For proof that South Sound beer tastes have grown much more sophisticated than a tall boy of PBR, look to the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival Saturday on the Thea Foss Waterway. Serving at the event will be some of the most highfalutin beer the Northwest has to offer – but don’t call a brewer highfalutin. That’s just impolite.
South Sound brewers comprise a healthy block of about a dozen out of 57 breweries that will pour at the fourth annual festival. Attendees pay $30 at the door for a commemorative glass and 10 tasting tokens (designated drivers are not included in the fee, so plan accordingly). The event is set up roam-around style where attendees pick and choose which beers to sample from 57 booths outfitted with multiple taps – a format much like the Washington Brewers Festival. Saturday’s event is a fundraiser for the Tacoma Historical Society.
I checked in with South Sound brewers to see what they’ll have on tap this Saturday. Today, I'll tell you what 7 Seas, Duo and Harmon are tapping. Watch for tap lists from Wingman, Puyallup River Brewing and Engine House No 9 on Thursday.
7 Seas3207 57th St. Ct. N.W., Gig Harbor, 253-514-8129, 7seasbrewing.com (moving to a new Gig Harbor location later this year)Brewer: Mike RunionFrom Runion: “We will be serving Rude Parrot IPA, Ballz Deep Double IPA and British Pale in the main area. Then we are debuting a new refreshing … Watermelon Ale (actual name to be determined), in the VIP area only. Ought to be very tasty.”
Duo BrewingPuyallup, duobrewing.com (no public facility)Brewer: Dan O’LearyO’Leary said: They’ll be pouring Twin Ports Coffee Porter, a cask-conditioned porter made with coffee from Puyallup’s Martin Henry Coffee. They also will pour their regular Twin Ports Porter and Chockablock, a Scotch ale. Added O’Leary, “We also will likely bring an amped up version of our milk stout.”
Harmon BrewingThree Tacoma locations, harmonbrewingco.comBrewer: Jeff CarlsonFrom Carlson: “We will be pouring the St. Helens IPA and Mt. Takhoma Blonde at our booth. In the VIP tent we will have an Oak Aged Vanilla Porter. The Mt. Takhoma Blonde is a staple in our flagship line and helps to convert the noncraft beer drinker. The St. Helens IPA was originally brewed for our two year anniversary at the Tap Room (204 St. Helens Ave.). It didn’t last long and once it was gone everyone demanded that it come back, so I made one more batch to make everyone happy. The Oak Aged Vanilla Porter is a very special beer. Our award winning Puget Sound Porter was aged in a used Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrel for five months. The result is a fantastic mix of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.”
Tacoma Craft Beer FestivalWhen: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 1, 2012Where: 21st Street Park on the Foss Waterway, 2101 Dock Street, Tacoma WA 98402Cost: $30 at the door ($10 military discount with military ID)What it buys: 10 tasting tokens for 5.5 ounce pours and a taster glassAge restriction: 21+ onlyInfo: www.tacomacraftbeerfest.comRaising money for: Tacoma Historical SocietySouth Sound brewers: 7Seas, Dick’s, Duo, Engine House No 9, Fish Brewing, Harmon, M.T. Head, Northwest, Powerhouse, Puyallup River, Silver City, WingmanOther brewers: Airways, Full Sail, Odin, Snoqualmie Falls, Ninkasi, Hopworks, Mac & Jack’s, Maui Brewing, Alaskan, Deschutes, Stone, Unibroue, Everybody’s Brewing, Anderson Valley, Tieton Cider, American Brewing, Pyramid, Ayinger, Iron Horse, Schooner Exact, Two Beers, Pike Brewing, Georgetown, Chuckanut, Double Mountain, Avery, Port Townsend, Lazy Boy, New Belgium, Firestone Walker, Hales, Kona, Widmer Redhook, Alpine, Bear Republic, Dogfish, Ommegang, Flyers, North Coast, Northwest, Port/Lost Abbey, Scuttlebutt, Hilliards, Great Divide, Belukus