QUINCY -- Like many owners working on the demolition portion of an older building renovation project, Josh and Tieraney Craig expected to uncover some surprises during their project, such as exterior columns, but they were surprised to find a mural of the ocean.
The Craigs have been working on the renovation of 108, 110 and 112 N. Sixth since last October, and construction recently turned to the three store fronts, which will be home to the Quincy Brewing Co.
"I knew these two columns were here," Josh Craig said while showing off some original columns on the facade. "The other four I did not know for sure they were there when we bought the building."
The demolitions part of the project has lead to multiple surprises, including tin ceiling tiles discovered after removing a drop ceiling.
"Every time we tear a layer up, like with the flooring, there's been beautiful old floors underneath; tearing out the walls, there's brick," Tieraney Craig said. "We never know what we're going to uncover."
The beer will be brewed in one of the storefronts, and the two other spaces will serve as the tasting room. Plans call for Quincy Brewing to open this fall.
The couple has considered opening a microbrewery for several years.
"I've been brewing in my basement for about 10 years, and about five years ago, I started researching it, and the timing just wasn't right," Josh Craig said. "In the middle of last year, the timing appeared to be right, and we pulled the trigger."
The Craigs are working to bring Quincy's history into the microbrewery.
"We love Quincy's history, and we wanted to give Quincy Brewing a legacy," Tieraney Craig said. "We're starting with a legacy, and that was important to us."
The beer names will have local themes, including the Reliance Coffee Stout, which is named after the former Reliance Tea Co. at 112 N. Sixth. The Walnut Corners Nut Brown Ale is named for an area around U.S. 24 that used to have many walnut trees. Plans also call for a Calftown Pilsner to highlight Quincy's German heritage and a Wichman Sisters Wheat.
"This building here use to be a saloon back in the early 1900s called the Wichman Sisters Saloon," Josh Craig said.
The project also has included the renovation of five apartments with decks overlooking the beer garden on the east side. The apartments should be finished next month.
Located on the Sixth Street Promenade, as a group of businesses and property owners have branded the street between Maine and Hampshire, the Craigs are excited to see recently completed commercial and residential projects.
"We feel like this is going to be an up and coming area, and we want to help create a destination -- a place where people want to come to not only support us but local shops," Josh Craig said.
A sneak peak of Quincy Brewing Co. will be offered during the District Loft Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11. Tickets can be purchased at the District office, 128. N Fifth, or online at TheDistrictQuincy.com. They are $12 if purchased in advance and $15 the day of the tour