The Pump House
The Pump House Brewery was opened as a brewpub in downtown Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada in 1999 by Shaun Fraser and his wife Lilia. They debuted in style on New Year's Eve with the first new beer of the Millennium. The Brewpub grew so popular that expansion was necessary. In July 2002, a brewing/bottling plant was built outside the city centre and production began in the same year. A gausthaus/restaurant was also established later on the plant site, called the Barn Yard BBQ.
The Pump House made a huge splash during its first appearance at the annual Canadian Brewing Awards in 2005. The brewery captured 9 medals in 6 different categories, included in this were 6 gold and 3 bronze. By gaining the first spot in both gold and total tally, Pump House won the coveted title of Canada's "Brewery of the Year". The Awards are currently the only contest in Canada that invites breweries of every size from all parts of the country to compete against each other in a blind tasting and see who truly brews the best in the land.
Currently the Pump House, with over 50 full-time employees, distributes beer across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Business is so good that plans are in the works to franchise the pub and introduce a line of food products. Never content to rest on the laurels, the technical teams are developing new brands each year.