Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

TACOMA PREFUNK SATURDAY, DEC. 23 2017: Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA and the Darkest Hour

Ron Swarner

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TACOMA PREFUNK SATURDAY, DEC. 23 2017: Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA and the Darkest Hour

PREFUNK: Sierra Nevada brewers have unleashed the beer they drink straight from the tanks. Hazy Little Thing IPA (6.7%) is an unfiltered, unprocessed IPA, straight from the tanks, into the can and on the shelf in Peaks and Pints’ cooler. The flavor is somewhat juicy, but doesn’t quite reach dank. The hops are soft and luxurious, like a cask ale. There’s some slightly roasty caramel; the hops seem mostly earthy and citrus.

2, 3:45, 6:30 and 9:15 P.M. DARKEST HOUR: Winston Churchill wasn’t Britain’s first choice, but he was the one responsible for deciding the fate of Western Europe in the early days of World War II. By concentrating on just one month, Joe Wright focuses like a laser on some of the most important events of May 1940’s World War II, including the resignation of Neville Chamberlain, the appointment of Churchill, Churchill’s relationship with King George VI and the fierce debate between those who urged war against Hitler and those in favor of peace negotiations (led by Chamberlain and Viscount Halifax). Gary Oldman stars as the British prime minister in Darkest Hour playing all day at The Grand Cinema.

9 P.M. CHAMPAGNE SUNDAY: Performing a little bit Broadway, a little bit contemporary, a little bit punk and a little bit blues, indie duo Champagne Sunday has a lot of energy and talent that makes for an engaging, powerful listen. Jessi and Jared Fredeen play instrumentation ranging from acoustic guitar to piano, with trombone, ukulele, harmonica and squeezebox. Vocalist Jessi has a sound similar to Chrissie Hynde or Ani DiFranco — a huge, feminine voice with power and punch, but with a range so as to reach into a lullaby if necessary. This is not to say that guitarist Jared isn’t without poise when he flies solo or chimes in on harmony. Check out Champagne Monday at Doyle’s Public House tonight.

9 P.M. STRANGLY ALRIGHT, DARBY PICNIC: Take Weezer and sprinkle with some Bowie, Recovery, Peace and Love and then add confessional lyrics a la John Lennon and you have an idea of colorful indie rock performed by Strangely Alright and Darby Picnic colorful indie rock. They will both share their ear candy and play Christmas songs at The Swiss Restaurant & Pub tonight.