• When Leopold F. Schmidt first discovered the artesian spring near Tumwater Falls, as a brew master, he knew that “with this water, I believe I can brew better beer than ever.” After purchasing the property, lab tests confirmed that he had discovered one of very few naturally perfect brewing waters to be found in the world.

  • Capital Brewing Company’s first beer, Olympia Pale Export, was placed on the market in 1896 and a family brewing tradition was born. Leopold F. Schmidt’s business model was “Quality First – Quantity Next,” and with all of the changes from then until now, our work and our attitudes have not changed.

  • In 1898, the company became the first brewery to adopt the metal cap closure instead of the standard cork, making pasteurization of bottle beer possible and also allowing beer to be shipped greater distances.

  • In 1902, the continued expansion and increasing sales of Olympia Beer caused the company to change its name from Capital to Olympia Brewing Company and the famous slogan “It’s the Water” was born a few months later.

  • During prohibition, the Noble Experiment began and brewery operations were converted to producing carbonated fruit drink, but ultimately the plant was forced to close in 1921.

  • With the repeal of prohibition in 1933, Peter and his brother Adolph Schmidt reopened the Tumwater plant, and during the next six years, twelve new cellars were built to meet the ever-increasing demand. The famous “Stubby” bottle was developed and introduced to the public in 1936 and soon became an industry standard in the Northwest.

  • In 1947, the company became the first Pacific Coast Brewery to utilize stainless steel beer kegs, and by 1950, Olympia entered a new era of beer packaging with cans.

  • In 1956, Olympia Brewing Company surpassed the 1-million barrel mark and topped 3-million barrels in 1968.

  • Between 1962 and 1971, Olympia introduced three innovative new packaging designs – the seven-ounce “Little Oly” (1962) the “Tall Twelve” bottle (1968) and the all-aluminum can (1971).

  • The Schmidt Family elected to sell to G. Heileman Brewing Company in 1982 and Heileman’s was subsequently purchased by Pabst in 1983. One thing that remains unchanged is the loyalty to their company and devotion to quality.

  • Olympia Beer offers $1,000,000 reward for the proof of Bigfoot’s existence. The 24 oz can is introduced and nicknamed “The Bigfoot”

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