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Tag: Tacoma beer stores


Where to find them: Pumpkin beers in local bottle shops

Today, News Tribune staffer John Henrikson wrote about the national trend of more brewers creating pumpkin beers in this story. He even shared tasting notes.

If you’re wondering where to buy pumpkin beers, every bottle shop in the region has a supply. But there’s one catch – the beers have become so popular, the bottle shops can’t keep them on the shelf. Read more »


600 bottles of beer on the wall: Pint Defiance beer store opens today

The founders of a popular North End restaurant made the move to beer geeks today. Barry and Renee Watson opened Pint Defiance this morning just off 19th and Mildred near Tacoma Community College. Their new store is a combination bottle shop and taproom with a niche focus on craft beer from the Northwest and beyond.

The Watsons may be best known for their successful Rosewood Cafe, which they opened off 26th and Warner in 2003 and built to become a popular North End neighborhood destination for scratch soups, straightforward sandwiches and a laid-back vibe. Read more »


On tap: Coming to Tacoma later this summer will be a craft beer bottle shop, Pint Defiance

Tacoma will have its first dedicated craft beer bottle store later this summer and the owners are two familiar Tacomans – Barry and Renee Watson, who owned the Rosewood, a popular Proctor cafe they sold in January.

The Watsons expect to open Pint Defiance in James Center near 19th and South Mildred later this summer – Barry is betting on early September, Renee thinks they can be ready by late August. The liquor control board has the final say. The Watsons applied for licensing last week. Read more »


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

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). Read more »