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March 10, 2014 at 12:01pm

Beer Here: South Sound brew events March 10-15

Here's a photo of the Harmon Pinnacle Peak Ale we drank at the Harmon Tap Room during Tacoma Beer Week. It was delicious.

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Did you enjoy Tacoma Beer Week? What were your favorite beers? How do your teeth feel?

Have you heard? There's another natural cure for a common ailment. Take note, though, beer drinkers: It's the part of the leaves discarded in the brewing process.

Beer drinkers know that hops are what gives the drink its bitterness and aroma. Recently, scientists reported that the part of hops that isn't used for making beer contains healthful antioxidants and could be used to battle cavities and gum disease. In a new study in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they say that they've identified some of the substances that could be responsible for these healthful effects.

Read the full story here.

Where to fight cavities drink beer this week ...

Monday, March 10

Pint Defiance is knocking off a dollar on all pints today, which includes M.T. Head's Zeus's Revenge IPA, Lost Abbey Carnevale Saison, Alameda P-Town Pilsner and Alaskan Oatmeal Stout.

Wednesday, March 12

Who's got the best IPA? It's Washington vs. Oregon for all the marbles. Ninkasi Brewing, 7 Seas Brewing Co., Silver City Brewery & Taproom, Deschutes Brewery, Laurelwood Public House & Brewery and NoLi Brewhouse are bringing their best IPAs to The Swiss for a Battle of the Brands: The IPA Face Off, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Grab a passport to sample all the IPAs before casting your vote. Expect giveaways and swag. Grand prize drawing is a VIP tour of the winning brewery and the "Swiss Golden Ticket," entitling the winner to one year of free cover at The Swiss.

Friday, March 14

Chambers Bay (6320 Grandview Dr., University Place) hosts an Irish beer and food tasting Friday, March 14. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Chef Corcoran presents a seven-course meal paired with Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's. As you nibble on Irish pretzel sausage and classic corned beef cabbage, Guinness experts will take you through an Irish beer journey. Tickets are $55; call 253.552.4867 or emailashipman@kempersports.com.

Saturday, March 15

Sound Brewery out of Poulsbo will drop in on Gig Harbor's Morso wine bar for tastings. Brewmaster Mark Hood will be pouring from 2-4 p.m., with a $5 cover. If you can't wait, here's Morso's current line-up: The GoodLife Mountain Rescue Dry Hopped Pale Ale, Bellevue425 Pale Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Elysian Dragonstooth Oatmeal Stout, pFriem Saison, Ommegang Abbey, Morso Pilsner by Alpine Brewery and Everybody's Brewing Country Boy IPA.

Last winter, the South Sound packed Tacoma's Foss Waterway Seaport for the Big Beer Festival, an event born in Tacoma Brewing Company's founder Morgan Alexander's head, but produced by Tacoma Craft Beer Festival co-founders Roxy Wolfe and Bennett Thurmon. A sold-out crowd enjoyed 20 regional vendors and around 60 beers. Alexander has grabbed the reins of the second annual version, and will be serving beers and barleywines with an alcohol by volume rating of 9 percent or higher, Saturday at his much smaller Tacoma Brewing Co. on Saint Helens Avenue. The big beers will flow 2-10 p.m.

Last, the Parkway Tavern asks you to drop your pants Saturday. The Tacoma tavern hosts a pants drive for those in need. Donate a pair of pants and you'll be entered in a raffle for prizes.

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