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Black Fleet Brewing first opened the Taproom & Kitchen at 2302 Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma, Washington, in September 2018, offering a variety of house-made brews & a basic food menu served up from our kitchen. In 2019, Black Fleet Brewing introduced our line of sodas crafted with simple high-quality ingredients. Once 2020 hit, Black Fleet Brewing broadened offsite sales by participating in some of Pierce County's fabulous and creative Farmers' Markets.


Currently, Black Fleet Brewing Taproom & Kitchen is open multiple nights a week, participates in the Proctor Farmers' Market and the Puyallup Farmers' Market, and also self-distributes kegs & cans for both wholesale & retail purchase.


Visit the "Keg Inquiry" page or contact for more information about brews & beverages!


The Beginning of
Black Fleet Brewing

round black fleet brewing sticker with background of malt on left and fresh hops on right

Farmers' Markets

Proctor Farmers' Market Logo white with black outline

Every other Saturday 9a-2p

NEXT: July 8th & 22nd 

Link of picture that says Downtown Puyallup Farmers' Market and So Much More!

Every Saturday


The Man Behind the Brews

Growing up in Lacey, WA & graduating from Tacoma’s Pacific Lutheran University, Kyle turned his sights from Seattle rock radio to professionally brewing beer in 2018. Bringing his self-taught home brewing experience to Black Fleet, Kyle has a passion for bold, balanced, & unique flavors. “I like creating something I haven’t seen before- this is the reason why I started home brewing.”


What Kyle enjoys most about brewing beer is sharing his passion with his community. “As a resident of Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, I’m serving beer to my friends & neighbors. I love Tacoma. I love beer. As Black Fleet’s brewer, these two passions have become married. It’s such a cool feeling to bring a new brew on-tap and have fellow Grit City residents get as excited about it as I am. Connecting with someone over a shared passion is a special experience.”


Outside of Black Fleet, Kyle’s passions are camping, dogs, rock n roll, & telling dumb jokes.


“A friend with beer is a friend you hold dear. Prost!”

Man in Black Fleet Blue Flannel Kegs in Background

The Story Behind the Black Fleet Name

The name Black Fleet Brewing is inspired by a combination of the fierceness & grit of our beloved Tacoma, Washington, & Jeanne de Clisson, a French Noblewoman turned Pirate who plied the English Channel.


Jeanne de Clisson, the Lioness of Brittany, turned pirate after her husband was accused of treason & beheaded by the French. In turn, she sold her remaining belongings, bought a trio of ships, painted the hulls black, & dyed the sails crimson, creating the Black Fleet. It is rumored that Jeanne would personally behead any French Nobles found aboard ships with an axe. She became known as “The Bloody Lioness” & found such success she was offered . 


With Tacoma’s fierce & rough & tumble reputation, the Foss waterway was named after a tough & local business woman – Thea Foss (1857-1927), the founding team at Black Fleet Brewing thought. Thea Foss made a name for herself here in Tacoma – & worldwide – when her husband & herself moved to Tacoma in the 19th century. She started with a single row boat, which she painted green & yellow; by 1904, her company had fleets of up to 200 ships, a shipyard, 10 boat launches, & more.


Just as the Lioness of Brittany sailed, & Thea Foss built her business, brews & crafts plates with passion, drive, & focus to be & do with our craft. From classic to cutting edge, our menu & flavors are built to blend comfort & adventure with each pint & plate using Pacific Northwest ingredients & inspiration for mouth-watering flavors. Our beers are brewed to be flavorful & we want to show you what we can do by bridging beer & food.

crossed pirates' boarding axes

Hoping to find our brews near you? Reach out to us at & let us know where you think we'd be a hit & we'll do our best! 


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