Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Craft beer before DNCE, golf history

Ron Swarner

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14 2016: South Sound events + craft beer

Washington State Fair + The Red Hot = OktoDNCEfest

King’s Books + Wet Coast Brewing Co. = links and lagers

DNCE

On first listen, DNCE’s hit single “Cake by the Ocean” might be another one-hit wonder throwaway. Problem is, there’s a big name behind those capital letters. Joe Jonas, of the pop-rock group the Jonas Brothers is now making his mark with the dance-pop group DNCE (pronounced D-N-C-E, not “dance”), which has a more soulful list of influences than the Brothers, while also featuring the Jonas Brothers’ drummer, Jack Lawless, and an annoying bassist. Joe is attempting to leave behind his puppy-dog image with DNCE, as you may witness at the Washington State Fair at 7:30 p.m. LunchMoney Lewis opens.

PREFUNK: OK, Oktoberfest started more than 200 years ago. It was a wedding between Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in Munich, and was a celebration for the people. This was start of Oktoberfest. And into the1900s, we had all of this up and down, but we think around 1960 Oktoberfest became what it is now: A big amusement park with tents in Munich. And people go there to eat roast chicken, or grilled fish, or some roast pork, and drink the Bavarian beer. It’s only Bavarian beer. Officially, Oktoberfest is only in Munich. Officially, OktoBEERfest is at The Red Hot. Beginning at 5 p.m., the Tacoma craft beer tavern on Sixth Avenue will celebrate the season pouring four beers from Ayinger Brewery of Aying, Bavaria, Germany, Earth. Drink Celebrator Doppelbock, Brauweisse, Jahrhundert Bier and Oktober Fest-Märzen, eat bratwurst and take home a Ayinger stein.

GOLF IN SEATTLE AND TACOMA

Join the authors of Golf in Seattle and Tacoma as they uncover the local history of golf through photographs and accounts of events that shaped regional courses at 7 p.m. in King’s Books. In addition to local favorites, lesser-known stories are recounted. Seattle’s Bill Wright became the first African American to win a national championship. Ballard’s Karsten Solheim invented the PING golf club. Homer Kelley wrote one of the most influential books on the physics of the golf swing. Golf writer John Dreher located kidnapped George Weyerhaeuser. Minority golfers established the Fir State Golf Club to circumvent rules that prohibited entry into golf tournaments. And on and on …

PREFUNK: Wet Coast Brewing Co. has released Chinook Common, a reference to the style that inspired it, a California Common beer, made popular by the Anchor Brewing Company of San Francisco, which has trademarked it as “steam beer.” The style refers to a medium-bodied beer, bubbly from high carbonation. It is known for a light but sharp, hoppy aroma with hints of fruitiness. Expect some of that light fruity tone in the main flavor profile, mingled with a light grainy-maltiness and even some toasted caramel notes. The beer is fermented at temps that are on the high end (warm) for lagers and the low end (cool) for ales. In the case of Chinook Common, this classic pre-prohibition lager calls on Chinook hops to impart a pleasant bitterness and spicy/slightly-fruity punch of aroma and flavor. Wet Coast opens its Gig Harbor taproom’s doors at 3 p.m.

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