Dick Brothers Brewery was founded by three brothers: Matthew, John and Jacob Dick. In 1857, the brewery started producing and shipping beer, reaching up to 70,000 barrels at its peak, and making Dick Brothers Brewery the largest in the midwest at the time. (More information can be found by appointment in the Dick Brothers Brewery Museum and by reserving a history & tunnel tour).
After the brewery closed in 1951, the building was sold and has since been owned by different families. In 2011 the Dick Brothers Brew House was purchased by Liz and Chris Solaro breathing new life into the district. Gallery Solaro opened in 2012 hosting art shows, live music and special events. Soon after, Liz and Chris purchased the Bottle House Buildings for live music performances, as well as other community and special events.
In 2015 business partners Bret Austin and Mark Krogman formed Dick Brothers, Inc. and purchased the Stock House and Power House Buildings. Eventually the pair purchased the Bottle House Buildings, selling one building to Jon Hanchett of the Cheese People. Since then Mark and Bret have been working to restore the buildings and bring them back for the community to enjoy.
In the coming years, the Cheese People production will be housed in the Bottle House building owned by Jon Hanchett.
Most recently, Mark and Bret opened the Dick Brothers Brewery Museum in the Stock House Building. The newly renovated space houses collections and memorabilia, as well as tells the history of the Dick Brothers Brewery. Along with the museum, Bret and his wife Joi Cuartero Austin built an events space in the Stock House, hosting community and special events.
The Stock House is also home to Quincy Brewery & Arts, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate a sustainable arts district that provides a cultural hub for arts education and outreach to the community through a variety of partnerships and programs. Quincy Brewery & Arts programming includes, building preservation, available art space, and partnered arts education & outreach.
With new ownership of the buildings, the group has partnered together to slowly reveal the expansive underground tunnel system. Tunnel Tours have been arranged through community special events and can also be reserved for private groups through Quincy Brewery & Arts.
Dick Brothers, Inc., Solaro Properties LLC and Jon Hanchett have been working to revitalize the Dick Brothers Brewery District buildings, creating a cultural hub for the Quincy and Adams County, IL region while restoring the spaces for over 180,000 SqFt of available new occupancy.
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