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 infohere
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 dadSummer Whiskey Dinner
: 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 DinnerJune 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 dad7 Seas Brewing Where:
3006 Judson St., Gig Harbor; 253-514-8129,7seasbrewing.com Hours:
Open dailyThis brewery 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 theGourmet Burger Shop
is always a great place to stop before a visit to 7 Seas.
Elk Head Brewing CompanyWhere: 28120 state Route 410, Buckley; 360-829-2739Hours: Open Monday-Saturday, but closed SundaysDon't let the warehouse location fool you into thinking this is going to be a cubbyhole - it's not. The taproom is big and interesting. 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 fish and chips, burgers and fries.
Harmon TaproomWhere: 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma; 253-212-2725, theharmontaproom.comHours: Open dailyThe 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. If you're looking for all-inclusive suds and dining in Tacoma - this is the place to go. Also, check out the beer cocktail menu at the Taproom.
Narrows BrewingWhere: 9007 S. 19th St., Tacoma; 253-327-1400, narrowsbrewing.comHours: Open dailyTacoma'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.
Northwest Brewing CompanyWhere: 1091 Valentine Ave. S.E., Pacific; 253-987-5680, nwbrewingcompany.comHours: Open dailyUsually 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 there means you have to eat at Brank's BBQ beforehand.
Puyallup River Brewing/TaproomWhere: 120 S. Meridian, Puyallup; 253-268-0955, puyallupriverbrewing.comHours: Open dailyOwner 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-BrewWhere: 211 W. Stewart, Puyallup; 253-466-3721Hours: Open Tuesday-SundaySteve Samples not only brews his own assortment of beers, but you can bring your own recipe to the brew-your-own stop. 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.
Tacoma Brewing Co.Where: 625 St. Helens, Tacoma; 253-242-3370, tacomabrewing.comOwner 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.
Wingman BrewersWhere: 509 1/2 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma; 253-651-4832, wingmanbrewers.comHours: 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 - meatBlue Max Meats
in the Canyon-Summit neighborhood gained national fame in January for itsBeast 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 butcherhere
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.