I had lunch at the Blue Cat Brewing Company today and had their cheeseburger that had caramelized cheese-curds on top.  It was messy, and cheesy and awesome!

I paired that with a Just Beer that Charlie brewed up when he was wanting a "beer flavored beer".  So many times breweries try and go crazy with the ingredients and flavors so it's nice to get a full flavored yellow beer that isn't trying too hard.

Plus, Alice, the bartender/server/waitress/buslady/entertainer was a treat to have behind the bar and running all over the place.  She was working hard but still had a smile on her face.

In other beer news...Reserve Artisan Ales is having their Grand Opening event this Friday, February 4th from 5-11:00pm – Come try a few of their first beers, a full bar featuring signature cocktails, and their self-pour draft wall in their new space in downtown Galesburg. They'll be having giveaways every hour and providing tours of the brewery for the public. Cheers!

 
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Craft Breweries in the Quad Cities Area

We're very lucky to live in an area with such an amazing, thriving "craft beer scene". You'll be able to find everything you could want.

Not sure what you want? That's ok. The bartenders at these establishments are very well versed and can guide you through a wonderland of Ales and Lagers.

From "coffee infused" to "riff infused".

From "pale ales" to "peanut butter porters".

Fruity, Sour, Hoppy, Malty, Crisp, Crushable beers in all shapes and sizes.

Crowlers, Growlers, Cans & Kegs...the Quad Cities Craft Beer scene has it all.

And of course...a great beer isn't complete unless it's paired with some amazing food. Whether it's made in the breweries kitchen or in the food truck in the parking lot...brewers know that people love food with their beer. 

Take a look at the 19 Quad Cities Area craft breweries!

Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.