Vashon Island’s Camp Colvos Brewing expanding into historic Brewery District


Camp Colvos Brewing, a craft beer producer on Vashon Island, plans to open a taproom in Tacoma’s buzzing Brewery Blocks development in early summer of 2020. Colvos founder and co-owner Matt Lawrence signed the lease for the new space in
November, cementing his expansion plans in the same year the brewery’s first taproom opened on Vashon.
“Opening a taproom in Tacoma has always been part of the plan,” Lawrence says. “We wanted a brewery that really connects people with each other, with the beer, and with
their community. The best way to do that is to have taprooms in two communities, on and off the island.”
The Tacoma taproom will be located on Commerce Street, in the Brewery Blocks project that is revitalizing the historic Brewery District. Colvos will join a host of brewers that are transforming Tacoma’s downtown area into a new Northwest mecca for craft beer enthusiasts.
Lawrence is familiar with beer seekers, having served locals and thirsty tourists in the Vashon taproom since January 2019. “We’re lucky to be nestled in between Seattle and
Tacoma,” he says. “We see a lot of folks from Tacoma visiting the island. That helped us grow sure that there’s a demand for more beer there. We’re excited to be bringing ours to the city.”
The Tacoma taproom should boast 20 taps of Colvos beers, many of which will likely rotate with seasonal and one-off brews. Lawrence and his team also plan to offer a food
menu to satisfy both snackers and those seeking a complete meal. The artisan sandwiches and charcuterie currently featured at the Vashon taproom are likely to inform the new menus. “We’ve tried to keep the sandwich menu on Vashon simple, while using the best ingredients,” Lawrence says. “People seem to be really digging it.”
Also in keeping with the Vashon space, the Tacoma taproom will be family friendly. “It’s important to us to be able to host everyone in the household. I’m a parent myself,” he says. “Our owners and employees have kids. We know how positive of an experience it can be when families can spend time together.”
Lawrence expects the Camp Colvos Brewing taproom to open before the peak of summer. The 2,800-square-foot space will include a patio, so guests will be able to enjoy beer and food indoors or outside.
In the meantime, the Colvos taproom on Vashon will continue to serve, and foster, that community. Tacoma residents are encouraged to visit for a taste of what’s to come in their own neighborhood.

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