Utility Brewing Company

Ruston-based Utility Brewing Co. is all about supporting the community. According to co-founder Karl Puljak, that was the idea from the brewpub’s beginning.

According to him, “The thing we really like is that we’re contributing to a vital downtown, and Ruston is one of a few small cities in Louisiana where that vitality can be found at its core. For us, it’s a place where we live and raise our families, and we thought: it didn’t seem like anyone else was going to put a brewery in, so why not us?” Puljak started the brewpub in 2017 with business partners Cassidy Keim and Dean Norton.

“By all accounts there’s been a lot of support,” he adds. “There’s a local pride in this town.”

You can experience that local pride in every pint at Utility, which typically has six to eight of its beers on tap. Its pub ale — the brewpub’s version of an English Bitter — is a great intro beer for guests who may be unfamiliar with the world of craft brewing. It’s one of a handful of traditional beers that are made with care at the seven-barrel facility. Other beers include a red ale, stout, honey saison (made with honey from a local apiary), American Kolsch and IPA. As is the case with many small-scale breweries, Utility also makes limited-run beers. All are available in the tap room, and can be taken home in growlers.

Beer’s not all you’ll get at Utility. As a brewpub, Puljak and his crew also make outstanding pizzas and other pub grub that has made the business such a popular dining and drinking spot, that it expanded into the adjoining building, doubling in size not long after opening. Utility also has added a courtyard for outdoor drinking and entertainment.

Stop by Utility during its open hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., for a taste of its wood-fired brick oven pizza and some of the best beers north Louisiana has to offer.