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State Street Beer Company

A cozy nook brimming with good eats and tasty brews

State Street Beer Company offers a plethora of tasty treats, beer on tap, ciders and wine. Photo credit: Dutch Randall

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ANNOUNCER: Just around the corner from the bustling Sixth Ave. of Tacoma, in the corner basement of what used to be a long-time antique store, is the latest reason to make your way to Tacoma. Already in town, Dutch and Jackie make their way in for several tap beer and ciders, snacks and flat breads.

DUTCH: I love the neighborhood feel of this place, open and inviting with outdoor seating for you and even your dog if you like without the sidewalk crowds that exist just around the corner on the Ave. An industrial looking space with 16 rotating taps, it's likely you'll fall in love with the place more than what you drink here. As a cider drinker, I'm cool with seasonal offerings.

JACKIE: Personal touches really bring it all together here. Warm wood accents, Edison bulbs and a minimalistic vibe could come across as cold until you add lush, happy plants, a funky wallpapered alcove booth, and a dignified portrait of the one and only Bill Murray. I also love the hearty selection of sippers. Aside from rotating taps, State Street offers a decent selection of canned brews, vino varietals, and delectable non-alcoholic options so there's a little something for everyone. I snagged an eight-ounce pour of the Demonteller barrel-aged saison from Holy Mountain and waited for my feast.

DUTCH: As I sat, sipped my Black Current Cider waiting for my flatbread pizza, I munched on a jar of pistachio nuts, complete with a small glass for the shells. When my pizza arrived, I dug into the Salami pizza of fresh tomato sauce, salami, mozzarella cheese, and honey drizzle. The balance of cheese on flatbread has long been an issue for me, but the amount of cheese neared perfection for my likes. Add the salty of the cured meat, the subtle sweet from the honey, and it is going to be tough to top this as one of my favorites.

JACKIE: I had a hard time settling on a flatbread -- they all sound so good! Ultimately, I chose the seasonal which boasted creamy ricotta, olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, pecorino and basil. Yum! I may have over-ordered because the pizza was the finale to a smorgasbord of nibbles including their salted Bavarian pretzel, served warmed with a side of  stone ground mustard, AND the charcuterie board which did not disappoint with a generous serving of pistachios, creamed Brie, Beechers flagship cheddar, sour cherry compote, crackers, olives, salami, coppa and prosciutto with crackers. Both serve as excellent muses for partaking in more beer -- hyphenating bites with sips was the natural thing to do.

DUTCH: Happy hour happens every Sunday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m., and should not be overlooked here. A dollar off of every pint and wine while enjoying the mild spring weather with some friends makes for a fine afternoon. Add a few discounted flatbreads and you can leave with a full belly as well.

STATE STREET BEER COMPANY, 2-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; noon to 11 p.m., Friday-Saturday; noon to 10 p.m., Sunday, 606 N. State St., Tacoma, 253.292.0017,

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