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Feb.
27th

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 ­facebook.com/­tacomabeerweek). Read more »

Feb.
6th

Thirsty Thursday: Wood-aged beer festival Saturday at Tacoma Brewing Co.

FIRKINS BEER

The tricky thing about wood-aged beer – if done in a barrel – is the space required. If Morgan Alexander had his way, he’d have warehouse space to stack barrel after barrel of wood-aged beer.

With only 1,000 square feet at his Tacoma Brewing Co. in the St. Helens neighborhood, he’d have trouble finding room for one barrel.

Rather than ditch his idea of wood-aging beer – a growing trend among brewers – he turned to a clever solution other nano brewers are employing. He uses wood chips and spirals thrown into the fermenter to impart a woody flavor to his ales and stouts.

Here’s a fun local tidbit – he’s sourced some of his wood from Tacoma woodworking business, Madera.

On Saturday Feb. 8, Alexander will host Tacoma’s first wood-aged beer festival at his brewery, which he operates with his brother Tristan Litke. Check the list of beers below. He’ll tap the brews from 2-10 p.m. Supplies are limited. Beer will be served in pints and schooners. The event will feature Alexander’s brews, as well as guest brewer R.J. Adler. Read more »

Nov.
23rd

Tacoma’s newest microbrewery could fit in a closet

Morgan Alexander’s brewery is so small, he calls it a sub-microbrewery. He operates a quarter barrel system out of his coffee cafe, Amocat, which aptly spells Tacoma if you flip the letters. Visitors to Tacoma Brewing Co. will find new kegs tapped every Friday night. Like the coffee he brews by day, the craft beer Alexander creates is an extension of his self-described foodie side – most everything he brews is with good grub in mind.

Alexander’s love of brew bloomed after he industriously figured out that it’s cheaper to make beer than buy it – something he discovered in – a-hem – high school. Stadium High School, to be exact. Alexander is a 1986 graduate. He grew up in the neighborhood near Frisko Freeze. I don’t know if anyone can get more Tacoma than this – Alexander delivered newspapers as a kid to the drive-in and Frisko Freeze paid him in money and ice cream. True Tacoma story, right there. Read more »

Nov.
15th

Tastings: Belgian beer at The Red Hot Tacoma, Cidery tastes at 208 Garfield, Beer tapping at Tacoma’s newest brewery

When it rains, it pours. Or, more accurately, several bars and restaurants are pouring different styles of adult beverages today and tomorrow. Amocat Cafe’s Morgan Alexander is getting his brand new brewery Tacoma Brewing Co. off the ground with a tapping at his St. Helens neighborhood cafe. In other beverage happenings, 208 Garfield in Parkland has a cidery tasting and The Red Hot – Tacoma’s favorite emporium for craft beer and hot dogs – will have a Belgian fest tonight with its Coast to Coast Belgium beer tasting. Read on. Read more »