About the Brewery

The Brewers

Located in Olympia, Washington, Boathouse Brewery is a homebrewery, so we're not open to the public to sell food or beer, although we are always interested in meeting other brewers and beer enthusiasts, both online and in person.

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Benjy Edwards (above) has been brewing since November of 1996, when I started out while in college with a basic kit bought at a local store. The early days consisted of five gallon batches boiled on the apartment stove and bottled. Steve Chang, my best friend since high school, was involved back then as well, and shared the apartment with me. Now Steve lives across the country in Columbus, Ohio, after I moved to Olympia, but he is brewing on his own now. What exactly he does for a living is a secret best kept between himself and whichever government he works for. Brian Tuwalski, who also shared the apartment, now is fortunate enough to live not too far away in Portland, Oregon, and has great beer always on tap at his house. I met Brian on the rowing team at Ohio State, and the name of the brewery was inspired by where Brian and I spent much of our time as undergraduates.

The pictures you see on this site are from my home in northwest Columbus, where I lived with my wonderful sons Colin and Owen, before we moved to Olympia, Washington. Already at his age, Colin enjoys checking on the latest batch as it ferments in a fridge, and "helping" with the brewing process. Here are a couple of pictures of him, the first is a picture of him at age 2 in the fall of 2008, and the second age two and a half in the summer of 2009. The third photo is of my younger son Owen, age 4, the fourth photo is of Colin at age 5, and the last picture is of both boys at ages 2 and 5.

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You can reach me by email at benj@boathousebrewery.com.

Steve Chang, a friend of mine since high school, was involved back then as well, and shared the apartment with me. Steve still lives in Columbus and is a software engineer. What exactly he does is a secret best kept between himself and whichever government he works for. You can email Steve at steve@boathousebrewery.com.

Brian Tuwalski, who also shared the apartment, now is fortunate enough to live in Portland, Oregon, and has great beer always on tap at his house. I met Brian on the rowing team at Ohio State, and the name of the brewery was inspired by where Brian and I spent much of our time as undergraduates.

John Brush is a great friend of ours who got into brewing about five years ago and who now turns out fantastic beer at his home, most of which is rapidly consumed by his friends. Up until we moved to Washington state, Jonathan Page had been helping with the brewing, whom we met courtesy of his finding this website.

I also enjoy cycling, fly-fishing, and the occasional pint of ale. My favourite type of beer is cask-conditioned ale, and I love to sample the infinite variety of cask ales when we travel to England. My favourite style is best bitter, for its fruity, hoppy flavour balanced by malt, with a relatively low strength to enable drinking in volume. I collect the badges from the breweries that are displayed on the handpump handles in the pubs to identify each beer. I have over 900 different ones from English breweries. The list is here.

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