Yes, Virginia, there is Christmas in July this year. I just got my calender confused.
(Sorry about that, The Swiss and Parkway Tavern. I missed your holiday beer bashes last week. By the way: Hotrod-A-Rama happens outside The Swiss Aug. 3-4. Parkway Tavern's IPA Fest is Aug. 4, 2 p.m.-2 a.m., with about two dozen hoppy hits planned, plus some cask ales.)
At Engine House No. 9, 4-ounce pours of E9's winter ale, Deschutes' Jubileale, Pyramid's Snow Cap Avalanche, Redhook's Winterhook and Maritime Pacific's Jolly Roger, among others, will sell for $1, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
On Wednesday, Doyle's will pour Belgian seasonal ales: Delrium Noel, Chouffe N'Ice, Grimbergen, Scaldis Noel and Bad Elf. Sample pours are $3 each or five for $12. A tasting/sampling is schedule from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., with raffle prizes.
On Thursday, Christmas in July at The Ale House, owned by the people who own E9, happens the day after Christmas in July at E9, with the same prices and a similar selection.
Meanwhile at E9, Centennial ale, brewer Doug Tiede's sudsy salute to the old engine house's 100th anniversary, is selling for $2 a pint all week. Every pint you buy makes you eligible for a drawing for a one-week trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. E9 manager Craig Dickens said he's planning some family-friendly weekend carnival fun (face-painting, three-legged races, dunk tank, etc.). Firefighters can enjoy 10 percent off all week, Dickens said.
Engine House No. 9: 609 Pine St. N, Tacoma; 253-383-7707.
Doyle's Public House: 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-7468.
The Ale House, 2122 Mildred St. W, Tacoma; 253-565-9367.