A Brief History
The Pumphouse Brewery and Restaurant is housed in the original Will Lugg Building. William Lugg was a prominent businesman in Longmont during the early 1900′s. The building was erected at the corner of 6th Ave. and Main St. over what was previously a wood and coal storage and sales yard.
Over the decades the building has been used to sell cars and tyres, a service station and a roller skating rink. The last companies to use the building were a real estate office and a western wear store. In 1995, four engineers purchased the building, along with a gym next door andover the next year converted it into a brewpub.
Most of the original architecture was left intact which meant that the building qualified as an historical landmark. On May 18th, 1996, the Pumphouse opened and since then has grown from strength to strength winning many awards for both its restaurant and its beer.
As you will have read from the brief history, the building has never been a firehouse but has been decorated to look like one. It’s a theme that works well and fits with the style of building.
The main, and original part of the conversion, contains a long bar and a seating/restaurant area behing a partition. The partition contains some great acid-etched Pumphouse Brewery logos.
Behind the bar, the brewery equipment, custom built in Colorado, has been integrated well and when brewing (they brew 3 times a week) you can easily view what’s going on. I was lucky enough to get a tour of the brewery, including parts that aren’t visible from the bar. I’m not sure if tours are available.
The other part of the pub is the Red Zone sports bar which is larger than the main bar area and includes plenty of seating, 28+ big screens, arcade games, pool tables and a bar. This area was added in 2004 and has been a success.
Outside there is a patio area with plenty of seating and if you are driving (like I was when I visited), there is plenty of street parking and a free car park behind the pub.
Pumphouse Brewery Beer
The Pump House always serves 5 stock ales and up to 5 other seasonal beers. The regular beers are Wildfire Wheat (nn unfiltered American-style wheat ale), Flashpoint IPA (an unfiltered, high-octane American-style India Pale Ale), 4-Alarm Copper Ale (a crisp & refreshing copper-hued ale), Red Alert (an American Amber) and Shockwave Scottish Ale (medium-bodied strong Scottish ale).
The seasonal ales vary throughout the year and the brewery makes up to 50 different ales in a year.
More Photos of the Pump House Brewery
540 Main Street
Longmont, CO 80501-5537
Tel: +1 (303) 702-0881
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