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New Episode of Grit + Grain Podcast featuring Peaks & Pints Ron Swarner!

June 16, 2023

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until December 29, 2023

Beer gurus Matt McLaren (Orcas Distributing), Sean Jackson (Parkway Tavern) and Ron Swarner (Peaks & Pints) explore and celebrate the craft beer industry, community, and history in Tacoma, Washington, and surrounding Pacific Northwest region, with assistance from opinionated beer industry insiders. Engineered by Doug Mackey of Channel 253, you can hear the three India Pale Yale graduates and featured guests every Friday as they think and drink in a room completely devoid of oxygen as not to degrade the beer.

Available on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, iHeartRadio and Stitcher, the podcast hopes to educate beer novices and experts alike, bringing a behind-the-scenes look into the industry, all the way from brewing to sales, shipping, and delivery.

More information about the podcast series and individual episodes can be found at gritandgrainpodcast.com. Reach us at [email protected]. The Grit and Grain podcast is also on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

MATT MCLAREN is an Advanced Cicerone and a Sales and Brand Manager at Orcas Distributing, with industry experience that stretches back to his stint as a keg washer at Harmon Brewing as teenager. An epicurean with no reservations, McLaren emcees the podcast like he’s orchestrating a boujie farmers market meal.

SEAN JACKSON is the manager of the famed Parkway Tavern, and former brewer at E9 Brewing in Tacoma and Mudshark Brewery in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. With a Rogue Dead Guy hat on his head, and a pencil behind his ear, Sean drops F-bombs and laugh bombs while hosting some of the most popular beer festivals in Western Washington.

RON SWARNER is co-owner of Peaks & Pints, and a journalist for more than 35 years, including founding the Weekly Volcano alternative newsweekly where he wrote the New Beer Column, launched Tacoma Restaurant Week, Best of Tacoma, and food tournaments. With a voice like Grandpa Simpson, and a ridiculous lumberjack wardrobe, Ron curates the beer at Peaks, as well as runs the yearly Tournament of Beer.


June 16, 2023


Peaks + Pints


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3816 N 26th St Suite B
Tacoma, WA 98407 United States
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