Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before highbrow beer, The Dude and graffiti money

Ron Swarner


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25 2017: South Sound events + craft beer …

Washington State History Museum + Peaks and Pints = Then and Now

Olympia Film Society + Northwest Beerwerks = Voodoo and White Russians

King’s Books + The Red Hot = Presidents and pFriems


Washington State History Museum newest exhibit, Steins, Vines & Grinds, explores the culture and industry-related stories of three libations that continue to be wildly popular in the Evergreen State — beer, wine and coffee. The exhibit follows a general timeline through movements in the industries, beginning in pre-statehood then follows an arc of early beginnings through major industry with a later emphasis back on the craft movement. You’ll be immersed in the origins of these three beverages in Washington, including coffee and beer mugs and wine bottles and glasses ranging back in time; and a mélange of beverage memorabilia and marketing materials that includes posters, neon signs, beer trays, and even a bobblehead brewmaster. Doors are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PREFUNK: Loosely translated as “Earthy Brewery,” Bruery Terreau is the less tamed arm of The Bruery, operating as a separate limb in both brands’ hometown of Orange County, California. As a brewery famous for its experimental ales, the company’s history is just as wild. Founded in 2008 by Patrick Rue, the Bruery began when Rue, a recent law school graduate and homebrewer, figured out that he loved the hobby so much, he’d start a brewery instead of studying for the Bar. Later, in 2015, Rue launched Bruery Terreux as a dedicated space to provide the freedom (and bacteria) to get weird with wild and sour ales. Sitting in Peaks and Pints’ cooler is Bruery Terreau’s Tart of Darkness (7.2% ABV). At first glance, Tart of Darkness appeared darker than cola, and upon further inspection, just a hint of brown. On the nose was pure sour funk, Lactobacillus for sure, as if a Greek yogurt culture was tossed right into the barrel. The result, is a dark and roasted scent. As for the taste, there are notes of raisin, tart plums, roasted vanilla and oak. Delicious.


Simply put, The Big Lebowski is one of the funniest films ever made, and infinitely rewatchable. Jeff Bridges plays “the Dude,” a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money. The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from Joel and Ethan Coen pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, marijuana and gallons of White Russian cocktails. The Dude abides. The Olympia Film Society screens the film in the Capitol Theater at 9 p.m. Dress up as The Dude, why not? They’ll pour White Russians in the Mezzanine Lounge.

PREFUNK: New Belgium Brewing — the country’s fourth largest craft brewery, according to the Brewers Association — will introduce four new year-round releases while simultaneously creating a new line of hop-forward beers under the “Voodoo Ranger” trademark. Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour and Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Ale — which all check-in under 5.5 percent ABV — will comprise New Belgium’s core lineup in 2017. Voodoo Ranger IPA and Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA will round out the company’s hoppy beer lineup, replacing the Ranger IPA and Rampant Imperial IPA offerings that came before them. The new brands, checking in at 7 percent ABV and 9 percent ABV, respectively, will both feature the increasingly more popular Mosaic hop variety. From 6-10 p.m. Northwest Beerwerks in Olympia will pour New Belgium Voodoo beers. Nobody does the Voodoo like they do.


From what we can gather it looks like CLAW — Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians — will draw on paper currency in King’s Books at 7:30 p.m. And you’re invited. Turn Andrew Jackson into Frankenstein or George Washington into George Bush. Maybe you have a better idea of what should go on the back. All you need to participate is a dollar to draw on and a drawing implement.

PREFUNK: The Red Hot will tap a bunch of pFriem Family Brewers specialty beers at 5 p.m. Expect to drink Citrus Zest IPA, Vienna Lager, Brett Wit, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout and Cognac Barrel Belgian Strong Dark. Also expect for pFriem rep Scott Travis about Decoction, Hydrometers, Lovibond and, of course, racking.