DuPont’s first homegrown brewery is now open. Forward Operating Base Brewing Co. tapped its first beer to the public on Oct. 7.
The brewery, as the name suggests, is military themed and caters to nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It’s also operated by a veteran.
Jared Wharton spent eight years in the Army before being discharged in 2004.
Opening a brewery has been his longtime dream.
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His five-barrel brewery setup is on display at the front entrance. Two beers were on tap last week and more are ready this week.
Here’s a first-sip report:
The space: Expansive warehouse-like space that’s split between the front half holding the working brewery and the other holding the tasting room. It’s low-key with seating for about 50.
Seating: Six picnic tables with room for larger groups, a communal table in the center for a dozen, three standing tables and seats at the bar, plus bar-stool seating near the window. It’s adequate for groups large and small.
Kids: They’re allowed.
The brew: Two house beers on tap last week with more beers planned for this week. Little Bird IPA, the house flagship, and Charlie Don’t Surf, a wheat beer made with amarillo hops, were on last week. Bastion, an English pale ale, is now available and tapping soon, if not already, is A to the K, an English bitter. A cider and guest beer also were on tap. Pints are $5-$6 each.
Food: None served at the brewery, but here’s something neat. So far, the brewery has hosted a constant stream of food trucks in the parking lot outside.
The trucks: Serving so far as been Pierce County food trucks Boss Mama’s Kitchen, Hometown Dogs, Hamhock Jones and Viet NomNom.
Forward Operating Base Brewing Co.
Where: 2750 Williamson Place NW, DuPont; 253-507-4667; facebook.com/FOBbrewing.
Hours: 3-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays.