Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Gavin DeGraw, Tomahawks benefit, jazz jam

Ron Swarner

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Washington State Fair + Parkway Tavern = hit makers
Tacoma Public Library + Narrows Brewing Co. = Tomahawks
The Valley + Ale House Pub = Bebop and Bitburger

WASHINGTON STATE FAIR

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed, Billboard chart topping recording artist Andy Grammer will perform at 7 p.m. at the Washington State Fair. Fans can expect to hear DeGraw perform songs throughout his acclaimed 10-plus year career including classics “I Don’t Wanna Be,” “Chariot,” and “Not Over You.” Grammer will dazzle crowds with his naturally upbeat and positive songs off his recent deluxe edition of Magazines or Novels including smash hit and iTunes Pop Chart stunner “Honey, I’m Good,” along with “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” “Back Home,” and “Keep Your Head Up.” Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and musician Wrabel will open.
PREFUNK: If Stone Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and Victory Brewing Co. climbed to the top of the local water tower at 3 a.m. they’d most likely spray paint “96 Brews!” Indeed, the Class of ’96 celebrates their 20th anniversaries this year. Stone from Escondido, California, Firestone Walker from Paso Robles, Calif. and Victory Brewing from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, will gather at 6 p.m. in the Parkway Tavern to blow out 20 candles and unleash a bevy of awesome craft beer.

PIERCE COUNTY EXECUTIVE DEBATE

State Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, and County Councilman Rick Talbert, a D-Tacoma, will face each other in debate at 7 p.m. in the Tacoma Public Library Downtown Branch. News Tribune Publisher David Zeeck will moderate the Pierce County executive candidate debate, a position that will be vacated when current Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy leaves due to term limits.

PREFUNK: Narrows Brewing Co. hosts a fundraiser for the 23rd Infantry Regiment “Tomahawks” today, donating $1 from each pint of its newly released Oktober Ale to the 23rd’s Tomahawk Association based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Tomahawk Association works to establish a bond between Tomahawk veterans — those who fought ferociously during combat operations in support of the Korean War, Vietnam, the Cold War, and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom — and current soldiers in active-duty battalions. Narrows’ Oktober Ale pays homage to the great Bavarian beer celebration currently underway in Munich, Germany. Brewed in the style of a Vienna Lager this beer is easy drinking with the aroma of warm bread and a classic malt finish. All is welcome to partake in today’s Oktober Ale Release Party from 5-8 p.m. at Narrows brewing.

JAZZ JAM

Tacoma drummer and soundman Peter Tietjen will take time off from his 30 bands to host an every other Wednesday jazz jam at The Valley, where he runs sound. Check out great jazz standards or take the stage if you can keep up with Tietjen’s house band, beginning at 8:30 p.m.
PREFUNK: Founded in 1817 by Johann Peter Wallenborn, Bitburger Brewery started as a small, rural brewery in the German town of Bitburg. Bitburger Brewery would make a name for themselves in 1883 by brewing the first Pilsner outside the Bohemian town of Pilsen. The importance of this point was made further in 1913 when, after years of legal battles with a rival Czeck brewery, the Supreme Court of the German Reich in Leipzig to use the designation “Simonbräu Deutsch-Pilsener,” or roughly original German-pilsner. After developing the groundbreaking pils, Bitburger Brewery was able to reach new markets and expand their operation, including the Ale House Pub & Eatery. The University Place house of 64 taps will host an Oktoberfest at 6 p.m. with plenty of Bitburger on tap.

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