TACOMA PREFUNK THURSDAY, JULY 26 2018: E9 Brewery Holy Diver and Mirrorgloss
PREFUNK: Belgian strong dark ales are always rich, detailed and strong, but the style is open for interpretation. Trappist versions are generally drier than sweeter, fuller Abbey styles, but similar ingredients and bottle-conditioning set forth some general parameters: Aromas are rife with malty sweetness and floral alcohol with some dried fruit notes, flavors are similar with low bitterness, and colors appear deep amber to copper-brown. E9 Brewery’s Holy Diver Belgian strong dark ale is aged in Syrah barrels straight outta Napa. It’s a marriage between multiple specialty malts to create a rich, complex beer then balanced with red wine tannin from maturation in barrels. There’s a rich vinous flavor though it really lends itself more toward wine than ale. There is a strong wine undercurrent here. It’s freakin’ delicious and pouring from Peak and Pints’ Western red cedar tap log.
2:05, 4:15, 6:35, 8:50 P.M. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?: If your cold, cold heart doesn’t melt at some point during Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the documentary about Fred “Mister” Rogers, well, Peaks and Pints doesn’t want you to be our neighbor. Watching this movie is like freebasing goodness — a scarce resource in our current hellscape. Catch the flick at The Grand Cinema.
7 P.M. JAZZ UNDER THE STARS: LaVon Hardison has never been any one thing. Although she’s identified herself as a jazz singer, the classically trained vocalist has a broad range of sources, including gospel and blues. She’s performing “Under The Stars” at Pacific Lutheran University tonight. You could make a checklist of things that jazz vocalists today do, and she does a lot if not all of them.
8 P.M. TACOMA AF: Write253 wants today’s youth to ditch Snapchat for meaningful writing. It takes money to reach such goal. Enter its music series Tacoma AF. Tonight, Mirrorgloss, The Rusty Cleavers and Christina Butcher will have people tapping their pencils in the name of Write 253. The Valley hosts the affair, which will clear its awesome beer garden when the bands hit the stage. When is the last time you caught electro-pop outfit Mirrorgloss? Could we all use some charismatic party pushers right about now?