The newest addition to the local brewing scene in the Quad Cities is coming up on its one-year anniversary. Baked Beer & Bread Co. is located in the Village of East Davenport, at 1113 Mound Street. With plans already for expansion, I sat down with their newly appointed Head Brewer Curt Johnson to find out what’s coming up for the establishment.
April 22 was the 2nd Annual Double Uncommon Release day at Bent River Brewing Co. in Rock Island, Illinois, and I was lucky enough to attend. Bent River is the biggest brewery in the Quad Cities with two locations: a brewpub in downtown Moline and their production facility in Rock Island, which gives them a distribution span of four states.
Uncommon Stout is one of the most popular beers made in the Quad Cities, rivaling macro-brewed lagers on draft locally and out selling many other six packs at the grocery and liquor stores. Because of this, it is only fitting that one of Bent River’s most successful events is centered on the brew.
Quad Cities Beer Week (QCBW) Returns for its 5th Year Anniversary! QCBW is a celebration of the local craft and the small independent business owners that make and sell great beer. There is a special beer event held every evening, at a different location, highlighting a different aspect of the world of brewed beer.
The Quad Cities has had a vibrant craft-brewing scene since the 1990s. There are several to visit on both sides of the river, each offering a unique experience for visitors.
Every year, over the second weekend in November, the local home brewers come together to take part in the Land of the Muddy Waters Home Brew Competition. This year marked the 22nd year of the event, bringing in brewers from all over the Midwest to take part in one of the oldest running competitions in the country.
Fall is the season of leaves, cooler temps, pumpkin spice, and Oktoberfests! There are a lot of different versions to this fun classic event in the Quad Cities.
Have you ever had any interest in home brewing? It is a hobby that is booming in popularity right now and the Quad Cities has a plethora of options for those interested, from the novice to the expert.
Saturday, July 16, 2016, is the second annual River’s Edge Homebrew Festi-ALE. Located on the District Plaza of Downtown, Rock Island. Festiv-Ale welcomes over a dozen different homebrew clubs sharing their most creative and delicious homemade beers, wines, and meads to an estimated 500 attendees.
The Quad Cities’ first all homebrew festival is Saturday, July 18th from 2-6pm down in The District in downtown Rock Island. River’s Edge Homebrew Festiv-Ale will feature over 50 different beers brewed by 10-12 home brew clubs from around the Midwest. The brewers will be pouring their own beers, so attendees will be able to meet the ladies and gentlemen behind the craft and chat with them about their concoctions.