Pinehurst Brewing will be housed in a renovated steam plant which once provided power to much of the area. Image courtesy of Pinehurst Resort

It’s not Sanford or Lee County, but Pinehurst Resort in neighboring Moore County announced Tuesday that it will add to the regional craft beer scene by opening a brewery this fall.

Housed in a closed-but-now-renovated steam plant that powered much of Pinehurst until the 1990s, the 10 barrel brewing operation known as the Pinehurst Brewing Company will be overseen by Eric Mitchell, who won acclaim at the Heist Brewery in Charlotte, which has one of North Carolina’s most expansive and celebrated craft brewing communities.

From Pinehurst’s press release:

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.

In addition to a taproom, Pinehurst Brewing customers will also also have access to a dining room, a bar and a beer garden. The press release doesn’t provide a firm date for the opening, but we’ll update you when we see one.

Pinehurst Brewing will join an already thriving craft beer culture in Moore County, which features Southern Pines Brewing in Southern Pines and the Railhouse Brewery in Aberdeen. Here in Lee County, Hugger Mugger Brewing opened in January, while the Camelback Brewing Company is set to open on July 11.

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