Pinehurst has opened the doors of its new craft brewery and restaurant in The Village of Pinehurst. The Pinehurst Brewing Co. occupies what was the original Village steam plant, built in 1895, retaining the original brick façade and much of the character of the historic building. Serving homemade smoked barbecue and locally brewed craft beer, the brewery will satisfy guests seeking a unique drinking and dining experience. VIEW MENU
About the Pinehurst Brewing Co.
The Pinehurst Brewing Company occupies what was the original Village steam plant, which was built in 1895.
- Originally known as the Power House, the steam power plant began operation on Dec. 31, 1895, allowing for The Holly Inn to provide electricity and steam heat when it opened its doors to its first guests that New Year’s Eve. For decades, the steam plant provided heat and electricity for the Village’s hotels, cottages, businesses and trolleys, allowing Pinehurst to prosper from its earliest days.
- The steam plant was shuttered in the 1990s, falling into disrepair and, at one time, was slated for demolition.
- Much of the original brick and façade of the steam plant is used in the restoration of the building, including its unique brick corbeling and original steel windows.
- A portion of the outdoor seating is covered by a trellis designed to mimic the original train track that brought coal into the steam plant, which was located in the same area. The design will incorporate the original pylons that held the track in the early 1900s.
- The plant’s original arched entrance has been recovered, and the new arched opening will be filled in with a glass entryway.
- Also included in the renovation will be the return of the smokestack, which was a defining landscape feature of the original Village. The smokestack will be restored in relation to the scale of the renovation and may use the original base, which still remains.
- The Pinehurst Brewing Company will operate in the historic building that still reflects its first use. Parts of the brewhouse’s walls remain blackened from the decades it housed massive steam boilers. Brick walls that have been standing for over 120 years give way to high ceilings.
Head Brewer Eric Mitchell
- Beer will be brewed by Eric Mitchell, the former head brewer of Heist Brewery in Charlotte. One of the most highly regarded young brewers in the country, while at Heist Mitchell won recognition from the World Beer Cup and others.
- His IPA, Citraquench’l, consistently ranks among the Top 10 IPAs in the United States, and in February last year, fans braved the winter cold and camped out in line to be among the first to buy a new release of Mitchell’s bourbon barrel-aged stout, Cataclysm.