Friday, September 23rd, 2016

FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Phantasm Remastered, Temple of Blues

Ron Swarner


FRIDAY, SEPT. 23 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Grand Cinema + Wet Coast Brewing Co. = The Weird, The Odd and the Wig Wam

Temple Theater + Bainbridge Island Brewing = The Blues, The Zog’s and the Beer Guy


Tomorrow is Art House Theater Day. Think Record Store Day but for cool movie theaters, such as The Grand Cinema in Tacoma. The Grand hosts another cool Weird Elephant weekend where the art house theater screens bizarre, spine-chilling, fantastic or just plain mind-blowing films, pairing them with local craft beer. Tonight, Odd Otter Brewing Co. pairs their beers with Phantasm Remastered, the remastered original classic that started it all, in which two brothers discover their local mortuary hides a legion of hooded killer dwarfs, a flying drill-ball, and the demonic mortician who enslaves the souls of the damned. Cool! Catch the film, and drink a pint or two at 9:09 p.m. tonight at Saturday.

PREFUNK: Bryan Copeland and Aaron Johnson are the brewers and co-owners behind Wet Coast Brewing Co., along with their wives Molly Copeland and April Johnson. They opened in Gig Harbor in 2015 on a 3.5-barrel brewing system, with three 7-barrel bright tanks and four 7-barrel fermenters. After a year they received three Washington Beer Awards — a Bronze Award for their Wet Coast Cream Ale, a Silver Award for their El Capitan Brown Ale and a Gold Award for their Sneak Thief Stout. The Wig Wam Pub in Gorst hosts Wet Coast for a night of raffle prizes and Wet Coast Chinook Common, Mosaic Single Hop IPA, Cream Ale and Black Ale.


John Nemeth is a blues and soul traditionalist. Rather than working to update or expand the genre, he puts a modern twist on the time-tested formula of 12-bar blues, with wailing harmonica, a powerfully deep singing voice and a smooth rhythm section. Nemeth’s impressively large, swanky voice and riveting harmonica skills are sure to reverberate generously throughout the Temple Theater tonight when the Temple of Blues show kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers and the Stacy Jones Band will force you to bow before the Temple too.

PREFUNK: The Pacific Northwest is known for its craft beer, and there’s plenty of the good stuff to be found on Bainbridge. Father and son Chuck and Russell Everett launched Bainbridge Island Brewing in 2012 exceling at IPAs and the popular Kommuter Kolsch, a wink at the many island residents who go to and from Seattle every day. The Bainbridge Island brewing staff and their sales executive Kenny the Beer Man will be on Fox Island at 5 p.m., hanging out at Zog’s, giving away swag and pouring their delicious craft beer. Maddy Dullum will provide the soundtrack.