“It’s The Water.” That’s the famous slogan you may have heard for Tumwater Washington’s own Olympia Beer. It went hand in hand with their advertising campaign, which highlighted the use of “Artesian” water (Olympia Brewing Company ceased the use of Artesian well water when they were acquired by Pabst Blue Ribbon in 1983). Olympia may not be ‘craft’, but it’s Artesian goodness is part of Washington State’s rich brewing history. Well, it’s time once again to celebrate that history.
Set for next Saturday, August 22nd, is the 3rd Annual Tumwater Artesian Brewfest. Don’t worry though; this won’t be a macro-fest (though you will find original Olympia Beer on tap!). Over 30 different Washington breweries (plus Wineries, Distilleries and food vendors) are set to descend upon the Tumwater Valley Driving Range for this very special event.
Are you old enough to remember this commercial?
Here is the full press release from the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest and Visit Olympia:
Olympia, Wash. – August 5, 2015 – Celebrate the roots of Washington’s brewingindustry and sample selections from 40 craft breweries as well as local wineries and cideries at Tumwater Artesian Brewfest on Saturday, August 22 from 1 – 8 p.m. Sip suds from around the state along with the original Olympia beer on tap while enjoying lawn games, music and food vendors in the shadow of the former Olympia Brewery at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course Driving Range (4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE).
“This third annual event has quickly become a local favorite and we’re thrilled to see the groundswell of support and excitement around the state,” said Becci Welsh, partnership development director of Visit Olympia. “We’re fortunate to have such a dynamic craft brewing industry in Washington, and what better place to celebrate it than the birthplace of the state’s most iconic beer brand.”
Make a craft beer weekend out of it with the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest package, which includes a one night stay at a variety of participating hotels along with two event tickets, two tasting mugs and a Brewfest Fedora to stay “cool” at the event. Visit www.tumwaterartesianbrewfest.com and click on “Hotels” for more information or to book travel.
Pre-sale tickets are $20 ($25 at the gate) and include five tastings and a mug. Military and designated driver discounts are available. For more information visit www.tumwaterartesianbrewfest.com or stay up to date on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TumwaterArtesianBrewfest and Twitter via @VisitOlympia and #tabrewfest15. Tumwater Artesian Brewfest is hosted by The Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (Visit Olympia) and sponsored by a variety of local businesses which can be found at www.tumwaterartesianbrewfest.com/sponsors.
About Visit Olympia
One part charming college town, one part Washington state capital and two parts untouched natural terrain, Thurston County – including the cities of Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey – is nestled at the foot of Puget Sound one hour south of Seattle and two hours north of Portland by car. With 817 hotel rooms throughout Thurston County there are several options ranging from downtown digs to remote rooms. Visitors enjoy the range of offerings – from the culture of the state capital to countless miles of beachfront and mountain trails to a creative culinary crowd offering top notch food, wine, coffee and craft beer. For more information visit www.visitolympia.com or connect on Facebook, Twitter (@VisitOlympia) and Instagram (@Visit_Olympia).
The list of participating craft breweries is still growing, but currently includes:
- 7 seas Brewing, Gig Harbor
- Bainbridge Island Brewing, Bainbridge Island
- Bale Breaker Brewing, Yakima
- Black Raven Brewery, Redmond
- Dicks Brewing, Centralia
- Fish Brewing, Olympia
- Fortside Brewing
- Freemont Brewing, Seattle
- Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR
- Georgetown Brewing, Seattle
- Harmon Brewing, Tacoma
- Hop Valley Brewing
- Iron Horse Brewing Ellensburg
- Island Hoppin Brewery, Orcas Island
- Lazy Boy Brewing, Everett
- Mazama Brewing
- Narrows Brewing
- No-Li Brewery, Spokane
- O-Town Brewing, Olympia
- Orlison Brewing
- Port Townsend Brewery, Port Townsend
- Seapine Brewing, Seattle
- Sound Brewing, Poulsbo
- Three Magnets Brewery, Olympia
- Triceratops Brewworks
- Top Rung Brewery, Lacey
- Two Beers Brewery, Seattle
- Wet Coast Brewery, Gig Harbor
- Wingman Brewery, Tacoma
Also on hand will be:
- Locust Cider, Woodinville
- Scatter Creek, Tenino
- Seattle Cider Company, Seattle
- Stottle Winery, Lacey
- Sandstone Distillery, Tenino
- Big Daddy’s – Burgers, Chicken, Dogs, Chili, Nachos, Fried, etc.
- El Rey Burro – Mexican
- The Tailgate BBQ – Pulled pork, Brisket, beans
- Lucky Eagle Casino – Tribal Salmon, New York sandwiches, pretzel cheese bites, salted caramel ice cream
- River’s Edge Restaurant – Beef Roulade with potato cakes
- Elyses Catering
Mark your calendar now for next Saturday the 22nd, and come out to celebrate the roots of Washington state’s brewing industry with original Olympia Beer, great Washington craft beer, Washington craft cider and local wines.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.