**UPDATE** Dunagan Brewing Co. to open in downtown Tacoma

Downtown Tacoma could soon be home to a new microbrewery.

Dunagan Brewing Co. is expected to open at 1126 Commerce St., which is located near the Link light rail station at South 11th Street, and steps away from the South 12th Street hill climb that connects Pacific Avenue and Broadway. The storefront was previously occupied by Shanghai House, a Chinese restaurant, and Tacoma Cross, a medicinal marijuana shop.

Dunagan Brewing Co. is expected to open at 1126 Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma. (PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

Dunagan Brewing Co. is expected to open at 1126 Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma. (PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

According to information available on the City of Tacoma’s Web site, a construction permit was issued on April 8.

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Similarly, information available on the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s Web site shows a notification for a liquor application was issued to local government agencies on May 8.

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The company has also created a Facebook page that includes photographs of site plans, construction progress, and the delivery of brewing tanks.

The Tacoma Daily Index reached out to Dunagan Brewing Co. via e-mail Wednesday morning to learn more about the size of the new brewery, opening date, hours of operation, and reasons for opening in downtown Tacoma, but did not immediately receive a response. This article will be updated if more information becomes available.

Downtown Tacoma already includes several local breweries, such as Harmon Brewing Co., Pacific Brewing & Malting Co., Wingman Brewers, Tacoma Brewing Co., and Odd Otter Brewing Company.

More information about Dunagan Brewing Co. is available online here and here.

Dunagan Brewing Co. is expected to open at 1126 Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma. (PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

Dunagan Brewing Co. is expected to open at 1126 Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma. (PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

UPDATE | WEDS., MAY 27 @ 3:41 P.M. – Dunagan Brewing Co. owner Jesse Dunagan responds via e-mail:

Hi there Todd!

Thanks for your interest in our humble little brewery.

Our ~1.5 bbl microbrewery is planned this year for an early August opening. We’re actually all local Tacoma boys here and have moved back home to serve our community. Things are still at the foundation laying stage and we’ll have some more updates soon.

Kind regards,

Jesse Dunagan (owner)
Dunagan Brewing Co.

UPDATE | THURS., MAY 28 @ 8:15 A.M. – It appears Dunagan Brewing Co. might have a neighbor when it opens later this year. According to information available on the City of Tacoma’s Web site, a construction permit was issued to Vostok Dumpling House on April 20 for 1126 Commerce St. (the same location as the brewery).

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The Tacoma Daily Index asked Dunagan Brewing Co. owner Jesse Dunagan for some clarification, and he commented, “Yes, they’re going to be here as well. The lower floor of the building has been subdivided into two units. I’m not sure when they’re going to open.” Vostok Dumpling House is a Russian restaurant currently located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, according to the company’s Web site. The Tacoma Daily Index has reached out to Vostok Dumpling House for more details. This post will be updated if more information is available.

Todd Matthews is editor of the Tacoma Daily Index, an award-winning journalist, and author of A Reporter At Large and Wah Mee. His journalism is collected online at wahmee.com.