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.
“It was great to sit with a bunch of people with whom we knew we had something in common. We all loved dogs. We all loved beer.” It was a perfect place to meet some new friends,” says Rock Island resident Robb McCoy.
He and his wife, Sarah, took their Instafamous dog, Baxter (@baxtermac_kindof_a_big_deal) to Doggy Days in August and he loved meeting some of his fans and fellow four-legged friends.
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.
You don’t want to miss the 2019 Rock Island Artists’ Market.
“The artists’ market is community at its best. It’s a venue for local artists and vendors to share their work and it’s in Rock Island. There are jewelry vendors, snacks, produce vendors, clothing, accessories, pottery. You could find a gift for any friend or family member, something beautiful for yourself and produce for lunch or dinner that night. I love how friendly and excited everyone is at these events and Brandy VandeWalle is amazing, organized and a joy to be around,” shares Sarah McCoy, Rock Island resident.
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.
The Quad Cities has had a vibrant craft-brewing scene since the early 1990s. There are several to visit on both sides of the river, each offering a unique experience for visitors.
Armored Gardens, located at 315 Pershing Ave, opened up in downtown Davenport in late October of 2017. After being open almost a year, it has quickly become a fun hotspot for all types of people, for many reasons. Armored Gardens features craft brews, with over 100 beers on tap, and BBQ but with a few delicious twists. The bar holds the most tap handles over any other business in the Quad Cities Area. To keep up with their ever-changing list, one can download an app called “Digital Pour”, that shows just what they have on tap and how much is left, as well as various other little tidbits relating to each beer. Customers order their beers at the bar by number.
The HOMEBREW FESTIV-ALE returns Saturday, July 14, and aims to be bigger and better than ever! I recently met up with Jason Parris, co-owner of Wake Brewing and event creator and coordinator, to get the details on this year’s festivities.
FESTIV-ALE is a great way to learn about homebrewing, meet those that have built and sustain the community that surrounds it, and to try what they love to make. There will be over 50 beers on tap to taste. Continue reading Homebrew Festiv-ALE 2018
Beer Yoga is a trend that is growing in popularity all over the world and you can try it here in the Quad Cities! There are now three local breweries hosting beer yoga:
- Front Street Brewery is every Sunday from 12pm – 1pm in the Freight House in Downtown Davenport.
- Bent River Brewing Co. in Rock Island is hosting Thursday nights from 5:45-6:45pm.
- Radicle Effect Brewerks hosts one Saturday morning a month from 10am – 11am.
- Galena Brewing Ale House hosts one on Sundays at 12:15 pm.
- Midwest Ale Works hosts Pints & Poses is at 6 pm on Mondays.
You can follow the schedule and any updates for Bends & Brews on their Facebook Page.
Classes are $10 per person and you need to bring your own mat!