Father’s Day 2014: Where to take dad for an eating (or beer) adventure

Staff writerJune 12, 2014 

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Samplers are available at Puyallup River Alehouse, which features 24 taps.

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Beer, brats, barbecue, cheese, pretzels and bacon. Here’s a list of adventures for you and dad that includes brunch, a whiskey dinner and a tour of nine of South Sound’s taprooms and breweries. And places to buy smoked sausage (my dad’s favorite food). Read on.

Father’s Day Brunch:

Chambers Bay Grill, University Place. Seatings at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Adults $32, kids $16. On the buffet are pancakes and French toast cooked to order; slow-cooked brisket; babyback ribs; applewood smoked bacon; smoked salmon eggs Benedict; eggs and potatoes and assorted other items. More info here.

Tanglewood Grill, Gig Harbor. Open dining with a barbecue menu (around $13.50-$22) for grads and dad. On the menu will be brisket, rope sausage, a seafood boil and Guinness beer floats. More information here.

Upcoming events for you and dad

Summer Whiskey Dinner

June 25, Toscanos Cafe and Wine Bar in Puyallup: Chef-owner Tom Pantley will pair dinner with four tastes of whiskey. On the menu is Irish whiskey poached salmon, drunken duck and roasted New York strip. Bourbon spice cake for dessert. Dinner is $75 per person. More info here.

Rotie Cellars Winemaker Dinner

June 20, Chambers Bay Grill. Rotie Cellars Winemaker Sean Boyd and Chambers Creek chef Joshua Corcoran are pairing up for a multi-course wine dinner featuring Copper River salmon, sea scallops, grilled lamb tenderloin. Cost is $85 per person. More information here.

Taprooms to take dad

7 Seas Brewing

Where: 3006 Judson St., Gig Harbor; 253-514-8129, 7seasbrewing.com

Hours: Open daily

This brewery that started as a tiny venture five years ago, but moved to a much larger taproom. Don’t miss the summer release, Life Jacket Session IPA. No dining on site, but the Gourmet Burger Shop is always a great place to stop before a visit to 7 Seas.

Tanks are on display at Elk Head.

Elk Head Brewing Company

Where: 28120 state Route 410, Buckley; 360-829-2739

Hours: Open Monday-Saturday, but closed Sundays

Don’t let the warehouse location fool you into thinking this is going to be a cubby hole – it’s not. The taproom is big and interesting inside. Communal seating along rows of high-top tables. Check out the herd of wood-carved animals. About a dozen beers on tap at all times. If the Black Stag Stout is on, get it. No restaurant on site, but Wally’s Drive-In is nearby with burgers and fries.

Harmon Taproom

Where: 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma; 253-212-2725, theharmontaproom.com

Hours: Open daily

The working brewery for the Harmon chain has an on-view brewing area and a menu of pizza and pub grub. Upstairs is its sister restaurant, The Hub (which also has an outpost in Gig Harbor). This is the sibling establishment to the Harmon Pub in downtown Tacoma on Pacific Avenue.

Head brewer Joe Walts with malted barley at Narrows Brewing Co. in Tacoma near Day Island. File photo 2013. Peter Haley/Staff photographerHead brewer Joe Walts with malted barley at Narrows Brewing Co. in Tacoma near Day Island. File photo 2013. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Narrows Brewing

Where: 9007 S. 19th St., Tacoma; 253-327-1400, narrowsbrewing.com

Hours: Open daily

Tacoma’s newest taproom has the best view for any local taproom – it’s waterside at the Narrows Marina. The working taproom is right next door to the Boathouse 19 restaurant. Head brewer Joe Walts always has something new brewing.

Samplers are available at Puyallup River Alehouse. The alehouse features 24 taps.Samplers are available at Puyallup River Alehouse, which features 24 taps. File photo.

Puyallup River Brewing/Taproom

Where: 120 S. Meridian, Puyallup; 253-268-0955, puyallupriverbrewing.com

Hours: Open daily

Owner Eric Akeson not only offers beers from his brewery, Puyallup River Brewing, but he also features a revolving list of Northwest craft beers. He expanded his menu recently and makes outstanding hot dogs. Don’t miss the daily specials list.

Station U-Brew

Where: 211 W. Stewart, Puyallup; 253-466-3721

Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday

Steve Samples not only brews his own assortment of beers, but you can brew your own there. It’s a brew-your-own stop as well as a working brewery and taproom. No restaurant on site, but Crockett’s Public House is nearby and so is Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, the region’s only Cajun restaurant.

Morgan Alexander, owner of Tacoma Brewing Company, talks with a customer while his brother Tristan Litke, left, pours a beer. The Tacoma Brewing Company and a handful of other local breweries will participate in the upcoming Tacoma Beer Week, starting March 3. Thomas Soerenes/Staff photographerMorgan Alexander, owner of Tacoma Brewing Company, talks with a customer while his brother Tristan Litke, left, pours a beer. File photo. Thomas Soerenes/Staff photographer

Tacoma Brewing Co.

Where: 625 St. Helens, Tacoma; 253-242-3370, tacomabrewing.com

Owner Morgan Alexander plays with big flavors at his nano brewery, which has a constantly changing tap list. No restaurant on site, but Puget Sound Pizza is next door.

Trade Route Brewing Company

Where: 1091 Valentine Ave. S.E., Pacific; 253-987-5680, traderoutebrewing.com

Hours: Open daily

Usually 6-7 beers on tap at this Pacific taproom and working brewery. If you see the ginger brew – get it. No restaurant, but a trip to Trade Route means you have to eat at Brank’s BBQ beforehand.

Wingman Brewers operates a taproom in the Tacoma Dome neighborhood. The brewery is one of 7 in Tacoma participating in Tacoma Beer Week, March 3-8 at local taprooms and breweries. Thomas Soerenes/Staff photographerWingman Brewers operates a taproom in the Tacoma Dome neighborhood. The brewery is one of 7 in Tacoma participating in Tacoma Beer Week, March 3-8 at local taprooms and breweries. Thomas Soerenes/Staff photographer

Wingman Brewers

Where: 509 1/2 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma; 253-651-4832, wingmanbrewers.com

Hours: Open Thursday-Sunday (they just started opening on Sundays)

Find vintage video games, plenty of standing room and a few counters for seating – in an industrial neighborhood in Tacoma. Don’t miss the P-51 porter, Ace IPA and if they have it – The Stratofortress, a Belgian strong ale aged on cedar planks soaked with dark rum. No dining on site, but occasionally they’ll have food trucks outside. Great dining nearby can be found at Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill.

Dad’s favorite treat – meat

Blue Max Meats in the Canyon-Summit neighborhood gained national fame in January for its Beast Mode Skittles Sausage (tastes better than you think it would ). I shop there near weekly, so I can tick off a list of what I love about Blue Max from memory:  Ground chuck, great steaks, house-smoked sausage, beef jerky and pepperoni. It’s one of few places that always has landjaeger – and they make it right there. Get yourself there to pick out a steak for you and dad. Find info on the butcher here.

The meat counter at the back of Hess Bakery & Deli, Lakewood’s German deli that’s next door to the German Pastry Shop, is a dream for dad shopping. Cold cuts aplenty, plus landjaeger. Did I mention the cooler of German beer? It’s worth a visit just for the house-baked pretzels. More information here.

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