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Chocolate and wine? Pfft. Try chocolate and beer – at Tacoma’s Pint Defiance

Check back tomorrow to find out which local chocolatier is expanding her business.
Check back tomorrow to find out which local chocolatier is expanding her business.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s an event at Pint Defiance for all of you “I don’t know what to do for my honey” last-minute folks.

Grab your sweetie and head to the Pint Defiance beer shop and taproom  Friday or Saturday for an all-day event pairing chocolate and beer. For eleven bucks, you’ll get to sample four beers paired with four chocolates. Read on for more details.

Read more about chocolate: Check back tomorrow for a story about a local truffle maker entering a new chapter in her chocolate business. I’ll also tell you about four other confectioners that make their own sweets and treats right here in the South Sound – perfect last-minute gift destinations. Read more »


Hundred-year-old bottles of Tacoma beer found under a stairwell, local brewers intend to drink it

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

Wine and Scotch – two things that age well.

But does beer?

The likely answer is a big, fat no. Most beers aren’t meant to age at all, let alone age for nearly a century before consuming. But Tacoma brewer Steve Navarro, one of the owners of the new Pacific Brewing and Malting, will find out soon enough what level of skunk they’ll encounter when they crack open a bottle of hundred-year-old Tacoma brand beer that was recently discovered in a stairwell of a California hotel.

What makes the discovery of unopened bottles  significant is the story of the company that made the brew. Pacific Brewing and Malting will be Tacoma’s newest craft brewery when it opens downtown later this year, but the new company is an homage to a brewery of the same name that operated a century ago in Tacoma. By the early 1900s, Pacific was the second-largest beer producer in Washington with its two beer lines – Pacific and Tacoma. Read more »


Beer crisis? Not really. Local bottle shops recommend what to drink in Pliny’s absence

Beer bloggers are throwing around words like “shocking” to describe the loss of the sought-after double IPA from California’s Russian River Brewing – Pliny The Elder. The brewery informed its Washington customers recently that it no longer will be distributing its beers here. Different bits of information have appeared giving insight into why the brewery made the decision. A letter the brewery sent to distributors was published here. The final word from the brewery Jan. 4 on their Facebook page was that demand had outpaced supply. Sounds like a decent problem to have.

I tried the beer on tap a few years ago at Jake’s in Steilacoom (now Topside Bar). It’s a terrific beer, but I can’t say that I’ll miss it much because it was so difficult to find, I didn’t drink it much. Here’s something to consider: The craft beer market is flooded with robust IPAs. I turned to two local bottle shops for their recommendations for what to drink instead of Pliny. Barry Watson of Pint Defiance in Tacoma and Tiffany Adamowski of Federal Way’s 99 Bottles weigh in: Read more »


Tacoma Craft Beer Festival: 57 brewers in one park and all the hops you can stand

The fourth Tacoma Craft Beer Festival will be Saturday on the Foss Waterway. Of 57 breweries expected to tap at the event, most are Northwest based and a dozen are South Sound brewers. We’ve got a list of beers that will be served and other information you need to know before you head to the festival.


Oktoberfest: Suds and grub at an event near you

Oktoberfest celebrations are here and will continue the next few weekends.

First up is the Harmon’s Brewmaster’s dinner tonight, which will see the debut of the Stryker Stout from Harmon Brewing. Details for the event are here. Call 253-383-2739 for a last-minute reservations. The dinner only is $35.

Click “more” to see a bunch of other Oktoberfest events, including the first-ever Tacoma Oktoberfest and the big Oktoberfest next weekend in Puyallup. Read more »