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Tag: Wingman Brewers


Destination taproom: South Sound breweries serve suds directly to you

Taprooms don’t offer glossy dinner menus or slick promotions and, well, most of them come with just one bathroom. As a woman who visits taprooms, I can report with authority that the seat rarely is left down.

While this region has plenty of restaurant brewpubs – the Harmon, Engine House No. 9 and Powerhouse among them – taprooms are a rare find.

The kind of taprooms I’m talking about are bare-bones facilities with little more than a few stools in a working brewery. They come heavy on the gritty atmosphere, light on the extras, such as kitchens. Think of a taproom as a place to buy a pint or fill a growler directly from the brewery and maybe even meet the brewer. Read more »


Brew news: Tacoma brewers pour at Belgianfest this weekend, and beer tastings in Gig Harbor and Federal Way

Here are five beer events over the next 10 days: South Sound brewers pour at Seattle’s Belgian beer festival tomorrow, the RAM hosts a brewer’s dinner, Morso Wine Bar invites Doug Tiede from Engine House No. 9 to talk about British beers, The Spar hosts Deschutes Brewery and 99 Bottles, the beer store, has a tasting with chocolate and brew.

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Drink local: An event at The Swiss features 21 Cellars Winery and Wingman Brewers

Remember how I told you in October that Tacoma’s Wingman Brewers were working on a new strong ale? Well, here’s your chance to drink it. Wingman Brewers co-founder and head brewer Ken Thoburn told me the beer would be extremely Tacoma centric – brewed at the Tacoma Wingman brewery and aged in oak barrels that come from Tacoma’s 21 Cellars winery. Click “read more” for details on the new Wingman beer, and the tasting event Thursday Dec. 1 at The Swiss.
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Brew news: Wingman Brewers in Tacoma poised to produce beer on Fawcett

Ken Thoburn has a sudsy dream and soon it will be taking root in an old building at 1727 Fawcett.

Next door to the Tacoma Buddhist Temple, Thoburn and three friends – Derrick Moyer, Daniel Heath, and Jason Sabol – are starting Wingman Brewers – a production brewery they hope to turn into something like the Tacoma version of Gig Harbor’s 7Seas Brewing.

“It’s very small batch …. we’re starting really small,” said Thoburn when I talked to him by phone about the concept late last summer. The group applied for licensing last summer. Read more »