The Pump House poured its first beer on Sept. 3, 1999 at 4 p.m. and since then owners Shaun and Lilia Fraser have received many awards and accolades while working hard to keep the brewery and namesake Pump House Restaurant moving forward and ever-expanding.
The story of Pump House began in the 1980s when Shaun wanted to learn how to make beer but was turned away when he applied for jobs with the big breweries. On a whim, he wrote a letter to the TV show "Thrill of a Lifetime" and got a shot at making beer inside the Labatt plant in Ontario. A few years later, German brewer Hans Westner hired Shaun at the HansHaus Brewery. Later Moncton businessman Joel Attis employed him to make beer at the Fat Tuesday's brew pub on Main Street.
Fraser then got a job selling brewery supplies and travelled the world to help install and set up the equipment. While in Kazakhstan, he met his future wife Lilia and the two moved back to Moncton. Shaun decided it was time to stop setting up microbreweries for others, and to start his own, and the Pump House Restaurant and Brewery were born.
The operation expanded with the purchase of a building on Mill Road and bottling equipment to brew, bottle and package the Pump House brands for sale in liquor and beer stores. The Mill Road building was then developed into another restaurant called the Barn Yard BBQ. An additional expansion is currently underway with canning capability being added.
Why the name Pump House? Well, it's a question many people ask and has to do with the fact Shaun is a retired fire fighter from the Moncton Fire Department.
The Pump House has won many brewing and business awards, including Canada's "Brewery of the Year."