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Archives: Aug. 2012

Aug.
31st

Tacoma Craft Beer Festival: 57 brewers in one park and all the hops you can stand

The fourth Tacoma Craft Beer Festival will be Saturday on the Foss Waterway. Of 57 breweries expected to tap at the event, most are Northwest based and a dozen are South Sound brewers. We’ve got a list of beers that will be served and other information you need to know before you head to the festival.

Aug.
30th

Tacoma Craft Beer Festival: Tap lists from Wingman, E9 and Puyallup River

The Tacoma Craft Beer Festival is this Saturday on the Foss Waterway – local brewers will be pouring. News Tribune file photo

Several South Sound brewers will debut new beers this Saturday at the fourth annual Tacoma Craft Beer Festival.

Tacoma’s Engine House No. 9 will have a barrel blend that E9 brewer Shane Johns described as “made up of three beers aged in a Woodinville whiskey barrel.” Wingman Brewers, also of Tacoma, will debut its new Single Hop Sauvin IPA.

South Sound brewers comprise a healthy block of about a dozen out of 57 breweries that will pour Saturday at the festival that takes place on the Foss Waterway.

Attendees pay $30 at the door for a commemorative glass and 10 tasting tokens. The event is set up roam-around style where attendees pick and choose which beers to sample from 57 booths outfitted with multiple taps. Saturday’s event raises funds for the Tacoma Historical Society. Discounts are available for designated drivers and for retired and active military members.

I checked in with South Sound brewers to see what they’ll tap. Tuesday, I told you what 7 Seas, Duo and Harmon are tapping. Today, I’ll share the tap lists of Wingman, Puyallup River Brewing and Engine House No 9. Check back tomorrow for an interview with Justin Johnson, the beer aficionado who booked this year’s brewers. Read more »

Aug.
30th

Lightened up: Lakewood restaurants today debut healthier kid menus

As someone who dines out three to five times a week for this job, I read a lot of kid menus. I can vouch for the unhealthy nature of many. Too few offer fruit or veggies, most are carb-laden, many are high calorie and some of it is food I’d never order for my own child – namely, neon orange macaroni and cheese. That’s why I’m looking with interest at the new Healthy Meals Happy Kids restaurant program – a project of the Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation and culinary students from the Clover Park School District. Read more »

Aug.
30th

Pioneer Bakery: Coming to an end of an era this weekend

Patti Bostwick is pictured in this 2005 photo at her downtown Puyallup bakery that will close this weekend. News Tribune file photo

Since 2005, Patti Bostwick awoke at what is an unreasonable hour for most to make doughnuts, pastries and bread at Pioneer Bakery, which has operated as a bakery in downtown Puyallup since 1926. These are the final days for Pioneer Bakery. It closes Saturday. Read more »

Aug.
30th

Chain watch: Updates on Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread and Buffalo Wild Wings

I usually don’t write about national chain restaurants because I’m too busy feasting at locally grown restaurants, but readers send me questions asking about their favorite chain restaurants opening in the South Sound region. Consider this an update on their behalf. Read more »

Aug.
29th

Coming to Sixth Avenue: Legendary Doughnuts, a novelty bakery

Sixth Avenue, it looks like you’re going to get your novelty doughnut shop after all. Legendary Doughnuts is expected to open around Nov. 1.

Back up a year when word splattered on Sixth like a dough bomb dropped into hot grease – a doughnut shop something like Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts was rumored on its way to the corner of Sixth and South Fife Streets. Pastry lovers and foodies buzzed about Buck Naked Donuts, but it never came to be.

Enter Legendary Doughnuts, an established bakery in Auburn. Owner Shannon Patten told me by phone she’s signed the lease

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Aug.
28th

Tacoma Craft Beer Festival: Tap lists from 7 Seas, Duo and Harmon

 

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. Read more »