Partnership Confirmed for Craft Brewing and Distilling Center

South Puget Sound Community College has signed a letter of intent to partner with Craft District, LLC, to lease space in a craft brewing and distilling center that will serve as the long-term home of SPSCC’s new Craft Brewing and Distilling degree program. Craft District began work in August to develop a commercial site in Tumwater near the former Olympia Brewing Company brewery. When complete, SPSCC intends to lease up to 10,000 square feet of space that will include classrooms, labs, small scale production space, offices, and a conference room. According to… Read More

What’s Brewing This Fall?

Beer enthusiasts rejoice! The Corporate and Continuing Education program at SPSCC is offering a number of courses just for you this fall. Check them out! Backyard Hops: Growing for Home or Market August 26 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Growing hops on a small scale to supply both hobbyists and the booming regional craft beer industry can be done sustainably and profitably. Join us at the Parsons Family Farm for this hands-on class where we’ll take part in hops harvest while learning the history of hops production in WA State, what hops needs to… Read More

Big program news! Financial aid is now available

There is only one more month until the Craft Brewing and Distilling degree program will be up and running for the first time ever. Be one of the first 30 students in the program with the help of financial aid. Yes–financial aid is now available for fall quarter! Currently, there is still money available for students to use towards their studies and still time to. Apply and register for this great opportunity to obtain an education in the industry. What has SPSCC been up to? Now that the program has been officially approved… Read More

Distinctive Grains, Craft Beverages

Could different barley varieties provide the basis of distinctively flavored whiskeys? A WSU research project seeks to develop a barley variety specifically suited to the craft beverage market.

Sink your teeth into a colorful array of tomato varieties, and the difference in flavor from one to another is obvious and delightful. But what about spirits made from different varieties of grain?

Ready, set, apply! First 30 start September 18

We’re less than two short months from launching our brand new Craft Brewing and Distilling degree program—and we’re currently accepting applications for the first cohort of 30 students.  Since the next class of future brewers, distillers, and cider makers won’t even begin their studies for one to two years from this fall, now is the time to complete your application and get into the inaugural program! What’s new about the program? It’s been a while since we’ve spoken with ThurstonTalk or The Olympian with program updates, but we’ve got some exciting news… Read More

Tart Cider makes a splash in the small business community

Earlier this month, the founders of Tart Cider, Zoe Van Schyndel and Nicholas Timm, won first prize of $25,000 cash in a Business Plan Competition organized by VIBE, the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship at University of Washington Tacoma. The win also brings with it up to $25,000 in consulting services for the start-up from local law firms, accountants and commercial real estate advisers. Veterans and co-founders, Van Schyndel and Timm, met at The Evergreen State College where they learned that they both share a passion for cider. Van Schyndel teaches business at… Read More

Artisan Spirit magazine features the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center partnership

Artisan Spirit—a nationally distributed magazine for craft distillers and their fans—highlighted the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center partnership in their latest edition. Tumwater is the epicenter of shared passion and collective work to support the evolution of the craft beer, cider, and spirits movement. These industries need formal and specialized education resources and other business supports to take them to the next level. Partners here are building on the community’s brewing legacy to make it happen. This fall, South Puget Sound Community College will begin a formal degree program with the guidance of industry operators…. Read More

4 reasons to fall in love with whiskey

While trips to wine country have been popular for years, how many times have you tasted—or learned much about—whiskey? We’ve got 4 reasons to love it.

Beer Beginnings–Where to Find Brewing History in Thurston County

Thinking back to growing up in Olympia, one memory stands the test of time – the Olympia Brewery. It was a time when you could count on smelling the unique, yeasty aroma while driving through Tumwater and still hear the whistle blow every afternoon at quitting time. The Olympia Brewery has always been part of this community, whether you are a beer drinker or not. Just take a drive around the area and you’ll see historic examples still standing, reminding us of these roots. Whether it’s the original brewery on the Deschutes… Read More

A local brewer’s impact on SPSCC’s new Craft Brewing and Distilling program

What is a college to do when an entire community has identified a need—and an opportunity—to build an educational program that will support the growth of one of the most exciting industries in existence?  Do it. South Puget Sound Community College has always been dedicated to building workforce education that responds to the needs of the South Sound region. So when the Thurston Economic Development Council, City of Tumwater, and a collection of local craft beverage makers came together with us to identify that education was one of the gaps holding back this… Read More