If you’ve been wondering about those South Sound breweries and that German-themed pub I told you about last year, be assured that they’re still happening, although the openings have been delayed. Here’s the latest.
The downtown Tacoma German-themed pub Veltins Bierhalle is seriously delayed, but it’s still under construction, say owners Dennis and Lydia Mascarinas, who also own Renton’s Berliner Pub.
The Tacoma pub’s original opening was estimated for 2013, then that was pushed to 2014 as architectural plans were drawn. Now, the business is pushing through the permitting process and hoping for a 2015 opening. Wrote Lydia Mascarinas in an email, “We are still working hard and waiting for approval at every turn. We are still around three months out at this stage. It is going to happen this year though!”
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Expect a German beer menu with a pub menu of casual German eats. The pub will be kid friendly. It will be at the former home of Neeners at 2401 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.
Speaking of German beer, Gordon and Purdy’s is now open in Bonney Lake at 17316 Highway 410 E., Bonney Lake (253-750-4756 or gordonandpurdys.com). The pub had soft openings in mid-March and opened full-time the week of March 23. To recap last week’s story, it’s an eatery and pub with a German-British Isles menu (fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, jaeger schnitzel, pretzels, etc.) and a beer menu split between German, British and Irish beers and Northwest craft beers.
GIG HARBOR BREWING CO.
It’s been more than a year since John Fosberg announced plans for his Gig Harbor Brewing Co. A lot has happened since then, but opening his brewery has not been one of them. Fosberg, an organizer of the Gig Harbor beer festival held every May, found a site for his brewery, but it wasn’t where he expected it to be.
“After an exhaustive nine-month search in Gig Harbor, we reluctantly started looking outside the Harbor for brewing space,” said Fosberg via an email. “We were just unable to find suitable square footage with warehouse door, sewer access, and a willing landlord within Gig Harbor.”
Instead, he’ll be at 3120 South Tacoma Way in the Nalley Valley. Despite its location, it still will be called the Gig Harbor Brewing Co.
The buildout is now underway, but Fosberg does not yet have an opening date. The brewery will be outfitted with three fermenters as well as a taproom with seating.
Added Fosberg, “Being delayed for so long may have turned out to be a blessing in disguise: The extra time allowed us to find an incredible space — that was already partially built out for an abandoned Italian restaurant project — and it also allowed us to take our time shopping for equipment and services, which saved all our investors thousands of dollars.”
For updates, check facebook.com/gigharborbrewing.
Fosberg continues to coordinate the Gig Harbor beer festival while he builds his brewery. The 21-and-older-only festival will be held May 9 at Uptown Gig Harbor. Tickets are discounted to $25 through April 15. Visit gigharborbeerfestival.com.
WET COAST AND NORTH 47 BREWERIES
Here’s a sign of progress for Wet Coast Brewing Co., although it’s a small one. The Gig Harbor beer festival has booked Wet Coast. It will be the first festival for the Gig Harbor brewery that has been slowly working toward an opening date. Follow the progress of Wet Coast at facebook.com/WetCoastBrewing.
North 47 Brewing Co. in Northeast Tacoma also is plugging away. It had intended to open by the end of last year, but it’s been working on the building’s plumbing. Follow the brewery’s progress at facebook.com/north47brewingco.
Read more: I spent last September touring all of Pierce County’s taprooms. Find my guide to the area’s craft breweries at bit.ly/1F20f1s.