Drove over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge last Saturday, on a fine sunny afternoon, and found that Seven Seas Brewing's tasting room would not open for a couple of hours. As I had not seen this pretty town for about 25 years, I strolled around the harbor until I reached the local museum.
Seven Seas opened its doors at 2:00 and had a good crowd by 2:05.
Two packaging aspects were noteworthy. One is cans: Seven Seas appears to be the first Washington brewer to get its beers into cans (Fremont has been working on the same idea). They fill 16-oz cans and sell them in four-packs: $10 for the British Pale and $14 for the Ballz Deep. With two people on the canning machine, they can fill about six cans a minute. The second is their growlers. They sell for $80 each, empty. The logo comes out raised on the glass, with the big number 7 and the compass rose effects, and then is handpainted and glazed. The cap is of that permanent type that levers down for a tight seal. The server said they sell these growlers pretty much at their cost.
Seven Seas was started in 2009 by Travis Guterson and Mike Runion and the first plant was destroyed by fire soon thereafter. They quickly rebuilt and have been running since April 2010, just about a year.