When it rains, it pours. Or, more accurately, several bars and restaurants are pouring different styles of adult beverages today and tomorrow. Amocat Cafe's Morgan Alexander is getting his brand new brewery Tacoma Brewing Co. off the ground with a tapping at his St. Helens neighborhood cafe. In other beverage happenings, 208 Garfield in Parkland has a cidery tasting and The Red Hot - Tacoma's favorite emporium for craft beer and hot dogs - will have a Belgian fest tonight with its Coast to Coast Belgium beer tasting. Read on.
Coast to Coast Toast 2012: Belgian BeerWhere: The Red Hot, 2914 Sixth Ave., TacomaWhen: All day today, Thursday Nov. 15, 2012Contact: 253-779-0229, redhottacoma.comWhy: Belgophiles unite for the love of Belgian beerCost: The price of beer and food Serving: Saison Dupont (6.5%ABV, traditional farmhouse saison), Cuve'e des Trolls (7%ABV, a Belgian strong pale gold), Dupont Moinette Brune (8.5%ABV, a Belgian strong dark Abbey), Scaldis Blonde Triple (10.5%ABV, a Belgian tripel). Eats: The TRH Flemish Farmhouse Dog, an "all-beef dog in a steamed poppyseed bun topped with Saison Dupont honey mustard, fresh herbed cheese spread, and topped with a radish/scallion/chervil slaw and celery salt." More eats: November dog specials at the Red Hot
Finnriver Cidery TastingWhere: 208 Garfield, 208 Garfield St., ParklandWhen: 6 p.m. today, Thursday Nov. 15, 2012Contact: 253-538-5990, 208Garfield.com More info hereCost: $5 for the tastingServing: Exploring the ciders from Finnriver Cidery in Chimacum. Find more about the cidery here.
Stock your Cellar EventWhere: Chambers Bay Grill, 6320 Grandview Drive W., University Place When: 5-8 p.m. tonight, Thursday Nov. 15 2012Contact: Space and tickets are limited, contact Anthony Shipman at 253-552-4867 or firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and to reserve your spot. What: An evening of wine tasting, spirits and bites prepared by Chef Dustin Joseph. Discounted wine will be for sale.
Tacoma Brewing Company Tap NightWhere: Amocat Cafe, 625 St. Helens, TacomaWhen: 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 16, 2012Contact: 253-722-5373, tacomabrewing.comCost: Price of beer. The event is all ages. Ginger soda served to kids. Serving: Oak aged imperial stout, ginger ale, porter, doppelbock (dark German ale), and a "One Hop Wonder," IPAs featuring a single hop - this one is "Centennial IPA." Coming up next: The brewery is crafting all kinds of beer for local eateries. From the brewery, "Here are some things we are working on in the laboratory: a kava stout that will make your lips tingle, a picked ginger and wasabi for a local sushi restaurant, a pomegranate porter (coming next week!), and a tiki beer made with pineapple juice and falernum for a local tiki lounge. We like working in the lab."
COMING UP: Brix 25 has a Black Friday brewery dinner planned for Nov. 23 with Gig Harbor's 7 Seas Brewery. Read about it here. Dirty Oscar's Annex has a Holiday Moonshine Dinner planned for Dec. 11 and 12 - look for details soon on the lounge's Facebook page. Oh, here's more news in the Tacoma beverage world. Stink, the cheese and meat store in the St. Helens neighborhood, is about to launch an attached wine bar. Stay tuned for details.