How it all Began

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From its home historic 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 brewhouse, two 15-barrel fermenters, and one dairy tank, we brewed for our neighbors up and down Puget Sound. Growing steadily since Fish is now an award-winning craft brewer with distribution throughout the great Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Today, three distinct brands make their home under Fish Brewing's roof. In the beginning, there was Fish Tale Ales, English-style beers born in our brewpub on Jefferson Street. It wasn't long before our brewery outgrew its cradle, though. So in 1996, we moved brewing operations across Jefferson Street and into the historic and spacious Skoog Building.


How spacious? Spanning the block from Jefferson to Cherry Street, the building once housed Olympia Knitting Mills. More recently, Skoog Manufacturing built and serviced lumber mill machinery there. The building was so spacious that the move provided ample room for both brewing and bottling. And bottle we did, introducing our first six-packs in 1997. Subsequent equipment up-grades allow us to now bottle in both 12-ounce and 22-ounce sizes. And our original brewing space back across Jefferson Street? It's now the Fish Tale Brewpub's kitchen.


At the turn of the century, we stepped in a greener direction with the release of our 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. 

Then we have Leavenworth. In 2001, a year-long courtship culminated in the marriage of Fish Brewing and Leavenworth Biers, the Northwest's Original German-style craft brewery. Founded by Scott Hansen in Leavenworth WA ”home of the Northwest's famed Bavarian Village” Leavenworth Biers has 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.

Three years later, the Fish family celebrated another happy addition. Spire Mountain Ciders, the nation's oldest operating commercial craft cider maker, came into the Fish fold in 2004. Today, award-winning Spire Mountain's cidery occupies its own special space in the brewery on Jefferson Street.


The year 2006 saw another giant leap for Fish. That year, we retired our 15-barrel brewing system and replaced it with the famed 40-barrel brewhouse that we use today. We've expanded fermenting capabilities, as well. With the addition of our fifth 120-barrel fermenter, our twelve fermenters have a total capacity of 1,015 barrels.


What's next? Without a doubt, more delightful beer and cider. Making these is simply how we enjoy ourselves. Here at Fish, we believe that fresh beer and cider, fine food, and enduring friendships are what life in the Great Pacific Northwest is all about. We've been proud to be a part of that tradition for over 15 years, and thank you for joining us in it.

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1984  -  Skykomish Ciders begins making cider in Skykomish, Wa. 

1987  -  Skykomish Cider changes hands and is renamed Spire Mountain Cider, after the mountain located nearby.

1992  -  Leavenworth Biers is founded in Leavenworth Wa.

1993  -  October 1st; Fish Brewing opened its doors in Olympia offering a Pale Ale and Porter.

1996  -  The brewery expands and moves to its current location. 

1997  -  Fish Tale Ales releases its first barrel-aged beer.

2000  -  Fish Tale Ales releases an organic line of beers

2001  -  Fish Brewing acquires Leavenworth Biers

2005  -  Spire Mountain merges and moves to Olympia, now co-located with Fish Brewing.

2013  -  Fish Tale Ales introduces its classic line of beers.

2015  -  Fish Brewing awarded BEST BEER for Beyond the Pale.