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July 31, 2015 at 12:09pm

Beer week in Tacoma

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"He was a wise man who invented beer," opined Plato, and Tacoma agrees. Beer's been Earth's favorite alcoholic beverage since its invention over 11,000 years ago. The ancient Sumerians wrote prayers to Ninkasi, their goddess of beer. In some Bible translations, Proverbs 31:6 recommends beer as a deathbed medication. We ain't there yet, my friends, but it's been a hot summer. Pour us a tall one!

Good news, Gritty Citizens: it's Beer Week! Tacoma's annual celebration of suds gets underway on Sunday, August 2, when the Red Hot pours fruity brews from Engine House No. 9 at 6 p.m. On Monday at 6p.m., Narrows Brewing stages "Beer of Fortune" and "Giant Jenga" at the Ale House. Edison City Alehouse (no relation) hosts a Brewer's Edition of Hollywood Squares on Tuesday at 6 p.m., while Pacific Brewing plays Pin the Beer on the Brewer. On Wednesday, the Harmon Tap Room will "Randall" a local brew, meaning flavor it at the tap, while the Copper Door pours three local favorites and the ParkWway Tavern pits IPAs against one another in an invitational championship. The next night, ParkWay tosses Washington and Oregon beers into the Octagon. Odd Otter Brewing, Pint Defiance and Wingman Brewers pour Washingtonian offerings on Thursday and Friday, and the Copper Door plays Match Game on Friday at 6 p.m.

Saturday's the main event, the cleverly named Brew Five Three between 9th and 11th on Broadway.  It's a rain-or-shine, 21-and-over block party at which blues musicians, food trucks, ciderists, revelers and the Beer Week Master of Ceremonies come together to appoint one local brewer the People's Choice. Each ticket buys a pint glass and six tasting tokens. Somewhere, Ninkasi is smiling.

BREW FIVE THREE, 1-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, Broadway Center, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, $10-$30, 253.591.5894

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