On May 24, the Harmon Brewing Co. opened the doors to its newest restaurant location with a primary focus on production of the company’s most popular flagship ales: The Harmon Tap Room.
Like the Harmon’s other two restaurants, the original Harmon Brewery downtown and the Harmon Hub, the Tap Room is not only revered for its high-quality, locally-brewed beers, but also for its fresh, abundant and varied food items.
The ambiance and interior of the Tap Room differs greatly from its two counterparts and lends the space to hold a variety of events and gatherings. When one enters, two long cafeteria-style dining room tables sit to the left, allowing for both groups and strangers to meet and eat together. Past the dining room, glass windows highlight the Tap Room’s pride and joy: brewing tanks filled with Harmon ales that brewers work on daily.
As you pass the tanks, to the right the open kitchen allows for visitors to see their food being created. Beyond the kitchen is the back room, which functions as an excellent meeting space, complete with two pool tables, a pinball machine and a video machine. A TV and a few leather couches invite friends to eat, drink and take in a game.
Outside is the Tap Room’s prime summer and warm-weather spot: the outdoor garden patio. Four large, picnic style tables take up the expanse of the open space and at night the patio is still filled with life and hanging lights that allow for groups to keep the party going throughout the evening.
From the salads, sandwiches, and pizzas that are a staple at the Harmon Hub, the Tap Room has lunch, dinner, late night and appetizer options to please even the choosiest palates. Changing it up from a more thin crust at the Hub, the Tap Room offers up a more Sicilian-style, deeper pizza crust that is not quite deep dish. The result is soft, chewy and the perfect medium for ample fresh toppings.
The Tap Room Tapas (appetizers) menu is bursting with classic bar food options made interesting and appetizing by the Tap Room’s impeccable chefs. An antipasto plate ($8) comes teeming with salami, provolone, Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, marinated mushrooms, feta and house panini chips. White bean hummus ($8) comes with roasted vegetables, artichoke hearts and chips and is more than enough to share. Fish and chicken tacos ($9 each) come with either a plentiful serving of Mahi Mahi or cumin-seasoned roasted chicken and are packed with non-traditional accompaniments.
Paninis come on spent grain foccacia with Tim’s chips and a pickle and range from the classic Reuben, roasted veggie and Muffaletta, (all $9 each) bursting with Italian ham, Genoa salami, olive salad, provolone and a garlic aioli. Salads include a chop-chop, Caesar and Thai noodle complete with carrot, cabbage, celery, green and red peppers, noodles, Mandarin oranges and a creamy peanut dressing.
The 14-inch deeper pizzas are an obvious favorite at the Tap Room, as groups can get whole pies and take them outside or buy slices of their favorite for a great price. The signature Tap Room ($14) comes with black olive, mushroom, red onion, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce – a crowd pleaser – while local vegetarians and vegans (when the cheese is removed) have been enjoying the Locally Green, ($14) topped with fragrant basil pesto, herbed potato, spinach, caramelized onions, mozzarella and feta cheese. Pizza-of-the-day specials are $12 and change daily, so be sure to ask a server or bartender.
For parties, the Tap Room is the ultimate stop as individuals can get signature 22 oz. bottles of the flagship ales, 64 oz. growlers for $10, five-gallon kegs for $60 and 15.5-gallon kegs for $130. Don’t forget to check out Growler Hour from 5-6 p.m. daily as growler fills are a flat $8.
Fans of the Harmon’s already established restaurants will find themselves feeling a sense of familiarity when visiting the Tap Room while simultaneously taking in the unique setting and pleasing new array of menu items. Get there and enjoy a pizza and beers with friends before the warm weather disappears for the season.
The Harmon Tap Room is located at 204 St. Helens Ave. in downtown Tacoma, directly behind the Harmon Hub. The restaurant’s normal hours are Sunday-Thursday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, event listings and menus, visit the Harmon Tap Room’s website at http://harmonbrewingco.com/taproom