Michael Jackson's message to the people of Bremerton: You Wanna Be Startin' Something? You got to be starting something."

Michael Jackson's message to the people of Bremerton: You Wanna Be Startin' Something? You got to be starting something."

So, Bremelog headquarters received its first piece of snail mail this week. Nice chap by the name of Jerry Scott, who believes that the new tunnel downtown (that’s why you don’t have your McDonalds. OK, one of the reasons), should be named after the man who was its “most ardent supporter and led the way to get this tunnel built.” He thinks the tunnel should be named the Bozeman Tunnel after Mayor Cary Bozeman.

And while I think a strong case can be made for Mr. Bozeman, I think Mr. Scott and other Bremerton do-gooders should consider the following options:

“Gibb’s Place,” after Bremerton son/Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben “I Will Follow You Into the Dark (Tunnel?)” Gibbard

“P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Tunnel),” in honor of Bremerton son Quincy Jones, producer of the Michael Jackson album Thriller and its track “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”

“L. Ron Tunnel,” after onetime Bremerton resident and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

“Mike Hale’s  Tunnel of Love,” in return for Mike Hale putting a Hale’s Ales in Tim Ryan’s new building next to the Admiral (no brewery, no deal, Mike!).

I’m just realizing that these are all after men, and this is completely sexist. Oh, wait, I got one.

“Bremelo Underground”

halehale…for a brewer’s night at The Manette, that is. But, please, everybody come out to The Manette Wednesday night (5:30 p.m., Hales Pints are $3) and hassle the Hale’s rep until he/she agrees to set up shop in Tim Ryan’s building by the Admiral. We already know Mike Hale wants to open up in Kitsap this year. Let’s show these people that Bremerton knows how to drink!

headsupWith a little luck, 2009 could shape up to be Bremerton’s Year of the Microbrewery.

Exhibit A: Heads Up

I just got off the phone with one Ted Farmer, the kilt-wearing proprietor of Silverdale’s Heads Up Brewing, which shuttered last February. He’s primed to take over Second Park Lounge in Evergreen Park (1223 McKenzie Ave., formerly Augustino and Cafe Destino). He’s invited friends and former customers to attend a Super Bowl situation at the bar, to help him determine whether he should make the space home to Heads Up Bier Bistro. The event, featuring scotch, beer and snacks, is open to the public, and Farmer’s operating the afternoon with Second Park management, under their liquor license.

Farmer says his restaurant would include high-end pub food, along with a large selection of Belgian and exotic beers. He’d also operate a bottle shop with 300+ beers, similar to his old shop in Silverdale. Thought Heads Up wasn’t known for, how should we say it, having a woman’s touch, it did have its charms. The Ronald Reagan shrine was a hit, and the entire Left Behind book series on the shelf was a go-to conversation-started. Second Park Lounge is/was an empty room with a couple of tables that sounded like the inside of gymnasium. It would be hard for Farmer to do anything but improve the atmosphere of the place.

What Heads Up had in spades was a good, large selection of beer, and a community. And a built-in, loyal following is perhaps just what this troubled, out-of-the-way location needs. Then again, Bremerton desperately needs a room with a great beer selection. There are currently none, but if the stars align, we could have three in 2009.

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