Tacoma’s newest brewery will be in a neighborhood that could use some suds - Northeast Tacoma.
North 47 Brewing Co. will open late this year in the Browns Point Town Center.
This will be a first brewery for Carl and Stephanie Leach, Kent-based home brewers who are taking their hobby professional. Carl is a South Sound native currently serving as a reservist in the Air Force. Stephanie has worked in tourism and intends to make the taproom her full-time job; Carl will also work in the taproom while continuing to serve as a reservist.
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They’ll brew using a three-barrel system and plan to have taproom standards available - a blonde, amber, porter and two IPAs. Three more taps will rotate the brewery’s seasonals (tip: rhubarb and pumpkin beer will rotate through). North 47 will operate as a tap room with kegs and growler fills, but won’t have a kitchen. Nearby Windward Pizza might deliver pies to their taproom.
Check the brewery’s Facebook page for updates.
More brewery news - expect Gig Harbor to get another brewery by the end of this year. Wet Coast Brewing can be found here.
Here’s a guide to Tacoma craft brew companies.
These new breweries also should be on your radar:
Pacific Brewing and Malting is working through permit issues now. Expect an opening (hopefully) soon.
Odd Otter Brewing is expecting to open this year.
Events for your calendar:Berliner Fest, July 19:
Engine House No. 9 will begin tapping kegs at 11 a.m. Saturday for Berliner Fest, an event celebrating German sour beers. From head brewer Shane Johns, “We will release our Tacoma weisse (E9 brewery version of a Berliner) and have a peach and golden raspberry versions along with the base.” Guest brews are posted on the brewery’s Facebook page, but the list includes Bear Republic’s Tartare and Tacoma Brewing’s Berlin Belma. Think of this as a preview for the brewery's sour festival on Aug. 23. More details on that soon.
Harmon Five-Hour Progressive Party, July 26: The Hub and Harmon Taproom will celebrate the merging of the two St. Helens neighborhood sister restaurants into one giant beer complex featuring a private event space with seating for 84, a Bavarian style outdoor beer garden and, well, a lot of beer. Launching at the party will be a fun project the Harmon folks have been working on - Hop Coffee. Those are coffee flavoring syrups made from Harmon beer reductions. I’ll have more about that soon. More details on the Harmon Progressive Party here.
Swiss distillery dinner, July 30: The Swiss Restaurant and Pub will partner with Fremont Distilling for a paired dinner with four courses and matched spirits. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 each. More information here.