Pint & Pie is coming to Tacoma’s Stadium neighborhood, downstairs from Odin Tacoma
Look out Tacoma, you’re getting another beer spot. Pint & Pie hopes for a June opening in the Stadium neighborhood. This one is a brewery that will serve a small and succinct menu of savory pies. The space also will be home to a comfortable seating area, an outdoor beer garden and small brewing system. UPDATE: The restaurant and bar is opening at 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
And it’ll be located in the old Hub-Harmon building. Here’s the back story.
Earlier this week, I told you about Odin Brewing Company taking over the old Hub-Harmon space in Tacoma’s Stadium neighborhood. The building has been vacant since July 2019 when The Hub closed in the top portion of the building at 203 Tacoma Ave. S. and the Harmon Taproom departed the bottom of the building at 204 St. Helens Ave.
That closure left a gap along that stretch of the Stadium and St. Helens neighborhood. Its vacancy was amidst an epic economic explosion (oh, those were the days) and much speculation focused on what would fill the space for months after it sat empty.
Northwest Brewing Company’s Greg Steed, who will operate Pint & Pie as a taproom for his beers, was contacted by a friend about the Hub-Harmon building a handful of months ago. “We’ve been on the search for the last two years,” said Steed. He looked at a building in Tacoma’s Historic Brewing District, but that building wasn’t a great fit.
Initially, he didn’t think the Hub-Harmon space would be a great fit, either.
“This was not the space I wanted. We wanted something smaller,” he said. He had his eye on the 3,000 square feet downstairs only, but the building was a package deal with the taproom space, beer garden and brew system downstairs and the large restaurant and bar space upstairs.
But he did know somebody who was looking for space to expand. He got in touch with Dan Lee, owner of Odin Brewing in Tukwila. As I quoted Lee in my story on Wednesday, “We have been looking for a situation that will help us with our retail.”
Lee founded Odin Brewing 11 years ago. “We’ve been looking for the right location. We were looking everywhere in the greater Seattle-Tacoma metro area.”
Upstairs, Odin will serve a menu anchored by the old Wood Stone oven left behind by The Hub. Odin will also offer pub favorites dressed up with bold flavors, but not fussy. Longtime Tacoma chef Kristen Lyon will lead the kitchen. Kara Stubbs will be the general manager of Odin Tacoma. Eventually, Lee will begin brewing on the brewhouse system downstairs, but not until later, after it’s licensed.
Steed’s also got plans for that brewing system. Since he closed his Northwest Brewing Company he’s partnered with Odin in Tukwila under an alternating proprietorship agreement. “When we closed our brewery in Pacific, we lost our taproom. We had no way to really brand ourselves and get our product out there and generate the revenue a taproom produces. In 2017 we went into Odin,” he said.
He continued producing Northwest’s beers in Odin’s space through that agreement, but back up a few years before that for the history of Northwest Brewing. About eight years ago, Steed and business partners bought into Trade Route in Pacific, a brewery known for its relaxed (if not a little noisy) taproom. They kept the name Trade Route for a bit, but eventually re-branded to Northwest Brewing Company. Over the years, they grew the brand to include some edgy beers. One was named Hoppy Bitch IPA, a beer that fetched some negative attention, which Steed said he was happy to leave behind. He rebranded most of his beers.
Steed has a deep background in local beer, but from the sales side, not the brewing side. After graduating from college, he got a job working for a distributor and never left. He worked his way to an executive sales position before leaving and buying into Trade Route. Since they closed the taproom, he’s been busy marketing his beers that he brews with the aid of Odin.
Those Northwest Brewing Company beers will be on tap at Pint & Pie along with a guest tap or two. Additionally, he plans a menu of savory pies to go with his brews. He had planned to partner with a business up north, but those plans fell through. He’s currently working on a local pie source to provide him prepared pies he can heat and serve alongside his brews. I hope to have more details on that soon.
He’s really excited to open in the Stadium neighborhood, especially because of Pint & Pie’s proximity to Doyle’s Public House. “It’s going to be cool. We’ll have two breweries and Doyle’s in basically the same building. Locals can come down and experience a lot of cool stuff.”
The opening is expected in June, but what that looks like depends on when Pierce County can enter Phase 2 of the reopening from Covid-19 restrictions. Check back here for updates.
PINT & PIE PUBLIC HOUSE
Where: 204 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
UPDATE: The restaurant and bar is opening at 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
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