatmeal Caboose Stout on Nitro
-Elysian Heather Ale 
-E9 Pilsner
-Harmon Old Stock Ale
-Boundary Bay Inside Passage Ale (I think this is the full pint I spilled all over MGD while gesturing wildly during some excited story telling. The story was good so I think his dry pants were a worthy sacrifice, MGD may feel differently.)

Before I dumped the Boundary Bay IPA (pictured on the right) all over MGD...
After said beer dumpage. This was my cheesy "You still have to love me even though you're a victim of my clutsyness!"look. We were long overdue for a beer spilling anyways.
-7 Seas Port Royal Stout
-Snoqualmie Black Frog Stout on Nitro
-Black Raven Trickster IPA
-Big Al Poppa Charlie's Pale Ale
-Schooner Zythos

Big Al Poppa Charlie's Pale Ale & Schooner Exact Zythos
 (We spent the Saturday evening at Hops and Props in Seattle. Had a blast and on the drive home our conversation went something like this: MGD: "Parkway for the win?" Me: "Cha, you know it dude.")
-Silver City Wine Barrel Black Kolsch
-Diamond Knot IPA
-Pike Old Bawdy Barleywine (It was bloody brilliant to make our winning beer a barleywine at the end of an already long night of drinking. All I remember after imbibing the Old Bawdy was proving to MGD that I can throw popcorn and catch in my mouth with a 99% success rate and a hilarious comparison of our house to the Galapagos Islands. So in other words, we had a fab time.)

If you did the math and realized that 17 beers doesn't equal a full sheet then you get a sweet little head pat. In reminiscing about Tacoma Drinks WA Beer Week last year, I decided that MGD and I would only work on one beer sheet this time. We already have 24 growlers at home and 3 in my trunk (I just flitted downstairs to do a head count), winning only one would do us and our space issues just fine. Plus the lovely stomach issues I've been having lately don't make drinking (or eating for the matter) especially fun, and definitely not drinking every night for a week. So I put the limit to one growler and informed MGD that he was going to be doing most of the hard yards.

We started with 2 beers sheets, just in case, but focused our energy on completing one. So there are quite a few beers that we each had a pint of, hence the less than 20(19) beers. Plus we had friends 'donate' pints to our sheets, which I'm morally torn over. I won't go into my neurosis as to why but just know that MGD & I could have easily each completed our own sheets if we wanted to, we did 2 full ones last year.

So my whole 'one growler & you do the drinking' song and dance changed as soon as I saw that the commemorative prize growlers were the small medicine bottle style ones. I absolutely adore those little guys and if you want some explanatory logic, it would take roughly 3 of them to equal the space that one full sized growler would take up. Plus, while at the American Brewing night at Parkway, we had a fabulous time hanging with friends and our buddies from both Airways Brewing and ABC. I should have known, I get really excited about themed contests. Next year I will keep my trap shut and just go drink my little Washington heart out.

Winning combination at Parkway (and also the last we saw of Sheet #2)
MGD photographing me photographing the winning combination
This is one of those 'I hate this picture because I look like I have down syndrome but MGD likes it so that's the only reason you are seeing it.' pictures.
MGD hops behind the bar at Parkway for a photo op of our winningness with Sean Jackson
After party celebrations took place behind the beer sheet
While we 253ers are already pretty big cheerleaders for local beer in and around these parts, I think this event is a great one. Not just for the obvious reasons but it also gives people an opportunity to try some beers they haven't had before from breweries they already know well. I hope that the Parkway and Red Hot work to make this an annual event, it's one of my favorites of EVER.

Tacoma drinks Washington.
Washington loves Tacoma.
Well done guys, well done.

Photography by MGD

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tacoma: The Gritty City I heart and it's love of drink.

If you haven't already picked up your copy of the latest issue of Tacoma's Weekly Volcano (and hightailed it straight away to see what wittiness the new PSP ad has to offer then immediately started working up a word storm on the crossword puzzle like I do) then you need to get on it!

The featured article is all about the history of libations in the city of Tacoma and the impact that drink has had on our community image through the years. There is such a drink-centric history here that I was astounded to learn of. Here is an excerpt:

"Regardless of whether you work at a desk or in a labor job you want a beer after work," says Thoburn. "Beer tastes good. It makes you smile and if you're having a hard time smiling, chances are having a beer with your friends will help. I think it's good for Tacoma to stick with the working class image, because it's honest."

Ken Thoburn of Tacoma's current-day Wingman Brewing had the following to contribute in the article: "I started a brewery in the historical brewery district because I want to recharge this industry in Tacoma, beer is in our blood," Thoburn continues. "Regardless of whether you work at a desk or in a labor job you want a beer after work," says Thoburn. "Beer tastes good. It makes you smile and if you're having a hard time smiling, chances are having a beer with your friends will help. I think it's good for Tacoma to stick with the working class image, because it's honest."

Click here to read the article in its entirety, you'll be happy you did and hopefully be a smidge more educated as well. Cheers!

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