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., Tacoma, and tickets will go on sale on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The event will be divided into two sessions, one from noon to 4 p.m., the other from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Organizer Bennett Thurmon tells us the festival's name refers to beers that are “big in flavor and big in character.” And your euphemism detector just went off for a reason: we're talking about brews that are a minimum of 6 percent alcohol by volume.
Thurmon estimated the event will feature 60 beers from 20 regional vendors, many familiar from the 4th annual Tacoma Craft Beer Festival, which was held on Sept. 1 at Tacoma's 21st Street Park. Though the list is being finalized, he 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 will get participants a 5.5 oz., commemorative taster glass and six tasting tokens. Additional pours will be $1.50 each. Admission will be $25 the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit YWCA. Learn more at www.tacomacraftbeerfest.com.