Friday, January 13th, 2017

FRIDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before South Sound music

Ron Swarner

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Nocturnal Habits rocks The Valley tonight.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

Dystopian State Brewing Co. + Peaks and Pints = Kristen Marlo

The Valley + The Hub in Puyallup = new ventures

KRISTEN MARLO

Singer/songwriter Kristen Marlo began singing before she could talk, and hasn’t stopped since. She is a classically trained vocalist and self-taught guitarist, but also an accomplished composer and lyricist and … bartender. That’s right. Behind the mic, her songs cover the full range of human emotion — from love and lust to rage and revenge. Behind Peaks and Pints’ Nalley Pickles barrel built bar, her dialogue covers the full range of wise cranks and imperial stouts. Catch Marlo at 7 p.m. in Dystopian State Brewing Co.’s taproom.
PREFUNK: As mentioned above, Kristen Marlo pours craft beer and cider at Peaks and Pints. Today, she’s pouring a five-beer flight of double IPAs, including Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits’ Roots to Boots Double IPA. In 2013, Ballast Point launched an R&D program that gave all its employees an opportunity to brew an original beer recipe. The program, dubbed “Roots to Boots,” brought together teams of two to five Ballast Point employees to concept, formulate, and even name a beer of their own design. Teams then brew their beer on Ballast Point’s pilot brewery in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. Roots to Boots Double IPA is a solid, 8.5% ABV craft beer with a hearty malt build and a robust hoppy flavor that’s resiny, lightly tropical but hugely bitter. The other double IPAs resting on our crosscut wood beer flight trays are Hop Valley’s Alpha Centauri Binary IPA, 7 Seas’ Ballz Deep Double IPA, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and Sierra Nevada Hoptimum IPA.

TROSPER ROCKS

With a name like Unwound it was inevitable the influential Olympia post-hardcore crew would one day come unglued, which it did in 2002, just months after marking its 10th anniversary as a band. In the wake of the group’s dissolution, singer/guitarist Justin Trosper stepped back from the spotlight, briefly flirting with a career as a recording engineer before enrolling in school and working toward a degree in environmental studies, which he eventually received from Evergreen State College. Then, more than a decade removed from his last live performances, Trosper resurfaced with Survival Knife, a tough-minded rock crew with fellow Unwound mate Mike Ziegler. Trosper has a new gig, Nocturnal Habits, a brighter and more aggressive band than Unwound. Catch Nocturnal Habits with Old Foals and Blanco Bronco at 8 p.m. in The Valley.

PREFUNK: Today’s the day. Tacoma’s Harmon Brewing Co. opens its newest Hub Restaurant, located in Puyallup’s South Hill, at 11 a.m. The restaurant, located at 214 39th Ave. SW, is dubbed The Hub at Puyallup and will be the third in Harmon’s line of “pizza, pints and more” eateries. According to owner Pat Nagle, 30 craft beers will be on tap, including Harmon Brewery’s six flagships and five rotating seasonal brews, plus up to 20 guest handles from local and regional craft breweries. Local distilling will also be featured, with Gig Harbor-based Heritage Distilling showcased on the menu.

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