800-pound machine stolen from local brewery

2012-08-15T13:59:00Z 2012-08-15T14:16:57Z 800-pound machine stolen from local breweryBrian Wellner The Quad-City Times
August 15, 2012 1:59 pm  • 

An 800-pound canning line machine was stolen Sunday night or early Monday from Great River Brewery, 322 E. 2nd St., Davenport.

Cellarman Tyler Krutzfeldt said the theft couldn’t have been a one-man job.

“We’re shocked this happened,” he said Wednesday, still cleaning up from the theft and forging ahead with business with the help of donated equipment from other local breweries.

When staff came in about 7:30 a.m. Monday, they found aluminum cans were all over the floor, grain sacks were cut open and grain was on the floor and air lines that supply compressed air also were cut, Krutzfeldt said. Then they discovered that their canning line machine had been taken from the warehouse and two coolers were missing from the production area, he added.

There were no signs of forced entry.

“Someone must have snuck in,” Krutzfeldt said.

The last employee left sometime after Sunday’s 6 p.m. closing time and the locks were checked, he said.

The 10-foot-long machine is too large to be carried out by hand.

Brew master Paul Krutzfeldt said someone must have used his fork lift, which he found in a nearby alley.

He said he’s looking to replace the machine, which is valued at $70,000 to $100,000. He called it the most important piece of equipment he owns besides the kettle that brews the beer.  

Because 70 percent of his business is canning and distributing to 10 distributors in six states, not having the canning line machine has temporarily brought his businesses to “sort of” a halt, Paul Krutzfeldt said.

“It puts a damper on what’s been a fantastic summer in the Quad-Cities,” he said.

He relocated the brewery from Iowa City to Davenport in 2009.

In the meantime, instead of cans, they’re putting beer into kegs until he can buy a replacement canning line machine, possibly as early as next week, he said.

Krutzfeldt said a brewery in Nebraska has offered to can his beer until he gets his canning operation back up and running.

“It’s a bad scene, and it sucks,” he said. “But the outpouring of support already from the Quad-Cities and nationally from the Brewers Association is awesome.”

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(35) Comments

  1. lnewberry
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    lnewberry - August 22, 2012 10:39 am
    Bank!!! Bank!!! Bank!!! Repo!!! Repo!!! Repo!!!
  2. WesB
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    WesB - August 21, 2012 5:12 pm
    Like the right isn't full of phony issues???
  3. WesB
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    WesB - August 21, 2012 5:11 pm
    Well, it ain't Billy, is it? He's dead if I recall correctly.
  4. WayneDaBrain
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    WayneDaBrain - August 17, 2012 10:15 am
    I read an article about start up companies making mobile canning operations. going from brewery to brewery and canning, because some of these smaller breweries cant afford a canning machine.
  5. FredMertz51
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    FredMertz51 - August 16, 2012 9:32 pm
    Don't want the cheap car back, commercial machines are GOLD.
  6. Contemptio
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    Contemptio - August 16, 2012 7:02 pm
    Did someone start canning "Billy" beer again. lol
  7. MarkyMark
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    MarkyMark - August 16, 2012 6:31 pm
    Both breweries make great beer, just kidding around
  8. Guy Fawkes
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    Guy Fawkes - August 16, 2012 6:26 pm
    Obama probably did just so he could have another phony thing to attack the Romney / Ryan on.
  9. Guy Fawkes
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    Guy Fawkes - August 16, 2012 6:22 pm
    Hope in a Can... only $3.00 each... and every can you purchase is another chance to win a trip to meet your buddy B-Rock. Come party all night and get wasted on Hope in our special VIP room with him and the rest of the Chum Gang. We need you friend, so donate today*.

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  10. Guy Fawkes
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    Guy Fawkes - August 16, 2012 6:05 pm
    Okay, despite loving Bent River beer.... that was pretty funny, lol!
  11. MarkyMark
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    MarkyMark - August 16, 2012 4:50 pm
    Probably the hippies at Bent River
  12. beerad007
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    beerad007 - August 16, 2012 12:56 pm
    Yardturd makes me laugh
  13. VEGAS
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    VEGAS - August 16, 2012 11:51 am
    If that is the case Romney's B.S. will be a collectors item along with Ryan who is being told to shut his mouth and follow daddy war bucks way of lying.Ryan as a seven termer voted for Bush stimulus,Bush tax cuts,Bush wars,Bush perscription drug plans,Bush highway bill ( the bridge to no where)Bush bank bailout and he is the fiscal conservative that helped put America where it is today. As a seven termer he wrote two bills,one to change the name of a post office. Now that Is B.S. in a silver can.
  14. Alligator
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    Alligator - August 16, 2012 10:42 am
    No wonder there aren't more conservative comedians.
  15. fiat128
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    fiat128 - August 16, 2012 9:34 am
    Check the local scrapyards. This was probably stolen by scrap metal thieves for the copper and stainless steel content. You don't have long as most scrapyards process material the same day.
  16. TheVoiceofReason
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    TheVoiceofReason - August 16, 2012 9:11 am
  17. Santony25
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    Santony25 - August 16, 2012 9:06 am
  18. QCHawkeyeBaron
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    QCHawkeyeBaron - August 16, 2012 7:54 am
    Probably not a repo job since their forklift was left in the alley. Besides, they are a legitimate business not some guy that has been dodging calls from the used-car lot.
  19. Yardbird
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    Yardbird - August 16, 2012 7:33 am
    Check theVillage of East Davenport. It's possible it was used to can some of the B.S. that the president was spewing yesterday. The cans might become collector's items when Obama's true legacy emerges in history following his term.
  20. FredMertz51
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    FredMertz51 - August 16, 2012 5:10 am
    All the Bank has to do is get one disgruntled employee with a key to unlock the door. Know from experience.
  21. bereal
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    bereal - August 15, 2012 10:35 pm
    How much money did they owe on it? Repo !!!
  22. MrGadfly
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    MrGadfly - August 15, 2012 9:12 pm
    Another day in Davenport!
  23. OT GRAD
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    OT GRAD - August 15, 2012 7:16 pm
    Whoever is responsible will no doubt end up in the CAN?
  24. Jack S
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    Jack S - August 15, 2012 5:08 pm
    LOL ..................I can just picture that Badger .............
  25. Santony25
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    Santony25 - August 15, 2012 4:59 pm
  26. Santony25
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    Santony25 - August 15, 2012 4:59 pm
    I agree
  27. FredMertz51
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    FredMertz51 - August 15, 2012 4:48 pm
    And Repo companies ALWAYS obey ALL laws
  28. FredMertz51
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    FredMertz51 - August 15, 2012 4:47 pm
    And Banks ALWAYS follow the letter of the law.
  29. TheVoiceofReason
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    TheVoiceofReason - August 15, 2012 4:07 pm
    WEEP WEEP WEEP WEEP. "I am depressed" -Taggart
  30. donjuan463
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    donjuan463 - August 15, 2012 3:52 pm
    It's not legal if they don't have permission to be on your property when it locked or otherwise protected.
  31. Mintheqc
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    Mintheqc - August 15, 2012 3:50 pm
    This is horrible! GRB is a great place, with even greater people! I hope they catch the people responsible!
  32. Badgerbacker
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    Badgerbacker - August 15, 2012 3:44 pm
    Wasn't Lou Ferrigno in town recently?
  33. Dallas
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    Dallas - August 15, 2012 3:42 pm
    Pawnshops? i dont know, not like its a pocket watch or a rare stamp, probably ended up in some competitors shop.
  34. Lumpart
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    Lumpart - August 15, 2012 2:48 pm
    Check the pawn shops.
  35. FredMertz51
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    FredMertz51 - August 15, 2012 2:35 pm
    Are you sure it wasn't a "perfectly legal bank repo"? They have been known to do that in the dead of night.
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