Saturday, April 3, 2021

Dubuque Star Brewing Co. and Line Shaft Machine Shop


The Dubuque Star was incorporated in 1896. The initial annual capacity was 35,000 barrels. Of the 138 breweries in Iowa to be shut down by prohibition in 1916, this was the first one to restart in 1933. It produced just barrels of beer until a bottling line was added in 1935. "The peak production came in 1959 with 50,000 barrels and an employment of forty workers." It went through a series of owners since the 1970s and closed in 1999. The city acquired the building through eminent domain, and, in 2006, Stone Cliff Winery agreed to lease 10,000 sq. ft. of the ground floor. [EncyclopediaDubuqueStoneCliffWinery]

Steve OConnor added five photos.
[Because of the last photo, I presume this machine shop is in this building.]





Screenshot from a 360-tour [The tour did not go to a machine shop.]

glynn isoda, Aug 2019

1 comment:

  1. The Dubuque Star Brewery was re-discovered in the late 1970s as an appropriate location where to produce a movie depicting a "working class" business. Its hospitality room was constructed to appear as a local bar for the movie "F.I.S.T." (1978) starring Sylvester Stallone. It also appeared in "Take This Job And Shove It" (1981).
    Much of its later history was committed to producing contract beers for would-be brewing entrepreneurs. We would occasionally get a beer brewed there at our Annual Beer Tasting at the United Soccer Boosters' Convention circa 1992-1995. The last corporation to operate the brewery was the one which also owned T.G.I. Friday's restaurants.