Thursday, March 30th, 2017

THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Robert McNamara and the Hoyer Brothers

Ron Swarner

South Sound female brewers will celebrate their The Shield Maiden Nordic Fraoch release at Peaks and Pints tonight. Courtesy photo

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = The Fog and the Fraoch

Rhythm & Rye + Top Rung Brewing = Funk and figs and cinnamon


In films such as Gates of Heaven and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, the quirky, ironic, nihilistic documentarian Errol Morris introduces filmgoers to the accomplishments, philosophies and inner lives of fringe oddballs and powerless nobodies. In The Fog of War, he examines the outer life of a very mainstream oddball and powerful somebody: Robert Strange McNamara — Harvard graduate and professor there in the 1930s, World War II strategist, Ford Motor Co.’s savior after the war, Kennedy and Johnson’s secretary of defense, and president of the World Bank from 1968 until his retirement in 1981. Pierce County Library’s READS program presents a free, 6:45 p.m. screening of The Fog of War at The Grand Cinema.

PREFUNK: Eleven South Sound craft beer industry women collaborated on a beer during Big Boots Brew Day, a Pink Boots Society sponsored event held March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day on International Women’s Day. The resulting beer — brewed at Dystopian State Brewing Co. in downtown Tacoma — was actually a fraoch, an ancient Scottish heather ale that predates the use of hop flowers as a bittering agent in beer. The women brewers tossed in sweet gale, heather tips, Scottish malts, pomegranate honey and pitched Nordic yeast for a funky, sweet and slightly hoppy brew they call The Shield Maiden Nordic Fraoch. Peaks and Pints will pour the South Sound collaboration at 6 p.m. surrounded by the women who brewed it.


Peaks and Pints can’t verify if the enormous group of musicians in the Hoyer Brothers band are all Hoyers but this Leavenworth group sure can’t get down and funky. They utilize tight vocal harmonies and oh-Hoyer-yes musicianship to get a crowd on the floor and moving, which will happen at 9 p.m. in Rhythm & Rye in downtown Olympia. Modern funksters Hotcabi will open.

PREFUNK: Top Rung Brewing founders Casey Sobol and Jason Stoltz are all about Lacey, Washington. It’s where their brewery resides — the only craft brewery in the city. They often respond to emergencies in Lacey, as the duo is also Thurston County firefighters. It’s no surprise they named their dark lager after the city. Lacey Dark Lager is an easy to drink, sessionable dark lager featuring Pilsner, Munich, Black Prinz, and Midnight Wheat for the grain bill and Sterling hops. Tonight, Lacey will be a little more autumn-like as Top Rung will run said beer through a Randall full of figs and cinnamon.