Patrick Robinson
Charlie Worden, outside the soon to open Tap Station at 7900 35th SW. The former Sharon's Westwood Florist (whose sign must go according to the city) was emptied out and will soon be serving craft beers and select wines to go. Tap Station should be open by late September.

SLIDESHOW: Tap Station almost ready to pour; Beer and wine to go company should open later in September

If all goes according to plan (and permits) The Tap Station, a place for craft beers and select wines to go, should be open by late September according to the owners. Hopefully the week of Sept. 23. The West Seattle Herald was the first to tell you about this business in May when two of the owners, Kyle Duce (co-owner of Locol Vine and Barley next door) and Charlie Worden first announced their idea. Tap Station is in the former Sharon's Westwood Florist location at 7900 35th SW, right next to Locol.

The interior of Tap Station will be rustic but comfortable with large, overstuffed, leather chairs, burnt orange walls, recycled wood forming the back wall and unique and very clever antique beer bottles converted to light fixtures. Large maps of the area will fill one wall.

But the highlight, and reason for being is the beer and wine to go.

Worden and Ian Joyce, who will both serve at Locol and Tap Station have selected 8 beers to be on tap. These beers will be sold via growlers (the normal size is 64 ounces) which once you pay for, you then later exchange. The cost of a growler fill will be $10-$15 for the growler, and $10 for the beer. Prices will vary based on seasonal or import varieties.

They will start with 50 beers in bottles, gradually adding to the variety until they regularly have around 150. The concentration will be on northwest beers but some will be from around the world. "We'll have a lot german beers or beers of that style," said Joyce.

They will also have wines to go with a concentration on premiumProletariat wines all served on tap, in nitrogen filled casks for freshness. "We'll essentially be a tasting room for Proletariat," said Joyce. Other wines, with an emphasis on northwest vintners will be sold by the bottle.

They had originally thought they might have private parties in the space which holds 20 to 25 people, but state law prohibits that in this kind of business, as they are open. Still, if they find days out of the week that it would make more sense to be closed for one day, they will explore that option. As it is they plan to be open 7 days a week, 10am to 11pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am to 10pm Sunday through Thursday.

Merchandise, like hats and shirts from local breweries will be on display as will olive oils and other ready to go foods, some of which will be prepared at Locol.

Worden said they will likely have a gathering of friends and family, just prior to a soft open and then have a grand opening event sometime in the following 30 days.

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