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Expand Craft Beverage Industry

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Collaborating to grow the craft beverage industry

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   matt-hofmann
Working with economic development agencies and the Port of Olympia, the Center will include brewing and distilling incubators along with private breweries, distilleries, and restaurants that would take advantage of the proximate workforce and support the interaction between training and industry. The Center would be a major gathering place for industry organizations of brewers and distillers, and agriculture interests involved in the State’s specialty barley, grains, and hops industries. Collaborative strategies would focus on market expansion for products, while holding “Excellence” as the standard.

“As a professional distiller and the proprietor of a single malt whiskey distillery in Seattle, I’ve experienced first-hand the challenges in acquiring the necessary knowledge to improve my work; I had to leave the country to get that education. In my opinion, the Craft Brewing and Distilling Center has the potential to not only service the thriving brewing and distilling communities in the Pacific Northwest who wish to push themselves to the next level, but provide educational opportunities that rival or even exceed the caliber of the existing global programs.”
—Matt Hofmann, Master Distiller, Westland Distillery

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Craft Brewing & Distilling Center

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Workforce Development

Expanding Craft Beverage Industry

Value Added Agriculture

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About the Center of Excellence

Craft Brewing & Distilling Innovation Partnership Zone