The Beginning of Black Fleet Brewing

Black Fleet Brewing Taproom & Kitchen first opened in September 2018 at 2302 Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma, Washington. Available at the soft open were a variety of brews on tap, all made in-house behind the bar, as well as a simple kitchen menu offering a range of comfort food & pub fare. By 2019, Black Fleet's beer & food offerings grew to a full daily menu & an events menu, in addition to Black Fleet Brewing Taproom & Kitchen starting a line of house-made sodas crafted with simple, delectable ingredients. Once COVID-19 hit in 2020, Black Fleet Brewing broadened offsite sales & began participating in local Farmers' Markets including the Proctor Farmers' Market & the Point Ruston Market, & then joined the Puyallup Farmers' Market in 2021. 


Black Fleet Brewing currently self-distributes with kegs & cans available for both wholesale & retail purchase. Contact for more information about brews & beverages currently available or to let us know where you'd like to be served some Black Fleet beverages!


The Story Behind our Name

Jeanne de Clisson, the Lioness of Brittany, was a 1300’s French Noblewoman turned Pirate who plied the English Channel. After her husband was accused of treason & beheaded by the French, she sold their remaining belongings & bought a trio of ships; she painted the hulls black & dyed the sails crimson, creating the Black Fleet. It is rumored she would behead any French Noblemen she found aboard ships with an axe, personally, becoming known as “The Bloody Lioness”. With a reputation of being good at what she did, the British – the enemy her husband had been accused of treason with – offered her safe haven on their shores. She, however, eventually returned to France & lived out her days ashore.


Similarly, in addition to Tacoma’s fierce & rough & tumble reputation, the Foss waterway was named after a tough & local business woman – Thea Foss (1857-1927). 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.

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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! 

Black Fleet Brewing beers & bites are currently available in Washington State only.