Launched in 2009 by Puget Sound natives, Travis Guterson and Mike Runion, 7 Seas Brewing Co. established shop near downtown beautiful Gig Harbor in a 1,500 sq. ft. building formerly used as a racquetball court. Sadly, just days before brewing operations were to commence, the building was ravaged by fire that started in a separate unit. Sometimes however, painful endings lead to new beginnings. Undaunted, the partners relocated to a 3,000 sq. ft. former auto body shop tucked away behind an old water tower amidst a forest of NW fir and cedar trees. Featuring a closet sized taproom, wooded beer garden, and a used 8.5 bbl brew- house, 7 Seas Brewing was born. By summer of ’09, kegs were being self-distributed to local bars and restaurants. Later that year, the brewery became the first to utilize aluminum cans in Washington State, blazing a path of environmentally friendly packaging that has since been adopted by many others. The small, local brewery quickly gained the support of the community and additional tanks were installed in an effort to keep up with demand.
By 2012, it became clear that 7 Seas needed a larger home and moved into a 12,000 sq. ft. building that had previously housed a grocery store in the heart of historic downtown Gig Harbor. A 2,500 sq. ft. taproom was built and a new three vessel 25 bbl brew house was installed along with the original 8.5 bbl brew house. As production grew, 7 Seas partnered with several area distributors enabling their beer to reach all of Western Washington. Using the new, larger brew house to produce eight year-round beers and four seasonal beers, the smaller original brew house became an excellent tool for small batch experimentation, barrel-aging projects, and the creation of special beers exclusively available at the Taproom.
The partners began looking for a second location, situated in a building that could accommodate future growth and be their long-term home, purchasing a historic 80,000 sq. ft. building near downtown Tacoma in December of 2015, which originally housed the famous Heidelberg Brewery. Upon moving the larger brew house to Tacoma in the spring of 2016, installing new packaging equipment for cans and kegs, 7 Seas breathed new life into the old building, which hadn’t brewed beer since 1979. In August of ’16, they opened their doors to the public with a 10,000 sq. ft. Taproom, featuring beautiful custom wood tables and bars, a view of the brewing operations, 48 taps, and two areas for independent vendors offering delicious food and coffee roasted on site.
Today, 7 Seas operates both breweries and taprooms open everyday in Gig Harbor and Tacoma and distributes their beer throughout all of Washington. They’ve been voted ‘Best Brewery in the South Sound’ 7 years running by readers of South Sound Magazine. What started out as a humble two-man operation in 2009 now employs nearly thirty hardworking, talented individuals, provides more and more quality craft beer to the region and boasts two family-friendly, inclusive Taprooms.
We love beer…especially beer that’s brewed with quality ingredients, technical knowhow, and boasts bold yet balanced flavors. We celebrate the wonderful diversity of beer, brewing a wide range of styles knowing that there is a beer out there for everyone’s palette. However, our approach in designing beers has never been dictated by the limitations that style conformity often creates. Rather, we imagine and discuss what we envision in the final beer. How it will look, smell, and taste, and how best to bring all its’ variables into cohesion. Only then, are we prepared to engineer and execute a proper 7 Seas beer. It would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the vital role that brewing in the Pacific Northwest also plays. The connections and friendships we’ve made with other brewers and individuals responsible for growing the ingredients with which we brew. Without the incredible bounty of world-class hops and barley grown in our local area, our beers and experience brewing them would surely diminish.
We work hard and take pride in our beer, our brand, and the experience our customers have every time they visit our Taprooms or choose a can or pint of 7 Seas beer. We’re privileged to be a part of our communities and believe it’s important to give back to the extent in which we can. We appreciate the opportunities and all the support we have in continuing to learn and grow as a brewery.