SATURDAY, SEPT. 17 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …
Capitol Theater + Dick’s Brewing Co. = Monoliths and Danger
Doyle’s Public House + BrewDad’s of Bonney Lake = toasting Irish and Germans
The Valley + Pint Defiance = celebrations
Rhythm & Rye + Bay Mercantile = Olympia on display
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
As a roommate, we have done some horrible things in our day. But the worst thing, without a doubt, was when we were in a hurry to tape a movie on TV — surely you remember videotape and pre-TiVo TV — and we taped over 2001: A Space Odyssey. This was indefensible, even more so when you consider what we taped: On Golden Pond. Really. We have no idea why we did this, because HAL 9000 is one of our favorite computers in all of filmland (yeah, we’re old-school), and we just loved the big chill that Stanley Kubrick enveloped us in. We never watched On Golden Pond. It just sat there gathering dust as testament to our inexplicable idiocy. Tonight you can see 2001: A Space Odyssey on the wide screen at the Capitol Theater with a guarantee that no dope will have taped over it. It boasts one of the best soundtracks ever — Strauss’s “Thus Spake Zarathustra” — and features only 40 minutes of dialogue. It’s at 6:30 p.m. tonight and 7:30 tomorrow.
PREFUNK: Last year it was difficult to find a seat at Dick’s Brewing Co. annual Beer for a Cure fundraiser for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Lewis County. As rockin’ country band Littlerock rattled the kegs, guests bid on silent auction and raffle items, including the super raffle of three theater style chairs paying tribute to the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders, as well as a 20-person party at Dick’s new brewpub in downtown Centralia. As in years past, the fundraiser also served as an award ceremony for the brewery’s Homebrewing Competition, awarding five top winners in the blind judging contest. Pete Hausman took home the top prize last year with an Oak Stout. Drop by Dick’s from 4-9 p.m., support the American Cancer Society’s silent auction, win raffle prizes, cheer on the homebrewers, rock out to live music and celebrate the brewery’s 22 years in Centralia.
HALFWAY TO ST. PATRICK’S DAY
It is not too early to be planning your St. Patrick’s Day celebration — March 17 is six months away. To help you get in the mood — and another reason to drink a bunch of Jameson whiskey — Doyle’s Public House will host its annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Party. The party begins with Doyle’s Guinness Club toast at 5:17 p.m. All the members gather before Grand Poobah Russ Heaton, who recognizes members who have hit milestones, such as 500 pints of Guinness, while the other members tear up. After the announcement, Heaton raises a glass of the Irish Mother’s Milk and toasts the members. Next, Ockham’s Razor lays down some Celtic tunes at 6 p.m., followed by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio’s funky soul music.
PREFUNK: The way in which Oktoberfest beers are brewed has changed a lot since the 1800s. Today, only six breweries meet the strict Oktoberfest criteria to be poured at the annual Munich Oktoberfest, which kicks off at noon our time. One of the official beers is Paulaner Brauerei, which has been brewing in Munich since 1634 and brewing Oktoberfest since the inaugural event in 1818. Paulaner’s Oktoberfest pours bright, clear amber with a thick, white head that slowly fades, leaving a thin lace in the stein. The taste is clean and balanced, like a traditional Oktoberfest should be. Caramel malts with toasted bread give a great semi-sweet body, while the hops give a touch of spice and bitterness to balance it out and keep it smooth. Brewdad’s of Bonney Lake will tape a keg of Paulaner Oktoberfest at noon, with raffles prizes throughout the afternoon.
Watching a few episodes of The Walking Dead has led some folks to believe that they would prosper if zombies were really ambling around, munching on the brains of people too slow or stupid to walk quickly away from them. Assuming that they weren’t the first to be ambushed and devoured or nipped on the hand by their former babysitter, many people play through scenarios in their heads figuring out the ways that they would stay alive while everyone else was turned into a panicking buffet for the hoards of multiplying corpses. Tonight, let’s be clear that the actual best place would be anywhere but The Valley. Zombiecore punk rockers The Wastedeads will invade the Tacoma bar and music venue tonight fellow San Francisco band Fuzz Attack and Tacoma garage rockers Radio On opening at 8 p.m. Singer-guitarist Beth Zombie and drummer Shawn of the Dead will hit the stage in full zombie wear infecting with three-chord rockers and lyrics the living dead can dig.
PREFUNK: Back in the day, Barry Watson was in school studying computers, working part-time at the Parkway Tavern. His love for binary code was quickly replaced for a love of craft beer. Watson went to work for a local beer distributor. His knowledge of the industry doubled after he and his wife, Renee, opened the Rosewood Café in Tacoma’s Northend. The Watsons sold the restaurant in January 2012, and were ready for the next chapter: Pint Defiance Specialty Beer Store and Taproom. The Watsons and crew celebrate Pint Defiance’s fourth anniversary beginning at 11 a.m. with the 4th Anniversary IPA, “Mildred,” brewed at Georgetown Brewing Company. They’ll also be tapping other special brews for the occasion, like the return of Pint Defiance’s 3rd Anniversary IPA, Airways Strip Mall Riot, plus Fremont Rusty Nail, Cantillon Gueuze, and special releases from Holy Mountain, Cloudburst, Schilling Cider, and many others. We are also releasing exclusive Pint Defiance commemorative stemware, a giant birthday cake at 3 p.m. and plenty of other surprises.
STORYOLY GRAND SLAM
We here at Peaks and Pints love a good story. Hear some stories at 6 p.m. in Rhythm & Rye in downtown Olympia. The StoryOly Grand Slam is the culmination of 10 story slam winners coming together to compete for the title of Grand Slam Champion. Unlike StoryOly’s usual story slams, the grand slam will not have a theme. Contestants may choose any story they would like to tell. However they will be scored by a panel of three celebrity judges on two main things: 1) Did they stay within the time limit? 2) Was their story told well? The winners go on to fame, glory, corporate sponsorships and red-carpet openings at Hollywood premieres. Well, not exactly. But it can get pretty exciting. So get off your lonely bookworm chair, mingle, have a cocktail and hear some awesome stories. Stick around after the Grand Slam to attend the StoryOly After Party with bands Chickadee and Stone Soup at 9 p.m.
PREFUNK: Bay Mercantile opened the week before Christmas 2015 along Mud Bay Road in Olympia. It sells a little bit of everything. It has specialty food, locally made jewelry, home furnishings — plus wine, craft beer and a selection of nautical-themed items such as glass floats. Bay Mercantile hosts O-Town Brewing at 5 p.m. for a night of craft beer, stogies, barbecued oysters and live music.