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October Is Music Month at Trusty Brewing

October at Trusty Brewing is all about the music—well, all about superior craft brews AND music, to be exact—with four nights of live music scheduled every Thursday evening in October from 7 to 9 p.m. There will also be happy hours, new beers to try, and an enthusiastic welcome to kids and dogs. (Plus, Trusty Brewing is participating in Visit Vancouver USA‘s annual #DineTheCouve, which means $3 drink specials!) All ages are welcome to come enjoy the music on Thursdays, and there’s absolutely no cover charge. Here’s the line-up:

  • Oct. 5: Indie folk singer-songwriter Crystal Lariza
  • Oct. 12: Blues band James Ortega and the Demon Drivers
  • Oct. 19: Pacific Northwests blues/rock band Blues Ranch
  • Oct. 26: Zydeco, country, blues, Cajun, and folk with The Mud Bugs

While you’re there, you’ll want to try the Dark Marc, a collaboration brew with the renowned beer guru Marc Martin. Happy Hour is Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with $3.50 pints and cheap eats with $2 off all menu items. There are also menu items just for kids, including the kid-approved grilled cheese and spent grain pita. But wait, there’s more: every Monday is Mug Club Monday, with rotating food specials just for Mug Club members. What’s the Mug Club? Visit Trusty Brewing online at www.trustybrewing.com or better yet, drop by their brewpub at the corner of Evergreen and Broadway in downtown Vancouver at 114 E. Evergreen Blvd.

Spring Brewfest

The Vancouver Spring Brewfest puts beer from all the best local craft breweries right in one place: at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. The Spring Brewfest will feature beers, ciders, and meads from 36 local producers. Many Vancouver-based breweries will be showcased, including beers from local faves Heavy Metal, RailSide, Heathen, Ghost Runners, Mill City Brew Werks, Beerded Brothers, Trusty, Trap Door, Brother Ass, Fortside, Old Ivy, Victor 23, and Ethereal Meads. A list of all Spring Brewfest breweries, and the beers they’ll have on offer, can be seen at http://vancouverbrewfest.com/the-brewers/.

The Spring Brewfest will be held in Propstra Square, within a large enclosed and heated (HEATED, PEOPLE!) tent. There’s also food on-site from FireBox Foods, The Beautiful Pig, Foody Blues BBQ, Mario’s Salsa, and Northwest Bierhaus Jerky. Brewfest hours are 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Non-refundable tickets range from $7 to $30 for a weekend pass, and are available online at Ticket Tomato at https://www.tickettomato.com/event/4576/vancouver-brewfest-spring-edition/. Entrants must be 21 and over. Here’s the price breakdown:

  • $30/Brewfest All-Star (only sold online): entrance (both days), pint glass, 20 event tokens, and a free raffle ticket for a big screen TV. Event tokens are good for beverage samples, Whiskey Bar, food, and vendors at $1.25 = one token.
  • $22/Brewfest Starter: entrance (both days), pint glass, 10 event tokens, and a free raffle ticket for a big screen TV. Event tokens are good for beverage samples, whiskey bar, food and vendors at $1.25 = one token.
  • $7/Point Guard: “à la cart,” pay-as-you-go Brewfest fun, includes entrance (both days). For designated drivers, this includes free non-alcoholic beverages all weekend at the Whiskey Bar (must wear DD wrist band).

Custom 2017 Brewfest pint glasses are available for $5. Additional tokens are four for $5. Four-ouncebeer samples are one token and a 16-ounce pour is four tokens. Vancouver Brewfest tokens never expire and may be used again at the Summer Brewfest on Aug. 11-13, and at the Fresh Hop festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Cash may not be used for alcohol beverage samples, although cash and tokens may be used at all food and craft vendors. Additional tokens may be purchased at the event using cash or credit cards. There will be an ATM onsite and some vendors also take credit cards.

If you need a ride home, event sponsor Vancouver Cab is standing by ready to transport you safely. Your wrist band gets you $5 off your ride home and your e-ticket gets you $5 off your ride to the Vancouver Brewfest. Call Vancouver Cab at 360-737-3333 for rides (then you won’t even have to find parking!).

Pelican Brewing at Caps N’ Taps

Here's your chance to taste a bit of the Oregon coast without even going there: head on down to Caps N' Taps any time from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, and purchase a pint from Pacific City's Pelican Pub & Brewery. The Pelican will be doing a special just-flown-in-from-the-coast tap takeover at Caps N' Taps, so all you have to do is get to 337 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas.

Brendan-1Caps N' Taps is a taproom and bottle shop specializing in 20 rotating taps, over 100 specialty bottled brews, and local wine. They serve a variety of small plates (an Italian meat & cheese platter, a buffalo chicken dip, chips and salsa, etc.) or you can bring in your own food to pair with your pints. Caps N' Taps is just over a year old, but in that short time owner Brendan Greenan has turned this spot into one of the North Bank's craft brew destinations. To find out more, visit www.capsntapscamas.com.

 

 

Excellence on Main St.: Mill City Brew Werks

Mill City Brew Werks, a brewpub in downtown Camas and a relative newcomer to the North Bank craft beer scene, was recently honored with 2014 Excellence on Main Street Economic Vitality Award by the Washington State Main Street Program. The Economic Vitality Award recognizes economic enhancement efforts within a downtown district, focusing on businesses or projects that have contributed to economic growth.

Owners Mark and Fran Zech and Chef Erin LeDoux have quickly settled into downtown Camas' sweet spot with their pub-influenced menu, easygoing atmosphere, and broad, ever-changing selection of artisanal brews. Mill City also brews beer right on the premises. When you walk into the restaurant, check out the glassed-in cutaway portion near the west wall; you can see right through to the basement, where new beer is fermenting away in shiny tanks. The restaurant also just added an outdoor seating area: perfect for al fresco summertime brew-tasting!

YuccaFriesEditor's note: I've eaten here three times, and I've tried the pleasantly unusual yucca fries (pictured here), as well as the Brewer's Panini, which has a horseradishy bite to complement the corned beef. There's a laid-back family vibe—no one will be bothered if your child gets ketchup fingerprints on the table—and the inventive food is more than run-of-the-mill (if you'll pardon the pun). But, without a doubt, the best reason to come here is the beer; the beer list changes frequently and the staff is knowledgable about the restaurant's offerings. My absolute favorite is the smooth and sweet Fromudder Milk Stout, brewed right on the premises.

Tacos & Taps

"Tacos & Taps" brings together the finest local chefs and brewers under one roof for a delicious evening to help the hungry in our community. For $35 a ticket, you'll have all-taco access to the most tongue-tingling tortilla-wrapped treats ever to sit atop a North Bank table, as well as the best beer our local brewpubs have to offer. To RSVP, click here.

The Clark County Food Bank's doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2, and the tacos-and-taps tour de force will continue until 9 p.m. Your tasting time will be enhanced with live music by Blues Ranch, and you can chew and sip away in the satisfying knowledge that all proceeds will benefit the food bank. (And yes, of course there will be dessert, catered by Nana's Tiny Cakes and Simply Sweets.) The event is made possible by local sponsors Scott Horenstein Law Firm, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, and Wilbur-Ellis Feed Division. Click here too see whole enchilada vis-à-vis participating brewpub and chefs.

Pints for a Purpose at Caps n’ Taps

Although it's recently been disputed as to whether Benjamin Franklin actually penned that famous quote, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," we still heartily endorse the sentiment. Beer is, indubitably, a good thing, and with the rise of so many microbreweries and craft beers, it's getting better and better all the time.

The North Bank—and the Pacific Northwest generally—is bursting with so many brewpubs that one hardly knows where to start. That's where Caps n' Taps comes in: it's a bottle shop and tap room where patrons can purchase individual bottles from breweries both near and far, as well as sampling up to 20 brews on draft, so you know what you like. The knowledgable owner and staff are ready to answer all your brew-related questions and help you find the most delicious beer out there. (…although really, it's impossible to choose, isn't it?)

On Monday, April 28, every pint you buy will not only bring you pleasure, but it will also help athletes at local middle schools and Camas High School. Caps n' Taps will donate $1 of every pint purchased on that day to Camas Athletics Booster Club, and the money will be used to support student athletes through scholarships and financial aid, equipment upgrades, and uniforms. For more information, visit www.camasboosters.org.

Pints for a Purpose

The North Bank—and the Pacific Northwest generally—is bursting with so many brewpubs that one hardly knows where to start. That's where Caps n' Taps comes in: it's a bottle shop and tap room where patrons can purchase individual bottles from breweries both near and far, as well as sampling up to 20 brews on draft, so you know what you like. The knowledgable owner and staff are ready to answer all your brew-related questions and help you find the most delicious beer out there. (…although really, it's impossible to choose, isn't it?)

On Monday, April 28, every pint you buy will not only bring you pleasure, but it will also help athletes at local middle schools and Camas High School. Caps n' Taps will donate $1 of every pint purchased on that day to Camas Athletics Booster Club, and the money will be used to support student athletes through scholarships and financial aid, equipment upgrades, and uniforms. For more information, visit www.camasboosters.org.

Tapped Brew House & Pub

Tapped Brew House & Pub, a newcomer to the North Bank brew scene, just opened in April, but they are already getting attention for their just-right blend of craft beer, easygoing atmosphere, and absolutely oustanding food. We first visited on a Saturday night, and we were lucky to get a table; the restaurant was full and lively, and the diners all seemed to be heartily enjoying themselves. We immediately thought: Tapped is onto something, here. Then we ordered, and we understood why.

Then we came back again for dinner the next night, and we brought our whole family.

Tapped offers not only a thoughtfully curated rotating selection of beer on tap—as well as wine and a full cocktail menu—but they also offer five-star food at completely reasonable prices. Make no mistake: this is foodie food, but it's accessible foodie food, served without a hint of food-snobbery. The menu selections are appropriately pub-influenced fare, such as an inventive shepherd's pie with horseradish-laced mashed potatoes and tiny pickled pearl onions amidst a rich, beefy filling, and the delightful Scotch eggs—flaky pastry-wrapped beef-and-herb medallions enveloping diminutive but flavor-packed quail eggs. Don't overlook the humble ratatouille, a savory and satisfying meal in itself, with moderately peppered red-wine tomato broth, transluscent onion slices, and garden-fresh chunks of zucchini and squash. Everything we tried was delicious, but the rapture-inducing star was the duck confit with sweet potato waffles and butternut squash purée, embellished with three sizzling red dots of Sriracha. I've also got to mention the shoestring fries, which aren't on the menu but come with entrees like the fish and chips: so small, so light, so marvelously cooked that even at that degree of thinness (almost like grass), the fries maintained a crispy outside and a chewy, potato-ey inside. How did they do it?

As for the beer, we tried a hopped cider (an unusual but yummy cross between an IPA and a traditional dry cider), a Loowit Vandalia summer ale (mmmmmmm, summery), and an Odin stout (my favorite, smooth as polished wood with big, roasty coffee-and-chocolate flavors).

This review wouldn't be complete without noting the two exceptional desserts we tried: the heavenly, supersmooth chocolate pot de crème, served in a martini glass with with local berries, and the warm-and-cinnamonny peach turnover—actually, a generous serving of two fruit-filled pastries with two scoops of thick vanilla ice cream. We may go back just for dessert. And maybe just one more serving of duck confit. And another Odin stout. And more shoestring fries…

Tapped Brew House & Pub
www.tappedbrewhouse.com

Caps n’ Taps Tandem Tap Takeover

Caps N’ Taps offers 20 rotating taps and more than 100 specialty bottled brews, as well as a selection of local wine. The establishment partners with another downtown Camas business, K’Syrah Restaurant and Catering, to provide small plates: an Italian meat and cheese platter, buffalo chicken dip, sweet and zesty pub snack mix, and a chocolate brownie (which pairs nicely with some of the chewier stouts). Patrons are also welcome to bring in "to go" meals from other local restaurants.

 

Beercouver Social at Loowit

In the mood for a pint of frothy, hoppy goodness? Why not satisfy your thirst and contribute to a good cause at the same time? (…and did we mention the additional feel-good buzz you'll get from supporting a local business?)

Loowit Brewing will host a “Beercouver Social" on from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at its downtown Vancouver location, 507 Columbia St. This event is a fundraiser for two Deaf Sports & Fitness (DSF) teams who will be running and walking in the Spokane to Sand Point Relay, to be held on Aug. 15 and 16. Deaf Sports & Fitness is a nonprofit organization created to give deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes support and access to training opportunities and sporting events.

Ten percent of the evening's profits will be given directly to DSF. In addition to award-winning craft brews on tap in the beautifully designed taproom, there will be a raffle with prizes, and the company of good-hearted brew-lovers like yourself. For more information about this event, e-mail info@loowitbrewing.com, call 360-566-2323, or visit the brewpub's Facebook page.