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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Indigo Wellness Studios is now open in Moline, Illinois! The brand-new facility is located at 4701 41st Street, just off of John Deere Road. For over 13 years, owners Abby and Shannon Moran have had several yoga studios throughout the Quad Cities and recently decided to combine all of their positive forces under one roof.
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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 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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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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Big Swing Brewing Co. is now open in Downtown Rock Island, Illinois, located at 113 18th Street. Big Swing is located in the old Blue Cat Brew Pub building and the community has been anticipating the reopening of the familiar doors.
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ROAM recently opened up in Downtown Davenport at 210 East River Drive and it is unlike any other place around. It labels itself a Brasserie, a French term meaning an informal restaurant with small bites and a mature cocktail list. The drink selection and execution there does not disappoint!
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392 Caffe has opened up its second brick and mortar location in downtown Davenport at 502 W. 3rd Street. The original coffee shop is in Clinton, Iowa, and currently they also have a “pop-up location” inside of Baked Beer & Bread Co. in the Village of East Davenport. Though the Davenport location is new, the coffee shop already has a cult-like following.
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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” 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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