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.