Sean Jackson is such a diehard IPA fan, he took to the road.
The Parkway Tavern general manager’s mission was a road trip south to source as many of the hard-to-find hoppy beers as possible. These are brews that you won’t drink anywhere else.
As of press deadline, he wasn’t sure what he’d return with, but what he does know is that there will be more than 30 IPAs on tap at the event he’s putting together. The big beer event is the Parkway’s end-of-summer IPA Festival.
It starts at noon Saturday at the longtime Tacoma bar known for its craft-beer events.
On the list will be beers that Jackson said the Parkway has never poured.
Among them will be A River Runs Through It from Double Mountain, which was a collaboration beer with Fort George Brewery that was served at the Oregon Brewers Festival.
Also tapping will be New Kids on the Hop, a beer from Altamont Beer Works that the California brewery makes with Equinox, Galaxy, and Lemon Drop hops.
The recently released Frenz IPA, a collaboration for the Washington Beer Commission’s Collaboration Festival, comes from Georgetown Brewing and Bale Breaker Brewing Co.
Also available for pouring will be Melon Yellow from Skookum Brewery, Keith’s Corner from Perennial Artisan Ales and Citradamus DIPA from Melvin Brewing.
And, of course, Tacoma breweries will be pouring some of their own IPAs. The three winners of the Parkway’s blind IPA contest for Tacoma Beer Week will be represented: Tacoma Brewing Co., Dystopian State Brewing Co. and Engine House No. 9.
Morgan Alexander of Tacoma Brewing Co. said he’s sending his latest incarnation of Dr. Breedlove’s Haze IPA.
“It's one of those cloudy New England style beers — this one made with wheat and oats for increased mouth feel and tons of hops. It's definitely one for the hop head with citrus and pine notes,” Alexander said.
Shane McElwrath of Dystopian State Brewing Co. said the Parkway will get two IPAs from Dystopian. The first is Entropy, a dark IPA (drink carefully, it has 10 percent alcohol by volume). McElwrath gave tasting notes: “Toasted hemp seed gives it a slight toffee note that balances well with the plethora of hops that were used. The hop profile is resinous, citrusy and slightly piney.”
He also will send Virtual Light. That one is hopped with El Dorado, Amarillo and Rakau hops “both in the whirlpool and during the dry hopping stage,” McElwrath said.
“This ale also has a softer bitterness than the typical west coast IPA as well as a slightly creamier mouth feel from the addition of oats and wheat,” he said.
For those who want to sample without overindulging, 10-ounce pours will be available, as well as 16-ounce pours.
“There will be much less high octane double IPAs than in past years, for sure,” Jackson said.
On the menu Saturday will be barbecue. The beer garden opens at noon Saturday.
FRUIT BEER FESTIVAL
Over at Tacoma Brewing Co., Alexander will be hosting a fruit beer festival from 2-9 p.m. Saturday.
“I'll be serving fruit beers made by us as well as other Tacoma breweries,” he said.
Europa Bistro will be on site with its wood-fired pizza oven. Find Tacoma Brewing Co. at 1116 Court E, Tacoma; tacomabrewing.com.
Parkway IPA Festival
Where: 313 N. I St., Tacoma
When: Beer garden opens at noon Saturday.
Contact: 253-383-8748; parkwaytaverntacoma.com