Quincy Brewing Co. to host grand opening Friday

Tieraney Craig pours a beer for a photo at Quincy Brewing Company on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The microbrewery will open on Friday after a soft opening last weekend. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- It has been nearly one year since construction started on three buildings on North Sixth in downtown Quincy.

Friday that work will be showcased as Quincy Brewing Co. opens to the public.

"We can't wait to give Quincy what the buildup has been," Tieraney Craig said. "We've been working up to this for a long time, and we're finally ready just to have everybody see."

Owned by Craig, and her husband, Josh, Quincy Brewing Co. has transformed 108, 110 and 112 N. Sixth into a brewery and tasting room, as well five apartments on the upper levels of the buildings.

They worked to maintain the history and character of the buildings with original tin ceilings and exposed brick walls.

"The tables we sit at are made from the floor joists of the brewery; the legs are from the studs of the apartments," Craig said. "Everything that we could possibly recycle from what we took out, we tried."

A beer garden has been added on the east side of the building, and there are garage doors on both ends of the tasting room, allowing visitors to catch a breeze on nice days.

With 16 taps, plans call for 10 to 12 Quincy Brewing beers with the remainder set aside for guest taps, particularly for breweries that aren't in distribution.

Three beers will be available starting Friday -- the Bayview Blonde, Villa K IPA and the Wichman Sisters Wheat, which refers to the Wichman Sisters Saloon, which was at 108 N. Sixth -- and others will work into the lineup.

"It will just keep growing there every three to six weeks," Craig said.

Head Brewer Jim Robesky is working on a porter this week in the brewery attached to the tasting room. The porter should be available in a month.

Robesky is excited to share Quincy Brewing beers with the public.

"With all three beers, we're really trying to appeal to get people in Quincy and our surrounding areas into craft beers without going over the top," Robesky said. "What I really want is people to come in, enjoy our beers and bring them through the process until we start going bigger and bigger, and let them grow in the experience."

Robesky has brewed beer for nearly 30 years.

"I have a 10-gallon all-grain system that I've been brewing on for many years," he said. "My wife bought me a kit, and it's kind of taken off from there."

Craig said the tasting room allows customers to bring in food or order from nearby restaurants.

"This is all about community, and we want to bring business to our neighbors, as well as provide a place for people just to gather," she said.

The Friday grand opening will be part of "Party on the Promenade," which will feature the band Fielder, which hasn't performed in three years.

North Sixth will be closed to traffic between Maine and Hampshire. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m., with Fielder beginning its set at 6 p.m.

Quincy Brewing hours of operation will by 3 to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 3 to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesday.

Every Thursday, it will host trivia, with one theme night each month. On Oct. 17, Quincy Brewing will kickoff trivia with Harry Potter trivia.

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