Josh Norris calls his new Sixth Avenue brewery a mini-micro. I call it a nano-nano brewery.
With a tiny capacity allowing Sluggo Brewing to brew up to about 30 gallons at a time, it’s among the smallest of Tacoma breweries, and also the newest.
Sluggo opened next door to Norris’ other business, Half Pint Pizza, in September. Norris started the business with business partner and head brewer Calvin Treibel. They had searched for years for a location, dismissing a handful of spots in favor of the next-door location to the pizzeria that opened as Medi’s in 2011.
A sign for Sluggo Music still hangs in Half Pint, which operates in the former home of Sluggo Music. Norris said former owner Jack Dolan also gave him the nod to name his brewery after the music store that had a three-decade reign in that neighborhood.
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When the brewery is in full production, expect a lineup that includes a red ale, pale ale, India pale ale and porter, among others. The catch is that the brewery has had trouble keeping its brew in stock. It does, however, offer a lineup of guest taps for when its taps run dry.
Walking into the brewery might be a bit confusing. It doubles as a vintage bike store and skateboard shop. All the way in the back is the brewery. Veer to the left to find a taproom seating area that’s outfitted in thrift-store furniture, with plywood standing in for drywall. Consider this one of Tacoma’s finer displays of brewery grit.
Kids are welcome, as are dogs. No food is served, but Half Pint Pizza delivers.
Location: 2712 Sixth Ave., Tacoma.
Hours: 1-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 1-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Open for Seahawks games on Sundays.