Pine­hurst Re­sort Plan­ning to Open New Mi­cro­brew­ery in the Fall

The Pine­hurst Brew­ing Com­pany gives new life to the Vil­lage’s his­toric steam plant

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VIL­LAGE OF PINE­HURST, NC – On New Year’s Eve in 1895, the steam pro­duced by the Vil­lage Power House en­abled The Holly Inn to wel­come the first guests to Pine­hurst with the very lat­est in lux­ury ameni­ties - heat and elec­tric­ity. For decades, the steam plant pow­ered the homes, ho­tels and cot­tages of Pine­hurst un­til it was shut­tered in the 1990s, fall­ing into dis­re­pair and, at one time, slated for de­mo­li­tion. Now, af­ter a full ren­o­va­tion by Pine­hurst Re­sort to main­tain its orig­i­nal façade and cap­ture the char­ac­ter of the cen­tury-old build­ing, the steam plant will re-emerge as the Pine­hurst Brew­ing Com­pany, which is planned to open this fall.

Much of the orig­i­nal steam plant build­ing re­mains, but in­stead of tur­bines and gen­er­a­tors, it will fea­ture a 10-bar­rel mi­cro­brew­ery. An ob­ser­va­tion plat­form over­look­ing the brew­house will be a fo­cal point of the tap­room, and the din­ing room will be com­ple­mented by a bar, a beer gar­den and an all-sea­sons pa­tio.

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. The unique ex­te­rior brick cor­bel­ing – rarely seen in ar­chi­tec­ture to­day - is pre­served, and the vin­tage arches and win­dows have been re­stored. Brick walls that have been stand­ing for over 120 years give way to high ceil­ings, and the plant’s smoke­stack will be re­built us­ing its orig­i­nal base, re­turn­ing a lost but defin­ing fea­ture of the Vil­lage’s early land­scape.

Por­tions of the plant have been ren­o­vated to in­clude a smoke­house for the restau­rant and a green­house for herbs, which could be used for both the restau­rant and for brew­ing in­gre­di­ents. A trel­lis de­signed to repli­cate the train track that brought coal into the plant cov­ers seat­ing out­side. The trel­lis is sup­ported by the same py­lons that held the track in the early 1900s.

“For al­most a cen­tury, the steam plant pro­vided power to the Vil­lage. We hope this next in­car­na­tion of the build­ing as the Pine­hurst Brew­ing Com­pany pro­vides a surge of en­ergy for the en­tire com­mu­nity,” says Pine­hurst Pres­i­dent Tom Pash­ley.

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.

The brew­ery is among the most sig­nif­i­cant of re­cent ad­di­tions to the Re­sort, which in­cludes its new short course, The Cra­dle, and a re­design of Pine­hurst No. 4 by noted golf ar­chi­tect Gil Hanse.

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