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So whatever happened to that beer store in Tacoma? Well, it’s shelved for now.

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Nov. 30, 2010 at 5:58 am | No Comments »
November 30, 2010 6:28 am

In May, I wrote about Brewtopia, the beer store project from Linda and David Dagley, owners of Tacoma’s Jonz Catering, which also runs the Workz CafĂ© at the Tacoma Art Museum.

In May, the Dagleys had applied for a license with the state liquor board to open the bottle shop in Tacoma. They were looking at two locations. Then they hit their first roadblock: the name. Turns out that the name Brewtopia was already trademarked. So they changed gears and renamed the concept Beertropolis.

But now the project is shelved, the Dagleys say. I got this email last week from Linda Dagley when I asked about their progress on Beertropolis, “We ran into some financing road blocks and decided to wait until next year to try again. We will start working on Beertropolis early next year and see if we can get it going.”

And so we wait.

In the meantime, if you are searching for craft beer and microbrews, I know of a few stores with great bottle selections. Click “more” to read about my favorite bottle shops in Tacoma and Federal Way (and one in Olympia).

1. 99 Bottles, 35002 Pacific Hwy S., Federal Way, 253-838-2558, website here Hands down, this is the region’s best beer store with more than a 1,000 bottle selection. And nobody does beer geek better than owners Craig and Tiffany Adamowski, who are well known in beer circles here and also have vast technical knowledge of how beer is crafted. You’ll find it hard to stump them with any question. I featured 99 Bottles in an article in January when the Adamowskis had a beer and cake pairing (not kidding) to celebrate their store anniversary.

2. MSM Deli, 2220 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4814. Don’t let the name fool you. MSM Deli serves sandwiches, but it also carries an interesting stock of more than 200 kinds of beer. The one downfall is that staffers always are too busy to answer beer questions. This is more of a pick it up place, rather than a stand around and ask beer geek questions. Go here if you know what you want.

3. World Beer (in the Tacoma Pipe Shop), 5602 S. Lawrence, Tacoma, 253-475-7432; website here The website promotes that the store carries 500 beers, but the selection seems smaller. Knowledgeable counter is adept at answering questions.

Olympia mention: It’s not in Tacoma, but Olympia’s Gravity Beer Market is an outstanding bottle shop. I wrote about the shop in this article.

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