Q&A: 7 Seas Brewing Company • Gig Harbor, WA

Brewing up their quality craft beer just a block from the waterfront, it’s hard to get more local than 7 Seas Brewing Company! Founded in 2009 by Mike Runion, a native of Gig Harbor, and Travis Guterson of Bainbridge Island, 7 Seas was the first craft brewery in Washington to can their beer instead of bottling it. We caught up with them to talk about cans, cows and more.

How did 7 Seas begin?

We were founded by two friends in their early twenties who shared a passion for brewing craft beer, entrepreneurship and community. They started out in a 3,000-square-foot warehouse, featuring a small taproom and self-distributing their beer. We’re currently operating out of a 12,000-square-foot building with statewide distribution, and we employ more than 15 people. We’re also constructing a second location in downtown Tacoma that will allow for expanded production and distribution.

Why use cans instead of bottles?

Aluminum cans are easier to recycle and have a lower impact on the environment since they’re made from recycled material. A complete circle.

What else is 7 Seas doing to help the environment?

100% of spent grain used in the brewing process goes to a local dairy farm, and we’re continuing to increase our water conservation throughout the brewing process.

Your beer (and brewery) are award-winning. What honor are you proudest of?

We’ve been voted the South Sound’s Best Brewery for the past 6 years. We’re also honored to have been selected as the official beer of Pierce County’s Dining Out For Life 5 years in a row. Dining Out For Life raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Thanks for talking with us!

Look in-store for 6-packs of 7 Seas Rude Parrot IPA, Life Jacket Session IPA and 253 Pilsner, and 4-packs of Ballz Deep Double IPA. And watch for their new gose, hitting shelves in 6-packs this April.

You can visit 7 Seas online at 7SeasBrewing.com, and follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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