Sounds and suds unite for one historic evening in Tacoma


3 Magnets LogoTACOMA… The Washington State History Museum is partnering with Three Magnets Brewing Co. to create a unique, one-time tasting event, Music to my Beers, on March 2 at 7 p.m. in Tacoma.                    

“We’ve made a mashup of our two biggest exhibits, and the result will be a special evening filled with craft beer tasting and local 90s indie music,” said Erich Ebel, the museum’s marketing and communications director. “Three Magnets has created four specialty brews inspired by artists and events from that time in Washington history just for this occasion and we’re proud to partner with them for Music to my Beers.”

The exhibits, A Revolution You Can Dance To: Indie Music in the Northwest and Steins, Vines & Grinds: Washington's Story of Beer, Wine, and Coffee, are both on display at the history museum through April 23. The Music to my Beers evening will include exclusive tastings of the new craft brews, music from the artists that inspired them, games and activities, and a commemorative tasting glass. The event is restricted to guests aged 21 and older. Cost is $15 for online pre-registrations or $20 at the door.

“We’re bottling these beers on February 7 and will be holding a small bottle-release party at the brewery on Saturday, February 11,” said Nathan Reilly, proprietor of the Olympia-based Three Magnets Brewing Co. “Music to my Beers is a perfect way to combine two great genres – beer history and indie music in the south sound – and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

The specialty beers brewed by Three Magnets include:

  • HAZY HERO IPA – 12/22: $58.72 ($6.99 msrp)
    7.64% abv – 65 ibu
    This hazy India pale ale was brewed in collaboration with former frontman of several 90s-era Seattle indie bands, John Atkins. It’s a tribute to the debut 764-HERO album Salt Sinks and Sugar Floats, recorded 21 years ago in Olympia.
  • ART CHANTRY’S IMPERIAL BITTER – 12/22: $67.12 ($7.99 msrp)
    8.2% abv – 40 ibu
    This beer was developed in collaboration with prolific graphic artist Art Chantry. Chantry is well known for his show posters throughout the 90s northwest music explosion and personally designed the label art as well as the exhibit poster.
  • YoYo a Go Go: Belgian Dubbel – 12/22: $67.12 ($7.99 msrp)
    8.1% abv – 40 ibu
    Brewed in collaboration with Pat Maley, Olympia musician and founder of the Yo Yo a Go Go festivals in Olympia and YoYo Records, with label artwork by Tae Won Yu, a graphic artist who contributed to the album art for various northwest bands.
  • Free Things Are Cool Stock Ale  – 12/22: $67.12 ($7.99 msrp)
    8.3% abv – 35 ibu
    Brewed in collaboration with Diana Arens, former producer of the radio show Free Things Are Cool at KAOS Olympia Community Radio and audio engineer at Dub Narcotic and YoYo Records.

Detailed information about the beers can be found here. Three Magnets is a community hub in the heart of Downtown Olympia. Within the space is housed a 15 barrel brewery, Darby’s Cafe (open 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), 3Mag Sammich (serving food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 3Mag Pubhouse (serving food from 4 p.m. until late) and a Barrel Room which hosts some of the barrel-aged beer projects and is available as a gathering or meeting space by reservation.

The Washington State History Museum, located at 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission for members is always free. Paid admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and military veterans with ID, and free for children under 5. Patrons with a Washington Quest card can attend for $1 per person or $2 per family. Admission is free after 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month when the museum stays open until 8 p.m.