Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s Beer & Blues Festival Returns August 5th 

For the fifth year, downtown Tacoma is hosting its premier beer and blues festival Brew Five Three this Saturday, August 5th. This year’s event will feature 40 Washington breweries and cideries, a full day of live music featuring headliner Stephanie Anne Johnson, and a variety of food trucks.

Anticipating a sold-out event, Broadway Center organizers have limited the capacity for the beerfest to provide the best experience for festival goers and vendors alike. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets early to guarantee admittance to this popular block party.

The festival was recently honored by the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce with a New Tacoma Public Places Award, “recognizing the best activation of a public park, open space, or area in the public right-of-way.”

South Puget Sound’s bustling brew scene has grown significantly in the past year. Brew Five Three makes trying out the newcomers easy, bringing together the majority of the Tacoma-area’s brewers in one place for a stellar block party. Additionally,this year’s festivities boasts the most robust beer and cider vendor list of all previous festivals. If you’re unfamiliar with the South Sound, you could not ask for a better time to trek on down.


  • Where: Downtown Tacoma, block party style between 9th & 11th
  • When: August 5, 2017
    • 1:00 to 8:00 pm
    • Tickets: $30 ($33 day of)
    • Military: $25 ($28 day of)
    • Designated Driver Ticket*: $10 (*Ineligible to use tasting tokens or drink alcohol and does not receive a glass)
    • Full-price tickets include 6 tasting tokens and a souvenir glass
    • Note: Prices do not include Box Office fees
      • 21+ event and valid Washington State approved photo ID is required for entry, no exceptions. Failure to present valid ID will result in denial of entry without refund.

Pro-tip- Skip the lines and buy tasting tokens early!

For $15, get 10 additional tasting tokens (single tokens are $2 each) that you can pick up at Will Call.

Purchase your tickets onlinecall the Broadway Center Box Office at (253) 591-5894 or toll-free at (800) 291-7593. You can also buy them in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma’s Theater District or at The Red Hot.


  • 1:30 p.m. – Little Bill and the Blue Notes Trio
  • 3:00 p.m. – The Rusty Cleavers
  • 5:00 p.m. – Junkyard Jane with Randy Oxford
  • 6:30 p.m. – Stephanie Anne Johnson Band


7 Seas Brewing
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Cash Brewing Co.
Dick’s Brewing Company
Dunagan Brewing Co.
Dystopian State Brewing Co.
East2West Brewing
Elysian Brewing Company
Engine House No. 9 Brewing
Fremont Brewing Company
Ghostfish Brewing
Half Lion Brewing Co.
Harmon Brewing Co.
Kulshan Brewing Co.
Lazy Boy Brewing Co.
Maritime Pacific Brewing
Matchless Brewing
Narrows Brewing
Odd Otter Brewing Company
Pacific Brewing and Malting Co.
Powerhouse Brewery
Schooner Exact
Silver City Brewing
Slaughter County Brewing Co.
Sumerian Brewing
Tacoma Brewing Co.
The Ram Brewery
Triplehorn Brewing
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Wet Coast Brewing
Wingman Brewers
Locust Cider
Pear Up Cider
Schilling Cider
Seattle Cider Company
Snowdrift Cider
Steelhead Cider
Tieton Cider Works
Washington Gold Cider

// ABOUT //

The core of Tacoma’s Historic Theater District, the Broadway Center’s mission is to energize the community through live performance. Founded in 1979, the Broadway Center is a non-profit organization recognized for leadership in presenting world- class performing artists, providing one of the largest arts education programs in Washington State, and preserving Tacoma’s historic theaters. Learn more at

Photos by Brew Five Three.