The Story Behind the 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.