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April 21, 2014 at 11:40am

Beer Here: Randall Monday, Earthy Tuesday, American Wednesday ...

American brewing Company's Breakaway IPA is now in cans. Photo courtesy of Pint Defiance Facebook

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Beer is delicious on its own. But when infused with coffee grinds, citrus fruits and hell - even doughnuts - it's that much better. That's why a Randall might be the best thing ever. A Randall is a ridiculously awesome filter system that runs beer through any number of flavorful additions to create one-of-a-kind concoctions.

Tonight, the ParkWay Tavern is running Tacoma Brewing Company's Broken Window IPA through its Randall. According to TBC founder Morgan Alexander, it's the first time one of his beers will be circulated through the ParkWay's filtration system.

"Randall nights are all about Sean the bartender there," says Alexander, who says he's leaving the chosen added ingredients in Sean's hands. "He decides what goes into the Randall. Usually it's just hops, but sometimes he gets a little crazy and puts in stuff like orange wedges, chocolate nibs, coffee beans, watermelon rind and Szechuan peppercorn."

The Broken Window IPA - named after roughians smashed TBC's large windows facing St. Helens Avenue - will be pouring out of the Randall from 6-9 p.m.


Tuesday, April 22

Riding high off the news it scored an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) label for its beer, the Harmon folks have invited other EPD-labeled local brewers to celebrate Earth Day 2014 - the beer way. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., a parade of human-powered vehicles led by the famous Cycle Saloon - a 16-seat rolling bar - will deliver kegs of beer from the corner of South 25th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way to the Harmon Tap Room in Tacoma's Stadium District. There, Earth Day revelers can share in beer specials and other festivities, including a "Leaf your thumbprint" planting party in the new Harmon Garden, a 4,000 square foot outdoor living room just outside the Tap Room doors. People will have an opportunity to place a green thumbprint on the Harmon Garden Tree of Life mural. A partial list of participating breweries include: 7 Seas Brewing Co., Narrows Brewing, Engine House No. 9, Cliff's Beer, The RAM, Sound Brewing, Wingman Brewers and Valhalla Brewing.

Wednesday, April 23

American Brewing Company is taking the aluminum plunge for the first time. The Edmond-based brewery has filled flashy cans with its Breakaway IPA. Since ABC's founder and president Neil Fallon lives in University Place, neighboring Pint Defiance is the logical venue to introduce the South Sound to the ABC can. The ABC crew will show off their new six packs - as well as pour American Blonde Ale, Single-Hop Citra Experimental Pale Ale and Cabernet Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from the handles - from 5-7 p.m.

Let's look at scenes from Saturday's Wingman Brewers Third Anniversary Party:

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