I went to college around the corner, and ended up spending probably a couple thousand dollars there learning about beer. My name is on the wall several times. I became a professional brewer with the help of their beer club and Doug Tiede, the Head Brewer there,.
This is a unique pub and brewery based in a old fire engine house in the heart of Tacoma, WA. Ambiance is unique with original dťcor including a the taproom set in stalls from the days of horse drawn fire engines. This is a family friendly brewpub with excellent food that even my kids enjoyed. .
My Favorite place for a pint! Friendly
staff & brewers. Although I donít like
karaoke nights. But they do have music
blues and jazz. My favorite brew would
have to be Tacoma Brew or the Roasted
What an awesome place to visit every time I happen to be in the area. The location is nice, and happens to be a half block away from the Red Hot, another favorite of mine. This place is a full restaurant, as well as a brewery with over 30 taps, split with guest taps and their own beers. They will occasionally have really fun events, as I found out yesterday, attending their packed house Sour Fest. Beers are good, food is good, staff is great. They also have a very nice small bottle collection to enjoy on site, which has impressed me every time. This is my kind of place. Love it every time.
This place is a conundrum. Reclamation of historic buildings rocks, and this place is one of the better ones. You can still see the arches that fronted the horsesí stalls theyíre still part of the architecture. Itís got a nice, diverse, friendly, lively crowd, like any college bar should. Good service. Plenty of other good beers on draft, and the food is solid. But the brewing effort here is woeful. Still, the night we went, they had The Dissident and plenty of other gems pouring. Iíll be back without a doubt.
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | May 27, 2007| Updated September 9, 2008
This was a great place. I loved the old fire house and the look inside and out was just what we all look for. The beers where good not perfect but hell the atmosphere made up for that. The service was good and the food was also very nice. Kids are Ok and the 10 regularís taps and 10 guest taps where awesome. They also have some out of country brews by bottle. A must see and have some food sing songs and have a great time. Cheer and have some beer they are getting better in this department also.
TheRealMGD (59) Lakewood, Washington | July 24, 2011| Updated April 2, 2012
Iím re-writing this review based on a recent change in management which has markedly improved the place and changed the whole ballgame at E9. First the not-so-good news: the menu is only slowly changing and itís still pretty much average pub food. The quality of what is served has got better however. Service is still only fair, but I expect this to improve as sub-standard servers move along. Prices are unchanged - so far. The good news is that the brewers are reinvigorated and are being allowed free reign to innovate and experiment. Sours, barrel-aged beers, collaborations with talented local homebrewers: itís all happening at the new E9. Beer lines have been changed and are being cleaned regularly. Ditto for improved conditions in the brewing area. Brewers nights are being put on the schedule and the E9 brewers are holding their brews up to be examined in direct comparison to famous regional and national craft brews. Looking for even better things from E9 soon!
Great ambiance, any old firehouse is going to make a top notch brewery, Iím sure itís written in stone somewhere. Okay food, good service, fairly good selection of brewery beers as well as some guest taps - good ones too. Worth a visit.