Olympia Beer is well known by locals and visitors alike, and for good reason. The history of brewing in Thurston County runs deep and so does the admiration for the legendary beer and undeniable design that was way beyond the time. Back in the early 1890’s, Olympia Brewing Co. Founder Leopold Schmidt believed that to make a good beer, he had to use first-rate ingredients and pay his workers well -- and it worked. Situated above Tumwater Falls, the artesian spring water is said to have been a key component in what became one of the Northwest’s most iconic brands, and remains that way today. Now, 125 years later and counting, a variety of craft breweries and like-minded businesses are paying homage to the region’s roots. It’s still the water.
The recently opened Well 80 Brewhouse even sits on one of the region’s artesian wells for easy access to the source. According to Well 80’s head brewer Paul Pearson, the water from this specific well “has its own unique chemical composition, and it seems to be perfect, really great brewing water.” While Paul is busy working on his own innovations, he also partners with a former Olympia Brewing Co. brewer on throwback collaborations. Those looking to sample the past and appreciate the future should grab a pint and plan your craft beer calendar.