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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 »


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 »


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 »


Bar happenings: St. Patrick’s, a beer dinner, Big Beer Festival, Ode to St. Pant and Whiskey for a cause

A pint of Guinness and a serving of shepherd's pie and Irish soda bread makes St. Patrick's Day worth celebrating at Doyle's Public House in Tacoma. File photo 2011. Drew Perine/Staff photographer
A pint of Guinness and a serving of shepherd’s pie and Irish soda bread makes St. Patrick’s Day worth celebrating at Doyle’s Public House in Tacoma. File photo 2011. Drew Perine/Staff photographer

This is a big entertainment weekend around the South Sound. Among the bar happenings: Read more »


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


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 »


Raise a pint to the orange orb – here’s where to buy pumpkin beers in the South Sound

Pumpkin beers - a lasting trend? Or an abomination? You decide. News Tribune file photo
Pumpkin beers – a lasting trend? Or an abomination? You decide. News Tribune file photo

Whether considered the neatest trend since extreme beers, or an abomination in a beer mug, one thing rings true – pumpkin beer is hogging more shelf space and beer taps this season.

Pumpkin beer merges two beer trends – seasonal brew releases and the use of oddball ingredients. Mango Weizen or Coconut Curry Hefeweizen, anyone? Pumpkin seems almost boring in comparison. Pumpkin beers can come in a wide range of flavors – from dark pumpkin-steeped brews to lighter concoctions dosed with pumpkin pie spices. It’s fall in a bottle. Read more »


Dining events: Beer and wine dinners, Farmers Market banquet fundraiser, Amocat closing party

A beer dinner, wine dinner, fundraisers for the Tacoma Farmers Market and Good Samaritan Cancer Care Fund  – here are events for your dining calendar this week: Read more »