Here are five beer events over the next 10 days: South Sound brewers pour at Seattle’s Belgian beer festival tomorrow, the RAM hosts a brewer’s dinner, Morso Wine Bar invites Doug Tiede from Engine House No. 9 to talk about British beers, The Spar hosts Deschutes Brewery and 99 Bottles, the beer store, has a tasting with chocolate and brew.
Tacoma breweries pour at BelgianfestWhen: Two sessions Saturday Feb. 4, 2012. First session is noon-4 p.m. Second session is 5:30-9:30 p.m.Where: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, washingtonbeer.com/belgianfest/Cost: $35 at the doorWingman Brewers and Engine House No. 9 from Tacoma, 7 Seas Brewing from Gig Harbor, and other South Sound brewers will pour at Belgianfest, a beer festival featuring the brewing style of Belgium beers (Tripels, Dubbles, Saisons, Wits, Abbeys and Lambics). I’m most looking forward to Wingman’s Black Widow, the Belgian strong ale I wrote about a few months ago. The beer is a collaboration between Tacoma's 21 Cellars and Wingman. Wingman aged the ale in the winery’s Pont21 Cab-Sav barrels.
Morso's beer classes begin Saturday When: 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 4, 2012Where: Morso Wine Bar, 9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor 253-530-3463, morsowinebar.comCost: $20The Gig Harbor wine bar is hosting a four-part beer series. The first class tomorrow, Feb. 4, will feature Doug Tiede, brewer for Engine House No. 9. Participants will sample 10 beers and learn about different British brewing styles.
Beer + chocolate tastingWhen: 5-7:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 6, 2012Where: 99 Bottles, 35002 Pacific Highway S., Federal Way, 253-838-2558, info hereCost: $3, must be 21Beer? With Chocolate? If anyone can make it work, it’s Tiffany Adamowski of 99 Bottles. Trust me on this.
The Spar hosts Deschutes BreweryWhen: 7-9 p.m. Thursday Feb., 9, 2012Where: The Spar, 2121 N. 30th St., Tacoma, 253-627-8215, the-spar.comThe Spar will host Deschutes Brewery. Red chair NWPA, Hop Henge IPA, Chainbreaker White IPA, Abyss Imperial Stout and give-aways.
The Ram Brewery has a beer pairing dinnerWhere: Ram South Hill, 103 35th Ave. S.E., Puyallup, 253-841-3317, theram.comWhen: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012Cost: $29.99 per personRam director of brewing Steve Samuelson and Chef Nick Douglas will pair craft brews with a four-course dinner with potato soup, stuffed tomatoes, braised pork shank and a porter cupcake with salted caramel frosting.