Back in the old days, before craft beer dominated the local brewing industry, the forests of the Cascade Mountains were haunted by two mythical creatures: Wild Rainiers and Artesians. The latter where the bearded, troll-like creatures responsible for guarding the secret wells that produced the sublimely pure water used to brew Olympia Beer.
Fast forward four decades and the Olympia Brewery in Tumwater is long-since closed. But they still love beer in Tumwater. On Saturday, August 22 you can enjoy the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest in the shadow of the old Olympia Brewery. They’re making it pretty easy for you to attend, with special deals on local hotels and more. Details about the event are below.
TUMWATER ARTESIAN BREWFEST GATHERS 40 CRAFT BREWERIES FOR REGION’S BIGGEST BACKYARD PARTY
Washington’s craft brewers gather in the shadow of the former Olympia Brewery to celebrate the state capital’s brewing history; overnight packages available
Olympia, Wash. – August 5, 2015 – Celebrate the roots of Washington’s brewing industry 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.