A multi-story building on the banks of the Mississippi River that has served as a brewery since its inception
In 1971, Joseph Pickett took ownership of the brewery. It was in bad shape, flooding in 1965 had taken its toll, but the brewery was ill-equipped for the modern market, the equipment went back to the depression era and did not have a can line. Pickett began a modernization program that was nearly complete when Hollywood came calling. Part of the brewery was used in the filming of the Sylvester Stalone vehicle F.I.S.T. when Dubuque became a stand-in for Pittsburgh. Later, the bottling line was used in the 1981 comedy Take This Job and Shove It.
Pickett sold the brewery in 1980. It has changed hands and brands several times since then.
Today, it is a micro-brewery, the old brew kettle is in place but acts as decor for the restaurant and not for brewing beer. Some of the original equipment remains on display as museum pieces. The building overlooks, and is a feature of, Dubuque's river walk.