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CLINTON, Iowa – A brewery/restaurant operation in Illinois is expanding to Clinton, where it will pump new life into at least two former church buildings. The Great Revivalist Lab in Henry County’s Geneseo is now converting the old buildings into Clinton’s first brewery. When it is open for business – perhaps later this year – it will be known as the Great Revivalist Brewery. Here’s a look at brewery operation and the old churches it is updating:
- The historic former Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 238 Fourth Ave. South will become the brewery and restaurant. The building also was once the St. John’s Episcopal Church. Demolition work began on the building in July. Beer production could launch in the building in late fall or winter, Great Revivalist leaders said.
- A former church at 303-307 S. Third St., also once a Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, will become a storage facility. Once the work is complete, this building will not be open to the public.
- It’s also possible Great Revivalist will buy a third former church in Clinton to convert it into a meeting space. Negotiations for the sale of that privately-owned property were still in progress in late July, according to City of Clinton officials.