Monday, February 13th, 2017

MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Abraham Lincoln, Mel Gibson and Sean Jackson

Ron Swarner

Parkway Tavern Manager Sean Jackson pours Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #175 Chicocabra through a Randall tonight. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

MONDAY, FEB. 13 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

King’s Books + Parkway Tavern = Being Abraham Lincoln and Being Sean Jackson

Blue Mouse Theatre + Peaks and Pints = Parks and Re-creations


Yesterday was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. King’s Books in Tacoma’s Stadium District is still celebrating, inviting author DL Fowler to give an inside scoop on his book, Lincoln Raw, and the coming sequel, Lincoln’s War. Lincoln Raw shows hos 7-year-old Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood dies when his father drags their family from the relative comfort of Kentucky into an unforgiving Indiana wilderness. While suffering rebuke for teaching himself to read and write, Lincoln endures rumors of illegitimate birth, escapes death a half-dozen times, labors to repay his father’s debts, and grieves the deaths of his infant brother, angel mother, precious sister, and beloved sweetheart. Brutal. King’s Books will serve refreshments.

PREFUNK: We all really want to be someone else. Such desire is the underlying premise of celebrity culture, as we know it. It’s the reason we read movie magazines, watch Access Hollywood, and know what Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars. Celebrity culture shows us who we want to be, could have been or might be, if only we could manage it. Yesterday, Peaks and Pints’ co-owner Ron Swarner had the starring role in Being Sean Jackson, which indulged in just this fantasy, with the minor limitation that the only celebrity he could be was Parkway Tavern Manager Sean Jackson. The route to being Mr. Jackson was surprisingly bizarre. After climbing up the fireman pole inside Engine House No. 9 Swarner enter a portal that led into the head of Sean Jackson. He spent the day as Jackson, doing chores around the Jackson house, attending the Pike Brewing Chocofest with Jackson’s beautiful wife, and preparing for the Washington state Saint Archer Brewery welcome party Feb. 27 at the Parkway. Taking advantage of the situation, Swarner manipulated Jackson into selecting Swarner’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #175 Chicocabra Imperial Stout keg for the Parkway’s Monday Randall Night at 5 p.m. tonight, as well as guiding Jackson to select the infusion ingredients: cocoa nibs, marshmallows and Golden Grahams cereal. The day ended with Swarner careening out of Jackson’s head and dumped hard on Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma. Weird, certainly, but fortunate as tonight’s Parkway Randall is going to be freakin’ delicious.


At first blush, Mel Gibson might not seem the most logical director for a biography of the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. But when you think about it, it starts to make a whole lot of sense: A soldier who refuses to carry a gun is just asking for all sorts of extreme, extended punishment. Hence the movie’s R rating for “intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images.” That’s our Mel! Catch Hacksaw Ridge — nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director — at 7 p.m. in the Blue Mouse Theatre.

PREFUNK: Uinta Brewing Co. will be, once again, celebrated at Peaks and PintsSudsPop music and beer night, beginning at 6 p.m. Last Monday, the Tacoma Proctor District bottle shop, taproom and eatery held the first release party for Uinta’s Rotating Park Series Golden Ale No. 1: Yosemite, a tasty ale with biscuit and light citrus notes — perfect for outdoor activities. There was much rejoicing. Tonight, the Golden Ale is back on Peaks and Pints’ Western red cedar tap log — as well as Uinta’s Cockeyed Cooper Barleywine and Hop Nosh IPA — plus a “National Parks” soundtrack, giveaways, national parks trivia contest and outdoor recreation on our 130-inch screen.