WAKE Brewing opened for business on Saturday. This has been a long time coming and has many people in the Quad Cities craft beer community very excited. I had to opportunity to get a sneak peak of the new place and sit down with the owners to hear all about our community’s next brewery.
Last summer when my 38-year-old my husband told me he was looking into playing football again, I was a bit concerned. When he clarified it was a flag football game in Rock Island’s Douglas Park commemorating the first NFL game, I was intrigued.
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.
Monday, May 16th kicks off the 4th annual Quad Cities Beer Week (QCBW), and will run through to Saturday, May 21st. QCBW is put on by a group of local beer fanatics that use the week to recognize all the cool craft beer on-goings of the Quad Cities. Whether its beer from local or home brewers, delivered to us via distributors, or paired alongside a delicious meal, craft beer can be reveled with in many ways.
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.
This year marks the 3rd annual Quad Cities Craft Beer Week (QCCBW), held May 2-9, 2015. A group of local residents have been working together for the past several months to plan and organize events each night of the week in celebration of all things craft in the area.