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Speaking of tavern openings

May 29th, 2012 by Chris Henry

In the course of researching our story on the re-opening of the old Wig Wam Tavern in Gorst, I heard that Scott Kirvan has plans to open a microbrewery at the old Beachcomber restaurant in Port Orchard. He’s got his sights set on a soft opening early in July with a grand opening a couple of weeks later.

The name planned is the Slaughter County Brewing Company, referring of course to the name that Kitsap County had before it became Kitsap. In January 1857, legislators named the newly formed county after William A. Slaughter, an Army Lieutenant who had been killed by Indians on the White River a year before. Maybe they thought the name wasn’t too inviting, because on July 13, 1857, Slaughter County was renamed Kitsap County to honor Chief Kitsap, a Suquamish military leader. But of course Slaughter County sounds so much more colorful, so folks who want to sound edgy have resurrected it on occasion.

Kirvan, who’s been making beer at home for 25 years, will be brewing on the premises in a “three-barrel brew system), which makes about 100 gallons at a time. He’ll offer other beers and ales, including some hard-to-find varieties.

“We’re going, stylistically, for a place that’s rustic with a maritime and pirate influence,” Kirvan said. “We’ll do some live entertainment, but we’ll stick with things like Irish bands, jug bands. …We’re not (at least as long as we can avoid it) going to carry hard-liquor and we really don’t want to be seen as a another night club in Port Orchard — our focus is on our beer, but we want to create a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere, in a striking location, that serves the folks that don’t like the night-club scene.”

On the menu is food that looks quite upscale for pirates. An example: Bagna Calda, confit de garlic in butter oil and anchovies — served hot with crostini.

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