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Tag: beer


How cold is too cold for beer?

TNT Diner reader Barley Jim posted in this thread on the new Hop Jack’s restaurant in Bonney Lake that he was chagrined to be served a beer slushee at the restaurant. More specifically, he wrote, “The kid behind the bar took a VERY frozen glass and poured beer from a tap that had a 1 inch thick coating of ice all over it! The result was a beer slurpy! You Know… SLUSH! My beer foamed momentarily, gasping it’s last breath then turned to slush 1-2inches deep! DEAD! My beer was now DEAD, DEAD! ANYONE WHO LIKES BEER WOULD TELL

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A tale of two beer festivals (this Saturday)

Mike Runion and Travis Gutterson, right, co-owners of 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor, will be showcasing their Cutt's Ale and Double IPA at the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune)
Mike Runion and Travis Gutterson, right, co-owners of 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor, will be showcasing their Cutt’s Ale and Double IPA at the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival on Oct. 3. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune)

Two beer events are happening Saturday in Tacoma.

The first-ever Tacoma Craft Brew Festival, which SoundLife reporter Ernest Jasmin wrote about in today’s food section, takes place from noon-9 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 3) at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St. On tap will be brews from 7 Seas Brewing, Fish Brewing, Engine House No. 9, Harmon Brewery, along with about 40 other breweries from Washington and beyond. Admission is $18 in advance, $20 day of event; must be 21 or older to attend

The second beer event is Maltoberfest, a significantly more quirky and little known beer gathering paying homage to malt liquor. Yes, that’s right, malt liquor. It also takes place Saturday (Oct. 3), at Bob’s Java Jive.

I tried to put a foodie spin on malt liquor, but came up empty handed. So I asked organizer Craig Egan, who with Jen Orr founded Maltoberfest, to answer a few questions about malt liquor and Maltoberfest IV. Specifically, what kind of food do you pair with malt liquor? And how do you make a beer cocktail with malt liquor? Egan’s answers….

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First Bite: Hop Jack’s in Bonney Lake

I stopped in for beer (really, really cold beer) and dinner at Hop Jack’s, which opened Aug. 10 in Bonney Lake last month. I wanted to test two things: just how cold is the beer, and just how family friendly is a neighborhood restaurant that appears to have an awful lot of 21-and-over bar seating in proportion to dining room seating.

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ZZHop commemorates RAM brewer

Another item from my inbox. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer goes to the brewer’s family …

The Ram Restaurant and Brewery is celebrating the life and brews of James ’Jim’ Patrick Quilter. …  Jim was a venerable brewer with a long and lustrous career. He began home brewing in the early ‘80’s, attracted by the economic benefits, and  was soon winning awards for his recipes. In 1990 he started brewing for Sierra Nevada followed by stints at Mad River, Butte Creek and Winthrop Brewing Company. In 2004 he started Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg,

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