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Tag: Engine House No. 9


Pucker up: Tacoma’s Engine House No. 9 brewery hosts Sour Fest this weekend

Some describe sour beers as acidic masterpieces.

Others call them vile swill with an extra dose of funk.

Think of brewing sour beers as one part chemistry experiment and one part waiting game. They can take years to age and require a brewer with patience and  room for long-term barrel storage.

Count Shane Johns, head brewer of Tacoma’s Engine House No. 9, as squarely planted in the sour camp. He’s been brewing that category of beer for close to a decade and his style of sour beer aging has become one specialty at the Tacoma brewpub that opened in 1972.

This Saturday and Sunday, Johns has organized E9’s second Sour Fest, a two-day ode to European and American sours. Read more »


A week of suds: Tacoma Beer Week begins Monday

Wingman Brewers operates a taproom in the Tacoma Dome neighborhood. The brewery is one of 7 in Tacoma participating in Tacoma Beer Week, March 3-8 at local taprooms and breweries. Thomas Soerenes/Staff photographer
Wingman Brewers operates a taproom in the Tacoma Dome neighborhood. The brewery is one of 7 in Tacoma participating in Tacoma Beer Week, March 3-8 at local taprooms and breweries. Thomas Soerenes/Staff photographer

In true Tacoma fashion, brewing a special-release beer for Tacoma Beer Week percolated over a pint (or three).

Two brewers invited another to help. Another brewer pitched in. And then another and another. The idea was to gather as many Tacoma brewers as possible to collaborate on a beer that would do something every Tacoma brewer wants: Get more people to drink Tacoma-brewed beer.

In all, brewers from seven Tacoma breweries — including one that isn’t yet open — collaborated on Tacoma Neo Noir, a Belgian-style black IPA brewed for Tacoma Beer Week, which begins Monday and includes events and special beer releases at Tacoma breweries and taverns known for their craft tap selections (find a partial schedule below, but more events are at ­­tacomabeerweek). Read more »


Food gifting: Growlers full of beer and a few special beer accessories

Remember how everyone used to give wine as a gift? Here’s something more Tacoma in nature: Growler jugs full of local beer. And something for Tacomans with a sense of humor – hand knitted growler sweaters sold at The Red Hot. Read on. Read more »


Engine House No. 9 celebrates the big 4-0 this weekend

Engine House No. 9 has made it to the big 4-0. And it’s never looked better. And I’m not just saying that because I want it to feel good about its aging self. Since X Group restaurants bought the brewpub in July 2011, the menu has been lightly tweaked for the better and head brewer Shane Johns has been brewing some interesting beers. A kriek Johns brewed this summer tapped out so quickly, I didn’t even get a chance to write about it. To celebrate their 40th anniversary this weekend, they’ll roll back some prices, revisit some old menu items and run a beer-by-the-pitcher special. Because today is National Drink Beer Day, you really should get down there and have some. Read more »


Brew news: Tacoma brewers pour at Belgianfest this weekend, and beer tastings in Gig Harbor and Federal Way

Here are five beer events over the next 10 days: South Sound brewers pour at Seattle’s Belgian beer festival tomorrow, the RAM hosts a brewer’s dinner, Morso Wine Bar invites Doug Tiede from Engine House No. 9 to talk about British beers, The Spar hosts Deschutes Brewery and 99 Bottles, the beer store, has a tasting with chocolate and brew.

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Not too sweet: House-made root beer at Powerhouse Brewery is sarsaparilla powered

House-made root beer at the Powerhouse Brewery is fueled by sarsaparilla and pure cane sugar.

My plea to restaurants is this: please offer us something delicious to drink that is free of caffeine, alcohol and way too much sugar. Your diners will thank you.

I know plenty of diners with my predicament: I don’t care for sugary sweet sodas, I don’t drink caffeine after a certain hour, and I avoid alcohol when driving after a review.

So when I find restaurants offering beverage options beyond ordinary tap water, or fancy bottled varieties a la Pellegrino, Perrier or Voss, I’m thankful and impressed.

Lately, I’ve noticed the appearance of DRY Soda, low sugar/caffeine free sodas in fanciful flavors like rhubarb and lemongrass, on menus all around town. I recently interviewed the owner of the Seattle-based company and I’ll post a feature next week about the company that got its start in Tacoma.

In the meantime, let me tell you about a root beer with a grownup taste that might intrigue those in search of less sugary soda options: house-made root beer at the Powerhouse Brewery in Puyallup. Read more »