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Trivia Nights on JBLM

Battle of the brightest

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:45PM March 22nd, 2018

Northwest Guardian

Host Karl “K-Pod” Berger reads a question for competitors during Trivia Night at Samuel Adams Brewhouse on Lewis Main March 23.

If you go


Where: The Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field.

When: Friday at 5 p.m.

Cost: No cover. Free food for club members, bar specials, prizes and more. For more information, call 253-982-5581.


Where: Samuel Adams Brewhouse, 2400 Bitar Ave., Lewis Main.

When: April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18, June 1, 15 and 29, July 13 and 27 and August 10 and 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Cost: No cover. Family-friendly. Prizes given to first and second place teams. For more information, call 253-964-2012.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has several different ways to train and test physical abilities, but there are also two venues hosting a battleground of the minds.

Samuel Adams Brewhouse on Lewis Main and the Club at McChord Field have Trivia Night events scheduled this month, inviting service members to test their knowledge against their peers.

Tamara Fogel, manager of Sam Adams Brewhouse, said the brewhouse began hosting trivia events last spring through the fall, and several people asked about the Trivia Night’s return.

This year, the twice-per-month competitions began in February; the next one is scheduled for April 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“It’s just something different on (base),” Fogel said. “What we’re trying to do is bring events like this on the base so (service members) don’t have to leave the base.”

Fogel said she saw similar events at restaurants in nearby DuPont presented by K-Pod Entertainment and hosted by DJ K-Pod. It just so happened that he had availability on Friday nights, and that’s when Trivia Nights began on Lewis Main.

The brewhouse’s Trivia Night is a family-friendly event where teams of four are formed to compete for first and second place prizes.

Each Trivia Night has a theme or genre chosen by DJ K-Pod, such as general knowledge to a seasonal-based category, such as Halloween History last October.

“He’s done the 1980s (theme) and also a movie-themed trivia,” Fogel said. “We try to let people know what the theme will be (ahead of time on social media).”

Sam Adams’ trivia nights are planned for: April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18, June 1, 15 and 29, July 13 and 27 and August 10 and 24.

Sergeant Margaret Jochman-Corr, of 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and Sgt. Nelson Gabriel, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bde. 2nd Inf. Div., are both regulars at Sam Adams and said they enjoy coming each time.

“We encourage people to come out and have some fun,” Jochman-Corr said. “All the knowledge sitting in your head — there’s a place for it here.”

The Club at McChord Field will host its next Trivia Night Friday inside the Pub and Deli starting at 5 p.m. This event is open to JBLM community members ages 21 and older.

Maykayla Powell, assistant business manager of the Club at McChord Field, said the last Trivia Night Feb. 2 attracted about 45 people.

“We’re really trying to bring customers into the pub, into our facility and give the service members something to do on a Friday night,” she said.

The Club at McChord Field’s event will offer prizes for first and second place with Exchange gift cards. There is no cover, and club members receive a free buffet meal during the event.

Food and drink specials will be available when the doors open at 4 p.m., an hour before Trivia Night kicks off.

“If people want to come in early to get a good seat or get a drink, they definitely can,” Powell said.

Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon