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Hub owners adding tap room, second Harmon Brewery downstairs at site of old Stadium Bistro

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Feb. 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm with 3 Comments »
February 16, 2010 3:08 pm

Here’s an indication that the South Sound economy is back on track and the future is bright – and even if that’s not the case, there’s a new brewery on its way, which means that it’s going to be all the easier to drown some sorrows.

I spoke this afternoon with Pat Nagle, managing partner at both the Harmon Brewery & Restaurant on Pacific Avenue and The Harmon Hub, up in the Stadium District at 203 Tacoma Ave. S.

It’s below that space – where the ill-fated and well remembered Stadium Bistro once lay – that Nagle plans to build a second brewery and tap room.

“We had the opportunity when the space down below the Hub presented itself,” Nagle said. “We’ve been at capacity at the Pacific Avenue location. We feel that there’s s lot of potential business.”

The new space will contain a brewing operation, a tap room that will seat some fifty people, and an additional outdoor-dining space in a now-vacant lot next door.

Nagle said he will brew Harmon’s Point Defiance IPA (India Pale Ale) and Browns Point ESB (Extra Special Bnitter), as well as other craft beers. Sixty percent of the space will be dedicated to production – and that added capacity, Nagle said, will allow the company to expand its market.

“We’ll be brewing twice as much in the new space as down on Pacific –  that’s our goal,:” he said.

With the new capacity, he said, “we’ll be able to bring on a distributor. We’d like to put those two beers on the map.”

The company has hired Tacoma’s Rusty George Creative to shepherd the Harmon’s marketing effort with new bottle labels and tap hadles, as well as branding for the tap room.

Nagle said he figures he and partner Carole Holder will invest $350,000 in the effort – including the cost of the build-out, a new boiler, kettles, vents and a 25,000-pound grain silo.

“Theres a little trepidaqtion, but we’re super excited,” Nagle said. “Tacoma has such a great brewery history – with Columbia, Heidelberg – when people think craft breweries, we want it so they don’t just think about Seattle.”

Look for an opening in the spring, perhaps as early as late-March or April.

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  1. Pat and Carole and their Harmon restaurants are shining stars for Tacoma — positive, forward-thinking, community-oriented and homegrown. Even better, the food’s good and the beer’s fine. Wishing them the best of luck in this new venture.

  2. Right on, Piffka, agree completely. Except that the Harmon’s beer is better than “fine”! Having just returned from Europe, I can honestly say that the Harmon Brews are as good as, or better, than the beer from across the Atlantic. More importantly, though, Pat’s dedication to perfection and commitment to his hometown, have made the Harmon and the Hub stalwarts in the Tacoma dining and pub scene. This new tap room and expanded beer distribution are great ideas! Looking forward to them.

  3. I hope the taproom will have a similar vibe to the Port Townsend Brewery taproom. Very exciting!

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