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South Sound craft beer: A guide to Pierce County’s breweries and taprooms

Ah, the smell of Fall.

No, I’m not talking rain.

I’m talking the yeast, the hops, the roasted malts.

I’m talking beer.

Just as our gullets wander to pumpkin spice lattes and slow-simmered stews, brewers begin punching up their offerings with fall seasonal brews.

That makes October the best time of year to visit your neighborhood brewery.

Call this your very own do-it-yourself Oktoberfest with a focus on 15 breweries that brew beer right here in Pierce County.

This brewery guide - in list form below, and as an interactive map above –  will take you to taprooms of all shapes and sizes. You’ll explore brewery restaurants with extensive menus, a taproom squeezed into a brewer’s garage and even one tucked into a warehouse. I’ve covered broad territory — this guide spans both sides of the Tacoma Narrows and stretches across the county along Interstate 5. Grab a map and a designated driver for this journey. You’ll need both, and it’s just smart planning.

The craft beer revival has struck Pierce County hard in recent years, with a third of these breweries opening since 2011. And more are on the way — you’ll have to read to the end of the story to find out where. Read more »


Opening Saturday: Pacific Brewing and Malting in downtown Tacoma

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. Read more »


October beer festivals: South Sound IPA Festival and Yachtoberfest

Brew alert. There are now two beer festivals planned for Tacoma in October.

The Washington Beer Commission sent an email to brewers advising them to save Oct. 18 for the South Sound IPA Festival at Union Station. According to the email, the festival will have two sessions – at noon and 5:30 p.m. – with 24 Washington brewers attending.

And if you haven’t heard already, there’s another beer festival in Tacoma Oct. 4. Yachtoberfest will be a fundraiser for the Tacoma Waterfront Association. More than a dozen brewers will serve. More details on both beer festivals below. Read more »


Now open: Lake Tapps Brewing Co. in downtown Sumner


Now open in Sumner – a taproom and brewery. Lake Tapps Brewing Co. opened Saturday on Valley Avenue where the Riverside Pub previously operated. The brewery will reopen Thursday and keep regular hours thereafter. The brewery features a dozen of its own beers on tap, but has no kitchen.

The brewery has been a two-year project of four friends who started as hobby brewers. Read more »


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 »


Thirsty Thursday: PorterPalooza at Wingman Brewery

AA023708In today’s installment of Thirsty Thursday, an occasional feature about the people behind the booze of the South Sound, I checked in with Ken Thoburn, brewer-owner of Wingman Brewers in Tacoma. On Jan. 18, the brewery will pay homage to the dark-and-stormy weather with deep-and-dark brews of their own making. On tap will be seven different porters – all made by Wingman (I was impressed by that, you should be too). Read on. Read more »


First sips: Narrows Brewing in Tacoma and NW Caps N Taps in Bonney Lake, Sourfest at E9

Head brewer Joe Walts with malted barley at Narrows Brewing Co. in Tacoma near Day Island. Peter Haley/Staff photographer
Head brewer Joe Walts with malted barley at Narrows Brewing Co. in Tacoma near Day Island. Peter Haley/Staff photographer

What pairs well with summer?


Lucky us, new brew destinations have opened in recent weeks. Featured here are Tacoma’s Narrows Brewing and the Bonney Lake taproom and bottle shop NW Caps N Taps. I’ve also got an update on the reopening of University Place’s Ale House, which closed after a fire July 12. And coming up this Saturday – a festival of sour and wild beers, called Sourfest, at Engine House No. 9. Read more »


A sampling of pumpkin beers

Pumpkin Beer Taster

As detailed in my story today, pumpkin beer has emerged as a seasonal tradition among craft and industrial brewer across the country. For this story, I spent hours hunting down and sampling various brands of pumpkin seasonals – yes, hard work, but someone’s got to do it. (My expense report this month will be interesting.)

Around South Sound, it’s not hard to find a dozen or more pumpkin beers, but you should know that they are not

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