Friday, April 28th, 2017

FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Brass Monkeys and Squirrel Butter

Brass Monkeys perform at The Swiss tonight. Photo courtesy of Facebook

FRIDAY, APRIL 28: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub + Peaks and Pints = Funky

B Sharp Coffee House + Dystopian State Brewing = Banjo and bottles


Close your eyes and those memories of baggy Ben Davis pants, Caesar haircuts and the Beastie Boys performing at the first KNDD Endfest on Aug. 8, 1992 at the Kitsap County Fairground just might come flooding back. Tribute bands are now the best way to hear Beastie Boys tunes live. The group has faced an uncertain future since the 2012 death of Adam “MCA” Yauch, a key voice behind such Beastie Boys classics as “Pass the Mic” and “So What’cha Want.” Beastie Boys tribute band Brass Monkeys will perform at 9 p.m. in The Swiss Restaurant & Pub.

PREFUNK: Matt Kotwasinski, who carries the title of “Farmer” at pFriem Family Brewers but has his hands in many aspects at the Hood River, Oregon, brewery, can’t boast enough about his brewery’s Flanders Blonde. Kotwasinski — an energetic, interesting conversationalist — elevates his enthusiasm a notch higher when pFriem’s Flanders Blonde hits the subject line. The elegant craft beer is brewed and aged in the same tradition as Flanders Red and Oud Bruin, brewed with Pilsner malt and highlights delicate flavors of French Oak after 18 months in twice-used Pinot Noir barrels. He’s proud of pFriem’s “scholarly beauty” Flanders Blonde, a well-rounded, bright, tart and delicate craft beer aged on wood. “Every time our Flanders Blonde hits my lips I’m transported to a dark-wood parlor, sunk into a leather chair with a good book, my Old world smoking jacket moving to-and-fro with every reach toward the beautiful sour,” pictures Kotwasinski. Drop by Peaks and Pints and enjoy pFriem Flanders Blonde from our Western red cedar tap log.


The husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck and Charmaine Slaven started performing together after meeting at a music festival in 2005.  Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they play original compositions via banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar as well as sing in harmony as Squirrel Butter. According to Squirrel Butter hype, the perform “traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band, and blues artists from the late 1800s through 1950s.” Grab a little Squirrel Butter at 8 p.m. in B Sharp Coffee House in downtown Tacoma.

PREFUNK: There’s a hubbub at Dystopian State Brewing Co. The downtown Tacoma is so overwhelmed with joy the entire staff is thinking of leaving the black robes and skeleton boots in the closet for bright pink and orange jumpsuits. No, seriously. Dystopian hits the shelves today. Their Helmet Breaker Double IPA and Gold Sigil Imperial Honey Wheat Ale are making their debut in bottles. Dystopian will celebrate beginning at 2 p.m. with food, raffles and live music until the stroke of midnight, naturally.