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Calling all zombies, Oct. 31 at the Orchard.  - Stock Photo
Calling all zombies, Oct. 31 at the Orchard.
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Silver City brings home gold, again, Stillwaters wonders what it would take for a sustainable North Kitsap and Zombies come out in Port Orchard.


Silverdale’s Silver City Brewery’s “Old Scrooge” is certified gold. The brew recently brought home top honors in the 2008 Great American Beer Festival Competition, the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States today. The top three winners in the competitions’ 75 beer-style categories were announced Oct. 11 at the festival’s award ceremony in Denver.

Silver City Brewery was recognized in the Old Ale/Strong Ale Category for its 1999 brew ‘Old Scrooge’ Barley Wine.

“It was very exciting for me to win this year. I thought our beers tasted great. The GABF is the biggest beer competition in the world. It is about twice the size it was four years ago and every beer entered is a contender. I do not envy the judges. They have an extremely difficult job.” said Silver City Brewmaster Don Spencer.

This was Spencer’s 5th Medal received at the GABF and first since 2006 where he won Gold for his Gold Mtn. Pilsner. In addition, Silver City’s Fat Scotch Ale won a Silver Medal at the 2006 World Beer Cup.

The 2008 Great American Beer Festival Competition winners were selected by an international panel of brewing experts. There were 2,902 entries from 472 U.S. breweries.


Stillwaters Environmental Center will host a community talk about feeding your face without starving the environment. “Feeding North Kitsap: Sustainable Options,” will begin at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at the center, 26059 Barber Cut Off Road in Kingston.

Included in the discussion will be the WSU Coop Extension program called Farm to School, schoolyard gardens, local agriculture support, and other local food efforts.

The talk is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. For more information or to reserve your space, call (360) 297-2876.


The Orchard Theatre hosted the world premiere of independent filmmaker Chris Thompson’s modern zombie grindhouse flick “Carnival of the Damned” Oct. 18.

An action horror homage to the Grindhouse cult classics of the late 70s and 80s (a la Quentin Tarantino) “Carnival of the Damned” follows a hardened, kung fu detective, a rookie police officer, a waitress, a reporter and a hit man through the night as a cult tries to take over the town with a legion of the walking dead.

Interestingly on that note, much of the film was shot at locations throughout Kitsap County.

It shows its grindhouse badge right from the retro opening credits, and follows through in the opening scene when a death squad open fires inside a bar full of people.

“Where will you be when the world ends?” the “Carnival of the Damned” cover reads.

On Halloween Night, the film will show at 10 p.m. at one of the local locations from the film —the Orchard, 822 Bay St. in Port Orchard.

The best-dressed zombie gets $100 and a signed copy of a “Carnival of the Damned” DVD.

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