The Future of the Historic Tumwater Brewhouse

Managing Real Estate Broker with Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.

If you're a South Sound resident, you might have heard that the Old Tumwater Brewery has been purchased last year by a team of real estate investors for 1.4 million dollars. You might also have noticed that work crews have been busy cleaning up the brewery site, and you may be wondering what is next for the iconic building site on the shores of Capitol Lake.

Although tons of debris has been removed, hazards secured, and some structural elements reinforced, the building remains an empty shell. This shell, full of potential, is waiting for the right business ventures to occupy it and take advantage of the special architectural features, the historic background and the amazing location.

Just a stone's throw from I-5 and Hwy 101, located midway between Olympia and Tumwater, sitting on the shores of Capitol Lake, and just a short walk from Tumwater Falls Park, this property would be a perfect home for micro-breweries, pubs, cafes, hotel, condos, restaurants, boat rentals, etc.

The complex is made up of several multi-story buildings and a immense patio, connecting several of the buildings, called the "pavilion". With businesses filling the empty spaces, easy access and plenty of parking, this site would attract not just locals, but also regional visitors and customers. It could be a popular destination point between Portland and Seattle. The brewery owners are currently in the visioning process and are seeking leasing partners to bring the Old Brewery back to life.

I was recently fortunate to receive a tour of the facility. Here are photos of how the site currently presents itself. With a little bit of imagination, it's not hard to see how this site could be transformed


Sandy Nelson

Olympia Realtor®, GRI, ASP, SRES, SFR


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Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
RealtorĀ®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

When I see these old buildings, I wonder about all the great times everyone had when the building was thriving.  You took some great photos.  Hope some investors come and make this building grand once more.

Nov 02, 2011 01:34 PM #1
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

Kay, I'm the same way. I have a weakness for wanting to bring old buildings back to life. This would be a great location for investors.

Nov 03, 2011 10:08 AM #2
Susanna Haynie
CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor GRI CNE MCNE ePro MRP

I have always loved this building and I had hoped to see while were that what was going to happen with it. I can't wait to see what will happen to this building.

Dec 10, 2011 01:47 PM #3
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