Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

TUESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before Trolls, spins and crazy Scandinavian


TUESDAY, DEC. 27 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Blue Mouse Theatre + Peaks and Pints = Trolls, glitter, sparkles, rainbows, unicorns and beer flights

Polar Plaza + Powerhouse Brewery = Upright spin and Up Plum Kriek

Olympia Film Society + Three Magnets Brewing Co. = Sour Scandinavian and Sour Red Rye


Dreamworks Animation bought the commercial rights to the famous Troll dolls lock, stock and barrel in order to start developing this animated foray six years ago. The central conceit of focusing on the most optimistic Troll in history sounds like something that was already done to perfection as a subplot in The Lego Movie. But how cynical can you be about a picture that incorporates voice work by the inimitable Ron Funches? Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch will embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known at 7 p.m. when the Blue Mouse Theatre in Tacoma’s Proctor District screens Tolls.

PREFUNK: Everyone loves a sampler platter. Fried cheese sticks, potato wedges, hot wings — who wants to choose? Decisions can be tough, sometimes too tough to make. Especially when it comes to craft beer. There are just too many brews out there — ales, lagers, hefeweizen, porters, stouts, pilsners, saisons, kölsches, and sours. Fortunately, Peaks and Pints offers a daily beer flight, where you can dabble in style, theme or whatever we decide for our flight of five, 5-ounce pours nestled into a cross-cut log. Today, we decided to go big. We offer five craft beers with some alcohol by volume behind them: Maritime Pacific Jollygator strong ale (8.5%), Narrows Brewing Oak Aged Strong Scotch Ale (9.6%), Odd Otter Comrade Imperial Chocolate Stout (9.5%), Fish Brewing’s Reel Ales 10 Squared Barleywine (10%) and Wingman Brewers Dark Waters Chocolate Chili Coffee Stout (10%). Grab a flight and watch the Washington State Cougars battle the Minnesota Golden Gofers in the Holiday Bowl on our 130-inch screen at 4 p.m.


Think you can find something better to do than busting out some ice skates? Yeah, good luck with that. Polar Plaza is on its sixth year of setting up an ice-skating rink decked out in wintery goodness at Tollefson Plaza just across from the Tacoma Art Museum in downtown Tacoma. With five fabulous years behind them, the Plaza folks put their heads together and found a few key ways to make this ritzy rink even better for 2016. Skate from noon to 10 p.m.

PREFUNK: The Powerhouse Brewery in downtown Puyallup has released two new craft beers. First, Tim’s Morning Mocha is a breakfast stout with 10 gallons of Dillanos Coffee Roasters Cold Brew Paradox Coffee and 11 pounds of Belgian dark chocolate. This treat rings in at 6.8%. Second, the Up Plum Kriek is a blend of whiskey barrel and Merlot Barrel fermented blonde sours aged on Montmorency cherries and plums. It’s supper jammy at 5.5%.


A gentle Norwegian snowplow operator goes berserk in Hans Petter Moland’s In Order of Disappearance. If you’re thinking that it’s because of the abundance of the white stuff in the small town of Tyos, you’re technically right — it’s just not the kind of white stuff that you need cleared from your driveway. Oh no. Stellan Skarsgard goes full Charles Bronson after his son runs afoul of a sophisticated drug network and is killed. This Norwegian crime movie essentially borrows Bronson’s Death Wish concept and adds lots of snow. Catch it at 9 p.m. in Olympia Film Society’s Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia.

PREFUNK: Three Magnets Brewing Co. Second Anniversary Sour Red Rye Ale aged in red wine puncheons for 18 months and then bottle conditioned is now available in the downtown Olympia brewery’s taproom and the Western Washington market. An aroma of mixed berry fruit emanates from the glass — attributed to both the mixed fermentation of brettanomyces and saccharomyces and the generous use of chocolate and rye malts. Ripened chocolate covered marionberries coat the tongue with a thin veneer of tart lychee. The subtle sourness invites you in for more and the moderate carbonation works perfectly in combination with the red wine barrel treatment.