Olympia Brew Fest Cheers to Ten Years

Olympia Brew Fest is back for summer 2021! And they are drinking to ten years by featuring 20 incredible breweries with one fun party. 

The Fest’s first run was in 2010, so technically, last year would have been the decade mark. But due to the pandemic, they were forced to cancel, along with all other big Washington events. Thankfully, as restrictions lifted and the clouds of such a toiling year dissipated, the Brew Fest team could plan for their comeback and celebrate. 

As always, the festivities will be held at the Port Plaza in Olympia and guests can expect to feel the buzz of live music by popular, local talent, tasty food vendors, games and activities, such as a hula-hoop contest, the traditional Port Plaza Tower backdrop and beautiful waterfront views. What’s even better, this year, even more tents will be pitched to provide more comfort and to amplify the fun.  

For reasons on the side of precaution, Olympia Brew Fest is a little altered this year. In the past, attendance has reached over 2800, but this summer is limited to a slightly smaller number to allow some social distancing and the layout will be made more spacious. The scheduled hours are shorter and the normal number of 35 breweries will be reduced, to match the size of the crowd. 

Despite the changes and unknowns, there is no need to fret. Mike Marohn, the original organizer of Olympia Brew Fest, assures there are still good times and phenomenal beer to be had at the event.

 “[the Fest] is special because it’s all about the beer,” says Marohn. “We only do individual invitations to individual breweries, and we always taste the beer first. You need to make good beer, or you don’t get invited, period. We also always strive to give unique entertainment. For example, we once had a prince cover band and an Elvis impersonator. This year is a calypso band to get everybody in the right vibe.”

The Fest takes place August 7th, and tickets can be purchased online at their website, olybrewfest.com. Remember to get your tickets early to secure your spot at Port Plaza for quite the party, with good beer, good music and some serious fun.by Natalie Benson

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