The Collins Family Tacoma Brewery Tour
By: Sarah Collins
I don’t think it’s a secret; I love beer. I’m interested in it, I think it’s tasty, I like to talk about it, etc. However, as much as I’d like to take credit for the obsession myself, I cannot. I come from a very hoppy family and my mom and dad have loved beer for as long as I can remember. For this reason, many of my friends don’t consider me their go-to expert on the subject, but rather my parents.
That’s why it came as no surprise to me when my friends, who came to visit from Ohio expressed interest in brewery hopping with my good ole’ mom and dad. We gave my parents no rules or restrictions, the request was simple – show us Tacoma beer and take us where you’d want to go.
That’s exactly what they did! So in classic booze blogger fashion, I documented the experience, so that you can create the Collins Family Tacoma Brewery Tour for yourself if you’d like.
Stop #1 – Fish Brewing Pub and Eatery
Point Ruston is a beautiful area to walk around. There’s a nice paved trail along the water, a cute little shopping center and best of all, BEER! We stopped for a couple tasters and sat at their outdoor bar, which was nice and breezy. I didn’t catch their bartender’s name, but I should have because he was great!
Favorite Beer: Organic IPA
Stop #2 – Narrows Brewing Company
I love the view from here on a beautiful day! Blue skies, a clear view of the narrows bridge, situated right on water – what beats that? They also have lots of interesting old photos, such as old black and white images of Galloping Gertie, and a fun little merch store.
Favorite Beer: Big Stick Popsicle
Stop #3 – Engine House No. 9
This was our re-fuel food spot, mostly because we’ve been here many times before and we know the food is fantastic! My friend Amber claimed it was, “the best pizza she’d ever had.” Granted, we were starving BUT she was dipping each bite in their fire sauce so I kind of believe her. (Pro tip: If you’re ordering pizza, GET A SIDE OF FIRE SAUCE, thank me later.)
Favorite Beer: Petite Sour Rosé from Crooked Stave (Admittedly not an Engine House No. 9 beer, but it caught my eye and I’ve been there many times before.)
Stop #4 – Odd Otter
Odd Otter has so much funky otter themed art and I absolutely love it. I’ve also taken their Saturday morning beer yoga class before and although it’s pretty tough, it makes the beer reward that much more refreshing. This was an in and out sort of stop, grabbed our taster tray and then it was on to the next stop.
Favorite Beer: Ottermelon Hefe
Bonus Stop – Dorky’s Arcade
Okay, admittedly this was not a beer stop BUT it’s an awfully fun place to spend a bit of time. This hole-in-the-wall 80’s style arcade also serves beer and wine, we opted for Rainiers because why not? We played life-size asteroids, DDR, Pac Man and lots of pinball. It’s right down the street from Odd Otter so it’s worth popping in.
Stop #5 – Tacoma Brewing
Tacoma Brewing has a very laid-back relaxed feel. There are usually records playing, their head brewer behind the bar and (my favorite) shuffleboard. If you’re lucky enough to visit while they have their grapefruit ale on tap, I definitely recommend giving it a try as a radler, because I think it’s delicious!
Favorite Beer: Mo Pale Ale
Stop #6 – 7 Seas Brewing
This is probably the largest stop along the tour, 7 Seas’ new(ish) facility is big and beautiful. We loved the outdoor view almost as much as we loved the beer. We don’t might crowds, but it was BUSY by the time we made it here, so if you want to avoid the rush I suggest switching it up and going earlier in the day.
Favorite Beer: Water Chopper Gose
Stop #7 – Off Camber Brewing
This is what we lovingly refer to as the “house party” stop. Literally run out of the head brewer’s house, Off Camber Brewing is always a party! No matter the size of the crowd you’re sure to be surrounded by friendly folk.
Favorite Beer: Off Camber Amber