Thursday, October 27th, 2016

THURSDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Craig Ferguson, DJ Freshwell and Dark Tales

Ron Swarner


THURSDAY, OCT. 27 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Broadway Center + Elemental Pizza = on the road

Jazzbones + Rainier Growlers = Freshwell and fresh beer

Traditions Café + The Fish Tale Brewpub = Dark Tales and dark cider

Freighthouse Square + Two Town Pub & Café = Halloween

G. Donnalson’s + The Copper Door = John “Gray Hound” Maxwell and Ken Bone

Olympia Little Theater + Oly Taproom = Putnam and pumpkin


If you are someone who does internal vocalization while you read, it will enhance your experience to read this little ditty with a bit of a Scottish Brogue. Craig Ferguson had been the host of the Peabody Award-winning The Late Late Show on CBS for 10 years, but it was enough, and so he’s out on the road telling jokes. The former punk drummer, and show-stealer on The Drew Carey Show, Glaswegian comedic genius Ferguson brings his goofy and good-natured, yet painfully honest stand-up to the Broadway Center’s Pantages Theater at 7:30 p.m.

PREFUNK: A year and a half ago Ken Thoburn’s vision came true. The Wingman Brewers co-owner and head brewer launched the South Sound Craft Crawl, a beer trail program involving a map, his fellow South Sound breweries and a growler reward for visiting all 15. With the help of JayRay advertising agency, and the Travel Tacoma + Pierce County and Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau promotion experts, the South Sound Craft Crawl was a success, bring folks from outlying areas to visit 15 breweries in the area. This past July, South Sound Craft Crawl 2.0 launched with more breweries and cideries, a new map and a new reward, a 32-ounce mini growler for those who collect 15 stamps from 21 locations serving locally made beers and ciders. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Elemental Pizza in downtown Tacoma, Thoburn and Matt Wakefield, communications manager at Travel Tacoma + Pierce County, will discuss the Crawl over craft beer and pizza, while giveaways go down.


Jazzbones lets their love for Halloween show with a Pre-Halloween Ladies Night Party at 8 p.m. Win costume prizes to the tunes of DJ Freshwell. Ladies in costumes skip the cover charge.

PREFUNK: Cheers to Crux Fermentation Project’s new Gimme Mo IPA. It’s delicious. This slightly sweet, 6.2% ABV IPA hits mango, melon, pine and berries on the nose — driven by Mosaic and Citra hops, which are then balanced by an acidulated and Pilsner malt bill. Its silky-smooth mouthfeel leaves you asking for “mo.” Grab a pint at Rainier Growlers when the South Hill taproom hosts Crux beginning at 6 p.m. Also expect Better Off Red, Crystal Zwickle, Half Hitch, Pils and Nitro Stout.


Walking the line between sanity and madness — or pretending to do so — helps give Halloween its juice. Stripping that path down to classic storytelling heightens the experience in ways that slasher movies can’t, because written words conjure up images unique to each individual’s cranium. The scare becomes customized. That’s the approach taken by Dark Tales for a Chilly Night, an evening of tingling tales with storytellers Maggie Lott and Rebecca Hom at Traditions Café beginning at 7 p.m. Not too gruesome, not too gory.

PREFUNK: Spire Mountain Cider hosts a release party for its Coffee Pumpkin Cider from 5-9 p.m. at The Fish Tale Brewpub in downtown Olympia. This cider pushes the boundaries, with its bright apple cider base, cold-brewed coffee nuttiness and pumpkin pie finishing.


The haunted house at Freighthouse Square is in full terror with two options — 15,000 square foot “Shadows” or the smaller, winding path of “Haunted Hollow.” Both houses open at 7 p.m. Can you show up drunk or high? Punch actors? Touch props? Wear a mask and scare people? Bring a real or simulated weapon? Ignore safety instructions? Smoke or vape indoors? You’d think these are stupid questions to ask; yet you’d be surprised. The answer is no. A portion of proceeds benefit the Tacoma Adventist Community Services food bank.

PREFUNK: If there’s one thing Peaks and Pints loves, it’s making a mess, which is why we’ll be hanging out at Two Town Pub and Café tonight. Take your costume out for a dress rehearsal, use your squash-transforming skills to win big prizes, or just spectate and drink Iron Horse beers when the Tacoma waterfront pub hosts a pumpkin carving contest from 6-8 p.m. You’re not scared, are you?


John “Gray Hound” Maxwell is a fingerstyle/bottleneck acoustic blues guitarist and singer who plays clean and accurately with a sense of sweet melody. He’ll set up a stool in the front corner of G. Donnalson’s for a two-and-a-half-hour set beginning at 7 p.m.

PREFUNK: Where to test your expertly crafted Ken Bone disguise? At The Copper Door from 6-9 p.m. The Stadium District bottle shop and taproom hosts “Don’t Beer the Reaper with Fremont Brewing Halloween Costume Party.” The first 24 people in costume will receive a Halloween treat from Fremont, as if Infused Bonfire Ale, Field to Ferment Citra Fresh Hop, The Brother IIPA and special barrel-aged secret treats on tap weren’t enough.


By the author of Same Time, Next Year, comes An Act of the Imagination, a thriller where fiction and reality collide. Arthur Putnam is a well-to-do mystery writer in 1960s London. However, his latest novel takes a strange twist. It’s a romance, detailing an adulterous affair, and it’s unusually vivid and suspiciously specific for a work of fiction. Enter a woman claiming to be his lover and the inspiration for the book, and everything goes amok. Catch the classic “whodunit” at Olympia Little Theater at 7:25 p.m.

PREFUNK: Pints, pie, pizza and prizes preoccupy Oly Taproom from 6-9 p.m. The downtown Olympia bottle shop and taproom will embrace all that is pumpkin, pouring pumpkin beers and pumpkin ciders, serving pumpkin pie slices and firing up the pizza oven.