Dystopian State Brewing Company is the latest destination announced for Tacoma’s growing brewery scene, but the owners promise it won’t be your typical beer swilling joint.
The company’s website presents a counterculture vibe, describing a chaotic, dystopian world with crimes and cyborgs and a persistent feeling of impending doom .
Shane McElwrath said it’s all a little bit tongue in cheek, though. Truly, he and his friend/co-owner were both sick of the “corporate world” and decided to start their own business, predicated on their passion for beer making. Dystopian State Brewing Company will feature a 15-barrel system with flagship brews such as Helmet Breaker American Double IPA, Entropy Cascading Dark Ale and Fireweed Wheat Ale.
As for that counter culture stuff? You’ll notice it in the atmosphere and the art on display.
“I think people that know us will understand. When you walk into this place it will definitely be unique,” he said. “I haven’t been in any other brewery around here that will have this kind of edge to it. Definitely a friendly edge — it’s not going to be spooky scary — we want it to be visually attractive.”
That shouldn’t be much trouble, he said. The brewery will be located in the third floor of the historic Mandarin building (616 St. Helens Ave), which used to play home to a car dealership and a piano store. The building still has a working, certified car elevator, too, which will be used to transport kegs from a cellar on the second floor. And, of course, there will be views of Commencement Bay.
“It’s a really beautiful, all-wood structure, with warm honey color everything. It’s a diamond in the rough,” McElwrath said.
The owners of Dystopian State Brewing Company are aiming for a late spring opening.