When it’s beer-thirty, what local brew do you grab? Vote for best Pierce County brewery

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Cheyenne Boone/cboone@thenewstribune.com

Washington state is a clear leader of craft beer in the United States, with more breweries (around 420) than all but three states, according to the Brewers Association. They generate millions of dollars in economic impact and, if you’ve ever been to a taproom on a Saturday afternoon, draw crowds week after week.

About two dozen call Pierce County home.

A decade ago there were but a handful, and sadly most of those have since shuttered except, of course, for the inimitable E9 Brewing Co., which expanded production in 2019 to a shiny new facility on Fawcett and 25th in downtown Tacoma.

In the meantime, the city and surrounding area has boomed with small, locally owned and operated breweries.

Tacoma leads the pack with 12 — plus a few more if you include Camp Colvos, which brews on Vashon but operates a taproom and pizzeria in Tacoma, and Auburn’s Scamp Brewing Co., which opened a second outpost in South Tacoma last year. In a blossoming “brewery district,” 7 Seas and Black Fleet are neighbors with Sig Brewing, also a full-service restaurant. On the other side of downtown, Dystopian State and Odd Otter are 7 and 9 years old, respectively, and with a stellar view Narrows Brewing turns 10 this year.

Sumner and Puyallup have a few, from the teeny Station U-Brew to the garage-based Off Camber and the newer Top Down Brewing. Gig Harbor has established its own brewery scene, as the original home of 7 Seas and a second location for Gig Harbor Brewing Co. (which incidentally started in Tacoma), joined also by Wet Coast.

There are also breweries in Edgewood (Acorn), Buckley (Elk Head) and Bonney Lake (Lost Woods). Let us not forget Browns Point and Northeast Tacoma, where North 47 has grown.

Great beer makes a great brewery. Which of Pierce County’s makes the best? Vote for your favorite below, and we’ll reveal the results and a guide to visit them all in honor of National Beer Day on April 7.

Note that this survey omits the handful of cideries in Pierce County. If you think we missed one, email TNT Diner. If you are having trouble seeing or voting in the poll, please click here.