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June
10th

Construction update: Veltins Bierhalle, a German pub in downtown Tacoma

The old home of Neener's is getting a makeover before it debuts as Veltins Bierhalle later this year.
The old home of Neener’s is getting a makeover before it debuts as Veltins Bierhalle later this year.

Veltins Bierhalle, a German-themed pub and restaurant from the owners of Renton’s Berliner Pub, is still stuck in construction mode. A hopeful opening date was set for June, but it appears it’ll be at least three more months before an opening in downtown Tacoma. Read more »

May
6th

Saturday’s Gig Harbor Beer Festival nearly sold out

Cindy Murphy of Tacoma, of the Harmon Brewing Company of Tacoma, flashed her radiant smile and retro sunglasses at patrons as beer and sun lovers had their fill at the second annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival in 2013. File photo. Dean J. Koepfler / Staff photographer
Cindy Murphy, of the Harmon Brewing Company of Tacoma, flashed her radiant smile at the second Gig Harbor Beer Festival in 2013. File photo. Dean J. Koepfler / Staff photographer

The good news: More than 20 local breweries are serving beer at Saturday’s Gig Harbor Beer Festival.

The bad: If you don’t already have a ticket, you’re probably not going.

In its third year, the festival at Uptown Gig Harbor has gained enough momentum to sell out before the event opens its doors.  As of this morning, fewer than 100 tickets remained and weren’t expected to last. Read more »

April
22nd

Beer me: South Sound beer events happening today through May

From the annual barley wine festival this weekend at Tacoma’s Parkway Tavern to a group of hard peddling guys from Harmon Brewery – here’s a report of beer happenings from today through May.

Tip: Save the date for the Gig Harbor Beer Festival in May.

Harmon Brewing Earth Day, all day today

This event features beer moved by bicyles and a focus on ecology. Check this out:
2-5:30 p.m.: Kegs of beer will start at the Hub Gig Harbor and be transported via bicycle across the Narrows Bridge. The caravan will meet up with  a 16-seat rolling bar, powered

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April
1st

Expecting to open this week – Copper Door bottle shop in Stadium

The taproom and bottle store Copper Door expects to be open sometime this week in the Stadium neighborhood. Owner Craig Moore was expecting the last of his permit approvals to be issued this week.

The bottle shop will be at 12 N. Tacoma Avenue (next to Gibson’s Frozen Yogurt). Read more »

March
31st

Ale House plans summer reopening

Pictured in this July 2013 file photo, employees of the Ale House Pub & Eatery , from left, cooks Aldevon Brown and Jason Liston and bartender Steve Tarbutton, right, tended to landscaping chores a few weeks after the July 12 fire that closed the restaurant. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer
Pictured in this July 2013 file photo, employees of the Ale House Pub & Eatery , from left, cooks Aldevon Brown and Jason Liston and bartender Steve Tarbutton, right, tended to landscaping chores a few weeks after the July 12 fire that closed the restaurant. Dean J. Koepfler/Staff photographer

Craig Dickens had hoped to reopen the Ale House Pub & Eatery around the time the Seahawks season started. Well, the season – and an epic Super Bowl win (shameless plug alert) – have come and gone and the University Place pub and restaurant still sits dark after a devastating kitchen fire closed the restaurant in July 2013.

However, after a lengthy process, permits now are in hand and Dickens has hired a construction crew to begin the remodel. His new estimate? If all goes well, plan for a summer reopening. Read more »

March
19th

Coming to downtown Tacoma: Italian eatery Cafe Vincero and two brewers, Pacific Brewing and Odd Otter

Grill ChillPacific Avenue is about to become even more robust for brew, wine and dining. When Cafe Vincero opens in April – permits willing – it will be followed by two breweries in downtown Tacoma. Pacific Brewing and Malting expects a spring opening and the newest brewer on the block, Odd Otter Brewing Company, expects to be brewing this summer.

That particular stretch of Pacific Avenue around Seventh and Ninth already is home to a number of entertainment choices, more than half opened in the last two years. The tiki bar Tacoma Cabana, Dorky’s Arcade, the Tex-Mex eatery Matador and the Vietnamese restaurant Orange Door are steps from Cafe Vincero. Also nearby are three other bars – The Office, Meconi’s and The Forum. Around the corner – cocktail bar and comedy club, 502 Downtown. Here’s a look at what’s opening next, with opening dates: Read more »

Feb.
27th

A week of suds: Tacoma Beer Week begins Monday

Wingman Brewers operates a taproom in the Tacoma Dome neighborhood. The brewery is one of 7 in Tacoma participating in Tacoma Beer Week, March 3-8 at local taprooms and breweries. Thomas Soerenes/Staff photographer
Wingman Brewers operates a taproom in the Tacoma Dome neighborhood. The brewery is one of 7 in Tacoma participating in Tacoma Beer Week, March 3-8 at local taprooms and breweries. Thomas Soerenes/Staff photographer

In true Tacoma fashion, brewing a special-release beer for Tacoma Beer Week percolated over a pint (or three).

Two brewers invited another to help. Another brewer pitched in. And then another and another. The idea was to gather as many Tacoma brewers as possible to collaborate on a beer that would do something every Tacoma brewer wants: Get more people to drink Tacoma-brewed beer.

In all, brewers from seven Tacoma breweries — including one that isn’t yet open — collaborated on Tacoma Neo Noir, a Belgian-style black IPA brewed for Tacoma Beer Week, which begins Monday and includes events and special beer releases at Tacoma breweries and taverns known for their craft tap selections (find a partial schedule below, but more events are at ­facebook.com/­tacomabeerweek). Read more »

Feb.
6th

Thirsty Thursday: Wood-aged beer festival Saturday at Tacoma Brewing Co.

FIRKINS BEER

The tricky thing about wood-aged beer – if done in a barrel – is the space required. If Morgan Alexander had his way, he’d have warehouse space to stack barrel after barrel of wood-aged beer.

With only 1,000 square feet at his Tacoma Brewing Co. in the St. Helens neighborhood, he’d have trouble finding room for one barrel.

Rather than ditch his idea of wood-aging beer – a growing trend among brewers – he turned to a clever solution other nano brewers are employing. He uses wood chips and spirals thrown into the fermenter to impart a woody flavor to his ales and stouts.

Here’s a fun local tidbit – he’s sourced some of his wood from Tacoma woodworking business, Madera.

On Saturday Feb. 8, Alexander will host Tacoma’s first wood-aged beer festival at his brewery, which he operates with his brother Tristan Litke. Check the list of beers below. He’ll tap the brews from 2-10 p.m. Supplies are limited. Beer will be served in pints and schooners. The event will feature Alexander’s brews, as well as guest brewer R.J. Adler. Read more »