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Fish Brewing Company


CellarMonk's "Featured Brewery" for the month of August is the Fish Brewing Companylocated in Olympia, Washington.

History
From its home in beautiful Olympia, Washington, Fish Brewing Company has been hand-crafting ales of Northwest proportions since 1993. Founded by Crayne and Mary Horton and a few dozen local investors, Fish began operations humbly. With a 15-barrel brew house, two 15-barrel fermenters, and one dairy tank.  Growing steadily since, Fish is now an award-winning craft brewer with distribution throughout the great Pacific Northwest and beyond.

At the turn of the century, Fish Brewing Company stepped in a greener direction with the release of it's first Certified Organic beer, award-winning Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale. Since then, Fish Tale Organic Pale Ale and Fish Tale Organic IPA have joined our Organic family. In 2009, we reintroducing Fish Tale’s summer seasonal as Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale. An Organic Winterfish Seasonal Ale can’t be far behind. With an eye ever toward the integrity of it's recipes, it’s committed to continue this transition as the proper ingredients become available in Organic form. The day will come when all beers bearing the Fish Tale name will be Certified Organic.

Fish Brewing CompanyIn 2001, a year-long courtship culminated in the marriage of Fish Brewing and Leavenworth Biers, the Northwest’s Original German-style craft brewer. Founded by Scott Hansen in Leavenworth WA—home of the Northwest’s famed Bavarian Village—Leavenworth Biers have been winning fame of their own since 1992. With this union of breweries, Leavenworth Biers moved its own operations to the brewery on Jefferson Street in Olympia.

Spire Mountain Ciders, the nation’s oldest operating commercial craft cider maker, came into the Fish fold in 2004.

2006 saw another giant leap for Fish. That year, they retired a 15-barrel brewing system and replaced it with the famed 40-barrel brew house that it uses today. With expanded fermenting capabilities, as well. With the addition of its fifth 120-barrel fermenter, its twelve fermenters have a total capacity of 1,015 barrels.

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