Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before bluegrass, film and art

Ron Swarner

Barleywine Revue performs outside Treos in old Town Tacoma tonight. Photo credit Pappi Swarner

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

Bluegrass + Parkway Tavern = Hop Freshener
Bomber Boys + Rainier Growlers = historical night
Terrence Malick + Northwest Beerwerks = Flying Cloud
Student films + Westside Tavern = Olympia goodness


“We’re bigger than Barleywine,” banjoist Forest Beutel didn’t say but no one would hold a press conference if he did. Beutel is one-fifth of the Tacoma-based bluegrass band Barleywine Revue, a University of Puget Sound college band now celebrating its sixth summer performing old-time music and traditional bluegrass throughout the land. Barleywine Revue might not be as big as the beer style, but its musicianship is top notch. Catch the band at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Treos in Old Town Tacoma.
PREFUNK: The Parkway Tavern hosts Port Brewing, The Lost Abbey and The Hop Concept at 6 p.m. Founded in 2006, the three brands produce an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers from one brewery in San Marcos, California. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brands have garnered dozens of awards in its seven-year history including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year, The 2008 World Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and the 2013 Champion Brewery at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors and bold boundary-pushing styles. The Hop Concept Brewing releases quarterly hoppy IPAs under the The Hop Freshener Series moniker.


Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front tells the visual story of the 445th Bomb Squadron, 321st Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing, of the 12th Army Air Corps. By far a lesser-known history than the 8th Army Air Corps, the 12th was stationed in North Africa, Corsica, and Italy near the end of World War II. They were responsible for the strategic bombing that broke down the supply line between Germany and northern Italy. Presented by the UWT Museum Studies students and Bering Street Studio, the traveling exhibit Bomber Boys found a home at Spaceworks Gallery through July 17. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m.
PREFUNK: Founded in 1987 in Boonville, California, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a modest 10-barrel brewhouse located in the lower level of its original brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon. After numerous upgrades, the brewery still brews handcrafted authentic ales and lagers with balance and complexity and a passion for sustainable brewing practices. Rainier Growlers on South Hill Puyallup hosts the brewery and its beers, including several barrel-aged beauties, at 6 p.m.


Few directors are labeled geniuses as consistently as Terrence Malick, whose newest film, Knight of Cups, is perhaps his most Malick-iest work to date. The Rhodes Scholar-turned-filmmaker has a very distinctive style — reflective voice-over from multiple characters that is often at odds with the visuals; rapturous magic-hour landscape shots; cutaways from the action proper to images of trees, sky, insects, water; swelling orchestral-and-organ music of Wagnerian import; and contrasts between the majesty of nature and the shortcomings of man. OK. The dreamlike and luminous Knight of Cups is set in the midst of the Los Angeles film industry, Christian Bale plays Rick, a successful screenwriter who has reached a crossroads in his life. He exists in a place engulfed by glamour and vacuous pursuits of happiness that are gradually beginning to lose their luster. When Rick’s reality finally becomes oppressive, a door is opened to a truth that may hold the answers he seeks. See it at 9 p.m. in the Capitol Theater.
PREFUNK: It’s San Francisco 1965. During a meal at the Old Spaghetti Factory, a young Stanford graduate named Fritz Maytag, of the Maytag appliance family, learned that the makers of his favorite beer, Anchor Steam Beer, were soon to close their doors forever. Maytag rushed to buy 51 percent of the struggling San Francisco brewery for just a few thousand dollars, rescuing Anchor from imminent bankruptcy. At only 27 years old, Maytag, alongside a team of dedicated brewers, revived the struggling Anchor Brewing Co. at a time when mass-produced beer completely dominated the American brewing landscape. It’s Olympia 2016. Northwest Beerwerks will host Anchor Brewing, pouring Anchor Steam, Spring Saison, Mango Wheat, Go West IPA and Flying Cloud Stout at 6 p.m.


Is the next Terrence Malick already lurking in Olympia? Tomorrow’s filmmakers are working today on The Evergreen State College campus, casting, shooting and cutting their own feature films, documentaries and video art. From 7-9 p.m. Evergreen Mediaworks students screen their short films and videos in the Communications Lab Building Recital Hall on campus.
PREFUNK: O-Town Brewing will pour five of its beers at the Westside Tavern beginning at 6 p.m. That’s awesome in itself, but the tavern in Westside Olympia will prepare a tasty food pairing to match The Hoppy Reverend Imperial IPA, Night Stalker Coffee CDA, Oridian’s Hammer Baltic Porter on Cognac, Saison Bloody Saison and Welcome Bock Carter Ginger Helles Bock.