Tap Station – Now Open in West Seattle

West Seattle has a new growler filling station. Tap Station is located in the Westwood neighborhood on the corner of 35th Ave and Kenyon Street, at 7900 35th Ave SW (map). As of last night, the plan is to open today (Thursday, November 21). Tap Station is next door to Locöl, a popular neighborhood eatery and drinkery. Visit Tap Station on Facebook. See our previous post about Tap Station. Check with them to insure that they are in fact open for business. (206) 420-3724

Along with draft beers to go, Tap Station will sell bottled beers, wines, infused olive oils, and a selection of herbs and spices. They plan to host tasting events every Saturday afternoon. Licensed as a beer and wine specialty shop, Tap Station welcomes all ages, but cannot serve pints of beer or full glasses of wine. Time will tell if they apply for a different type of license. Tap Station happily serves as much as eight ounces of tasters, but you’ll have to go next door, to Locöl, to get a full pint. Last night we attended a soft-opening event at Tap Station. We share some pictures below.

Currently offering eight, mostly local beers on tap, plans call for the addition of another eight taps very soon. If you are coming to West Seattle this weekend, perhaps for tonight’s Beer Church Ale Launch Party at the Beveridge Place Pub (blog sponsor) or Saturday night’s Turkey Bowl event, consider stopping by Tap Station to fill a growlers.

This business is joined at the hip with Locöl Barley and Vine, the restaurant and drinkery located next door. The two businesses share more than a common wall. The three minds behind Tap Station are Kyle Duce, Charlie Worden and Ian Joyce. Kyle is one of Locöl’s owners and Charlie is the manager. What’s more, the vibe at the two establishments if very similar: cozy, warm, rustic and friendly.

Quintessential Gourmet Olive Oils & Vinegars (Pike Place Market) will supply the infused olive oils. India Tree Gourmet Spices and Specialties (Ballard) will supply the herbs and spices.

For now, the old illuminated sign for Sharon’s Westwood Florist marks the Tap Station’s locale.  Depending on what city inspectors say, that sign will either be replaced by a Tap Station sign or be removed altogether. There is even some talk of preserving the Sharon’s sign for the sake of nostalgia. I imagine the marquee embellished with clever sayings reminiscent of the old Lusty Lady in downtown Seattle. “14 Beautiful Beers on Tap & 2 Ugly Ones.” Or maybe, “16 Draft Beers. I Know You Wanna Tap That…”