Local microbrewery unveils new taproom in Lancaster County

ADAMSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A local microbrewery will soon open its newest taproom in Lancaster County.

Columbia Kettle Works was first founded in 2014 and is run by mechanical engineers Bill Collister and partner Rod Smith. The two owners recently expanded their microbrewery in Midstate and will soon open their newest taproom 2800 North Reading Rd in Adamstown.

This will be the brewery’s second taproom to open its doors in Lancaster County. Additionally, the brewery owns and operates a brewpub in Columbia, PA, where its ten-barrel automated brewing system is located.

According to Collister, he and Smith have a brewing license that allows them to operate up to three locations. Because Columbia Kettle Works does not distribute or bottle its microbreweries, the company relies on internal sales, which led the company to move forward with opening a third location.

The new Columbia Kettle Works has been renovated since January 2023. The new location, owned by IronSpire LLC, will accommodate approximately 50 to 55 guests indoors and 30 additional guests outdoors.

The interior of the new facility features a “very contemporary” design with “lots of metal and industrial” touches, according to Collister. The new taproom is also equipped with 16 beer taps and has a fully functional kitchen.

It is important to note that while Collister and Smith do not own the building, they were heavily involved in the design phase of the renovations.

The grand opening of Columbia Kettle Works’ new taproom is scheduled this weekend, starting Friday, November 10th and running through Sunday, November 12th. The opening hours of the new taproom will be as follows:

  • Wednesdays – Fridays // 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
  • Saturdays // 12 p.m. to 10 p.m
  • Sundays // 12 p.m. to 8 p.m

“This was one of those things where the journey [to opening] “It was just as enjoyable and rewarding as reaching the final goal,” Collister explained.

Collister says that in the future, he and his partner may consider acquiring a second brewing license to once again expand Columbia Kettle Works’ footprint throughout the Midstate.

abc27 news will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

James Brien

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