Beer geeks (me included) rejoice, the owners of Jonz Catering, which also runs the Workz Café at the Tacoma Art Museum, have a new project: Brewtopia, a beer bottle shop.
Jonz Catering owners Linda and David Dagley have applied for a license with the state liquor board to open the bottle shop in Tacoma. They’re looking at two locations.
One location is in near Fircrest, the other in a location that is still under negotiation. Either way, the couple hopes to open the beer store by July 4. That opening date may be ambitious, admitted David Dagley when I talked to him this week by phone about the store.
He wants the shop to have space for 800-1,000 beers with a focus on Northwest craft beers and seasonality.
“We live in the best beer place on Earth. There will be a focus on Northwest craft beers. I’d also like Tacoma beers represented,” said Dagley. He intends to contact local brewers about bottling and selling at his shop. “We have a lot of beer produced here, I’d like them to be involved in some way, shape or form. There will be local beer represented.”
He’s already working on staff for the store and said that knowledgeable beer geeks will run the shop. “Anyone who walks into that store, they’ll be greeted by somebody who can direct them with questions about beer. It’s going to be really, really focused on customer service. You walk into some of these bottle shops and you see 700 or 800 beers, it can be intimidating. The last thing a Budweiser guy wants is to be intimidated by a beer store.”
I asked Dagley if they’ll offer anything beyond beer and he said only magazines and books – all about beer. Stay tuned for more details as the Dagleys negotiate their space and go through the liquor board permitting process.