7 Seas Brewing
Phone: (253) 514-8129
Owners: Mike Runion and Travis Guterson
Brewers: Travis Guterson (head brewer) Joe Esser, JD McQueen, Zach Sideckis, Justin Brown, Austin Davis
Location: 3006 Judson St. Suite# 110, Gig Harbor and new 80,000-square-foot building at 2101 S. Jefferson St. next to the University of Washington Tacoma
Specialty: Guterson and Runion have set the goal of producing the ultimate proper pint with the environment in mind. That means cans instead of bottles, because “when packaging beer, oxygen and sunlight are enemies. Cans are the best in protecting beer from sunlight. …”
Five Notable Beers: Rude Parrot IPA, Ballz Deep IIPA, 253 Pilsner, Life Jacket Session IPA, Water Chopper Gose
Awards: Voted “Best Beer in the South Sound” by South Sound Magazine readers six years in a row. Voted “Best Brewery” in Pierce County in 2014 by Weekly Volcano readers. Stan’s Favorite Brewery in the World seven years running. Strange Brew champion 2015-2016
>>> No TVs at 7 Seas. Patrons are encouraged to instead “take the unique opportunity to meet friends and make new ones over a hand-crafted pint while viewing the brewery in action.”
>>> 7 Seas has their own food truck — The Galley. A collaboration between 7 Seas and the Peterson Bros. (The Valley, Peaks & Pints, The Eleven Eleven), the truck specializes in shareables — sandwiches, salads, and weekly specials — all paired with 7 Seas brews. The Galley serves tasty vittles four days a week: Thursday and Friday noon to close, Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to close.
While 7 Seas Brewing has been in existence since 2008, a fire in January 2009 at the original downtown Gig Harbor address meant the two young beer makers and co-owners had to relocate. Popularity and growth forced them to move to their current and much larger location back in downtown Gig Harbor. 7 Seas Brewing Co. now occupies the 11,000 sq. ft. former QFC grocery store with an 8,600 sq. ft. production facility and 2,400 sq. ft. taproom with long tables and outdoor seating. In 2016, 7 Seas added another location, opening an 80,000-square-foot expansive taproom, marketplace and production facility with 10,000 sq. ft. basement for barrel program in downtown Tacoma at a site that once held the Heidelberg Brewery.