Engine House No. 9
Phone: (253) 272-3435
Owners: John Xitco and Jeff Paradise
Brewers: Shane Johns and Donovan Stewart
Location: 611 N Pine St., Tacoma, WA 98406
Specialty: Sour and Brett-driven beers
Five Notable Beers: Nefelibata, Golden Berry Wild, Wild Tacoma series, House IPA, Don Of Time
2002 GABF bronze Belgian & French style ale category
2013 Washington Beer Awards bronze Belgian French ale category
2014 Washington Beer Awards gold and silver sour beers category
2014 Washington Beer Awards silver farmhouse ales category
2015 Washington Beer Awards gold and bronze sour beer category
>>> Engine House No. 9 was built in 1907 to provide fire protection for Tacoma’s North End. For many years it served as battalion headquarters. Today, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1995, Dusty Trail converted the historic Engine House No. 9 bar into a brewpub, and brought back the Tacoma Brew, the famous Tacoma lager of 1888. Dick Dickens grabbed the reins in 2002, bringing in head brewer Doug Tiede. Heads turned and medals were hung. In 2011, X group purchased E-9, with Shane Johns running the kettles. Saisons and sours and gold medals followed. Plans are in motion to expand the existing brewery fermentation capabilities, as well as the creation of a new barrel storage facility that will increase current barrel age ten-fold. The existing 7 bbl brew house will remain intact with a few needed upgrades in the original space. The first phase of the new Barrel House addition will be located in Tacoma’s Stadium District, closer to downtown. Tacoma’s first craft brewery will now have the first Barrel House in Tacoma, and possibly the state.