Harmon Brewery secures Iron Brewers Championship

Congratulations to Harmon Brewery. Last Thursday night Tacoma’s beloved brewery took first place in the Beveridge Place Pub (blog sponsor) Pro-Am Iron Brewers Competition. To secure the championship, Harmon dethroned last year’s winner, Odin Brewing.

What is an Iron Brewers Competition, well the Beveridge Place describes it like this: “We choose the secret Ingredient, they brew the beer, you decide the winner.” The goal is to get the breweries to incorporate the uncommon ingredients in an interesting and appealing way. For this face-off, the secret ingredients were rosemary and yams. A Thanksgiving theme.

Here is the announcement from Harmon:

Tacoma’s Harmon Brewery nabs 2013 Iron Brewer title

TACOMA – A recipe featuring Harmon Brewery’s house favorite Steep and Deep took first place in Beveridge Place Pub’s Pro-Am Iron Brewer competition, knocking out last year’s champion Odin Brewery.

Similar to Food Network’s Iron Chef, the year-long competition pits professional brewmasters against each other in a blind brew-off. Entrants must incorporate three unique ingredients into their final recipe. Each contestant has roughly eight weeks to prepare their entry.

“Over the year the Harmon Brewery has competed against some of Washington’s best breweries and has come out on top,” said co-owner Pat Nagle. “We are very proud of our team; this is a prestigious win for us.”

The competition is a bracketed system pitting two breweries against each other in a blind sampling using sometimes off-the-wall ingredients. This year the ingredients matched the season ­ ¾ yams and rosemary. The championship round featured Seattle’s Odin Brewery against Tacoma’s Harmon Brewing Company. Using a blend of candied yam and rosemary tea and Steep and Deep Winter Warmer, the Harmon swept up the title.

Steep and Deep is one of the Harmon’s house favorites with notes of burnt chocolate, toffee and a hoppy bite. The rosemary and yam tea complemented well with the original recipe and was chosen by the public as the Iron Brewer champion.


About Harmon Brewing Company –

The company’s flagship, Harmon Restaurant and Brewery was founded in Tacoma’s Brewery District in the heart of the UW Tacoma campus in 1995. Since then, owners Pat Nagle and Carole Holder have established three more venues. The Hub, with locations in Tacoma’s Stadium district and the Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor, offers a world-class menu of artisan pizzas and Mediterranean themed pastas and sandwiches, within a family-friendly dining room and open-air bar and deck. The Tap Room, adjacent to the Hub’s Stadium district location, was created to take on the brewery and primary wholesale beer distribution functions of the company. Strictly 21-and above, this location also provides a fun and engaging entertainment venue known as the Taproom Underground.