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Gig Harbor Brewing Co. opens Saturday in Tacoma

John Fosberg is pictured here with a poster from the Gig Harbor Beer Festival, an event he has organized since 2012. Fosberg just opened his Gig Harbor Brewing Co. in Tacoma’s Nalley Valley neighborhood.
John Fosberg is pictured here with a poster from the Gig Harbor Beer Festival, an event he has organized since 2012. Fosberg just opened his Gig Harbor Brewing Co. in Tacoma’s Nalley Valley neighborhood. Peninsula Gateway file, 2012

The Nalley Valley is now officially home to a craft brewery.

John Fosberg, operator of the Gig Harbor Beer Festival held every May, will officially open his new brewery, Gig Harbor Brewing Co., Saturday on South Tacoma Way, in a mostly industrial area.

So, exactly why is a brewery named after Gig Harbor opening in Tacoma?

Said Fosberg in an email, “After an exhaustive nine-month search in Gig Harbor, we reluctantly started looking outside the Harbor for brewing space.”

Gig Harbor, he noted, is heavy on retail spaces, but not warehouse space with the kind of sewer access his brewery operation requires. Moving to Tacoma also turned out to be more budget-friendly, Fosberg said.

So to Tacoma he headed, a town already home to a burgeoning craft beer community that continues to grow with at least two brewery openings anticipated for 2015.

The 2,500-square-feet building Fosberg secured is outfitted with three fermenters with inside seating for about 25 in the taproom. There’s additional outdoor seating.

The head brewer is Bethany Carlsen, a brewer with a resume rooted in South Sound beer. She previously was a head brewer with Big Horn Brewery, operated at Ram Restaurants.

The opening tap lineup will include a session IPA, a Belgian-style summer saison and a red ale called the Racing Rooster Red.

The taproom will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Packaged snacks will be for sale, but the brewery does not offer a menu. Outside food is welcome, as are children. Tip: Marcia’s Silver Spoon is about three-tenths of a mile away (2601 South Tacoma Way; 253-472-0157). Get the Smitty burger with fries.

GIG HARBOR BREWING CO.

Contact: 3120 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma.

Information: 253-474-0672, facebook.com/gigharborbrewing.

Hours: 3-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

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