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Dining calendar: Pumpkin fest at Wingman, South Sound IPA Fest in Tacoma, and a new Ruston restaurant opening

A few brewery and restaurant happenings of which to take note:

Pumpkin fest, meet Oktoberfest

Wingman Brewers will be tipping a beer mug to Oktoberfest and pumpkin beer — all in the same celebration — beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Dome District Brewery, 509 ½ Puyallup Ave., Tacoma. Head brewer and co-owner Ken Thoburn said the tap list will include the brewery’s Pumpkin 51 porter; Pumpkin Pie Harvest Ale; Baked Apple Pie Hard Cider; and the Wingman Oktoberfest brew. Serving food will be the Puyallup-based Budha Bear Bagel truck.

South Sound IPA Festival

The Washington Beer Commission will host its first festival in Tacoma on Saturday at Union Station. The marketing arm for the state’s beer industry hosts a half-dozen beer festivals around the state, but has always bypassed Tacoma — until now. A half dozen of the 26 brewers listed to serve Saturday at the South Sound IPA Festival are from Pierce County: 7 Seas, Harmon Brewing Co., Narrows Brewing, the newly opened Pacific Brewing and Malting, Ram Brewing and Wingman. Brew sessions will be noon-4 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m. with $30 tickets at the door (if they don’t sell out, which is a possibility). All attendees must be 21 and older. Find more details, including tap lists, at

Ruston restaurant news

The Two Town Pub and Cafe opened in July at Point Ruston, and now it looks to be a late October or early November opening for another Ruston eatery. Bill Bonnie — of Tacoma Wine Merchants and its sibling restaurant, Enoteca — is opening Point Defiance Tap and Grill sometime in the next several weeks at 5879 N. 51st St., Ruston.

Bonnie is opening the tap room and restaurant with business partner Donn Frostad of North Slope Construction.

Wrote Bonnie via email, “We will be a Northwest-centric restaurant with only Northwest microbrews and Northwest wine. We will use local vendors and feature Heritage Meats, a Northwest butcher a lot of Seattle chefs use.”

Speaking of Two Town, the new restaurant in the Copperline Apartment building recently started offering pastries from Tacoma’s Corina Bakery. Check out Two Town at 5005 Main St., Tacoma; 253-212-9477 or