Just one year after it tapped its first keg at The Red Hot, Tacoma's Wingman Brewers is moving to a larger taproom and brewery. The doors open at 2 p.m. April 21. The new tap room is a block from Freighthouse Square.
Wingman is a partnership between four friends - Ken Thoburn, Derrick Moyer, Daniel Heath, and Jason Sabol. The brewery got its start one year ago this week when Wingman tapped its first kegs of Ace IPA and P-51 Porter at the Red Hot. The brewery is aviation themed, a nod to Thoburn’s grandfather who fought in World War II. Said Thoburn in 2010, “My grandfather was in World War II in the Pacific. He was a painter. Being at war was difficult for him to paint, so he took part in nose art … where they would paint sides of planes." The beers, logos and other parts of the business are a nod to his grandfather’s work.
The business plan was to start small - producing kegs for local restaurant and bars like Villa Caffe and Imbibery, 208 Garfield, The Red Hot and Metronome. The brewery saw enough success to quickly outgrow its original brewery location at 1727 Fawcett, a space that limited the brewery to about four barrels a week.
The new tap room is located in a hybrid neighborhood of retail and industry near the Tacoma Dome - right next door to the Habitat for Humanity store. The taproom won't serve prepared food, but the kitchen at the nearby New Frontier Lounge (click for the menu here) will deliver pizza to the taproom.
And here's some interesting news from the brewery - beginning in May, they'll soon sell their craft brews in cans.
Wingman Brewers new taproomNew taproom: 509 ½ Puyallup Ave., TacomaNew taproom opening: 2 p.m. April 21More info on Wingman here: wingmanbrewers.comPhone: 253-651-4832Read previous articles here and here.