Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before quilt festival and documentaryish drama Tower

Ron Swarner


TUESDAY, NOV. 22 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Washington State Fairgrounds + Peaks and Pints = Carina will be there

The Grand Cinema + Narrows Brewing = Animation and Amarillo


Tuesday, Tuesday. Can’t trust that day. Don’t do anything too active. You’ll just injure yourself. As in most things, passive is the way to go. Enter Northwest Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival opening its doors at 10 a.m. at Washington State Fairgrounds. Far more interesting than you would ever think with a wide variety of supplies, notions, patterns and techniques in the areas of sewing, quilting, needle-arts, stenciling, embossing, crystals, fabric crafts and more. Bet Tuesdays sucked even worse without indoor plumbing.

PREFUNK: It’s fun to watch uninitiated beer drinkers sample sour beer for the first time. Even if they’re well aware of the oncoming pinch of acidic tartness, they inevitably grimace and recoil. After a few more sips, however, their tongues adjust to the physical sensation and their palates warm up to the complexity of flavor. A tart and lively example of the style is Ecliptic Brewing’s Carina Peach Sour Ale, which the Portland brewery now brews year-round. Carina Peach Sour Ale takes its name from the constellation Carina, the keel of the ship Argo in the southern sky. Loaded with fresh peach flavor, Carina hits the nose with peach. It launches with sweet peach flavors, and lively mouthfeel. The Lactobacillus gives the craft beer a complex combination of flavors and aromas. Peaks and Pints has a bunch of 22-ounce bottles of the Carina Peach Sour Ale ready to take home or pop open in our lodge-y abode.


Keith Maitland’s affecting documentaryish drama Tower recounts the fraught two hours before, during and after America’s first significant mass shooting, the August 1966 sniper attack from the clock tower at the University of Texas in Austin; one gunman shot 46 people, killing 14. The story is re-told by witnesses — students, cops, newsmen, bystanders. Maitland reconstructs the past with actors (rotoscoped into animation), intercutting archival footage. The first-person accounts, many untold until now, retain the event’s shock, even 50 years later, and a coda reinforces how such “unthinkable” acts of random gun violence on campuses have become all too commonplace. See it at 2:30 and 6:50 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

PREFUNK: Narrows Brewing Co. has brewed formidable Imperial Pale Ale just in time for the holiday season. Head brewer Mike Davis created the Narrows Imperial Pale Ale with three types of malted wheat and four types of malted barley. This nearly 50% wheat build provides a smooth balance to the hops as well as increasing the overall mouth feel. Amarillo and Centennial hops added throughout the boil and whirlpool produce a clean bitterness and intense hop flavor complimenting an in-your-face aroma provided by dry hopping with Amarillo and Citra hops. Grab a pint or two when the Tacoma brewery opens at 2 p.m.