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FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before South Sound live music

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Down North performs at Rhythm & Rye tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook FRIDAY, JULY 22 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Halcion Halo + Ecliptic brewing = Parade of goodness Down North + Christmas in July = North Pole Good Vibes Trio + cask IPA = unfiltered good vibes The Grand Cinema + STINK Cheese + Meat = Absolutely Fabulous HALCION HALO Rocking Tacoma since 2013, Halcion Halo will bust down The Valley’s door tonight with a truckload of their new CD, Joke Parade. No joke, and either is the new release. The project

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Tacoma Beer Week 2016 official beer

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Tacoma Beer Week 2016 IPA brew day at Wingman Brewers: From left, Travis Guterson, 7 Seas Brewing; Jeff Carlson, Harmon Brewing Company, Mike Dempster, Wingman Brewers (kneeling), James Dutton, Odd Otter Brewing Co.; Bethany Carlsen, Pacific Brewing & Malting Co.; Greer Hubbard, Odd Otter Brewing Co.; Daniel Heath, Wingman Brewers (top). Courtesy phto Tacoma Beer Week, six jam-packed days of local craft beer love (Aug. 1-6), is among the few citywide beer celebrations to get its own official brew. The inaugural Tacoma Beer Week in 2014 saw seven-ish Tacoma breweries collaborate on the Tacoma Neo Noir,

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before outdoor jazz, Night Blow …

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The Museum of Glass’ courtyard will be on fire tonight. THURSDAY, JULY 21 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Jazz outdoors + Benedict Cucumberbatch = Jazzhands Picnicpants Indie pop + Two Beers = pouring two out Night Blow + Uinta Brewing = blow and flow JAZZ UNDER THE STARS Pacific Lutheran University, home to the stellar jazz and NPR station KPLU (yay!), takes the rhythms to the outside hosting Jazz Under The Stars — an outdoor concert series in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center Amphitheater. The shows are free, and so is the

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Future of Three Magnets Brewing Company

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Jeff Stokes, Three Magnets Brewing Co. / photo credit Pappi Swarner Evergreen State College alumni and Darby’s Café owners Nathan and Sara Reilly opened Three Magnets Brewing Co. in downtown Olympia in November 2014, but longtime home brewers Pat Jansen and Jeff Stokes brewed their first Three Magnets batches on the 15-barrel system several months early in July. Head brewer/local sourcing liaison Jansen and assistant brewers/taproom manager Stokes hit the ground running when the brewery opened in the late fall with several recipes dialed in. Together, they brewed a wide range of craft beers — Jansen’s

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Knights of Ni, Pumphouse …

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 201 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Monty Python + Firestone Walker = coconuts and rhinos Comedy Open Mic + Stone IPAs = Ruination Wine and blues + The Bruery = Mischief Pumphouse + New Belgium = Fat Wild MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL QUOTE-ALONG Few realizations resonate for the lifelong Python-head quite like the first time you overhear complete strangers incessantly quoting and requoting the Knights of Ni sequence. Talk about a moment of clarity. If you’re the kind of person who likes to put on your best bad British accent and throw our

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Brew Five Three festival, new Northwest breweries …

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Ruse Brewing Multibeast is a saison conditioned on oak with this special yeast culture Brett Urban W15 for nine months. Photo courtesy of newschoolbeer.com MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 20: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … Dubbed the “downtown Tacoma block party,” the 4th Annual Brew Five Three festival returns on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event features beer from more than 30 breweries and cideries, a great lineup of blues music, food trucks, and more, all on the streets of downtown Tacoma. Sip

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South Sound Craft Crawl 2.0

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A year ago Ken Thoburn’s vision came true. The Wingman Brewers co-owner and head brewer launched the South Sound Craft Crawl, a beer trail program involving a map, his fellow South Sound breweries and a growler reward for visiting all 15. With the help of JayRay advertising agency, and the Travel Tacoma + Pierce County and Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau promotion experts, the South Sound Craft Crawl was a success, bring folks from outlying areas to visit 15 breweries in the area. Wingman Brewers is one of 21 participating venues on the South Sound Craft

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MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Creative Colloquy, Tacoma Rainiers

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B Sharp Coffee House hosts Creative Colloquy tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook MONDAY, JULY 18 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Creative Colloquy + 99 Bottles = write and flight Tacoma Rainiers + Doyle’s Public House = what’s old is new CREATIVE COLLOQUY Since 2014, writer Jackie Casella has mined Tacoma’s rich literary talents and fostered relationships built upon mutual admiration of the written word. Her Creative Colloquy is a monthly celebration of the written word where brilliant South Sound writers tell stories such as a supernatural phenomena in Oklahoma, modern-day Gatsby tales in

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Tides Tavern Healthy Bay Hef, Green Flash 2016 Treasure Chest …

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MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, JULY 18 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news … The Tides Tavern recently introduced an exclusive new beer called Healthy Bay Hef, with the goal of creating not only a refreshing and great-tasting beer, but also to support and engage in clean water efforts in the community. Green Flash Brewing Co. announced plans for their 2016 “Treasure Chest” program, the craft brewery’s sixth annual beer release and event series to raise funds for breast cancer charities. Bright pink bottles of Treasure Chest beer (22oz) will be available at retailers from coast to coast featuring

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Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker July 10-16

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Whether you’ve been on Instagram since its beginnings in 2010 or you’re an Instagram neophyte, you know keeping up on important photos can be overwhelming. If you follow everything and everyone you find interesting, you can end up with hundreds and hundreds of Instagram posts showing up in your feed on a daily basis. Don’t despair. Peaks and Pints shares important and pointless IG posts from craft breweries’ IG accounts every Sunday so you may catch up on brewery anniversaries and the latest action along the production line. This week, Silver City rep Jordan paints, Sluggo Brewing joins Instagram, breweries

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SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before China Davis and Brass Monkeys

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SATURDAY, JULY 16 2016: South Sound events + craft beer China Davis + Bremerton Summer Brewfest = Peninsula represent Brass Monkeys + Christmas in July = Ho ho, yo CHINA DAVIS Twenty years ago Gig Harbor raised brothers Ben and Ted Fuller took their love for U2, Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground, John Lennon, Woody Guthrie, The Doors, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, The Alarm and The Moberlys and created original music in several bands, most notably China Davis. Songwriter Ben has been working on new material for the past year, dissecting and rebuilding note by note. At 9 p.m. in The

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Open letter to my unborn Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #175 Chicocabra Imperial Stout

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 175 To my unborn Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #175 Chicocabra Imperial Stout, To the most awe-inspiring creation ever made, I don’t think anyone is able to understand the love I have for you; I don’t even think I fully understand it myself. It has never quite made sense to me how anyone could love someone so much, without having ever met them, but from the moment I first heard your bubbling wort, my heart was filled with an abundance of that exact kind of love. There are a lot of scary things

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before blues and bluegrass

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Forest Beutel will perform at Rhythm & Rye tonight. FRIDAY, JULY 15 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … BLUES IN PROCTOR Paul Green plays the blues the way they’re meant to be played; shuffles in G and slow burning blues without the designer makeover. As a harp player, Green is one of the best in the state, and his vocals are as hip as the Pink Panther. Not one to rest on his laurels, the New Jersey transplant has a weekend gig with Mark Riley at G. Donnalson’s in Tacoma’s Proctor neighborhood. Guitarist Riley

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before music and books about music

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Book signing + Top Rung Brewing = times have changed Battle of the Bands + Puyallup River Brewing = chill, yo Open Mic Night + Pint Defiance = psalm and pFriem OLYMPIA MUSIC 1993-95 Let’s talk about Olympia. Olympia is a place where artists gather. There are galleries, and house parties and record stores. A dude who presses vinyl lives there. So does a dude who makes stickers and a woman who books a venue. And there were many bands. Because there’s an infrastructure that supports getting stuff done,

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Tacoma Beer Week festival, GABF tickets …

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MORNING FOAM FOR JULY 13 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … The Beer Fest of Destiny is a local-themed, Tacoma Beer Week festival featuring beers and more from Tacoma-area producers at Wingman Brewers Aug. 6. For the 35th year in a row, beer lovers will gather in Colorado from Oct. 6-8 for the Great American Beer Festival. GABF is the premier beer festival and competition in the U.S. and the largest showcase of American breweries. Tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online

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TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Viva Tacoma and Olympia

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TUESDAY, JULY 12 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Grand Cinema + Local Boys Tap Room = VIVA craft beer! The Oly Taproom + Three Magnets Brewing = Viva Olympia! VIVA FILM In the past year, actor Hector Medina has starred in two of Cuba’s biggest international coproductions. He played Yunisleidi, the transgender love interest in the controversial El Rey de la Habana. And now he stars as Jesús in Viva, which screens at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m. in The Grand Cinema as part of the Tacoma Pride Festival. Jesus is a hairdresser for a troupe of

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Bicycling and beer tasting in Tacoma

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BikeroBrew tour takes cyclists along the Prairie Line Trail in downtown Tacoma. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner A Saturday, July 2 afternoon bike excursion hosted by BikeroBrew offered participants a chance to explore downtown Tacoma breweries — and one distillery — while atop two wheels. With near-perfect weather and little traffic, the bicycling and beer tasting tour was a pleasant, fun experience. And, it’s rolling again this Saturday, Aug. 16. The afternoon kicked off at Old Soldier Distillery, where tour leader and BikeroBrew co-founder Christopher Stanis gave a brief description of the tour as well as went

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Craft beer industry hop name shortage, beer ice cream …

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MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, JULY 11 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … The craft-beer industry is running out of hop names. How craft brewers advance science, and make better beer. Author and Cicerone Julia Herz shares 16 of her favorite pairing resources to help you navigate the world of craft beer and food. Great Divide Brewing has released its summer seasonals that includes Hoss Oktoberfest Lager, Oatmeal Yeti, Nadia Kali and its 22nd Anniversary Dark American Sour Ale. Destihl Brewery, of Bloomington, Illinois announced it is

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Peaks and Pints Instagram Stalker

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Whether you’ve been on Instagram since its beginnings in 2010 or you’re an Instagram neophyte, you know keeping up on important photos can be overwhelming. If you follow everything and everyone you find interesting, you can end up with hundreds and hundreds of Instagram posts showing up in your feed on a daily basis. Don’t despair. Peaks and Pints shares important and pointless IG posts from craft breweries’ IG accounts every Sunday so you may catch up on craft beer store openings and the latest action along the production line. July 4-10, 2016, Silver City Brewmaster Don “Big Daddy” Spencer

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SUNDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Art on the Ave and funk

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Mirrorgloss performs at Art on the Ave today. Photo courtesy of Facebook SUNDAY, JULY 10 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Art on the Ave + Pint Defiance = Sunday Sampler Rhythm & Rye + Three Magnets Brewing = Funk Sunday ART ON THE AVE Tacoma’s Art on the Ave really underscores how, at our cores, we are really just animals on the hunt for our next place of gratification for all our cravings, hungers (hand-held cuisine from restaurants), hobbies (street art team Game Not Fame, 100th Monkey, Goodwill Challenge, 150 vendors), thrills (inflatables,

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7 Seas Brewing Golden Anniversary Bash recap

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“There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says good people drink good beer. Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: bad people drink bad beer. Think about it.” — Hunter S Thompson How lucky we are to have 7 Seas Brewing to keep us from becoming one of Dr. Gonzo’s “bad people.” Although good beer is certainly a subjective passion, Thompson may have been on to something: Whether you’re a taproom snob or a casual appreciator of well-crafted local libations, 7 Seas Brewing’s community is strong, friendly and

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SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before good times in Tacoma

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SATURDAY, JULY 9 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Mix Block Party + 7 Seas Brewing Bash = all day party Lobsana + Northwest Brewing Bash = kaleidoscope of fun Loving Mary + Puyallup River Brewing = Total good times THE MIX BLOCK PARTY As you probably know it’s Tacoma Pride Festival week in Tacoma. The annual celebration honors the LGBTQA population of Pierce County with cultural events and educational opportunities. One of our favorite Tacoma Pride events is the Block Party held outside The Mix, which is always a gathering for hordes of LGBT people aiming

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Straight Outta Oz and more …

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FRIDAY, JULY 8 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Straight Outta Oz + Stone RuinTen IPA = Operation Bucket of Water Kenny Rogers + South Sound Craft Crawl = you picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ For over a century, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has proven to be one of the most strangely malleable stories in all of American literature. Broadway actor Todrick Hall is the latest to find pieces of his own autobiography in the tale of a murderous farm girl and her imaginary friends. It’s too

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Bremerton Summer Brewfest beers, Pike No. 4 Session IPA …

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Bremerton Summer Brewfest will be July 15-16 along Bremerton’s waterfront. MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY JULY 8 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news … The 6th annual Bremerton Summer Brewfest will expand to two days (July 15-16) on the waterfront this year, just a short walk from the Seattle – Bremerton ferry. This event features 30+ Washington breweries pouring more than 100 craft beers. With the Major League Baseball season about at the halfway point, Seattle’s Pike Brewing releases its latest seasonal Pike No. 4 Session IPA. Brewed and named to honor baseball great’s Lou

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Dorado and DJ Fir$t Lady

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Dorado performs at The Swiss tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook THURSDAY, JULY 7 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … DJ Fir$t Lady + small Washington breweries = fresh beats Dorado + The Giant Made of Shadows = complex beats SUMMER HEAT DANCE PARTY The Brotherhood Lounge hosts “Summer Heat Dance Party” with DJ Fir$t Lady spinning her favorite old school hip-hop, plus other eclectic and funky dance tunes, beginning ta 9 p.m. Twenty-five percent drink sales from 9 p.m. to midnight goes to Interfaith Shelter. PREFUNK: This week, Northwest Beerwerks turns its attention to

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7 Seas Brewing celebrates 7 years

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7 Seas Brewing celebrates seven years with a party July 9. While 7 Seas Brewing has been in existence since 2008, a fire in January 2009 at the original downtown Gig Harbor address meant Puget Sound natives Travis Guterson and Mike Runion had to relocate their brewery. Popularity and growth forced them to move again to their current and much larger location back in downtown Gig Harbor. 7 Seas Brewing Co. now occupies the 11,000 sq. ft. former QFC grocery store with an 8,600 sq. ft. production facility and 2,400 sq. ft. taproom with long tables

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before spaghetti rock and more

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Italian rock band Heavy Wood will perform at The Valley tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Heavy Wood + BrewDad’s of Bonney Lake = The Good, The Dad’s and The Snugly Tacoma Comedy Club + Georgetown Brewing = Laughs and drafts D’Vonne Lewis + Stone Brewing = powerful SPAGHETTI ROCK Italian rock band Heavy Wood incorporates elements of 1970s classic blues-rock rhythms as well as fast country tunes that chug along like something off an early Old 97’s album. They throw in feisty fingerpicking and old-world

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Oregon craft beer parties, cucumber beers …

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Flat12 Bierwerks’ cold-fermented Kölsch is one of the better cucumber beers. MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news … Ex Novo Brewing — the first nonprofit brewery in Portland and for that matter, the entire country — celebrates it second anniversary with a block party Saturday, July 9. Expect special beers pouring throughout the day, a photo booth, cake, special food menu, outdoor games, giveaways and anniversary beer Duo, a Barrel Aged Peach Lambic. Because Clackamas County’s beer scene has grown grow steadily (especially in Oregon City) over the

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Tacoma Beer Week returns

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Tacoma Beer Week 2015 included a Wheel of Fortune like game at The Ale House. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner Tacoma Beer Week, the six-day showcase of craft breweries and their beers, is a great way to experience Tacoma’s bubbling beer culture. Founded by Zoe Brackney, the third annual edition of Tacoma Beer Week official starts Monday, Aug. 1. Whether you’re making your first visit to a local brewery tasting room, heading out on a craft beer special event or exploring how beer and food interact, Tacoma Beer Week will be the perfect time to dive into

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TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before funny band and film

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Mister Blackwatch performs at Treos in Old Town Tacoma tonight. Photo courtesy of Mister Blackwatch’s youngest fan Lucy. TUESDAY, JULY 5 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Mister Blackwatch + The Copper Door = magical flight Dough film + 99 Bottles = high flight MISTER BLACKWATCH In 2012, Tacoma musician, producer and actor Doug Mackey got the band back together — the band being Mister Blackwatch, which was born, lo, many years ago when Mackey, Nick Huff and Joe Wood had issues with cows, kites, a monster, a snake, a robot, bongos and “Orange,”

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SUNDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before DJ dance parties

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Local DJs will spin at The Swiss tonight in remembrance of their fellow DJ, Darrin Hugh Maitland-Nemec. SUNDAY, JULY 3 2016: South Sound events + craft beer Remember DJ Darrin + Coxswain Stout = pouring one out Foam Fest 13 + Sunday Sampler = Euro Party SPINNIN’ IN THE SKY Darrin Hugh Maitland-Nemec, 40, has left this world and his fellow DJ friends are celebrating his life at “Horizon: A Celebration of Life for Darrin Nemec” in The Swiss. DJ Darrin was a lover of all music, skater of boards, spinner of vinyl and a blower

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SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Sol Seed and Dirt Angels

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SATURDAY, JULY 2 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Reggae fusion + Tacoma craft beer bike tour = hugs Dirt Angels + Odd Otter Brewing Co. = sunshine REGGAE FUSION Eugene, Oregon band Sol Seed offers reggae fusion with a message. For six years Michael Lennon (vocals, guitar), Michael “Magic” Sorensen (vocals, drums), Benny Pezzano (vocals, bass), Kenny Lewis (vocals, guitar), Sky Guasco (vocals, percussion, didgeridoo) and Graeme Pletscher (saxophone) have combined rock, hip-hop, soul, world music and psychedelic jam with a Reggae foundation to form a positive musical fusion that is uniquely their own. With thought-provoking lyrics,

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FRIDAY PREFUNK: DJs, gruit and Danger Ale

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DJ Omarvelous spins at The Swiss tonight. FRIDAY, JULY 1 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … DJ Omarvelous + Dunagan Brewing = Gruit and The Quan DJ Dance Attack + Dick’s Brewing = Danger and Whip DJ OMARVELOUS Inspired by the lack of variety in dance music in Tacoma, Calvin Murphy and Omar Stokes founded Ocean Grooves Entertainment in January 1999. They started off strong that February with Monday night shows at the 6th & Proctor Bar & Grill (later became Hell’s Kitchen) and dedicated it to underground dance music showcasing various DJs from

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Craft beer dealmaking, beeriest lake towns …

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If you’re looking for breweries at a lake community, don’t skip Lake Tahoe. MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, JULY 1 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … The Alpine Lakes Pale charity beer by Elliott Bay Brewing Company will be released July 7 and poured during the July 16 Brewshed® Tap Take Over and Washer’s Tournament at Naked City Brewery and Taproom in Greenwood. The Pedaler’s Fair is spilling into the streets of Ballard for its fifth year as a marketplace for makers and

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THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before the Dancing Plague of 1518

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Will this guy cause people to collapse at Le Voyeur tonight? THURSDAY, JUNE 30 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Dancing Plague of 1518 + Top Rung = Dancing BrewDad of 2016 Puget Sound Brews and News + Fish Brewing = Fish stories Little Shop of Horrors + Oly Taproom = the Offices of Krelbourn & pFriem DANCING PLAGUE OF 1518 In July 1518, residents of the city of Strasbourg (then part of the Holy Roman Empire) were struck by a sudden and seemingly uncontrollable urge to dance. The hysteria kicked off when a

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WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before rebellion, passion and throbbing

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Nolan Garrett performs at Old Town Park in Old Town Tacoma tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Matthew McConaughey + Bacon, Bourbon and Brews = alright, alright, alright Jovino Santos Neto + Puyallup River Brewing = award winning Nolan Garrett + Pucker Party = facial expressions FREE STATE OF JONES In 1863, a poor Mississippi farmer named Newton Knight led a rebellion of deserters and escaped slaves against the Confederacy, waging guerrilla warfare from the swamps and eventually declaring their county the “Free State of Jones.”

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Beer festivals, beer desserts, beer bombs …

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Nasty? MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … After a successful first run last year, Brian Yaeger returns with his 2nd Annual Rural Brewer Fest Saturday, July 23 at Hawthorne Hophouse in Portland. Rural Brewer Fest will feature 14 of the region’s smaller and more remote brewers from Oregon and Southwest Washington. Celebrate Independence Day on Oregon’s North Coast as Buoy Beer Co. transforms its parking lot into the full-fledged afternoon Independence Day party Red, White &

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TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before jazz, blues and lettuce

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G. Donnalson’s hosts live jazz and blues tonight. TUESDAY, JUNE 28 2016: South Sound events + craft beer and cider … Jazz and blues + Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. = Camp Cool West Olympia Farmers Market + Fish Brewing Co. = Full Blast Summer G’S SHOWCASE Steve Smith’s G. Donnalson’s is an amalgam and a tribute to his parents and their names, George and Donna Lee Smith. Located next door to Peaks and Pints, the restaurant, wine bar and cocktail lounge serves a wide range of international foods and, more recently, live music daily. At 7:30

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Tacoma breweries brew Beatles beers

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Music makes everything better. Bachman Turner Overdrive’s “Taking Care of Business” turns the mundane task of cleaning out the garage into a much more enjoyable task. Washing the car? Rose Royce’s “Car Wash” inspires you to even clean the mud flaps. Sweeping to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” and you’ll be kicking back with a craft beer much quicker. Walk into most breweries and tunes will be blasting as the wort flows through the hop back to remove trub. Yes, beer making and music are in sync and go together like Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough gracefully moving

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MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before gypsy blues and fusion jazz

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D.on Darox & The Melody Joy Bakers perform at Rhythm & Rye in downtown Olympia tonight. MONDAY, JUNE 27 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Bourbon Street blues + golden grapefruit session ale = dreaming of go cups Fusion jazz + 10 Barrel = Cucumber Crush DIRTY GYPSY BLUES They are called D.on Darox & The Melody Joy Bakers. They’re a dirty, gypsy, blues band based out of Southern California performing original music. The band is lead by a brilliant, modern day nomad, and celebrator of life, that should have been born in another

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Deschutes Black Butte XXVIII, Star Trek beer, craft beer news …

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You’re so pretty Moku Imperial IPA. MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, JUNE 27 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … The third annual Pacific Northwest Cider Awards drew an exciting 188 ciders from 40 cideries throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and parts of Canada. Divided into 15 distinct categories, gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in every category. Deschutes Brewery’s annual release of Double Black Butte Porter aged in barrels is today with release parties for Black Butte XXVIII

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SUNDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before theater and cribbage

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They’ll be pegging out and drink beer at Doyle’s Public House today. SUNDAY, JUNE 26 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Doyle’s Public House + Gig Harbor Brewing = fun and games Tacoma Little Theatre + Taste of Tacoma = community ONE FOR HIS NOB He proclaimed himself to be cribbage champion of the world, which was ballsy, considering he’s only ever won two games. She suspects his strategy is to distract his opponents with his quick-witted charm and good looks. It’s working; she’s smitten. He: dapper fellow with black framed glasses and salt

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SATURDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Prophets of Addiction, Candlebox …

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SATURDAY, JUNE 25 2106: South Sound events + craft beer … Prophets of Addiction + Parkway Tavern = insanity Candlebox + No-Li Brewhouse = Crony Swindler + Wet Coast Brewing = party time excellent Steel Creek party + Top Side Red, White & Brew = hop, skip, jump PROPHETS OF ADDICTION Tacoma’s Prophets of Addiction is a super glam band that’s all leather, hair and rock and roll. They’re about to hit the road for a little USA tour and The Valley grabbed them before they piled into the van. Baby and the Nobies will kick off the night at

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A modern American Brewing revolution

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Andy Kenser proudly displays American Brewing Company’s new line of craft beers. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner Two hundred and forty-one years after the American Revolution began in Massachusetts, and more than 3,000 miles away on horseback from that battle in Lexington, a different kind of patriots mustered in Western Washington, forming a craft beer bond and a subsequent re-branding for the good of the common man. Hear ye, hear ye! Beginnings Led by Brent Hall and Steve Navarro, Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. had grown significantly since it re-opened in September 2014. The craft brewery was

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