7 Seas Brewery and Taproom
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Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 148
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $
I'm not exactly sure why this needs to even be in the data base, but no matter.
The 7 Seas taproom isn't the easiest place to find, located as it is in the back of the Gig Harbor Inn parking lot. All the more reason why I was surprised by the crowd there when I stopped by today around 3:15 on a Saturday. The tap room is a fairly small affair, with a small, standing room only bar to the right when you walk in, and then a couple of tables and chairs to sit with your beer. Otherwise, the place is just a small room where folks can hang out and sample some of the generally excellent wares from 7 seas.
On this particular day, there were some 6 beers on tap. The CDA, IPA and DIPA were all excellent, while the pale ale, amber and stout were serviceable and pleasant. Most folks there were drinking the rude parrot IPA, which after I sampled it, made complete sense. Pints here are $3 for the core beers, while the higher alcohol and seasonal beers are $4. Growlers, I believe, were $7 a pop. No matter how you slice it, that's a pretty good deal in my book. In terms of food, on this day they had complimentary snickers bars and nuts. There's no kitchen here (I'm with Barleywinefiend about the spicey nuts here... it's good to have something, but the spicey nuts do not pair well with the beers)
As for service, it was pretty terrific. The bar was manned by two young ladies, and it was easy not to take them too seriously. Except they were pretty knowledgeable about the beers they were pouring, and they handled the largely male crowd like practiced pros. I was both surprised and impressed by the service we received there.
Overall, it's hard to give the taproom all that high a score, regardless of how much I liked the beers (whiche were pretty damn good). The ladies here mentioned that they're moving to a new facility in the near future (September, I think), with the brewery expanding it's current distribution. That makes sense, as some of the beers here are truly outstanding (the rude parrot is so good, the brewer would likely have long since attained rock star status if he/she were brewing on the East Coast).
The taproom itself is nothing special, but the IPA'S here are very, very good. I'll be curious to see how they do following the expansion.
Edit from 12/31/12. Stopped by the new taproom the other day, as I had a hankering for some rude parrot, and wanted to see the new location. The new spot is considerably larger than the old taproom, and is located in a shopping center very near to the downtown area near the water. As you walk in from the street there is a sizeable bar to the right (good size bar, but unfortunately not too many seats), and then a fair number of tables and chairs in the fairly sizeable dining area. The day we visited there was a fair size crowd, which surprised me on a week day. The beer line-up was beefed up as well... they had the regular core beers, but then 2 or 3 seasonals as well. I was thinking about trying the RIS, but first things first, I wanted a glass of rude parrot... only to find out that they were out of it. So we left and went down to the Tides cafe instead (which worked out well - they had HUB IPA and Abyss on tap there).
Couple of thoughts... any brewery can run out of beer, especially if it's some limited release or seasonal offering. However, a brewery running out of their mainstay IPA is something of a surpise (no explanation as to when they expected to have it back on again), and given that one has to pay the stupid bridge toll to get over to Gig Harbor anyway, it's not something I was happy to see. Next time I'll definitely call in advance before heading over to the tap room, and I would suggest anyone else venturing over to the new taproom do the same. Most 7 seas beers are fairly easy to find in Tacoma anyway, so it may be a while before I head over to the tap room again.
06-24-2012 02:03:30 | More by johnmichaelsen
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +34.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
No BS. I lived nearby for 5 years and visited frequently. Ballz Deep first and then the rest after to limit intake. Had a chance when it first opened to meet and know the people. Travis is great person and brewer. The staff are the best. Miss you all. Let's just say, you should make a trip to Gig Harbor and 7 Seas if you ever go to Seattle. I have seen 100's of brewery, don't miss the people.
11-02-2013 00:10:08 | More by JustShutUpStupid
3/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
A: What can I say? I stopped in here on a Saturday afternoon and there had to be 300 hundred people here. Half of them standing around waiting for a place to sit or waiting in lines at the bar. To congested for me. I turned and walked out. Apparently people in Gig Harbor like waiting in line . It's a very nice place, clean, polished with lots of nice wood. Inside and outside contrast.
Q: 7 Seas beers have always been meh to me. The Wheelchair and Rude Parrot being my only two that I would drink again or recommend.
S: I cant say anything bad about the service on ths visit besides they did not have enough. People were waiting in mobs at the bar for beer because they appeared to be massively understaffed for the crowd
S: All of the 7 Seas mainstays here. Nothing special.
A: A small room built on a hill overlooking the brewery below through a glass window. It was ok besides the one guy who worked there touting his resume' to impress the other girl working there. It got old after 2o minutes so we left
Q: I think all 7 Seas stuff is average
S: Average at best. I walked in and was weighing my options and the girl serving said that the Ballz Deep IIPA was hoppy..really? Besides the girl behind the bar being Capt Obvious and the XXX touting his less than impressive beer resume it was ok
S: Nothing beyond the standard lineup which I can get anywhere in Tacoma
F: They had these super spicy nuts which killed the beer flavor of almost everything. Why serve that? Compliment the beer, not kill it
01-13-2013 12:25:04 | More by barleywinefiend
3.74/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
The place is just a small tasting room really and often gets very cramped, the reason it gets cramped is the beer is great! I like the both the ballz deep double IPA and the export style stout is my favorite. I typically just stop for a single pint and a growler to go. This is a real working brewery that lets you go ahead and come in and enjoy a pint, its not a restaurant or brew pub, as long as you know that going in you should leave very happy! If you are looking for a meal several of the local restaurants are serving 7 Seas beer on tap, even right across the parking lot there is a Tanglewood serving at least one 7 seas brew.
03-20-2010 00:13:56 | More by NWbeer
3/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$
Finding Seven Seas requires that you set your sights on The Inn at Gig Harbor. Pass immediately in front of the Inn's portico and continue through a chainlink fence to an adjoining parking area. The brewery is in the shadow of a large water tank. Make note of the welded steel Seven Seas emblems hanging outdoors and displayed at both ends of the bar. The big red "7" features prominently in a manner reminiscent of a certain Canadian distillery.
The tasting room is a single, small room rimmed with wooden stools. One wall displays hats and T-shirts. Another provides an open window looking out on the brewery below. Seven Seas serves just three beers - all pale ales - though they will soon offer a stout. Beers are served in distinct can-shaped glasses suggestive of the brewery's eventual canning line. The glasses are also for sale.
The tasting room has no kitchen and provides only spiced nuts to snack on. Food may be brought in or ordered from the hotel restaurant next door. Plans are underway for an eventual beer garden in the wooded area above Highway 16. They also plan to be Washington's first craft brewery to can their beers.
Thus far, beer quality is modest and the scope of offerings is severely limited. Two of their beers - the Cutt's amber and British Pale - are remarkably similar. But stay tuned for further developments.
10-29-2009 03:26:00 | More by RedDiamond
7 Seas Brewery and Taproom in Gig Harbor, WA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.