Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Jonathan Kite and The Understudy

Ron Swarner


THURSDAY, MARCH 23 2017: South Sound events paired with craft beer …

Tacoma Comedy Club + Peaks and Pints = Oleg and Crux

Harlequin Productions + Fish Tale Brewpub = sweet and sour


Oleg, the smooth, gutter-minded and sex-crazed Ukrainian cook on the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls will be walking around Tacoma today. Will his cocky, lewd banter disrupt passengers on the Tacoma Link? We kid, of course, and so will Jonathan Kite who plays Oleg when he hits the Tacoma Comedy Club stage at 8 p.m. Kite, a native of Skokie, Illinois (yep, it’s a fake accent), is a longtime lover of comedy and admires the likes of Rodney Dangerfield, Bernie Mac, Bill Burr, Louis C.K. and Dave Chapelle. As a teen, he completed a master class with the renowned improv enterprise, Second City. Since then, he’s dabbled with stand-up gigs in California; particularly Los Angeles, where he resides.

PREFUNK: In 1974, Larry Sidor walked into Olympia Brewing Company wearing galoshes. Two decades later, he ran out. He couldn’t take dumbing down lagers anymore. He found happier times at Deschutes Brewery, developing legendary recipes like The Dissident, The Abyss and Red Chair. In 2012, he and Paul Evers opened Crux Fermentation Project in a former AAMCO transmission shop in Bend, Oregon, with the complete freedom to brew whatever they desired, and by desire that meant sublime IPAs, complex barrel-aged Flanders reds and restrained pilsners. They designed the brewery for non-traditional brewing methods such as decoction mashing, open fermentation, oak barrel aging, wild yeast strains and experimental hops. Proudly, they bottled and labeled by hand in small batches right at the brewery. Peaks and Pints will welcome Crux Fermentation Project to its Lodge Meeting at 6 p.m. Pouring from our western red cedar tap log will be the Bend brewery’s bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout [BANISHED] Tough Love, a craft beer of immense complexity. Other tapped Crux delights include the new Show Me The Money IPA with Cashmere hops for tropical flavors, Nitro Stout, Hopped Scotch Ale aged on scotch whisky oak and the new PCT Porter, an easy drinking porter with notes of espresso, spruce tips, vanilla and caramel. In addition to amazing Crux craft beers, our Lodge meeting tonight will include giveaways and the fun-loving Tacoma Runners.


Harlequin Productions will stage The Understudy at 8 p.m., telling the tale of an “undiscovered work” of Franz Kafka that is being prepped for a Broadway run. A young understudy attends rehearsals, and we follow the interaction between the actors and the stage manager. Will the show go on? The Understudy is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of mounting obstacles until all anyone can do is dance.

PREFUNK: It gets a little strange in Port Townsend every January. We’re not talking about the interesting sweater tourists wear, although what we’re leading to does see its fair share of wacky outfits. No, we’re discussing Strange Brewfest, the Washington craft beer festival featuring eccentric beers. One of the most eccentric, which earned a major award at this year’s Strange Brewfest, was Fish Brewing’s cotton candy gose topped with pieces of cotton candy for a sweet-and-sour combination. At 5 p.m., the brewery will recreate the strangeness in its Fish Tale Brewpub across the street in downtown Olympia.