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Exposed Brick: Prairie Street Brewery
Barrel Room: Prairie Street Brewery Wedding
Prairie Street Brewery Event: Ballroom set up

Prairie Street Brewing Co.


Address:

200 Prairie St.
Rockford, IL 61107

Contact:

815-277-9427 EXT 1

Capacity:

Up to 300

Have you photographed a wedding here before:

Yes

Pricing:

$6350-$8200 depending on event & day.

Contact for specific prices.

Venue Highlights

Various spaces for your wedding ceremony or wedding reception available:

  • 6000 sq ft Barrel Room
  • 1500 sq ft Malt Room
  • 1500 sq ft Ice Cellar
  • Outdoor dock overlooking Rock River

Beautiful brick building, exposed brick interior, a lot of natural light, historic charm.

Paper lantern lighting, custom ironwork.

History

Jonathan Peackock, a craft brewer from Europe, began building in 1857, with the goal of sharing his beer with as many people as he could. This brewery is the oldest in existence in the state of Illinois, with all others having been victim of the great Chicago Fire in 1871.

Jonathan invested $200 in his home, and built the brewery on the land behind his house.

Located on the Rock River, and next to the railway, distribution was easy for him. After his passing, his family sold to John Petritz in 1900 who renamed it to Rockford Brewing Co. By 1909 it was a huge success, but was shut down from 1919 to 1933 due to prohibition.

In 1934 it was purchased by John Fox, who continued to run it as a brewery for another year before it changed hands once again, and was converted into a storage warehouse.

The Koch family purchased it in 1999, and since then it has become the wedding and event venue / brewery it is known as now.

The business is very passionate about being as eco-friendly as possible, recycling everything they can, using reclaimed wood from prior renovations and using geothermal energy within the building.



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