August 2, 2013 - 9:10 AMFour friends, all Tacoma natives, started wingman Brewers: Ken Thoburn, Derrick Moyer, Daniel Heath, and Jason Sabol. Out of the gate, Wingman is a self-described small-batch brewery. They started as a small, nano-brewery but now brew on a larger system at the Wingman Brewery and Taproom near the Tacoma Dome. They don't serve any food, just beer, but there are several restaurants in the neighborhood, some that deliver food to the taproom.
The brewery’s name and image is homage to Ken Thoburn’s grandfather. His grandfather, a painter, was in World War II in the Pacific. Being at war wasn't easy for an artist and a painter. To express himself, Ken's grandfather painted nose art. You know, the cool stuff they used to paint on the sides and noses of airplanes back then. After seeing one of his grandfather's old albums, he was amazed and shared it with his buddies. That's what inspired the brewery's name and artwork. Many of the planes that Thoburn’s grandfather painted likely rolled out of assembly plants in Seattle. Airplanes are in our DNA around here and so is beer.
509 1/2 Puyallup Ave
Tacoma, WA 98421
Thursdays through Saturdays 2:00 – 11:00 pm