Nisqually Valley Brewing Company may have recently closed its storefront off of Yelm Avenue, but that doesn’t mean the business is done brewing.
John Johnson, owner, said the change is a positive move for the company, which opened the tap house March 3, 2018.
“Originally when we opened, we opened as a brewery/tap house — the first one in Yelm,” Johnson said. “A little after being open for a year, we decided to shut down the tap house part and just focus on the brewing.”
Johnson said the tap house is a full workload in and of itself, not to mention the business of brewing from his garage and the full-time jobs he and his wife work.
“We decided to pull back and just focus on the brewing,” he said. “That’s what we wanted in the first place — a brewery — and not a bar or a tap house.”
He said that running the tap house was kind of fun, but it was too much work for a balanced life. Now, the company focuses on the wholesale aspect of brewing.
Johnson said that other than building a wholesale clientele, he and his wife will be focusing on private events and local festivals.
And the brewing continues.
“Tonight I am going to brew up my kolsch (style beer), my quaffers kolsch — it’s one of our flagship beers — and I have a red ale and a hefeweizen that are fermenting, and an IPA that just got done fermenting.”
He said this means he has one batch ready and a couple that are almost ready.
Those interested in purchasing beer from Nisqually Valley Brewing Company can contact the business through Facebook.