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Brew news: Tacoma brewers pour at Belgianfest this weekend, and beer tastings in Gig Harbor and Federal Way

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Feb. 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm | No Comments »
February 4, 2012 9:29 am

Here are five beer events over the next 10 days: South Sound brewers pour at Seattle’s Belgian beer festival tomorrow, the RAM hosts a brewer’s dinner, Morso Wine Bar invites Doug Tiede from Engine House No. 9 to talk about British beers, The Spar hosts Deschutes Brewery and 99 Bottles, the beer store, has a tasting with chocolate and brew.

Tacoma breweries pour at Belgianfest
When: Two sessions Saturday Feb. 4, 2012. First session is noon-4 p.m. Second session is 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle,
Cost: $35 at the door
Wingman Brewers and Engine House No. 9 from Tacoma, 7 Seas Brewing from Gig Harbor, and other South Sound brewers will pour at Belgianfest, a beer festival featuring the brewing style of Belgium beers (Tripels, Dubbles, Saisons, Wits, Abbeys and Lambics). I’m most looking forward to Wingman’s Black Widow, the Belgian strong ale I wrote about a few months ago. The beer is a collaboration between Tacoma’s 21 Cellars and Wingman. Wingman aged the ale in the winery’s Pont21 Cab-Sav barrels.

Morso’s beer classes begin Saturday
When: 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 4, 2012
Where: Morso Wine Bar, 9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor 253-530-3463,
Cost: $20
The Gig Harbor wine bar is hosting a four-part beer series. The first class tomorrow, Feb. 4, will feature Doug Tiede, brewer for Engine House No. 9. Participants will sample 10 beers and learn about different British brewing styles.

Beer + chocolate tasting
When: 5-7:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 6, 2012
Where: 99 Bottles, 35002 Pacific Highway S., Federal Way, 253-838-2558, info here
Cost: $3, must be 21
Beer? With Chocolate? If anyone can make it work, it’s Tiffany Adamowski of 99 Bottles. Trust me on this.

The Spar hosts Deschutes Brewery
When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday Feb., 9, 2012
Where: The Spar, 2121 N. 30th St., Tacoma, 253-627-8215,
The Spar will host Deschutes Brewery. Red chair NWPA, Hop Henge IPA, Chainbreaker White IPA, Abyss Imperial Stout and give-aways.

The Ram Brewery has a beer pairing dinner
Where: Ram South Hill, 103 35th Ave. S.E., Puyallup, 253-841-3317,
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012
Cost: $29.99 per person
Ram director of brewing Steve Samuelson and Chef Nick Douglas will pair craft brews with a four-course dinner with potato soup, stuffed tomatoes, braised pork shank and a porter cupcake with salted caramel frosting.

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