A new brewpub is poised to open in Tacoma. Kobrew will focus on craft beer and Korean-inspired food
When it comes to the art of beer and food pairing, I’ve always wondered why more restaurants, brewpubs, chefs and other culinary masterminds don’t lend more focus on pairing delicious, rich and flavorful craft beer with Asian cuisine. One of the first rules of beer and food pairing involves matching flavor intensity: pair intensely flavored food with equally intense beer. Another beer and food pairing principle suggests that you pair spicy foods with hoppy beers. So yeah, Asian-inspired food seems perfect to sit alongside craft beer.
The same folks who operate Magnuson Cafe and Brewery in Seattle recently announced their plan to open Kobrew, a Korean-inspired brewpub, at Point Ruston in Tacoma. Dubbed a “gastropub and brewery,” Kobrew will offer traditional Korean dishes and Korean-spun versions of good-old pub fair. Think, Korean-style tacos and Korean-style fried chicken sliders. Kim Chi and Imperial IPA anyone? Yes, please!
Kobrew is located at the Point Ruston development in the space that formerly housed Fish Brewing’s pub. They are currently hiring staff and expect to be open within a few weeks. (map below is approximate.)
The new concept will feature a tapas-style menu designed for sharing. “We are creating a restaurant experience that showcases Korean food and its flavors through a diverse menu of both classic Korean dishes like bibimbap, bo ssam pork belly, and galbi, and Korean-inspired brewpub fare such as sliders, tacos and famed Korean fried chicken,” said founder Cody Cluff. “Our goal is to create a Korean gastropub experience that is for everyone.”
Cluff is partnering with London chef Andrew Hales to develop the menu. “Korean ingredients and flavors can be intimidating to those unfamiliar with the cuisine, so our challenge is to make our menu accessible to all, yet authentic,” explained Cluff.
The gastropub menu will be complemented by Kobrew’s onsite brewery and 14 rotating taps of Kobrew beers. Head brewer Carey Dixon, who’s been handling the brewery at Magnuson Cafe and Brewery, will focus on classics from Northwest IPAs to easy drinking lagers, as well as some creative beers intended to bring the Korean flavors to life. In addition to the brewery and beers, Kobrew will offer a full cocktail menu with several drinks featuring Korea’s favorite, Soju.
Cody Cluff describes Kobrew as a love letter to the food and culture of his wife’s hometown of Seoul. The location at Point Ruston is on the water with plenty of outdoor seating. The restaurant’s interior is designed to make the Korean tradition of eating together come to life. The family-friendly restaurant will include a group dining area for parties up to 40.