The Tacoma Craft Beer Festival has a new, winter counterpart, the Big Beer Festival. It's set to take place on Feb. 16 at Petrich Marine Dock (1118 E. ‘D’ St.) and tickets will go on sale through Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com on Dec. 1. Organizer Bennett Thurmon says the festival's name refers to beers that are “big in flavor and big in character.” And if your euphemism detector just went off it's because we're talking about brews that are a minimum of 6 percent alcohol by volume. The event will be divided into two sessions, one from noon to 4 p.m., the second from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thurmon estimated Big Beer Fest will feature 60 beers from 20 regional vendors, many familiar from the fourth annual Tacoma Craft Beer Festival, which was held on Sept. 1 at Tacoma's 21st Street Park. The new festival list is still being finalized, but Thurmon said likely participants will include Tacoma's Harmon Brewing Co. and Engine House No. 9; Bremerton's Silver City Brewery; Graham's M.T. Head Brewing Company; Seattle's Full Sail Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery from Portland. Advance tickets will be $20, which includes a 5.5 oz., commemorative taster glass and six tasting tokens. Additional pours will cost $1.50 each. Admission will go up to $25 the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit YWCA, and you can find updates on the Tacoma Craft Beer Fest website, http://www.tacomacraftbeerfest.com.