Black Fleet Brewing

I have been hearing about quite a bit of new brewery activity and brewery expansions happening in Tacoma, Washington and figured I ought to check it out. I drove to Sluggo Brewing near the Tacoma Dome and found no parking. Then continued toward Wingman Brewing a couple blocks away and found no parking outside of the busy transit center. I was pretty upset about my parking misfortune and decided to head toward a less crowded part of town toward Engine House #9 and Black Fleet Brewing. I found a parking spot about 2/3 of the way toward Black Fleet and decided to stop in.

Black Fleet Brewing has recently entered its current home with some small modifications and awkward spaces still being worked around. But don't let the newness deter you, they have some classic varietals and an experienced brewery staff. I pushed the limits of their tasting options by asking if I could change my single flight of 4 X 4oz glasses into an 8 X 2oz pours and try 8/10 house taps. No one had asked for one before and they obliged me.

They had a Pale Ale, Smash, Mango Habanero, Dunkel, 2 IPA's, OPA, Red Ale, Porter, and Stout with the 2 IPA's untried. The Smash reminds me of a British style, high on flavor, low on alcohol, low on bitterness, and drinkable all day or night. The Porter and Stout were good, but not what I was looking for on a beautiful summer evening. I gravitated immediately toward the Dunkel and was not disappointed, it was my favorite of the evening.

I look forward to returning to see their fall menu, hopefully it does not change too much.


Evan Turner

Entrepreneur in Residence


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