THURSDAY, JULY 28 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …
KPLU Jazz + Silver City Bourbon Barrel Aged Giant Made of Shadows = aged beautifully
Brews and News + Spire Mountain new cider = salmon with a little lime
Thunders of Wrath + Freigeist beers = Pimrock and roll
Gothic Dance Party + Oly Taproom = bats and Pelicans
Jazz Under The Stars + BrewDad’s of Bonney Lake = Big Dipper and IPA
KPLU is kicking off a series of free summer and fall events to thank listeners for helping make 88.5 their newly-independent community station. The award-winning local and national news, jazz and blues radio station hosts a Listener Appreciation Party at the Pantages Theater from 5-7 p.m. saxophonist Kareem Kandi will be in the house joined by Kacey Evans on piano, Greg Feingold on bass and Max Holmbergs on drums.
PREFUNK: Silver City Brewery’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Giant Made of Shadows is back, although in exceedingly limited 500ml bottles and draft. Silver City Brewery’s The Giant Made of Shadows is awesome delicious; it did grab a bronze medal at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards, after all. But, take that malty Dark Strong Ale in the Belgian Style, age it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels for a year, and the result is double awesome delicious. The Bourbon Barrel Aged Giant crushes with richness and complexity, ringing in at 9.9 percent ABV. At noon, Silver City Brewery releases the old Giant at its Bremerton taproom.
BREWS AND NEWS
The South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group will discuss the latest salmon recovery efforts and South Sound restoration while Three Magnets Brewing Co. pours its craft beer research at the Boston Harbor Marina Tap Room at 7 p.m.
PREFUNK: While experimenting in the Spire Mountain recipe lab, the Fish Brewing Co. mad scientist cider maker came across a few limes and decided to play around. He found that the sweetness of the apple played nicely with the citrus of the lime. Head to The Fish Tale Brewpub at 5 p.m. to sip the one-off Apple Lime Cider.
THUNDERS OF WRATH
Pierce County school chums Mason Flippin and Cooper Farris met guitarist Joe Paper in January 2012. They jammed. They jammed a lot. In August of the same year Tom Vekakis’ voice found the trio and Thunders of Wrath was on. Jake Fouts introduced his keyboard skills to the band and they found “old school rules with a new-fangled yet reverent rock swagger.” Check out the band with blues rockers Sister Madame at 9 p.m. in The Swiss Restaurant and Pub.
PREFUNK: The natives of Cologne, Germany, have a name for an outsider who tries to speak the local slang: Pimock. The pejorative is also what one of the city’s only non-Kölsch breweries calls its take on a beer brought to the Rhineland from the south. Freigeist — Sebastian Sauer’s offshoot brewery from Cologne’s revolutionary and extremely tiny brewpub, Braustelle — brewed Pimock, a typical Bavarian wheat beer but with more hops, Kölsch yeast and no banana and clove characteristics of its roots. The unique brew has a nutty wheat bread flavor that is clean, dry, and a little tart — a surprise some may find hard to stomach if expecting a more traditional hefeweizen. Drink Pimrock as well as other Freigeist treasures Salzspeicher Sauer Porter Raspberry, Berliner Scheisse, Geisterzug Rhubarb Gose Dolium and Monarchy Johannisburger at 6 p.m. in Engine House No. 9.
GOTHIC DANCE PARTY
As far as club nights go in cornering a niche, monthly Gothic dance party “Invokation” has theirs nailed into an airtight coffin. A combination of danceable dark-tech and gothic-industrial sounds, moody post-punk, classic bats-and-bondage soundscapes, synthpop, electro and even the odd dose of apocalyptic folk. Deejays Sascha Valkryie and blü spin at 8 p.m. in Obsidian. Bela Lugosi’s dead — long live Bela Lugosi!
PREFUNK: Pelican Brewing Co. was born at the beach 20 years ago as a small, stand alone brewpub in a small town on the Oregon coast — Pacific City. Pacific City is still a small town, but with consistent growth and demand for its products, Pelican sales are up more than 500 percent from 3,500 barrels in 2013 to 18,000 barrels this year. The company recently doubled its brewing and bottling capacity at its Tillamook facility and opened a new brewpub in Cannon Beach. Pelican also recently won a bronze medal at the World Brew Cup and eight medals including Champion Medium International Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards. Drink Pelican beers and maybe win a Pelican Beach Basket from 6-9 p.m. at the Oly Taproom.
JAZZ UNDER THE STARS
We always enjoy a Big Dipper after tight harmonies. And thank the heavenly bodies, Pacific Lutheran University will, once again, make our dreams come true. The college hosts Jazz Under the Stars, an outdoor jazz concert series followed by rare public entry into their Keck Observatory. The series, a different band every Thursday through Aug. 11, sees New York vocalist and PLU alum Wendy Giles in the Mary Baker Russell Amphitheater from 7-9 p.m.
PREFUNK: Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales has a well-deserved reputation for their wild and crazy beer styles. Not surprising coming from a brewery that touts itself as “Off-centered beers for off-centered people.” Led by craft beer rock star Sam Calagione, Dogfish has broken rule after rule about what beer is “supposed” to be. The granddaddy IPA of them all is the Dogfish 120 Minute IPA. It is 18% ABV and 120 IBUs. This beer is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry hopped daily in the fermenter for a month before being aged for another month on whole-leaf hops. That is some serious bitterness going on. Only brewed three times a year, it is not an inexpensive beer either, but it is worth the experience, which will happen at 3 p.m. in BrewDad’s of Bonney Lake.