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Another Brewery for Tacoma’s Brewery District?
We're not sure how we missed this, but here's some interesting news: the Ram Brewing Company is working with the City of Tacoma on plans to rehabilitate a historic building in the Brewery District.
We noticed this brief note about Ram Brewing's interest in adaptive reuse of the Nisqually Power Station at 2416 South C Street in a City publication from February:
The company recently acquired the former Nisqually Power Station (1911) for adaptive reuse to add brewing capacity and a taproom to its popular chain of brewpubs. Owner Jeff Iverson, Jr. is working with the City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission to reactivate the historic south downtown structure. Anticipated opening is 2017.
This would be a second new brewery and tap room space to open in the neighborhood, along with the 7 Seas Tacoma brewery project already underway in the Jet building just a couple blocks away at 21st and Jefferson. Both would be expansions of existing South Sound breweries, taking on the not insignificant work of renovating sizeable historic buildings.
Images included in the City publication announcement, courtesy of Ram Brewing, (shown below) suggest this might be more than just a stand-alone project. Signs in the renderings proclaim "Tacoma Brewery District / Shops - Market - Arts Center," and show what looks like some sort of open air farmers' market or festival.
Are we looking at a renaissance that could see Tacoma's Brewery District living up to its historic name once again?
P.S. Wondering how that 7 Seas project is going? Just yesterday they posted this, with a 13-second video of brewing operations, with plenty of shiny stainless steel, to their Facebook page:
Rise and shine! What's that wonderful scent in the air?! 1st 7 Seas brew at the new Tacoma facility going down. And the 1st brew at the Heidelberg complex in +35yrs...
There's also a note that the 7 Seas tasting room is slated to open this summer.
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