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Homebrew Festiv-Ale 2019

Homebrew Festiv-Ale returns to the Quad Cities on Saturday, July 20, 2019. FestivAle is the only local beer festival that features over 50 home brewed beers.

This year’s Festiv-Ale from 2-6 pm at Wake Brewing in Rock Island, Illinois, features beers brewed by home brew clubs from all over the region. There will be a selection of beers from the local Quad Cities clubs:  MUGZ, REFS, Powder Keggers, and Trade My Home Brew.  There will also be home brew clubs from outside the area, including members of CRAZE from the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area as well as the Cedar Rapids Beer Society, who will have tents set up and will be pouring samples of their concoctions.

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The Village Herb Cellar

The Village Herb Cellar has a new location at 4811 North Brady Street, in Davenport, Iowa. I recently had the opportunity to meet with owners, Mary Evelyn Rollings and Mike Strong, to learn all about the business. The storefront itself has a lot to offer those visiting the new space–herbs, spices, oils, herbal supplements, candles, plant-based home needs, jewelry, teas, and homeopathic medicines–the place has it all. If you have any questions or curiosities, the staff considers themselves a resource and are more than willing to help guide you. Continue reading The Village Herb Cellar

Escape Rooms in the Quad Cities

Escape Rooms are becoming quite popular around the nation and the Quad Cities has followed suit now with five different locations. An escape room is an interactive, mystery solving, group activity filled with puzzles and clues following an adventurous story line. You and your teammates enter into a room with a mission, some guidance, and have to solve your way out. They are very fun and great team-building, bonding experiences.

Though the motive for each establishment is the same – fun and excitement – how they deliver the games is a bit different at each location. There are some things to keep in mind before showing up to play.

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QC Beer Week 2019

The Quad Cities welcomes back QC Beer Week in May! This year the local celebration will be Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.  Due the recent flooding, this year QC Beer Week is all about cities supporting cities, brewers supporting brewers. A portion of the sales of the week will be donated to the flood relief effort.

The Quad Cities is now home to 12 breweries, with a few more in the works.  Because of this awesome amount of breweries, the week is highlighting a different city each day, encouraging the community to visit and support the breweries in each city, each night of the week.

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Top 10 Places for a Cocktail in the Quad Cities

Being a bartender for over a decade now, it has become not just a profession of mine but also a passion. I enjoy the art and act of mixology. I also enjoy experiencing what my peers are doing in the community and learning from them. They have inspired me to share what I believe to be the top ten places to have a drink in the Quad Cities.

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“Enter the Bauhaus: Philosophy of Modern Design” Opens at the German American Heritage Center & Museum

“Enter the Bauhaus: Philosophy of Modern Design” is now open at the German American Heritage Center & Museum, located at 710 W. 2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa. The exhibit is open now until May 26, 2019.  The installation introduces viewers to Walter Gropius, the man behind the philosophy and, eventually, a school that defines and teaches the art and ideas behind Bauhaus. Bauhaus has not only influenced modern design, but has became a category of style all on its own.

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