Columbia Kettle Works, a craft micro-brewery, has opened in Columbia at 40 N. Third St.

The brewpub occupies 7,500 square feet of space on the first floor of  the former United Telephone Co. building.

Owners Rod Smith and Bill Collister oversaw renovations that began in January and included the installation of a bar, seating areas and brewing equipment.

In all, there’s seating for 46 in a space that has kept an industrial look with concrete floors and painted block walls.

Collister declined to estimate the cost of the renovations.

The brewery, which will eventually have eight beers on tap is now making six varieties: a blonde, a raspberry blonde, two India Pale Ales, a coffee stout and Bald Guy, which is an amber ale made with rye.

Columbia Kettle Works sells beer by the glass and also fills growlers in addition to selling Pennsylvania wines.

Columbia Kettle Works offers a small food menu that include snacks,  panini, and and meat and cheese plates. It also brings in food trucks on occasion.

The owners, who have day jobs in Coatesville, are helped at the brewery by a couple family members. The brewing is mostly done on Saturdays, giving customers a chance to watch.

Hours: 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Hours may be expanded. 342-2374,

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Chad Umble is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer and copy editor who writes What's in Store, a column that offers a weekly roundup of retail and restaurant news. He can be reached at or (717) 291-8718. You can also follow@WhatsinStoreLNP on Twitter.