NW Snapshots: Old Olympia Brewery

Old Olympia Brewery near Capitol Lake in TumwaterWA. Photo: KGilb.

Old Olympia Brewery near Capitol Lake in Tumwater WA. Photo: KGilb.

What’s that aging brick building perched, tantalizingly out of reach, on the eastern shore of Capitol Lake? Ask any of the locals in Tumwater, WA. The “old” Olympia Brewery built in 1906 has been a local icon for decades. Once a bustling bottling plant located near the foot of Tumwater Falls, the six-story Italianate-style structure was abandoned when a new and improved brewery was built upstream in 1934.

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