88 Limestone or “Pumpyard” as it was known as in the last half of the 1800’s, was Ipswich’s first source of water.
The water was from a naturally occurring spring and the townsfolk at the time commented on the freshness and sweetness of the spring water. At the turn of the century in 1901 the site became the premier centre for technical education in Queensland. The Technical College was eventually abandoned in 2000 until purchased by Ipswich locals ; James and Tracey Long in 2013.
The vision of the new owners was to restore these heritage buildings to their former glory while providing a new modern use.
As part of this redevelopment 4 Hearts Brewery was created.
As an ode to the past we can once again say that 88 Limestone is the best source for refreshment in Ipswich.
“The best beer is the beer consumed in the shadow of the brewery where it was made”
4 Hearts Brewing in its current form was started by the chance conversation in 2013 between James Long and Jason McNamara a certifiable craft beer tragic in search of a another drinking haunt.
This conversation sparked the idea of a micro-brewery; enter Wade Curtis, an Ipswich local amateur brewer with a fledgling brewing company called 4 Hearts Brewing. The deal was sealed and James became the major shareholder of 4 Hearts brewing and Pumpyard was born.
Wade became the head brewer and James the designer and builder of the new 4 Hearts precinct. The result is a brewery where patrons can enjoy their beers whilst close enough to touch the beer tanks.
“The future is to expose more food and beer lovers to the best that Ipswich has to offer”
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