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Harmon Brewing closing Stadium District Hub and Taproom, ceasing brewing operations

 

The company’s brewer “has been brewing like a mad man the last month to have a back stock of kegs.” That’s what Kristyn Gronka, head of human resources at Harmon Brewing, told the Tacoma News Tribune. The back stock of kegs is needed because the company is ceasing its brewing operations.

The company announced the news on Facebook yesterday (July 22nd) and it was reported almost immediately by the Tacoma News Tribune: Stadium District Hub and Tap Room are closing. No more in-house brewing for now.

In addition to the Hub Tacoma and Taproom in the Stadium District, Harmon Brewing Company operates restaurants in Downtown Tacoma, Puyallup’s South Hill, and Gig Harbor, all of which serve Harmon Brewing beers. The company says that the closure only impacts the Stadium District location. This Saturday, July 27 is the last day of operations. All other locations remain open, but in-house beer production is being halted at this time. Thus, the need to create a back stock of kegs.

According to the statement on Facebook: “The company faced substantial financial challenges when we purchased Harmon Brewing Co. last year. These decisions have been difficult, but this will allow us to reinvest in our other restaurants.  Our in-house brewing operations will discontinue for now, and we are seeking a contract brewing partner to continue production of our craft beers while searching for an opportunity to re-establish a brewery.”

Reportedly, the plan is to find another brewery to brew the beers on contract. That is, have someone else brew the company’s beer, with the goal of reestablishing in-house brewing.

The report in the Tacoma News Tribune also stated that the company is for sale, or at least looking for investors. Again.

“We were looking for investors to buy into the company, and we’re still looking,” Gronka told the TNT.

 

 

Posted by Kendall Jones.

 

2 comments

  1. It sounds to me as though the owners didn’t do their due diligence when purchasing the brewery. I don’t know why you purchase a brewery just to close it down a year later. So now you’re looking for investors for three restaurants where the profit margin is razor thin. Good luck with that.

  2. People like gary Hamm, annoy me to no end. Has ever been to a Harmon location? I have
    been hesitant to chime in on this…Yet, I remain conflicted about this turn of events. Was, there a death or a divorce, in business or in the principals personal lives? I was not aware of the sale,
    back six months ago; did the original founder take the money and run?
    When harmon opened the tap room, is the point where their beer became a mature product. Their current beer is so much better than 10 years ago; and the barrel age program just needed more time to progress. I find the closure to be a bit odd, since McMennamins just opened several months ago, which if anything will help to bring more traffic to downtown Tacoma and the stadium district. Perhaps the new owners of Harmon are from elsewhere, beyond Tacoma and our corner of the world? If that is the case I raise a glass of Puget Sound Porter, or the old Stryker Stout, if I could find it beyond memory; and say RIP
    Harmon brewing; it was a good run, as it lasted…

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