Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

TUESDAY PREFUNK: Lorius, Gambrinus, Rainiers and Sofie

Ron Swarner


TUESDAY, APRIL 11 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Lorius and Gambrinus

Tacoma Rainiers + The Copper Door = Chihuahuas and Sofie


The documentary Antarctica: Ice & Sky shares a stirring portrait of the French glaciologist Claude Lorius whose groundbreaking research in Antarctica gave us the first clear evidence of man-made global climate change. It screens at 1:15 and 6:25 as part of The Grand Cinema‘s Tuesday Film Series. Using remarkable archival footage and stunning drone cinematography, Antarctica: Ice and Sky is an epic tale where science and adventure meet, equal parts contemplative memoir and an ardent call to action.

PREFUNK: Today is the traditional birthday of Gambrinus, sometimes called King Gambrinus, considered to be a patron saint of beer, brewing and/or Belgian beer. Not an “official” saint, at least not in the Catholic Church, but a legendary figure. Around the year 1100, the brewers of Brussels deliberated which strong and courageous man should be their leader. They organized a contest, at which a large beer barrel was placed on the ground. The one who could carry it to a spot two stone’s throws away would become their head brewer. Among many who registered for the contest was a Duke from Brabent, whose name was Jan Primus, a man of great strength and considerable intellect.  With obvious joy, he followed the futile efforts of the numerous competitors to move the beer barrel.  When his turn came, he ordered the servant to beat a spigot into the bunghole.  He then lied down under the barrel, opened the tap and drank until the barrel was empty.  Having done this, he carried the barrel effortlessly to the winning post. On the strength of this clever idea, the brewers of Brussels appointed him as their honorary leader.  From then on he was the patron of brewers and innkeepers and Jan Primus became Gambrinus, the King of Beer. Peaks and Pints has Duchess de Bourgogne — a Flanders red ale style beer brewed by Brouwerij Verhaeghe in Vichte, Belgium — on tap today. Join us for a pint in Gambrinus’ honor.


After splitting a double header with the Sacramento River Cats at Raley Field in West Sacramento yesterday, the Rainiers return to Tacoma to host the El Paso Chihuahuas (for the home opener at 7:05 p.m. in Cheney Stadium. Right-hander Christian Bergman will make his season debut on the mound for Tacoma, going up against El Paso righty Walker Lockett.

PREFUNK: Everyone is still recovering from The Copper Door’s anniversary party weekend, including the Stadium District’s staff, at least according to their Tasting Tuesday beer flight title today: “Post Anniversary Party Hangover Farmhouse Beers.” At 6 p.m. expect Goose Island Sofie Belgian Style Farmhouse, Dogfish Head Saison du Buff, The Commons Pumpernickel Rye Saison and Stillwater Artisanal/Cigar City Farmhouse Ale to fill the taster glasses.