Steep Ravine performs at Rhythm & Rye tonight. THURSDAY, AUG. 25 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Enumclaw Pro Rodeo + BrewDad’s of Bonney Lake = Yee-Haw Citracado! Rhythm & Rye + Fish Brewing = Steep! The Swiss + The Copper Door = Oregon trail PROFESSIONAL RODEO The Enumclaw Pro Rodeo hits the Enumclaw Expo Center at 7 p.m. You can watch tough people get thrown around by burgers on the hoof, enjoy the smell of large animal pucky or watch Mutton Bustin’ in which children ride sheep. Wooooeee, that’s a hoot! PREFUNK: In
The Fawcetts rock The Valley tonight. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Valley + The Red Hot = Stickee, Parabola, Helldorado & Rockford Swing Wine Bar + Northwest Beerwerks = Certified B Northern pacific Coffee Co. + Dunagan Brewing = community THE FAWCETTS You read his music prose in the Weekly Volcano. You enjoyed his espresso skills at Bluebeard Coffee. You ask his opinion behind the counter at Hi-Voltage Records. He’s Rockford Rowley, and he plays guitar in the Tacoma alternative rock band The Fawcetts, which will fill The Valley
John checks on his 20,000th brew Thursday at Rogue Headquarters in Newport, Ore. Photo courtesy of Rogue Ales MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news … In May of 1989, John Maier arrived in the small coastal town of Newport just in time to create brew #1. Twenty-seven years and 20,000 brew later, John still rides his bike daily over the Yaquina Bay Bridge to the brewery where he continues to create innovative brews that have garnered international acclaim. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful setting
TUESDAY, AUG. 23 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Grand Cinema + The Copper Door = stars The Valley + 99 Bottles = punks and Loser NORMAN LEAR DOCUMENTARY If you were conscious in the 1970s, you know Norman Lear. At one point in that decade, six of the top 10 shows on television were either created or developed by him: All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and Sanford and Son. The Grand Cinema will screen the documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You — which examines several of
The Kareem Kandi Trio performs at Rhythm & Rye in downtown Olympia tonight. MONDAY, AUG. 22 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Rhythm & Rye + The Pig Bar = night of classics Tacoma Rainiers + 7 Seas Brewing = right answers KAREEM KANDI BAND Saxophonist Kareem Kandi has seen to it that the groove-oriented jazz concepts he began articulating while attending the Cornish College of the Arts continue to unfold, shaping new generations of players in his classrooms. With a sax front line descended directly from jazz classics, Kandi draws from blues, funk,
MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, AUG. 22 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … As brewery-centric neighborhoods increase, more walkable hot spots are heating up the American beer map. Perhaps none glows as warmly as Portland’s twin districts: These districts, which measure about 2.5 miles, are home to 10 breweries, with even more coming online soon. From Microsoft to craft beer: Why a Seattle entrepreneur traded tech for beer. American beer ain’t what it used to be thanks to European barley. Anchor Brewing Company announces the debut of
The Everett Craft Beer Festival, held three inches from the sun yesterday, offered 100-plus craft beers from more than 30 breweries — actually held in downtown Everett. While I quickly regretted my decision to knock back a bourbon barrel-aged winter ale (11%) in the hot concrete enclave, I did remain alive long enough to enjoy a smattering of delicious craft brews. The Nitro Brown Ale with Hazelnut and Praline from Mukilteo-based Diamond Knot Craft Brewing was my personal fave, even though it was a chocolate brown ale on a hot day. It was like drinking liquid chocolate. I drank two
Let’s be honest, there’s no better way to spend a Saturday than with a craft beer in one hand, a hula hoop in the other, and a gaggle of thirsty friends hanging out on a grassy field in sweltering heat. Right? That’s exactly what went down at the fourth annual Tumwater Artesian Brewfest yesterday at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course Driving Range, among food trucks, and all the super-size beer pong, human version of foosball and DJ dancing you could handle. Top breweries from Washington and Oregon showed up with their best summer brews, plus an Oktoberfest from O-Town Brewing, Night
Daniel Blue performs at Jazzbones tonight. SATURDAY, AUG. 20 1026: South Sound events + craft beer … Jazzbones + E-9 Brewery = Daniel Blue Berry The Valley + Zog’s = Pop Rye-der Olympia Film Society + Tumwater Artesian Brewfest = burp! DANIEL BLUE The Motopony frontman, fashion designer, artist, poet, writer and former crown prince of T-town’s hipsterdom returns to Tacoma for a show at Jazzbones. Daniel Blue could be called a rock star, if touring the world, including performing at the Sundance Film Festival, and recording a solo record at Abbey Road is a prerequisite.
Vicci Martinez performs at The Swiss tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook FRIDAY, AUG. 19 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Swiss + Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. = music and beers Harlequin Productions + Boston Harbor Marina = meeting in center ring VICCI MARTINEZ Tacoma’s own, Vicci Martinez is a singer-songwriter who continually goes against the grain both musically and lyrically. She doesn’t adhere to guidelines of what pop music is supposed to be or how it should be presented. Given her penchant for writing honest, heartfelt songs, she doesn’t have to either.
MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, AUG. 19 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … South Puget Sound Community College offers a Historic Brewery Tour of the original Olympia brewery Saturday Aug. 20. Paul Knight, who began his lengthy brewing career at Olympia in 1961, will lead the tour. He even helped train a craft brewing legend, Larry Sidor, founder of Crux Fermentation Project and formerly the brewmaster of Deschutes Brewery, when he spent a good portion of his early brewing career at Olympia. The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest will
Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made screens three times at the Capitol Theater today. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Olympia Film Society indie Indiana Jones + Fish Brewing = greatest film & Fish night ever Tacoma Comedy Club + Parkway Tavern = brag and Bragg Sylvester Park + Growler Garage = past and present The Valley + The Ale House Pub = family-owned Jazzbones + The Red Hot = worthy trio The Swiss + Pint Defiance = history RAIDERS OF THE INCOMPLETE FILM In 1982, three
image credit https://justbeerapp.com/ MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … Seattle’s Georgetown Brewing is diving headfirst into the Pokemon Go craze with a new beer called Pekkochu Imperial Pale Ale and ABV Public House in Hillsboro, Oregon, is hosting its beer release and gaming party. One of the better craft beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest, Central Oregon’s largest beer festival returns this weekend to the beautiful setting of the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend. This year’s Bend Brewfest will
TUESDAY, AUG. 16 2016: Films and craft beer in the South Sound … Olympia Film Society + Three Magnets / Matchless Brewing = There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. The Grand Cinema + Red Hot Tacoma = First to present it SHAKESPEARE LIVE The BBC will be turning back time reuniting former Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate to co-host Shakespeare Live!, a theatrical event from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, and showing on Olympia Film Society’s Capitol Theater’s big screen at 6:30 p.m. Tate and
Broken Spoke hosts Beer and Bingo tonight. MONDAY, AUG. 15 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Creative Colloquy + Broken Spoke = B-1 to have fun tonight Donnalson’s + 7 Seas Brewing = surprises CREATIVE COLLOQUY When “OMG” entered our modern lexicon, it took on a myriad of meaning. Sometimes it’s incredulous (“OMG what?!”), sometimes disgusted (“OMG, ew.”); and other times it’s just, well, “OMG.” The slang-shorthand for “oh my God” could to life during tonight’s Creative Colloquy session featuring real stories from real people, sharing their stories and prose: good, bad and abbreviated.
Rack & Cloth Cidery will pop-up in Portland Aug. 19. Photo courtesy of Facebook MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, AUG. 15 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … While American brewers experimenting with hops in the 1970s have been credited with kickstarting the global craft beer revolution, few people know that the movement might not have been possible without scientists working in Chuvash during Soviet times. Pop-Up Taprooms are all the rage these days, Rack & Cloth Cidery is a beloved but relatively unknown
Please accept my resume for consideration to be a Program Director for the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. The stage has always been a part of my life. My mother was an actress and my father staged musical numbers when he wasn’t homebrewing. That I ended up a on the production side of theater instead of an actor or musician was only due to my lack of talent in either. Still the theater has been an important part of my life for 20 years now and I do not see that changing. I’m also a craft beer enthusiast. I
SATURDAY, AUG. 13 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … LANco + Brew Five Three = huge and energetic Music and Art in Wright Park + Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. = go local CHANT-ALONG COUNTRY LANco, comprised of five best friends Brandon Lancaster, Tripp Howell, Eric Steedly, Jared Hampton and Chandler Baldwin, recently impacted country radio with their debut single “Love Live Tonight” which is featured on their four-song, self-titled EP produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town). The Nashville-based band preforms shout-till-you’re-hoarse kind of music, brought to life by a group with a performing style
FRIDAY, AUG. 12 2016: South Sound events + craft beer The Valley + The Eastside Club Tavern = Fruit Fly for the Stoner Guy Rhythm & Rye + Boston Harbor Marina = barbecue and bluegrass STONER ROCK Every once in a while, you fall into some inexplicable mood, put aside your Heavenly, Pastels, and Cat’s Miaow records, and pull out your battered, pot-scented gatefold copy of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. The album is a genuine ’70s relic, passed down to you by your brothers, guys who kept interrupting your recent family photo viewing session with exclamations of “Man, we were so
Greta Matassa performs outside at Pacific Lutheran University tonight. THURSDAY, AUG. 11 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Jazz Under the Stars + Rainier Growlers = Colossal 120 Minutes Cruise-In + North End Social Club = IPAutos JAZZ OUTDOORS Recent Earshot Jazz Hall of Famer Greta Matassa performs the last Jazz Under the Stars concert for the season at 7 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. The mainstream jazz singer’s voice, regarded as one of the best in the business, has a
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Walk Tacoma Scavenger Hunt + 7 Seas Brewing opening = Yay Tacoma! Champagne Sunday + Northwest Beerwerks = Yay outdoors! Jazzbones + The Red Hot = Awkwafina and apples Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. + The Copper Door = Destiny City delights WALK TACOMA SCAVENGER HUNT If you’re the type that gets bored easily, we found an activity to keep you crazy busy. Downtown On The Go hosts Walk Tacoma Scavenger Hunt launching from Tollefson Plaza between 4:30-5:30 p.m. Open to the public without pre-registration, participants — individuals or
One ringy dingy … MORNING FOAM FOR AUG. 10 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … Former soldier stationed at Fort Lewis, who learned to homebrew in Olympia, founded JDub’s Brewing Co. in Sarasota, Florida. “I was buying my homebrewing ingredients in the back of some dude’s house in Olympia and thought that was f—ing awesome.” What is life really like for the founder of a small and independent brewery? JDub held nothing back. … New Order has brewed a beer. The band
Welcome to Tacoma, 7 Seas Brewing. Photo credit Pappi Swarner It’s April 2015 and Mike Runion and I are drinking beers at Mississippi Studios in Portland Oregon before the Mudhoney show. After a long day at the Craft Brewers Conference we donned big smiles. Our joy has nothing to do with an endless stream of craft beer. Rather, we both had just signed letter of intents to launch craft beer projects in Tacoma. We a brief moment we ignored the forthcoming drama. Fifteen months later, Runion’s smile returns. Runion and his business partner and brewmaster, Travis
TUESDAY, AUG. 9 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … The Grand Cinema + Silver City Brewery = Vertical B Sharp Coffee House + The Copper Door = hint of Bananas SEE A WEINER Political documentary meets cringe comedy in Weiner, which seeks to answer the question asked every time another public servant admits to a sex scandal: What was he thinking? The film documents the extended fall from grace of former Congressman Anthony Weiner. It depicts an electoral process that poisons the soul of all who participate and one man who, even after being poisoned, asks for seconds.
“I took myself down to the Tally-Ho Tavern to buy me a bottle of beerI sat me down by a tender young maiden whose eyes were as dark as her hair.” MONDAY AUG. 8, 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Tacoma Rainiers + Powerhouse Brewery = hopefully plenty of Doubles The Swiss + The Copper Door = you bring it RAINIERS VS RIVER CATS Did you see yesterday’s Tacoma Rainiers’ game against the Sacramento River Cats? Oh, man. Pitcher Zach Lee gave up seven hits and seven runs, including a three-run homer, and the
Fingers crossed the pop-up Beer Museum makes it to the Pacific Northwest. Photo courtesy of Facebook MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, AUG. 8 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … Believe it or not, humans are not born with an inclination for handcrafted, hoppy India Pale Ales, and some have never developed a taste for bitter-forward beers. If you’re one of those people, I bet you’ve gotten some grief at some point from your “hop-head” friends. Don’t worry, you’re not an inhuman monster (probably
Whew! Another incredible six days in the books. Tacoma Beer Week 2016 was the biggest and best yet, thanks to an amazing community of beer lovers, breweries, bars, restaurants, stores and distributors. This year’s schedule contained more than 40 listings, well over 200 percent increase over 2015. From Tacoma breweries brewing Beatles beers and the same folks climbing scaffolding during Barleywood Squares tic-tac-toe game, to Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. winning the Blind IPA Challenge and Silver City Brewery hosting a Putt Putt Tournament, it could be said there were more laughs than beers. But that’s crazy talk as there
It’s the last day of Tacoma Beer Week 2016 and everyone’s going to be there showing off their stuff: the brewers you have crushes on, that one guy who supposedly wet his pants, the girl you made out with behind the fermenter and others. So let’s all get together for one last day of songs, stories and skits before our parents pick us up. … BEST FEST OF DESTINY: In early July, brewers from Wingman Brewers, 7 Seas, Gig Harbor Brewing, Harmon Brewing Co., Narrows Brewing, Odd Otter Brewing, Pacific Brewing and Malting, Tacoma Brewing, Wet Coast Brewing gathered to
The Valley hosts a canned food drive and canned craft beer party beginning at 5 p.m. Still with us? It’s day five of Tacoma Beer Week. … EDISON CITY ALEHOUSE: All things sour, funky and tart will take over the taps at Edison City Alehouse tonight. The legacy of a few tiny microorganisms — brettanomyces, lactobacillus and pediococcus — will be on full display from Cascade Brewing, Crooked Stave, Block 15, Dunagan Brewing, Holy Mountain, Engine House No. 9 and Brouwerij Rodenbach, among others. South Tacoma Sour Tummy will also include food truck Ham Hock Jones
A glass pour of Lustrous from the 22 oz. bottle at the Gigantic Brewing Taproom. Photo courtesy of BrewPublic.com MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, AUG. 5 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … Reuben’s Brews celebrates their fourth anniversary and their official fourth anniversary IPA, Hopped Off the Press, Saturday, Aug. 6. Hopped Off the Press is dry hopped twice, a process that takes three days each time. Because hop flavors evaporate over time, this beer is one you’ll want to enjoy “hot off
Happy National IPA Day! From Aug. 1 to 6, greater Tacoma taprooms, eateries, breweries and beer aficionados are joining forces to pay homage to all the creative combinations of hops, malt, yeast and water — better known as beer. The third Tacoma Beer Week is six days of beer magic, and day four is packed with deliciousness. … NORTH END SOCIAL CLUB: What? Your boss didn’t give everyone the day off for National IPA Day? That’s a shame, but it shouldn’t stop you from celebrating once you clock out this evening. Today marks the sixth-annual National
Follow Hop Valley Brewing Co. Sales Executive Rob Brunsman around tonight creating a poker and and drinking beer. You will rise again, perhaps a little wobbily, and ready to drink craft beer for Day Three of Tacoma Beer Week. … PARKWAY TAVERN: The Parkway Tavern had a line out the door during its Tacoma Beer Week salute to Fremont brewing Monday. Last night, the Parkway had a full house for the Tacoma Brewers Blind IPA Challenge. We fully expect the Parkway’s day three Tacoma Beer Week treat will be equally packed. The Tacoma North Slope craft
Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. Head Brewery Bethany Carlsen drink for the trophy she just won after winning the Tacoma Brewers Blind IPA Challenge. Photo credit Pappi Swarner MORNING FOAM FOR WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom awesomeness. … Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. won the Parkway Tavern’s 2016 Tacoma Brewers Blind IPA Challenge last night during Tacoma Beer Week. The Northwest Cider Association hosts its sixth annual Summer Cider Day Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port
Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. won the 2016 Tacoma Brewers Blind IPA Challenge. Photo credit Pappi Swarner Local beer’s popularity might be the highest it’s been since pioneer Ezra Meeker planted hop vine cuttings on his Puyallup Valley farm in 1865. But with more than 15 Tacoma proper breweries operating today, and a few of them fairly new, navigating T-town’s brew offerings can be a pioneer’s task. That’s one of the reasons why the Parkway Tavern hosts the Tacoma Brewers Blind IPA Challenge during Tacoma Beer Week. Parkway Beerwrangler Sean Jackson contacted all the Tacoma breweries,
Seattle-based brewery Two Beers Brewing Co. to release its award-winning Fresh Hop IPA as first of the season; now available in 12-ounce cans and draft, featuring fresh Centennial Hops from Yakima. Two Beers Brewing Co. Fresh Hop IPA will be released Friday, Aug. 19 at The woods tasting room in Seattle. Fresh-hopped beers are brewed during the autumn harvest using hops that have never been dried, so they showcase unique flavors that can’t survive the dehydration process. Two Beers founder, Joel VandenBrink, is currently on his way to Yakima to pick up the fresh Centennial Hops
The Red Hot will salute 7 Seas Brewing Co. tonight. Photo credit Pappi Swarner Lovers of crafted brew, rejoice: Day Two of Tacoma Beer Week is upon us. … PARKWAY TAVERN: The Parkway Tavern invited all Tacoma breweries to bring their IPAs for a blind taste test beginning at 5 p.m. And by IPAs, the Parkway means straight up hoppy goodness, no adjuncts, dry-hopping OK with an ABV range of 5.9% to 7.9%. The taps will be numbered and patrons are encouraged to vote for their favorites from Tacoma Brewing Co., Harmon Brewing Co., Engine House
Eight Tacoma breweries brewed beers in tribute to the Beatles’ Revolver album, which will be poured at 6 p.m. in The Copper Door. Grab some Tums, and prepare your livers, beer fans — Tacoma Beer Week is upon us. And it may just be the best one yet. THE COPPER DOOR: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Revolver album, Peaks and Pints and The Copper Door (host venue) will spin the psychedelia and studio artistry of Revolver, as well as other Beatles’ tunes, while pouring beers inspired by songs off Revolver brewed by
Great Pumpkin Beer Festival tickets are on sale today. MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, AUG. 1 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. … The Great Pumpkin Beer Festival from Elysian Brewing returns Saturday, Oct. 8, to a new location at Elysian Fields and across the street at the North Lot of CenturyLink Field. For the 12th year, the GPBF will be shortened to taking place for one day only from 3-10 p.m. Tickets to the GPBF event go on sale today, Monday, Aug. 1.
Bags will be flying at Pints & Quarts in Lacey today. SUNDAY, JULY 31 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Olympia based film + cornhole = dirty bag Ethnic Fest + Odd Otter Brewing = exotic The Copper Door + Harmon Brewing Co. = Brewmunity Summer Hefe OLYMPIA IN OBSCURA In Olympia, Washington, a serial killer terrorizes people along the Chehalis Trail, while tortured Detective Colin Banks searches for a missing boy in this independent film produced by Northwest Film Asylum. Filmed entirely in and around Olympia over the course of 16 months, Olympia
The Grand Cinema screens Lucha Mexico at 9:09 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 30 2016: South Sound events + craft beer … Mexican wrestling + Parkway Tavern 81st Birthday Party = Lazy Marmot (beer or wrestler?) Mushroom Festival + Gravity Beer Market Block Party = magical The Valley Parking Lot Party + Tilted Tree Hard Cider = benefits LUCHA MEXICO You can buy a luchador mask at the swap meet. But the shoddy foam lining will immediately be drenched with your head sweat and soon decay, while you will never, ever be a wrestler. Americans remain fairly nuts