Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

WEDNESDAY PREFUNK: Tacoma musicians paired with craft beer

Ron Swarner

James Haye performs at G. Donnalson’s tonight.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4 2016: South Sound events + craft beer …

G. Donnalson’s + Peaks and Pints = Proctor night

Northern Pacific Coffee Co. + The Red Hot = Voodoo and you do


It’s been a long week already, and the weekend seems so far away. You need to wash away your Hump Day woes with some fine wines. Hell, bring the whole work crew to G. Donnalson’s for some tasty wine and blues. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., James Haye will deliver an evening of smooth and sultry blues guitar and vocals performing songs from his latest album, Hot Cat on a Tin Roof.

PREFUNK: As black as midnight, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Narwhal Imperial Stout (10%) is one of the driest imperial stouts you’ll come across. Roasty, too, but with an uncharacteristically wave of deep, dark fruitiness, ending in medium-high bitterness and substantial alcohol burn. Very few imperial stouts combine this sort of fruit character with a lack of residual sweetness. The effect is a bit like a cup of unsweetened but cherry-spiked French roast coffee, pleasant but unusual. Peaks and Pints has this creamy treat pouring for our Western red cedar tap log. Drop by for a snifter or two, over board our beer flight of red ales.


“Open Mic” is a catchall term for an event that offers the opportunity to perform, usually for 5-10 minutes. Over the years locally, a myriad of options have become available for those looking to share their work, or simply to listen — and maybe learn from — other artists. One of the best is Wednesday night at Northern Pacific Coffee Co. in the shadow of Pacific Lutheran University. Sure, sandwiches and coffee, cornerstones of all serious collegiate malingering, are here in force, but the real treat is the book-lined walls, craft beer and said open mic. Grab a beer, select a sci-fi romance and enjoy the local musical talent at 7 p.m.

PREFUNK: New Belgium Brewing Co. celebrated its 25th year in the beer business last year. But the Fort Collins-based brewery isn’t resting on its laurels. The brewery has introduced a new line of hoppy beers under the “Voodoo Ranger” trademark, including the first-to-launch Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Ale. Ranger IPA and Rampant Imperial IPA evolved into Voodoo Ranger IPA and Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, respectively. Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour enters the world, too. All these New Belgium beauties will be on at tap at The Red Hot beginning at 5 p.m., with schwag raffle fun at 7 p.m.