Blog > What matters? Family. Photography. History. Beer?
What matters? Family. Photography. History. Beer?
Oct 21, 2021
My grandfather worked at Heidelberg Brewery in Tacoma at least as far back as the early 50s. The brand, logo, and story were ever-present in my dad's early years, so Heidelberg has a lot of meaning and history for him. Heidelberg finally stopped being produced in Tacoma in 1979, and disappeared completely about a decade later. When it was going away, my dad bought a case and has kept the last one in his fridge all these long years as a reminder of times past.
In 2016 7 Seas, a local brewery, set up shop in the former Heidelberg building. They have their own brand, of course, but also have a lot of Heidelberg memorabilia on display. In fact, I was there one night and found my grandfather in one of the pictures they have on the wall.
A couple years ago I brought my dad to 7 Seas to see the Heidelberg memorabilia and have a cold one. He had one of their beers, but said he would do anything to have a Heidelberg again in his life. Well, fast forward to this week when 7 SEAS RELEASED THE RESURRECTED HEIDELBERG BEER! Not a re-creation, but apparently the original recipe found in the depths of the renovated building. I bought a few 4-packs, and I surprised my dad with them. He was surprised. Speechless. Elated. We opened a couple cans, tapped then together, and each enjoyed a cold one while my dad told me stories about my grandfather, Heidelberg, and days gone by.
7 Seas put the Heidelberg logo on the Artesian well outside the building, which is in homage of Tacoma history, as the old Heidelberg had such a thing that kept watch over Tacoma's brewery district for decades and was a kind of landmark to the locals. As my own way to pay homage, I went a couple days in a row last week to do some photos in the style I enjoy for architecture. These images are more than just a building, clouds, and grass. To me, they're the history of Tacoma, the history of my family. Summed up in black and white images, but encased in a father and son talking about life, over a couple resurrected beers.
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