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Tumwater’s Olympia Brewery Property to be Sold at Auction

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The former Olympia Brewery property will be auctioned off next Wednesday, October 28th, at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, WA. The sale does not include the historic brewhouse, which is over 100 years old and considered an important architectural landmark in the region.
Located by the Deschutes River in Tumwater, WA, the 800,000 square foot brewery served as one of the city’s largest employers, best known for their production of the company’s iconic American-style pale lager. Pabst Brewing Co. took over the Olympia brand and brewery in 1999, then changed ownership again and the brewery closed four years later. The Olympia brand was sold in 2014 and is currently being brewed in California under contract brewing with MillerCoors.

Though the vacant site has attracted interest from several parties over the past few years, deals have been unsuccessful and it has remained on the market. Property owner, Capital Salvage, has now decided to split the property into four separate pieces, hoping to make it more attractive to potential buyers. The first property parcel houses most of the former brewery structures, with the majority of brewing tanks and fermenting vessels still in place. The second contains several warehouses, and the third and fourth properties are vacant lots zoned multi family.
The auction will take place at 11am on October 28th at the Red Lion Hotel, located at 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, in Olympia, WA.

A recent beer geek transplant to the beautiful state of Washington, Erica has spent the last six years working in the craft beer industry in Oregon and Northern California, most recently at Mikkeller Bar SF. With parents from Belgium and the Pacific Northwest, drinking good beer is in her blood. When Erica isn’t talking about beer, she is…well, sleeping probably. Follow her on instagram and twitter @its_beerica. For tips or leads, contact: erica@newschoolbeer.com

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