Rock Island, IL 61201
1510 17 St
East Moline, IL 61244
5500 30 Ave
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Rock Island once big in beer biz
Beer may have made Milwaukee famous, but at one time Rock Island was known for its breweries also.
In the 1850s, baker George Wagner tired of his ``steam cracker'' business and bought the small Atlantic Brewing Co. in Rock Island from Joseph Schmidt. He immediately enlarged the brewery at what is now 5th Avenue and 30th Street and by 1880 had a national reputation as a brewer of lager.
Nearby, Bavarian-born Igantz Huber began a brewing beer at what is now 3rd Avenue and 23rd Street. He later built a bigger brewery and beer garden at 30th Street and 7th Avenue. Stories have it that he stabled and pastured his Clydesdale working horses at the top of hill where Augustana College now has dorms and a rec center.
It's also said that soldiers from the Arsenal were prohibited from going to Huber's because it was moe than five miles from their base. But they figured if they jumped a fence at the bottom of the beer garden, they were within their five-mile limit. In 1893, the Atlantic Brewing Co. and Huber's City Brewery merged into the Rock Island Brewing Co.
Copyright 1999, Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.