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Opening Saturday: Pacific Brewing and Malting in downtown Tacoma

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2014 at 11:30 am | No Comments »
September 19, 2014 12:03 pm
Photo courtesy of Pacific Brewing and Malting.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Brewing and Malting.

Here’s some great brew news: Pacific Brewing and Malting will open at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Tacoma. “After what feels like an eternity we are finally ready to open our doors to the public this Saturday,” wrote Pacific Brewing co-owner and head brewer Steve Navarro in an email.

After months of permit delays, everything’s been signed off and the brew is ready to flow.

Here’s the history in a nutshell, but read this post, this post, and this post for background. The brewery intended to open in 2013 before permit delays pushed that date out again – and again. Pacific has has some interesting lore attached. The brewery is named with a nod to the historic Tacoma brewery of the same name that operated more than 100 years ago in the old brewery district near 25th and Jefferson. That brewery grew to become the second largest beer producer in Washington, until the state adopted Prohibition in 1916.

Pacific Brewing is the project of Navarro and Brent Hall, who has a background in funding craft breweries.  Navarro has his own background in brewing, but this is his first professional venture. He has a preference for Belgian style brews.

The taproom won’t serve food, but outside food will be welcome. Kids will be welcome. The brewery has 10 taps planned with a rotation of seasonals and flagships, and occasional guest taps, too. Beer tip – look for an opening of Odd Otter Brewing this year in the same neighborhood.

Pacific Brewing and Malting: 610 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-442-0596,

Opening: 1 p.m. Saturday Sept. 20.

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