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Two new restaurants coming to Puyallup

Brewer Eric Akeson recently closed his downtown Puyallup taproom, but the space will have new life as a craft beer pub featuring Puyallup River beers.
Brewer Eric Akeson recently closed his downtown Puyallup taproom, but the space will have new life as a craft beer pub featuring Puyallup River beers. Staff file, 2013

Puyallup River Brewing Alehouse closed Aug. 8, but the downtown Puyallup space will have a new life as Flanagan’s Craft Pub. The co-owners are Tim Mellema and Karl Ashmore, of nearby The Forum.

The duo are planning a 27-tap lineup heavy on Northwest craft beers, but will expand the 49-seat space to include a restaurant with cocktails. And speaking of cocktails, the name of the craft pub is a nod to the fictional bar featured in the movie “Cocktail,” which Ashmore credits as the reason he became a barkeep. Ashmore will act as general manager of Flanagan’s, a role he currently holds and will keep at The Forum in Puyallup.

Work is just getting started on Flanagan’s and an opening is months away, but this much is for sure: Puyallup River Brewing beers will have a strong presence on tap, said Mellema, who also is co-owner of The Forum in Tacoma.

Akeson said his taproom closure was directly related to what’s next for his brewery, which will continue operating out of a production facility at his South Hill home. “We’re increasing capacity from 15 barrels a month to 130 barrels,” said Akeson, who said his new seven-barrel brewing system will arrive in November. He’s also inked a distribution deal, which means Puyallup River Brewing beers will be sold in a broader selection of stores in early 2016.

Akeson’s decision to focus on only brewing beer comes on the heels of a significant win for the small brewery he founded in 2011. Akeson, along with head brewer Nat Woodsmith, were awarded small brewery of the year for 2015 at the Washington Beer Awards. The duo also won medals for its Paradise Blonde Saison, Pineapple Paradise Saison and Mud Mountain Milk Stout.

For now, locals can find Puyallup River brews at The Forum and Bob’s Burgers in Puyallup, Gordon and Purdy’s in Bonney Lake and at the Beer Haven beer station at the Washington State Fair through Sunday.

CAJUN IN DOWNTOWN PUYALLUP

And here’s more restaurant news. Puyallup is gaining another Cajun restaurant.

Keith Daigle plans to open Uncorked Cajun, a 100-seat restaurant featuring the cuisine of his native Louisiana. Daigle has lived in the Northwest about 25 years, and has spent much of that time working for Costco. He’s held various department manager positions at the Puyallup Costco since its opening. Daigle lives in Enumclaw.

He’ll feature a menu of family recipes, including gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya and boudin.

The restaurant will open at 209 W. Stewart, which is next door to a great little taproom and you-brew operation, Station U-Brew. More information at the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Sue Kidd: 253-597-8270

sue.kidd@thenewstribune.com

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