Monday, December 12th, 2016

MONDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before White Christmas and live band sing-alongs

Ron Swarner

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The Grand Cinema will screen White Christmas tonight, offering movie-goers a chance to sing-along with the film.

MONDAY, DEC. 13 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Holiday movie and cocoa

Jazzbones + Parkway Tavern = Wreck The Halls

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

You know you’re already humming “White Christmas” in your head. If you aren’t, we are. The Grand Cinema screens the classical musical film White Christmas at 6:30 p.m. But beyond simply watching, you will be immersed in the total “The-Best-Things-Happen-When-You’re-Dancing” experience — you will have the chance to sing along. Or at least you can move your lips to the words to pretend like you’re singing along. That part is up to you. The beloved 1954 film brings to life the story of song-and-dance men Bob Wallace and Phil Davis (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye), who, while romancing a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen), wind up spending Christmas in a Vermont inn rather than in sunny Florida … aw, heck, you know what it’s about. Romantic mix-ups. Tap numbers. Patriotic hugs. And, of course, a lot of singing: “Where the treetops glisten and children listen/Doobie-doobie-doobie-doobie. …” Go in costume and sing!

PREFUNK: Here we are again. We’re looking down the barrels of Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, you name it — everyone’s got something to fear. Hovering, looming, it’s on its way. Spending time out in the cold, hard wintry world of Christmas madness you need to decompress after a day of crowds and road rage. And what better way to decompress than with a hearty craft beer. It’s National Cocoa Day, and by cocoa we, of course, think hearty craft beer with cocoa. The Peaks and Pints cooler is loaded with options for great dark beers brewed with cocoa. The highly rated, pitch black AleSmith Speedway Stout is brewed with coffee beans with a chocolate and strong roasted flavor. Stone’s Xocoveza Mocha Stout offers layers with cocoa, Mostra coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk sugar. Deschutes Black Butte XXVII Birthday Reserve Porter is brewed with Theo chocolate cocoa nibs, pomegranate molasses and select spices, blended with apricot purée, then partially (50%) aged six months in Bourbon barrels. It’s powerful and dense, with loads of aromas and flavors of figs, raisins, dried apricot, chocolate malt, vanilla bean, lightly roasted coffee, molasses, woody spice and peppery cigar box. Ninkasi’s Ground Control is brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cocoa nibs, and fermented with an Ale yeast that survived a trip to space and back. It’s a stout that bursts with notes of (what else?) chocolate.

TOP OF THE CHARTS

In the early ’70s, a Japanese musician by the name of Daisuke Inoue invented the first ever karaoke machine. The name karaoke comes from a combination of the word Kara (meaning empty) and Okesutora (meaning orchestra). However, even Daisuke’s Sadist ass couldn’t have fathomed what you can experience tonight at Jazzbones. Rockaroake is the brainchild of George Aragon and Rusty Urie, formerly of Hit Explosion, who employ a rotating group of local musicians to feed their live band karaoke night. While there have been a few bars that have tried hosting karaoke nights with live bands, Jazzbones’ Rockaraoke live band karaoke is one of the ones that has lasted. Sing your heart out at 10 p.m. Bring a toy for the toy drive.

PREFUNK: The annual, fan-favorite Wreck the Halls Hoppy Holiday Ale has made its 2016 return. Full Sail Brewing Co. combines the malty aspects of a Winter Warmer with the bold hoppy character of an American India Pale Ale.  This combination results in a beer that boasts, “elegant citrus notes balanced by a backdrop of a rich caramel malt body, dry hopped to amplify the aromas and flavor.” At 5 p.m., Parkway Tavern’s Sean Jackson will wreck Wreck, running it through a Randall full of something delicious. In fact more Full Sail craft beers will be on tap at the Tacoma craft beer haven with a snowboard up for grabs as one of many raffle prizes.

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