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Tumwater Artesian Brewfest

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Celebrate the legacy of brewing in Tumwater

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Tumwater Valley Municipal Golf Course
Visit the official event website: http://www.TumwaterArtesianBrewfest.com

A brief history 

In 1895, a German brewmaster named Leopold Schmidt chose a site at the foot of the Tumwater Falls as the location for his new brewery. It had everything that he needed: access to saltwater shipping, electrical power produced by the falls, and most importantly, artesian springs of pure water that was perfect for brewing beer. In 1906 the Olympia Brewing Company, owned by Leopold Schmidt, constructed what is now called the "Old Brewhouse".  It is six stories tall and constructed of red brick, elegant arches, and a copper roof with Tenino sandstone trim.  

The Old Brewhouse served as the proud centerpiece of the Schmidt family brewing operation until Prohibition. The Old Brewhouse has long been associated with the Olympia Brewery which was the Capital community's largest private employer for a significant part of the past century.  The importance of the structure was recognized in 1978 when the property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Today, the Old Brewhouse stands as Tumwater’s most important architectural landmark. It is a symbol of the crucial role the Olympia Brewing Company played in the history of our community, and the last reminder of the flourishing riverside industries that once formed the heart of this town. Revitalizing this community asset is a City and community priority. 

The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest provides a unique venue to celebrate the legacy of brewing and its importance to Tumwater's history.  
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