Drink local: drink Pierce County craft beer

Monday, December 21, 2015 12:00 PM by Matt Wakefield

When “drink local” became a buzzword in the early 2000s, lots of people in the Pacific Northwest were kind of confused since we’ve been doing that for decades. Why wouldn’t we, when Portland and Seattle have been long-standing staples on just about every beer-city list known to man?

Since Pierce County happens to be situated between two such beer meccas, it’s been easy to overlook what’s been happening to the local craft brewing scene in the past few years. Still, locals and visitors have figured out that you don’t have to go north or south to find unique, handcrafted beers.

Travel Tacoma’s new Pierce County Craft Breweries Map, hosted on our Facebook page, highlights 22 local craft breweries that will keep you well supplied without crossing county lines. You can check out the interactive map below.

How much does Tacoma love its beer? Our local art museum (Tacoma Art Museum) has its own brew. That’s how much.

Some are new favorites, like Tacoma Brewing, Narrows Brewing, Odd Otter, Harmon, and Wingman, but even Pacific Brewing and Malting is returning to the scene after a 100-year hiatus. Throughout the rest of Pierce County, you’ll even find new breweries popping up in Buckley, Puyallup, Pacific, Gig Harbor (and Seven Seas' second location in downtown Tacoma, announced today) and Sumner. And even though it’s become a successful national chain, we can trace The Ram’s roots right back to Lakewood, so you can pull up a barstool there and still be drinking local. If the bigger craft breweries aren’t your thing, as of October 2015, Tacoma now has its own nano-brewery, Sluggo.

Together with the South Sound Craft Crawl, our Pierce County Craft Breweries Map will give you an idea of where to spend a happy hour or two.

Have a new favorite Pierce County microbrew? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Pierce County Craft Breweries Map on Facebook page

Author: Matt Wakefield

Matt is Travel Tacoma - Mt. Rainier's communications manager. He's a Pacific Northwest native and outdoor enthusiast. He's also a minimalist, so we'll stop here.