THURSDAY, OCT. 20 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …
The Valley + Parkway Tavern = winter is coming
University of Washington Tacoma + Odd Otter Brewing Co. = to the rescue
Portland trio Disenchanter echo 1970s rock without sounding like a retro rip-off, and are devastatingly heavy without getting bogged down like so many doom bands. Plus, frontwoman Sabine Stangenberg is a powerful vocal force that few of Disenchanter’s contemporaries can match. Watch Disenchanter rip it up with Missoula’s scuzzy Swamp Ritual and local sludge rockers Terrasone at 9 p.m. in The Valley.
PREFUNK: Elves love Jubelale. We bet you didn’t know that about elves. There’s, uh, probably a lot of things you didn’t know about elves. First, it’s been another difficult year for Elf Local 253. Administrative costs continue to rise, the high turnover of union offers is an ongoing problem, and the outsourcing of work to non-union dwarves threatens the very existence of organized labor in their industry. And there has been an increase in Pixie Dust abuse among the elves. But there is some good news for elves. Don’t freak when you see elves at the Parkway Tavern beginning at 6 p.m. The Tacoma craft beer tavern hosts its annual Jubel-Palooza, celebrating the release of the 2016 version, as well as pouring other Deschutes delights. That’s elves heaven right there. The Bend, Oregon brewery has been producing the robust and malty but approachable winter festive ale for 29 years. Its spicy-malt flavor, cocoa, dried fruit and toffee notes ignite cozy warmth on the taste buds — perfect for any number of winter pastimes, like making toys. This year’s Jubelale label artwork — an iconic staple anticipated almost as much as the beer itself — was designed by Oregon-native, Karen Ruane, created through a centuries-old process called marbling and inspired by the highly anticipated first storm of the season. Fifty cents from every beverage sold from 6-10 p.m. will benefit the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.
JUST EAT IT
Upon learning that 40 percent of the food produced globally ultimately ends up in the trash, Jenny Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin went on a self-imposed six-month challenge where they subsist on nothing but “rescued” food. Their Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story is a must see at 7 p.m. in the University of Washington-Tacoma’s Carwein Auditorium. Apparently, watching it is both fascinating and infuriating as Rustemeyer and Baldwin try to understand why perfectly good food would go to waste when so many are hungry. But as Rustemeyer and Baldwin find, what gets discarded and why all stems from a root assumption about how food is seen.
PREFUNK: Thankfully, most of the waters have receded, stray branches have been raked up, and front porches have been swept. Hurricane Matthew created a path of destruction from the Caribbean up through North Carolina. Odd Otter Brewing Co. will help those devastated communities by hosting a benefit tonight from 6-10 p.m. A portion of tasting room sales and raffle sales will go toward Hurricane Matthew relief. Bonus: It’s the downtown Tacoma brewery’s weekly Ladies Pint Night, meaning discounts for the drinking ladies. Double Bonus: Momma Otter’s Pancake Porter is back on tap.