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Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« on: April 13, 2018, 12:51:24 PM »
The QC area doesn't see much action on here, but I went out there for a show last weekend and was pretty impressed.
Better options than there were a few years ago. Davenport side of the river had an edge with many places in convenient proximity to each other.

Here's my top 3:

Endless Brews, Davenport



Relaxed vibe in this newer taproom/beer store combo spot. Lots of wood, comfy leather couches and plants up front. Taster flights available. They had TG Supa Sumo and Lionstone Burnin' Love on tap, which were the 2 best beers of the weekend. Staff were very knowledgeable.

Wake Brewing, Rock Island





Newish brewery, opened 6 months ago or so. Chill vibe with some subtle metal decor. Solid range of styles and quality stuff. Porter, hazy IIPA, raspberry milk stout (dry) were the highlights for me. The owner also is the show promoter/beer guy at Ribco, and had booked the show I saw the night before, so that was fun to talk about. Rich from Radicle Effect came in, and it felt like a very small world all of a sudden. Good times.

Radicle Effect, Rock Island



Cool hangout spot with an in-house nanobrewery. Relaxed vibe, good beers, good music. Their English brown ale was pretty nice, it was based on a historical south London variety. They get Triptych, which IA does not get. Kellerbier on tap and hazy IIPA in cans. The brewer/owner Rich bartends on Saturdays, got to talk to him for awhile. Got the lowdown on local stuff, very down to earth guy.

Honorable mentions:
Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel: 100 whiskeys, live music, old man bar meets taxidermist's wet dream, & nice bocce court.
Rock Island Brewing Company, Rock Island: $6 Cafe Deth and TG DDH NugMo were dangerous. Intimate old school music venue.
Bent River Brewery & Taproom, Rock Island: Chill vibe and crowd on Sunday. Guanabana Berliner & peach DIPA were solid.
Big Mouthz BBQ, Davenport: Great ribs, raspberry habanero sauce was a surprise hit.
John's Northstar Inn, La Salle: Best fried chicken east of Rip's Tavern and west of Parson's.
A flock of 8-10 pelicans just chilling on the Mississippi River.

Dishonorable mentions:
Blue Cat Brewpub, Rock Island: Nothing special beer wise, a decent Hungarian chile beer. Nice bartender. Very dated 90's vibe.
Rebellion Brew Haus, East Moline: Frat party vibe at 2 in the afternoon, crap house beers. No printed beer list, 4 separate chalkboards around the place listed different beers like a scavenger hunt. Very nice bartender.
O'Keefe's, East Moline: Dive bar with a decent beer selection. Things went south when I got a pint of Noon Whistle Gummy Vortex and it was clearly old. Time to leave when a crowd piled in an began belting out "country road take me home" as loud as they could. kindly gtfo pls.
Armored Gardens, Davenport: Probably the most anticipated stop, with BBQ and 100 taps what could go wrong? It was packed by 7pm, and super loud. Concrete floors, white picnic tables, and astroturfed walls inside. The bar was white, everything was white. Kind of an odd vibe. 100 taps on digital screens meant spending 5-10 minutes squinting at the tiny lettering above the bar. No printed menu. They were "out of brisket", but the couple next to me ordered some after me and got theirs. "Oh, sorry about that" was the reply. The burnt ends were super salty and almost inedible, but washed them down with average fries since I was starving. Bounced after a beer.

Somehow made it to 15 places including non-beer stuff hotel, food, etc. :deadbanana:
All in all, i'd go back anytime to hit the highlights again. Quite a few things I missed this time around.
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Re: Quad Cities
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 12:53:17 PM »
What/where are the "quad cities?"  :mellow:

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Re: Quad Cities
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2018, 01:16:23 PM »
The Force is what gives a brewer his power. It's an energy field created by yeast. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It converts polysaccharides to ethyl alcohol.

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2018, 02:43:59 PM »
"The Quad Cities is a region of five cities in northwest Illinois and southeastern Iowa."

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2018, 05:56:08 PM »
"The Quad Cities is a region of five cities in northwest Illinois and southeastern Iowa."

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2018, 10:39:05 AM »


Forgot to post the Endless Brews beer list, it was probably the best one of the weekend.
Supa Sumo was awesome, managed to find a bottle here recently. :ale:

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2018, 09:42:27 PM »
please tell me you got a gyro at Uncle Pete's in Moline
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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2018, 11:14:03 PM »
please tell me you got a gyro at Uncle Pete's in Moline
Next time :thumbup:
Got a couple of food spots lined up.

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2018, 09:53:15 AM »
Forgot to beer shop in Iowa. :doh:

Not a big Summit fan, especially in light of recent events, but I guess Keller Pils cans are in IA.

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2018, 11:02:14 PM »
Not even back a week and already want to leave. QC may be in the cards again soonish.

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2019, 12:03:25 AM »
QC represent, Wake was at the CBS event last weekend in Chicago :cheers:

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2019, 10:33:07 AM »
Made our last stop at Wake Brewing on the way home, picked up some Hungry Hobo subs on the way to eat there.

A good saison, a couple good hazies i'd had earlier at the fest, a nice imperial stout, also brought home a Mexican Lager and "pastry brown" to try. (imperial brown with coffee and maple syrup).

They are having their 2nd anniversary party at the end of the month:


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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2021, 02:25:31 PM »
https://brewedtv.com

Discovered this local beer segment that airs on the local news in QC. Lots of episodes archived to watch, looks like a lot of good content. Half of the breweries i've never heard of, and it's only been a couple years since my last visit there. :unsure:

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2021, 09:47:00 AM »
Itinerary as follows...

Adventurous Brewing, Stompbox Brewing, Endless Brews, Devon's Complaint Dept., Central Store Moline, Miss Phay Cafe (pan-asian), Rozz-Tox Coffee.

We'll see what we can get done in 3 hours :ale: May come back through for a couple quickies at Wake Brewing and Midwest Ale Works. :thumbup:

Bettendorf has several new breweries, but they all look pretty trendy/bougie. :mellow::bakes:
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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2021, 05:47:53 AM »
Itinerary as follows...

Adventurous Brewing, Stompbox Brewing, Endless Brews, Devon's Complaint Dept., Central Store Moline, Miss Phay Cafe (pan-asian), Rozz-Tox Coffee.

We'll see what we can get done in 3 hours :ale: May come back through for a couple quickies at Wake Brewing and Midwest Ale Works. :thumbup:

Bettendorf has several new breweries, but they all look pretty trendy/bougie. :mellow::bakes:

Made it to most of them.

Adventurous - new hype brewery, have already been brewing/canning. Mostly haze and pastry but they did a good lager as well. Came home with their sour/spicy pickle beer 2 pack :pickle:

Contrary (Muscatine, IA) - Unexpected highlight, very solid traditional styles. Lagers, DIPA, BA coffee imp stout

Parkside (Burlington, IA) - some German styles, mostly mediocre. Dumb can label with blue lives flag and a bible quote.

Stompbox - Food was excellent, outshined the beer. Fruited sour ale was the highlight, several undrinkable beers.

Wake Brewing - Good as ever. Clean, well made beers.

Midwest Ale Works :thumbdown: “we lagered a heller bock for 14 months, then loaded it up with maple syrup and bacon” :blink: Average to terrible beer. Had to dump a couple.

Devon’s Complaint Dept. - formerly the Raccoon Motel, more cozy retro vibe and good cocktails

Central Store - holy shit selection, Referend, Speciation, wild ales from obscure out of state breweries, plus about 400 cans of haze and pastry to sift through. Got some Brewing Projekt and Triptych cans.

Illinois side: Barrel Society :thumbup: Iron Spike, Knox Co., Forgottonia

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2021, 03:41:47 AM »
Itinerary as follows...

Adventurous Brewing, Stompbox Brewing, Endless Brews, Devon's Complaint Dept., Central Store Moline, Miss Phay Cafe (pan-asian), Rozz-Tox Coffee.

We'll see what we can get done in 3 hours :ale: May come back through for a couple quickies at Wake Brewing and Midwest Ale Works. :thumbup:

Bettendorf has several new breweries, but they all look pretty trendy/bougie. :mellow::bakes:

Made it to most of them.

Adventurous - new hype brewery, have already been brewing/canning. Mostly haze and pastry but they did a good lager as well. Came home with their sour/spicy pickle beer 2 pack :pickle:

Contrary (Muscatine, IA) - Unexpected highlight, very solid traditional styles. Lagers, DIPA, BA coffee imp stout

Parkside (Burlington, IA) - some German styles, mostly mediocre. Dumb can label with blue lives flag and a bible quote.

Stompbox - Food was excellent, outshined the beer. Fruited sour ale was the highlight, several undrinkable beers.

Wake Brewing - Good as ever. Clean, well made beers.

Midwest Ale Works :thumbdown: “we lagered a heller bock for 14 months, then loaded it up with maple syrup and bacon” :blink: Average to terrible beer. Had to dump a couple.

Devon’s Complaint Dept. - formerly the Raccoon Motel, more cozy retro vibe and good cocktails

Central Store - holy shit selection, Referend, Speciation, wild ales from obscure out of state breweries, plus about 400 cans of haze and pastry to sift through. Got some Brewing Projekt and Triptych cans.

Illinois side: Barrel Society :thumbup: Iron Spike, Knox Co., Forgottonia

Midwest's idea hurts.  Let's take what should be a good beer in theory then spill breakfast into it.  :-X

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2021, 08:45:09 AM »
"The Quad Cities is a region of five cities in northwest Illinois and southeastern Iowa."

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Unusually high number of neck and spinal cord injuries in the area
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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2021, 10:40:24 PM »
"The Quad Cities is a region of five cities in northwest Illinois and southeastern Iowa."

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Unusually high number of neck and spinal cord injuries in the area

Getting whiplash going through 5 towns in 10 minutes? :blink:
Several times I wondered where the fuck I was…

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2021, 10:07:27 AM »
Quad Cities has a pretty decent beer scene now i'd say. I'd go back there before returning anywhere else we went. There were a few fun spots in Dubuque too (Jubeck, Europa Haus, Monk's, Source Books, Fish Shack in Guttenberg), but there's just more to do around the Quad Cities. There's a metal show there in Dec. i'm considering getting tickets for, the Chicago date is already sold out. <_<

Best of the Quad Cities

Wake Brewing
Adventurous Brewing
Radicle Effect

Endless Brews (beer bar/store)
Central Store (beer store)

Kitchen Brigade (eatery)
Big Mouthz BBQ (eatery)

Devon's Complaint Dept. (cocktail bar)
Raccoon Motel (music venue)
Rock Island Brewing Co. (music venue)

The Current (hotel)

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2021, 11:03:23 AM »
Pretty sure no one cares, but apparently Blue Cat Brewpub is coming back from the grave. They were one of the longest running independent brewpubs in the state until they closed (1994-2017). Never really cared much for their beers, but made it there once before they closed. The first time I tried to go was on a Sunday, and after seeing a crowd outside we walked up. The owner comes out and goes "if you're not here for the bartending class, leave now." Cool, ok. :shrug: :rolleyes:

The beers were stuck in the 90's, so good luck to the new guy that bought the old recipes.

https://www.quadcities.com/articles/breaking-blue-cat-brew-pub-returning-to-downtown-rock-island/

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #21 on: October 20, 2021, 03:13:00 PM »
Pretty sure no one cares, but apparently Blue Cat Brewpub is coming back from the grave. They were one of the longest running independent brewpubs in the state until they closed (1994-2017). Never really cared much for their beers, but made it there once before they closed. The first time I tried to go was on a Sunday, and after seeing a crowd outside we walked up. The owner comes out and goes "if you're not here for the bartending class, leave now." Cool, ok. :shrug: :rolleyes:

The beers were stuck in the 90's, so good luck to the new guy that bought the old recipes.

https://www.quadcities.com/articles/breaking-blue-cat-brew-pub-returning-to-downtown-rock-island/

Back in the day the Blue Cat brewer would always show up to the CBS brewpub shootout at the Irish American center with a pot of soup and a random brown ale or something. He was always so out of place with the extravagant 3F, Rock Bottom, Goose, etc spreads but they were always very nice. 


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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #22 on: October 20, 2021, 03:39:25 PM »
Pretty sure no one cares, but apparently Blue Cat Brewpub is coming back from the grave. They were one of the longest running independent brewpubs in the state until they closed (1994-2017). Never really cared much for their beers, but made it there once before they closed. The first time I tried to go was on a Sunday, and after seeing a crowd outside we walked up. The owner comes out and goes "if you're not here for the bartending class, leave now." Cool, ok. :shrug: :rolleyes:

The beers were stuck in the 90's, so good luck to the new guy that bought the old recipes.

https://www.quadcities.com/articles/breaking-blue-cat-brew-pub-returning-to-downtown-rock-island/

Back in the day the Blue Cat brewer would always show up to the CBS brewpub shootout at the Irish American center with a pot of soup and a random brown ale or something. He was always so out of place with the extravagant 3F, Rock Bottom, Goose, etc spreads but they were always very nice.

That's funny, i've heard that story from our mutual CBS friends too, although one time the beer they brought was infected. :mellow: I never really met them outside of that one interaction.

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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2021, 02:16:06 AM »
Pretty sure no one cares, but apparently Blue Cat Brewpub is coming back from the grave. They were one of the longest running independent brewpubs in the state until they closed (1994-2017). Never really cared much for their beers, but made it there once before they closed. The first time I tried to go was on a Sunday, and after seeing a crowd outside we walked up. The owner comes out and goes "if you're not here for the bartending class, leave now." Cool, ok. :shrug: :rolleyes:

The beers were stuck in the 90's, so good luck to the new guy that bought the old recipes.

https://www.quadcities.com/articles/breaking-blue-cat-brew-pub-returning-to-downtown-rock-island/

Back in the day the Blue Cat brewer would always show up to the CBS brewpub shootout at the Irish American center with a pot of soup and a random brown ale or something. He was always so out of place with the extravagant 3F, Rock Bottom, Goose, etc spreads but they were always very nice.

That's funny, i've heard that story from our mutual CBS friends too, although one time the beer they brought was infected. :mellow: I never really met them outside of that one interaction.

Always enjoyed talking to Dan at the Great Taste. Super nice guy, but as you said they were a 1990s brewpub in the 2010s.  Always brought Tuck's Tenacious Tripel to the fest.
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Re: Quad Cities - Yes, all 5 of them
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2021, 10:40:39 PM »
Pretty sure no one cares, but apparently Blue Cat Brewpub is coming back from the grave. They were one of the longest running independent brewpubs in the state until they closed (1994-2017). Never really cared much for their beers, but made it there once before they closed. The first time I tried to go was on a Sunday, and after seeing a crowd outside we walked up. The owner comes out and goes "if you're not here for the bartending class, leave now." Cool, ok. :shrug: :rolleyes:

The beers were stuck in the 90's, so good luck to the new guy that bought the old recipes.

https://www.quadcities.com/articles/breaking-blue-cat-brew-pub-returning-to-downtown-rock-island/

Back in the day the Blue Cat brewer would always show up to the CBS brewpub shootout at the Irish American center with a pot of soup and a random brown ale or something. He was always so out of place with the extravagant 3F, Rock Bottom, Goose, etc spreads but they were always very nice.

That's funny, i've heard that story from our mutual CBS friends too, although one time the beer they brought was infected. :mellow: I never really met them outside of that one interaction.

Always enjoyed talking to Dan at the Great Taste. Super nice guy, but as you said they were a 1990s brewpub in the 2010s.  Always brought Tuck's Tenacious Tripel to the fest.

Yeah, I caught him on the wrong day and it surely colored my experience. Can’t say I ever had their beers at the Taste, but the ol’ memory is a little hazy.