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

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