Friday, December 1st, 2023

6-Pack of Things To Do: Dec. 1-7 2023


6-Pack of Things To Do: Dec. 1-7 2023

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with markets and other seasonal activities all over town. Zoolights has opened, and the Winter Flower Show at the W.W. Seymour Conservatory opens Saturday. The Proctor District is all dressed up for the holiday season. The big tree is lit downtown. And Peaks & Pints’ 6-Pack of Things To Do will be wrapped up in a giant red bow throughout December. Cheers!

FRIDAY, DEC. 1, CHRISTMAS BEER FLIGHT: You’re lagging in the Christmas spirit this year. Just like last year. And the year before. Scrooging has always been your go-to reaction to the yuletide, but as you grow older, and more sentimental, it’s increasingly unacceptable to be crotchety and contrarian. It’s unsavory. So, Peaks & Pints decide to be proactive. We will elicit Christmas cheer daily through Dec. 24, as we are closed Christmas Day. By which we mean Christmas beer. We will dedicate our daily beer flight to holiday and winter beers. After all, Christmas is about nothing if not overconsumption, and you have a lot of catching up to do. We kick off our 24-day holiday celebration today with a 20-foot tree and Peaks and Pints Christmas Beer Flight 12.1.23. 11 a.m. to midnight, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma

FRIDAY, DEC. 1, BEER PODCAST: Will starting a distribution company cut into Lee McGlothlen’s stage fire, dragon smoke and general deathcore awesomeness? Yes, indeed. The guitarist, longtime bartender, and former Browar Polska distribution rep is launching a new Federal Way-based distribution company, XBP Limited Liquids, with his former Browar Polska boss, Lee Cizek, after PepsiCo purchased their parent company, Corwin Beverage, and shuttered their employer. Both Lees sat down with the Grit & Grain and worked through their game plan in front of their microphones, as well as gushed over their beloved Browar Polska, their bartending jobs, and their favorite beers. To listen to Grit & Grain Episode 73 with Lee McGlothlen and Lee Cizek of XBP Limited Liquids, and previous Grit & Grain episodes, visit, or search your favorite podcast mediums, including Channel 253.

FRIDAY, DEC. 1: TEN OF US: For their annual community project, Tacoma marketing company Foster’s Creative partnered with ETC Tacoma to explore what it means to call Tacoma home. Titled “ten of us” (2+5+3 = 10 — “if you know 10 of us you know all of us”), the multifaceted project rooted in collaboration includes more than 50 Tacoma-based emcees, musicians, visual artists, activists, and organizational leaders all building a patchwork story of this bright, beautiful, diverse community. The resulting 90-minute film will guide Grand Cinema Tacoma audiences on a one-night tour through the city via the sounds, places, and people that give Tacoma its color. Each scene in the film was shot on location at various iconic South Sound landmarks. 6, 6:30, 8:30, and 9 p.m., The Grand Cinema, 600 S. Fawcett, Tacoma, $20

SATURDAY, DEC. 2-SUNDAY, DEC. 3: WINTERFEST: The University of Puget Sound Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’Amici present WinterFest: A Celebration of Winter in Music and Poetry, the annual celebration of winter in music and poetry with works from many traditions, cultures, and lands. It’s conducted by Steven Zopfi with narrator Rev. David Wright and organist Wyatt Smith. 7:30 p.m., Two concerts will be held, the first on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma, $10 for the public and $5 for senior citizens, military, and Puget Sound campus members 

MONDAY, DEC. 4: MOUNTAIN FILMS: The Banff Mountain Film Festival began in 1976 as a 10-film festival drawing 450 people to the small but famed mountain town of Banff, Canada. Each November, Banff celebrates the spirit of adventure by featuring that year’s best films on mountain themes. International audiences have descended on Banff to view more than 250 films from over 27 countries in what has become a 26-year tradition and a who’s-who of the mountain adventure world. The spirit of the Banff Mountain Film Festival is not limited to the small Canadian town. Immediately following the festival, the tour goes on the road. Tacoma Arts Live will host the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Monday so you can gaze up at the big screen from your comfortable seat and allow yourself to be transported to the worlds of outdoor adventure. 6:45 p.m., Rialto Theatre, 310 S. Ninth, Tacoma, $35 at Tacoma Arts Live

THUSDAY, DEC. 7: IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME WITH THE SILVER CITY: Like Wise Men and Santa Claus, Old Scrooge is de rigueur for the holiday season. The tale in all its 21st-century Bremerton splendor comes to life courtesy of Silver City Brewery, which has been producing the Old Scrooge beer adaptation of the classic old ale and barleywine, replete with long boil time, cool fermentation, and extended aging, since 2009. You know the story by heart, so no need to recap it here. Suffice it to say, it’ll warm your heart and entire body. Encore: In addition to Silver City’s Old Scrooge Christmas Ale 2023, Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Scrooge Christmas Ale 2023, and 2016 Old Scrooge, Silver City will pour their new Pilsner and West Coast IPA at “It’s Christmas Time with the Silver City” night. Fifty cents from all draft will go to the Point Defiance zookeeper’s Drinking For Conservation folks’ efforts to save snow leopards. 6-9 p.m., Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma

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