Tumwater Artesian Brewfest – Saturday, August 19th


On Saturday, August 19th,  35 breweries will gather at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course for the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest. We are happy to have the festival aboard as a blog sponsor. The list of breweries and event details are below. The event actually takes place on the grounds of the driving range. Beer, games, food and adult beverages from 50 producers.

What is an Artesian Brewfest?

Just a quick history lesson here. This brewfest is a nod to Tumwater’s important place in local and regional brewing history. I know that many people around Seattle (and Washington in general) don’t know the proud, storied history of Olympia Beer, but all you really need to know is that about 120 years ago a brewmaster from Germany, Leopold Schmidt, built a brewery at the base of Tumwater Falls on the Deschutes River (yes, Washington also has a Deschutes River). That’s where Olympia Beer was brewed (more or less) until the brewery was closed in 2003 after the company was acquired by Miller Brewing.

For a long time, Olympia Beer was brewed using water from artesian wells. Basically, that’s a well drilled into a particular kind of aquifer—an artesian aquifer. In advertisements during the 70s and 80s Olympia Beer portrayed artesians as mysterious gnome-like characters that lived deep in the forest, suggesting that their magic was responsible for the water and hence the beer’s great taste.

Event Details

The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest features adult beverages from 50 regional craft breweries, wine producers, cider makers and spirits distillers. Along with that, games like human foosball, cornhole and the ever-popular stein holding competitions, which pits competitors against each other in a test of strength and stamina. The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest is hosted by the City of Tumwater, the Tumwater Downtown Association and sponsored by local businesses.

1:00 p.m. Brewery Whistle – Kegs Tapped, Games Begin!
3:00 p.m. Men’s Beer Stein Holding Contests
3:15 p.m. Women’s Beer Stein Holding Contests
6:00 p.m. Keys on Main, Dueling Pianos!
6:00 p.m. Golf Ball Drop – Benefits Tumwater Rotary
6:30 p.m. Voting for “Best Artesian” Closes
7:00 p.m. Awards for “Best Artesian” Announced
7:30 p.m. Last Call
8:00 p.m. Brewery Whistle – Closing Time

This is a 21+ event.

Tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for military), includes 5.5 oz taster glass and five token. additional tokens $1 each. $10 for designated drivers. Prices go up $5 at the gate.

Saturday, August 19, 2017
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tumwater Valley Golf Course Driving Range
4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater WA 98501


7 Seas Brewing, Gig Harbor
Airways Brewing, Kent
Aslan Brewing, Bellingham
Backwoods Brewing, Carson
Bainbridge Brewing, Bainbridge Island
Der Blokken Brewery, Bremerton
Dicks Brewing, Centralia
Dystopian State Brewing, Tacoma
Elysian Brewing, Seattle
Fish Brewing, Olympia
Five Dons Brewing, Longview
Fortside Brewing, Vancouver
Fort George Brewery, Astoria, OR
Fremont Brewing, Seattle
Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR
Georgetown Brewery, Seattle
Ghostfish Brewing, Seattle
Hop Valley Brewing, Eugene, OR
Iron Horse Brewery, Ellensburg
Jellyfish Brewing, Seattle
Lazy Boy Brewing, Everett
Matchless Brewing, Tumwater
Mazama Brewing Co., Corvallis, OR
Narrows Brewing, Tacoma
Olympia Beer
O-Town Brewing, Olympia
Pelican Brewing, Pacific City, OR
Port Townsend Brewery, Port Townsend
Top Rung Brewing, Lacey
Three Magnets Brewing, Olympia
Triceratops Brewing, Tumwater
Wet Coast Brewing, Gig Harbor
Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond, OR
Wingman Brewery, Tacoma
Worthy Brewing, Bend, OR

Food Vendors:

  • Big Daddy’s – Burgers, chicken, hot dogs, chili, fries, and more
  • Egg Roll Hut – Egg rolls, tempura prawns, chicken skewers, veggie stir fry noodles, and more
  • Friday Harbor House of Jerky – Multiple varieties and flavors of jerky (Beef, pork, turkey, exotics, fruit, vegan & more!)
  • Grandad’s Kettle Corn – Kettle corn, caramel corn, flavored popcorn
  • Gringo Maniac – Mexican fusion tacos
  • Old Ranger Smoked Products – Smoked salmon, smoked cheeses
  • Pattaya Thai Restaurant – Pad Thai, chicken teriyaki, fried rice, and more
  • The Tailgate BBQ – Pulled pork, brisket, hot dogs, beans, bacon-wrapped meatballs
  • Lucky Eagle Hotel & Casino – Slider Trio (choice of pork, chicken, beef, or buffalo mushroom)
  • C & A Wings ‘n’ Things – Alligator, frog legs, fish & more!


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