by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 20, 2018

A former steam plant has been transformed into the Pinehurst Brewing Co., a microbrewery with a taproom, opening at the venerable golf resort in Pinehurst, N.C., in the fall.

The building, still retaining its original façade, began operations in 1895 to provide heat and electricity to Pinehurst's first lodging establishment, the Holly Inn. Inside, the turbines and generators are being replaced by the 10-barrel microbrewery. An observation platform will offer views of the process from the taproom; the venue also will feature a dining room, a bar, a beer garden and an all-seasons patio. The beer will be brewed by Eric Mitchell, the former head brewer of Heist Brewery in Charlotte, N.C. Groups of up to 50 will be hosted in the new space.
 

"For almost a century, the steam plant provided power to the village. We hope this next incarnation of the building as the Pinehurst Brewing Co. provides a surge of energy for the entire community," said Tom Pashley, president of Pinehurst.

The 2,000-acre property offers 480 rooms across several villas, condominiums and three hotels - the 230-room Carolina, opened in 1901; the 82-room Holly Inn; and the 42-room Manor, which debuted in 1923.
 
Nine golf courses beckon duffers from around the world, five of which radiate from the main clubhouse. The famed No. 2 has hosted numerous top professional tournaments through the years, including the 2014 U.S. Open; that tournament will return to the property in 2024. Those who want to work on their touch shots now have the option of playing the Cradle short course. There also are two croquet courses and 24 tennis courts.
 
The expansive 31,000-square-foot Spa at Pinehurst features 28 treatment rooms with a lap pool, steam rooms and all the expected amenities. Nine restaurants include the Ryder Cup Lounge and the 1895 Grille.
 
For groups, the resort has 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.