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. The four friends - head brewer Craig Martinson, and Lee Martin, Glenn Adams and Vance Hanbidge - started a few gallons at a time, but eventually worked up to a one-barrel system.
Opening day had the taproom’s regular lineup - an amber, blonde and IPA, among others - but included a few of what Martinson described as fun brews. “Some of the fun ones were a banana peach ale - it was actually in a blonde ale. It was lighter. It was actually probably the most sought-after beer that night,” said Martinson. “The other one was a nice summertime, citrus ale with oranges and pink grapefruit in it. Probably the beer that surprised people the most was a coconut porter. Another one was a jalapeno ale.”
Although it shares a similar name, Lake Tapps Brewing Co. is a new outfit and unrelated to Tapps Brewing, which operated in the 1990s on Main Street where the food bank now is located in Sumner.
Martinson said the four friends positioned their brewery in downtown Sumner to capitalize on the success of downtown Puyallup’s taprooms and breweries - Station U-Brew, where Martinson is a frequent visitor, Puyallup River Brewing and Powerhouse Brewery. In East Pierce, Lake Tapps Brewing also joins Elk Head in Buckley, M.T. Head in Graham and Northwest Brewing Co. in Pacific, which all have taprooms.
Although Lake Tapps Brewing Co. won’t serve food, visitors are welcome to bring outside food, said Martinson. At least for now, the brewers will stick with supplying beer to their own taproom and don’t have immediate plans for distributing beyond their storefront.
The brewery opening is the beginning of what looks to be an opening trend for the remainder of this year. Pacific Brewing and Malting should be opening soon in downtown Tacoma; along with nearby Odd Otter Brewing. North 47 Brewing should be opening later this year in Northeast Tacoma. Also opening this year will be Wet Coast Brewing in Gig Harbor.
Lake Tapps Brewing Co.Where: 13708 Valley Ave. E., Sumner; 253-750-0869 or laketappsbrewingco.com. Find Facebook here.Hours: Opening at 4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Closed Sundays, except when the Seahawks play. On game days, the brewery will open one hour before game time.