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Archives: 2014

Sep.
30th

TNT Diner blog moves to a new website address

The News Tribune’s dining coverage will continue, but in a new home. Instead of posting to this blog, all dining stories now will post to thenewstribune.com/tntdiner. RSS feed address: http://www.thenewstribune.com/248/index.rss
The social media accounts for News Tribune dining critic Sue Kidd will remain at twitter.com/tntdiner and facebook.com/tntdiner. Dining blog posts will continue to be archived here at blog.thenewstribune.com/tntdiner. Where we publish dining news online has changed, but the coverage will not. We’ll continue to be your best resource for South Sound restaurant news and criticism.

– Sue Kidd, dining critic/food editor

Sep.
26th

South Sound craft beer: A guide to Pierce County’s breweries and taprooms

Ah, the smell of Fall.

No, I’m not talking rain.

I’m talking the yeast, the hops, the roasted malts.

I’m talking beer.

Just as our gullets wander to pumpkin spice lattes and slow-simmered stews, brewers begin punching up their offerings with fall seasonal brews.

That makes October the best time of year to visit your neighborhood brewery.

Call this your very own do-it-yourself Oktoberfest with a focus on 15 breweries that brew beer right here in Pierce County.

This brewery guide - in list form below, and as an interactive map above –  will take you to taprooms of all shapes and sizes. You’ll explore brewery restaurants with extensive menus, a taproom squeezed into a brewer’s garage and even one tucked into a warehouse. I’ve covered broad territory — this guide spans both sides of the Tacoma Narrows and stretches across the county along Interstate 5. Grab a map and a designated driver for this journey. You’ll need both, and it’s just smart planning.

The craft beer revival has struck Pierce County hard in recent years, with a third of these breweries opening since 2011. And more are on the way — you’ll have to read to the end of the story to find out where. Read more »

Sep.
24th

Cider Swig 2014: First hard cider festival of its kind Saturday in Gig Harbor

A sparkling glass of Alpenfire Pirates Plank Hard Cider. Dean J. Koepfler / File photo 2011
A glass of Alpenfire Pirates Plank Hard Cider. Dean J. Koepfler/File photo 2011

Beer seems to get all the attention in early fall, a consequence of all those Oktoberfest celebrations and seasonal beer releases.

But not this fall. Another kind of adult beverage is finally getting its due: hard cider.

The inaugural Cider Swig will be held Saturday at Sehmel Homestead Park in Gig Harbor.

The festival is a fundraiser for the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and features a dozen Northwest cideries serving 50 hard ciders (that’s alcoholic ciders, for those keeping track). Apple ciders comprise the bulk of the menu, but pear ciders also will be served. See a list below of ciders. Read more »

Sep.
22nd

Opening Saturday: Outlaw Ales, a nano brewery in Bonney Lake

Taprooms and breweries sometimes pop up in the oddest locations, sometime even home garages. Dan Sowers’ new Outlaw Ales is one of those nano breweries that’s a completely homegrown operation. Don’t let the name fool you, he just received his state licensing to sell beer out of the garage of his Bonney Lake Home. His first keg will be tapped at noon Saturday. Read more »

Sep.
19th

Opening Saturday: Pacific Brewing and Malting in downtown Tacoma

Photo courtesy of Pacific Brewing and Malting.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Brewing and Malting.

Here’s some great brew news: Pacific Brewing and Malting will open at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Tacoma. “After what feels like an eternity we are finally ready to open our doors to the public this Saturday,” wrote Pacific Brewing co-owner and head brewer Steve Navarro in an email.

After months of permit delays, everything’s been signed off and the brew is ready to flow. Read more »

Sep.
19th

Rise and shine: Three Tacoma restaurants with new breakfast service

Sunday brunch served on the enclosed patio at Smoke + Cedar overlooking the Allenmore Golf Course in Tacoma. Peter Haley/Staff photographer
Sunday brunch served on the enclosed patio at Smoke + Cedar overlooking the Allenmore Golf Course in Tacoma. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

We’re right in the middle of National Breakfast Month, but don’t confuse that with National Hot Breakfast Month. You’ll have to wait until February to celebrate that. February, coincidentally, also doubles as National Pancake Month.

Who comes up with this stuff? I don’t need an official proclamation as an excuse to eat breakfast. The only excuse I need is the promise of something new.

Featured here are Tacoma restaurants with recently added breakfast service, each with its own specialty. These mini reviews are first-bite impressions after single visits. Read more »

Sep.
16th

Dining calendar: Made in Tacoma; cookbook author Michele Morris and a whiskey dinner

Bacon-wrapped scallops from Hudson Slater, chef of Maxwell's Speakeasy + Lounge. Slater will prepare a dinner Sept. 24 to celebrate the release of "A Taste of Washington" from food writer Michele Morris. File photo August 2014. Drew Perine/Staff photographer
Bacon-wrapped scallops from Hudson Slater, chef of Maxwell’s Speakeasy + Lounge. Slater will prepare a dinner Sept. 24 to celebrate the release of “A Taste of Washington” from food writer Michele Morris. File photo August 2014. Drew Perine/Staff photographer

Right about now, fall food events start seriously heating up. Here’s a look at this week’s dining events, with more to come during a busy October. Read more »