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New Gig Harbor Brewing Taproom Now Open Along Waterfront

It took a while — over two years — but Gig Harbor Brewing is actually now in Gig Harbor. And even though they’re not producing on the Harbor side of the Narrows bridge, the citizens of Gig Harbor welcomed the tiny brewery home with opened arms this past weekend.

From the beginning, Gig Harbor Brewing had always planned to be in the Harbor, but due to the lack of affordable warehouse space for their 10-barrel brewery system, they chose to start brewing in Tacoma. From a taproom sales, production, and distribution standpoint, starting in Tacoma really turned out to be a blessing.

“We have expanded our brewery twice in the past two years,” explained owner John Fosberg. “If we had set-up the brewing system in the Harbor initially, we would have been in a much smaller space, and not been able to expand the way we have — or attract distributors. So, it really worked out for the best.”

The new taproom is In the heart of downtown Gig Harbor — next to Skansie Brothers Park and the water — along Harborview Drive. They serve their five flagship beers, Giggly Blonde, Round Rock IPA, Sturdy Gertie Dbl IPA, Racing Rooster Red, and GH Imperial Stout (several of those beer names are based on historical Gig Harbor events). The taproom will also serve a variety of exclusive barrel-aged and specialty beers created specifically for the Harbor Taproom and the Tacoma Taproom & Brewery. Most of which you will not find on tap any where else. Oh, and they also serve wine as well.

They've mirrored the look and feel of the Harbor Taproom after their Tacoma location with a cement-top bar, rusty-tin roof panels as the bar front, warehouse lighting, large flat-screens, and comfy stuffed chairs and love seats. However, the new Harbor location is approximately three times the size as their Tacoma spot.

The new space is located at the Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard at 3155 Harborview Dr. right next door to the Trolley Restaurant. You’ll find the Trolley’s menu throughout the taproom, and several of the Trolley menu items use Gig Harbor beer in their recipes.

“The Trolley restaurant produces some of the best beer food in the harbor,” says Fosberg. “They have a list of classic NW menu items along with some really delicious and unique eats you will not find anywhere else in the Harbor. We're hoping to do a lot more food pairings with the Trolley in the months to come."

The Harbor Taproom is open seven days a week — just like their Tacoma Taproom and Brewery — Monday - Saturday, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM; and Sunday, 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM.

Visit Gig Harbor Brewing’s website at http://www.gigharborbrewing.com for current taproom happenings and events at both venues. You can also visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gigharborbrewing/, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @gigharborbrew.

For further information about Gig Harbor Brewing’s new Harbor Taproom, please contact John Fosberg at john@gigharborbrewing.com.

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