Master Distiller sees value in Craft Brewing and Distilling Center education program

“…educational opportunities that rival or even exceed the caliber of the existing global program.”

City of Tumwater

The City of Tumwater is a founding partner of the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center, with primary interest in catalyzing redevelopment of the former Olympia Beer brewery located in the heart of Tumwater. The City continues to convene partners to advance local and regional efforts to revitalize the brewery, create a resilient economy around craft beer, cider, and spirits that benefits communities beyond Tumwater. The City of Tumwater holds the vision that the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center hub offers a unique opportunity to grow and celebrate the art of craft of… Read More

South Puget Sound Community College

Center for Craft Brewing and Distilling South Puget Sound Community College is a founding partner in the revival of the region’s craft brewing and distilling industry. For SPSCC, this opportunity is rooted in providing education to build the workforce that will be the backbone of this growth. This means not only developing ground-breaking curriculum that is specific to the science and art of brewing and distilling, but also leveraging existing curriculum in fields such as business administration, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, and more to support every aspect of this industry. While continually working with local… Read More

Thurston Economic Development Council

The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) provides regional services to enhance the economic fabric and vitality of Thurston County. The Thurston EDC provides a mix of programs and projects that supply entrepreneurs, small businesses, firms, and partner organizations with comprehensive and innovative services to support their growth and the strengthen diversity of the local economy. The Thurston EDC administers the Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) that connects local brewers, distillers, and cider-makers with connections to workforce development, industry-specific training services, and research institutions to grow strong businesses and markets around craft beer, cider,… Read More

Washington State

Washington State Department of Commerce designated a Craft Brewing & Distilling Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ). This partnership was developed to advance craft brewing, distilling, and cider-making in the region. It is strong on education and workforce development, entrepreneurship, industry, research, and public partners to accelerate economic advancement and innovation. Spearheaded by the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), plus South Puget Sound Community College, School of Food Science at Washington State University/University of Idaho, the City of Tumwater and a platform of local brewers, cider-makers, and distillers. The application was supported by the… Read More

WSU Extension

For over 100 years, Washington State University (WSU) has been connecting with you, your neighbors, and your community through our Extension programs. Every day, Thurston County Extension works to extend the university’s knowledge—addressing real-world issues to help find new opportunities for our farmers, natural resource managers, families, young people, and business leaders to become successful and thrive. WSU Extension Thurston County is the agricultural advocate for the Craft Brewing & Distilling Center Hub. WSU Extension Thurston County provides research-based information and educational programs to farmers, consumers, decision-makers, and others involved in the South… Read More

Brewers Guild supports the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center

What’s happening in the craft brewing industry? Who’s helping to lead the way? Washington Craft Brewers Guild president Sara Nelson, co-founder of Fremont Brewing assured our team that the “craft” movement is growing. The entrepreneurial climate of “craft” creates jobs, strengthens local economies, and makes neighborhood gathering places. “Craft has revitalized communities around the country,” she said. The Washington Craft Brewers Guild supports the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center in Tumwater. Here’s what they had to say: “The Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Washington… Read More

Top Rung Brewing bottles up success

  As full-time firefighters in Thurston County, Casey and Jason Stoltz, co-owners of Top Rung Brewing know the importance of safety and excellence. When it comes to brewing beer, fortunately, these self-taught brewers and business owners made some good decisions and recently celebrated their second year with a market share that warrants bottling for distribution. Casey and Jason have been active participants in the resources available to new businesses in Thurston County. They have worked closely with the Center for Business and Innovation in Lacey, a collaboration between South Puget Sound Community… Read More

Get close to history with a Brewery Tour on May 21

Have you ever wondered about the history of the Old Brewhouse in Tumwater, or wished you could see inside this iconic building? Come join us for a unique opportunity to visit this local treasure that has remained a central part of Thurston County and its rich tradition of brewing. On a walking tour of the building and surrounding landscape, you’ll hear about the story of the Schmidt family, where they came from and why they settled in Tumwater, and learn about the City of Tumwater’s efforts to partner with entities to spur… Read More