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Beer me: South Sound beer events happening today through May

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on April 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm | No Comments »
April 22, 2014 12:34 pm

Grill ChillFrom the annual barley wine festival this weekend at Tacoma’s Parkway Tavern to a group of hard peddling guys from Harmon Brewery – here’s a report of beer happenings from today through May.

Tip: Save the date for the Gig Harbor Beer Festival in May.

Harmon Brewing Earth Day, all day today

This event features beer moved by bicyles and a focus on ecology. Check this out:
2-5:30 p.m.: Kegs of beer will start at the Hub Gig Harbor and be transported via bicycle across the Narrows Bridge. The caravan will meet up with  a 16-seat rolling bar, powered by cyclists, at South 25th and State Streets at 3:30 p.m., and will head down Martin Luther King Way to the Harmon Tap Room in the St. Helens neighborhood.
6 p.m.: A planting party at the new Harmon Garden below the Tacoma Hub in St. Helens invites gardeners to bring a small bedding plant to plant in the garden adjacent to the Harmon Tap Room (it’s just below the Hub).
6-8 p.m.: Several eco-focused brewers will pour their beers at Harmon Tap Room.
For more details, visit here.

Parkway Barley Wine Festival: 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fans of barley wine rejoice, it’s the spring awakening of the Parkway Tavern’s annual ode to the strongly flavored beer. More than 30 barley wines will be on tap beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. The tap list includes vintage selections as well as new finds. The event is free, other than the cost of brew and food. Murphy’s Barbecue is providing the eats. Check out the taplist from Parkway barkeep Sean Jackson below.

Seattle Beer Week done Tacoma style at Pint Defiance, May 8-18, 2014

Discover 26 Washington brews at the 10-day festival at Pint Defiance bottle shop. For the lineup, click here.

Gig Harbor Beer Festival date sent for Saturday May 10, 2014 – tickets on sale now

The third annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival has set a date – May 10 at the Gig Harbor Uptown Pavilion. Advance tickets are on sale now for $20 through April 25 (they’re $25 after that). Find details at
Twenty one craft brewers will participate, including these South Sound breweries: 7 Seas Brewing of Gig Harbor; Der Blokken of Bremerton; Dicks Brewing Co. of Centralia; Harmon Brewing Co. of Tacoma; Narrows Brewing of Tacoma; Northwest Brewing of Pacific; Rainy Daze Brewing Co. of Silverdale; RAM Big Horn Brewery of Tacoma; Silver City Brewery of Bremerton; Slippery Pig Brewing of Poulsbo; Sound Brewery of Poulsbo and Wingman Brewers of Tacoma.

Just missed: Wingman Brewers had a third anniversary celebration Saturday. The Tacoma Dome district brewery has something cool this week, too.  It’s bringing in two new tanks from former Tacoma brewer Burris Brewing. Find more information at their Facebook page.


’07 Anchor Old Foghorn
’07 Full Sail Old Boardhead
’08 Flying Dog Horn Dog
’09 Stone Old Guardian
’10 Fishtale 10(2)
’10 Great Divide Old Ruffian
’10 Hale’s Rudyard’s Rare
’10 Hopworks Noggin Floggin
’10 Lagunitas Gnarleywine
’10 Rogue Old Crustacean
’10 Red Hook Treblehook
’11 Beer Valley Highway to Ale
’11 Lost Coast Fog Cutter
’11 Port Townsend Barleywine
’12 21st Amendment Lower De Boom
’12 Avery Hog Heaven
’12 Dick’s Barleywine
’12 Ninkasi Wheat Wine
’12 Silver City Old Scrooge
’12 Widmer Old Embalmer
’13 Anderson Valley Horn of the Beer
’13 Black Diamond Dried Up Old Geezer
’13 E-9 Thunder Buddies
’13 Epic Barleywine
’13 Mad River John Barleycorn
’13 Oakshire Barleywine
’13 Snipes Rosa
’14 Harmon Barleywine
’14 High Water Old & in the Way
’14 Lazy Boy Barleywine
’14 Sound Old Scoundrel

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