Popular Indiana brewery opens new Pump House in Columbus 

Upland Brewing's newest venture is set to open July 1

click to enlarge The door to Upland's newest venture in Columbus, Ind. - @UPLANDBREWCO
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Upland Brewing Co.’s newest venture is opening in the city of Columbus, Ind. The Upland Columbus Pump House at 148 Lindsey St., opens July 1 as an upscale brewpub offering Upland’s full lineup of handcrafted beers along with “a robust seasonal menu featuring locally grown and sourced ingredients,” according to general manager Jake Fehrenbach. Fehrenbach is an Upland alumnus who also had award-winning stints as the executive chef at Eddyline Brewing in Colorado and The Rail in Bloomington.

“The history, architecture and setting of the Pump House are incredible and unique, so we owe it to the building to do something special,” said Fehrenbach. “Upland's work-hard, play-hard culture and commitment to craft beer will be the same, but our Pump House team will put its own twist on the equation. “

click to enlarge The breathtaking atrium of the West Baden Springs Hotel - SUBMITTED PHOTO
  • The breathtaking atrium of the West Baden Springs Hotel
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The Pump House will feature both indoor and outdoor seating wth a large patio overlooking the East Fork of White River in downtown Columbus. At the foot of Second St. in downtown Columbus, the handsome 1903 brick and wood building was designed by architect Harrison Albright, best known for designing the West Baden Springs Hotel, which is cited as the eighth wonder of the world.

“Downtown Columbus is a vibrant regional hub of south-central Indiana with strong downtown restaurants and merchants,” said Upland Brewing Co. president Doug Dayhoff. “We’re honored to join this community and open a new chapter for the Pump House as a gathering place for friends, families and travelers.”

Upland Brewing Co. partnered with Moravec Realty [of Columbus] and Indiana Landmarks in the renovation, said Upland spokesperson Emily Hines. The Pump House served as the city's water works, pumped water from the river for domestic use and produced electricity for the city's street lighting from 1903-1951. Following its sale in 1952 the building was renovated as the Southern Machine Company. After the 1976 renovation it housed the "Senior Center” until 2011.

Moravec Realty previously restored and reopened the Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor (which was featured in our One Tank Trips series) at 329 Washington St., earning Moravec the Southern Indiana Preservation Award by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.

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With the opening of The Columbus Pump House, Bloomington-based Upland Brewing Co. joins three other Columbus/Bartholomew County craft brewpubs—450 North Brewing Company, Power House Brewing Company at The Columbus Bar, and ZwanzigZ Pizza & Brewing.


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