Olympia Brewery

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Olympia Brewery
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The 1906 Olympia Brewery brewhouse, known locally as "the Old Brewery".
General information
Town or city Tumwater, Washington
Country United States
Construction started 1906
Completed 1906
Technical details
Olympia Brewery
Location Tumwater, Washington
Part of Tumwater Historic District (#78002782[1])
Added to NRHP May 22, 1978

The 1906 Olympia Brewery brewhouse, known locally as "the Old Brewery", is located at the base of the Tumwater Falls in Tumwater, Washington. Once the manufacturing site for Olympia Beer, the classic Mission Revival structure, designed by prominent local architect Joseph Wohleb, replaced the initial wooden plant constructed in 1896.[2] Dedicated in 1906, closed since the advent of Prohibition, this imposing redbrick structure has long served as a landmark for local residents and drivers along Interstate 5.[3] A new brewery was built in 1934, uphill from the original brewhouse. Brewing operations in a modern plant on the site ended in 2003.

The new Olympia Brewery building in 1989

The brewery has been for sale since the collapse of a real estate deal with a bottled water company in 2007.[4] After condemning previous owners' water rights in April 2008, the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater took possession of water rights once held by the former Olympia Brewing Company.[5]

The original brewhouse is part of the Tumwater Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Illustrated history of the Olympia Brewery, BreweryGems.com. Retrieved 5/12/08.
  4. ^ "Olympia Brewery up for sale again", OregonLive.com. Retrieved 5/12/08.
  5. ^ "Cities pay for water rights to old brewery", AOL.com. Retrieved 5/12/08.

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