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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: Outlaw Ales, a nano brewery in Bonney Lake

Taprooms and breweries sometimes pop up in the oddest locations, sometime even home garages. Dan Sowers’ new Outlaw Ales is one of those nano breweries that’s a completely homegrown operation. Don’t let the name fool you, he just received his state licensing to sell beer out of the garage of his Bonney Lake Home. His first keg will be tapped at noon Saturday. 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 »


Pucker up: Tacoma’s Engine House No. 9 brewery hosts Sour Fest this weekend

Some describe sour beers as acidic masterpieces.

Others call them vile swill with an extra dose of funk.

Think of brewing sour beers as one part chemistry experiment and one part waiting game. They can take years to age and require a brewer with patience and  room for long-term barrel storage.

Count Shane Johns, head brewer of Tacoma’s Engine House No. 9, as squarely planted in the sour camp. He’s been brewing that category of beer for close to a decade and his style of sour beer aging has become one specialty at the Tacoma brewpub that opened in 1972.

This Saturday and Sunday, Johns has organized E9’s second Sour Fest, a two-day ode to European and American sours. Read more »


Get your brew on at Tacoma’s Brew-Five-Three festival Saturday

John Mabbott of Auburn sips a beer from Wingman Brewers at the 2013 Brew Five Three: Tacoma's Beer and Blues Festival, held at Broadway between Ninth and 11th Streets. File photo 2013. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
John Mabbott of Auburn sips a beer from Wingman Brewers at the 2013 Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s Beer and Blues Festival, held at Broadway between Ninth and 11th Streets. File photo 2013. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

Consider this Saturday’s Brew Five Three beer and blues festival in Tacoma a comprehensive introduction to South Sound brewers. It’s perfect for lazy beer grazers who want to plow through South Sound’s beer arsenal in one convenient location. Just be sure to book that designated driver. You’ll need it. Every brewery of note in the South Sound region will serve at the event.

South Sound brewers comprise almost a third of the 30-plus breweries and cideries from Seattle and the rest of Washington state that will take over the area between Ninth and 11th streets on Broadway from 1-9 p.m. Saturday. The festival, now in its second year, is hosted by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

Four bands will play throughout the day; food will be for sale. To see which brewers are coming, see the list below, as well as the entertainment and food lists.

In perusing the list of brewers, I’ve identified a handful of brewers that South Sound beer fans won’t want to miss: Read more »


Happy birthday to you: Parkway Tavern celebrates 79th birthday today

beerThe Parkway Tavern – home to IPA Fest and the epic Barleywine festival – is having a birthday today. Celebrate the Parkway Tavern’s 79th year with Tacoma beer on tap; a beer garden; barbecue; a stop by the Gibson’s Frozen Yogurt truck and live music. The party starts at noon and goes until last call. Check out the tap list below. Read more »