Visit Olympia! It’s the Beer!

Hoppy Trails Beer News was invited to the Tumwater Artesian Brewfest in Tumwater, WA. We were the guests of Visit Olympia! who organized a tour for craft beer media and travel professionals of the original Olympia Brewing facility and plans for re-purposing it into a regional educational and tourist destination facility.

Touring the Old Brewery and Schmidt House

We were treated to a tour of The Schmidt House, the original home of Olympia Brewery’s Founder Leopold Schmidt.

But first we walked down the hill to the Historic Tumwater Brewery site. Paul Knight, last brew master for the Olympia Brewery shared history and anecdotes from the brewery’s early days and the Schmidt Family. Nick Schmidt, grandson of Leopold Smith provided some family anecdotes, as well as the City of Tumwater’s architectural historian.

We walked back up to the  Schmidt House for treats from Mom’s Baked Goods, fresh fruit from the farmer’s market, lavender lemonade from Evergreen Lavender Farm and Mango/Pineapple Iced Tea from Encore Cholates + Teas await.

Don Trosper with the Olympia Tumwater Foundation talked a bit about the Schmidt Family Mansion and grounds. Don hails from the Trosper Family, one of the original families to settle in the area and for which Trosper Road (the main road in Tumwater) is named.

BrewHouse etching

For more information about the re-developement project at the old brewery site, click this link. For early history of the Olympia Brewery, click here.

Fun, Games and Beer at the Brewfest

This is truly one of the most fun beer festivals in Washington. While you wont have hundreds of beers to choose from, you will have at least 80 and will probably only have a sampler of 10 and 12 of them anyway.

But it isn’t only about beer. They have great food – a great location – extra friendly volunteers – and a ton of games to keep you entertained (and your designated driver sufficiently purposed).

Cornhole, giant beer pong and horizontal stein holding were the big hits this year.

Hoppy Trails Beer News thanks all the volunteers who made this a very enjoyable weekend, especially Visit Olympia!’s Erin Osborne, and Kyla Cavanagh.

There is a lot going on in Olympia.

Bob Shoemaker

Grew up in Renton, WA. Writer. Photographer. Homebrewer. Woodworker. Beer lover. UW grad. - 14 years in Marketing and Advertising communications - 16 years in technical product support, quality, loyalty, support analyst - 12 years as communications business owner