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Archives: July 2013

July
30th

First sips: Narrows Brewing in Tacoma and NW Caps N Taps in Bonney Lake, Sourfest at E9

Head brewer Joe Walts with malted barley at Narrows Brewing Co. in Tacoma near Day Island. Peter Haley/Staff photographer
Head brewer Joe Walts with malted barley at Narrows Brewing Co. in Tacoma near Day Island. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

What pairs well with summer?

Beer.

Lucky us, new brew destinations have opened in recent weeks. Featured here are Tacoma’s Narrows Brewing and the Bonney Lake taproom and bottle shop NW Caps N Taps. I’ve also got an update on the reopening of University Place’s Ale House, which closed after a fire July 12. And coming up this Saturday – a festival of sour and wild beers, called Sourfest, at Engine House No. 9. Read more »

July
29th

New shakes, a fancy ribbon – Stadium’s Shake Shake Shake celebrates itself today

The Shakemobile is the wagon used to promote Shake Shake Shake, a burger restaurant in the Stadium neighborhood.
The Shakemobile is the wagon used to promote Shake Shake Shake, a burger restaurant in the Stadium neighborhood.

Tacoma’s newest burger restaurant is going official today – four months after the neighborhood hangout opened in Stadium.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland is expected to cut a grand opening ribbon at 11 a.m. and the restaurant will hand out free shake samples and debut a few tweaks to the menu.

And here’s something you might see around your neighborhood soon – the Shake3mobile. Read more »

July
28th

Live report: Moveable Feast 2013 at Cheney Stadium, a gathering of food trucks

The crowds are building right now at Moveable Feast, the Tacoma’s second annual gathering of mobile food businesses. There’s everything from lumpia to handmade ice cream to Cajun eats and fried Russian meat pies at the festival. I just popped in and took photos of almost every menu I could find. Take a look below. The event runs until 5 p.m. today at Cheney Stadium. Admission is free except for the cost of food. Parking is $5. Read more in this blog post. Read more »

July
26th

First sip report: New bars opening all over Tacoma this summer

Scott Jobe and his wife, Christina, enjoy a Saint Florian IPA, from Silverdale, and Strongbow, English cider, at Triple Play in Tacoma. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Scott Jobe and his wife, Christina, enjoy a Saint Florian IPA, from Silverdale, and Strongbow, English cider, at Triple Play in Tacoma. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Consider this the summer of new nightclubs and bars in South Sound: Several new clubs have opened and more are on the way. Entertainment in the form of live music never looked better in the city.

What’s opened: Triple Play opened in June, a sports bar and live music venue on Sixth Avenue. The revamped 1022 South J also opened in June, in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. The martini bar 502 Downtown has had a soft opening the past three weekends with live blues and jazz, and nearby Keys on Main has just opened its dueling piano lounge.

What’s next: Hilltop Kitchen, the lounge from cocktail mastermind Chris Keil, who got his start at 1022 South and Monsoon Room. Also, check back for a report on new places to swill brew. Narrows Brewing just opened its taproom, and the Bonney Lake taproom and bottle shop NW Caps N Taps just opened. Additionally, The Forum in Puyallup opened a week ago. Read on for brief reviews. Read more »

July
25th

Food truck gathering: Moveable Feast is Sunday at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium

Cheney Stadium filled quickly at last year's Moveable Feast, as this photo details. This year, the footprint and number of food trucks participating has increased. The event is Sunday July 28, 2013, at Cheney.
Cheney Stadium filled quickly at last year’s Moveable Feast, as this photo details.

They’re restaurants with steering wheels, food emporiums atop four tires with menus of scratch-made eats. When nearly 40 mobile food trucks gather Sunday at Cheney Stadium, it will be a pop-up food court like no other in the South Sound.

The one-day festival Moveable Feast runs from noon-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s free except for the cost of food and five bucks for parking. A VIP $10 ticket buys early entry and parking (see below for details).

Credit tricky municipal regulations, a smaller inventory of food creators or shaky economics, but Tacoma’s mobile truck scene has remained far-flung and small.

The South Sound is home to at least a few-dozen trucks or carts — most of which serve Mexican food, but there’s also Filipino, barbecue, hot dogs, cake and even frozen yogurt — but unlike Seattle and Olympia, no pods or cart lots exist here for trucks to gather on a regular basis. Read more »

July
25th

Beer bash: Gig Harbor’s 7 Seas Brewing celebrates four years Saturday with big brew party

7seasbeer

In four years, they’ve overcome a fire and upgraded from a cramped warehouse location to a sprawling tap room and brew facility. Their beer has garnered attention and critical acclaim well beyond this region.  7 Seas Brewing Co. in Gig Harbor on Saturday will celebrate four years in the brew business with local bands, food and ice cold 7 Seas brews. Read more »

July
24th

The Ale House in University Place plans a September reopening

Here's one thing I'll look forward to when the Ale House near University Place reopens - beer samplers. The pub has 64 beers on tap, many of them are Northwest craft brews.
Here’s one thing I’ll look forward to when the Ale House near University Place reopens – beer samplers. The pub has 64 beers on tap, many of them are Northwest craft brews.

Right around the time when the Seahawks begin to play their season, Craig Dickens hopes to be pouring beer again at his family’s Ale House Pub & Eatery. The University Place restaurant was damaged in a two-alarm fire July 12. The Ale House has since been closed. Read more »

July
24th

First bite: The Forum in downtown Puyallup

The Forum opened last week in downtown Puyallup. Beer and cocktails are on the drink menu.
The Forum opened last week in downtown Puyallup. Beer and cocktails are on the drink menu.

Downtown Puyallup’s newest bar and eatery has opened. The Forum will serve lunch and dinner daily, but here’s something hard to find in Puyallup – The Forum intends to serve its full menu into the late evening hours.

I stopped in for a first bite and found a full bar – spirits, beer and wine – and a menu of affordable sandwiches, appetizers and a few heartier entrees (see menus below). The atmosphere was purely social, complete with long communal tables encouraging strangers to sit side-by-side. Read more »