This past weekend (May 21) was the 1st ever Beer Battle on the Belle! This Quad City craft beer fest held on the Celebration Belle invited beer lovers to take a 3-hour cruise up and down the Mississippi River while sampling craft beers from Quad City Breweries. Guests received samples from 16 breweries, pizza from the Belle's kitchen, and “entertainment” from all the favorite Townsquare Media hosts.

All 450 Guests received a pint glass, a pen, and a passport when they entered the Celebration Belle. Within the passport were the voting slips. Guests tasted every craft beer and took notes in their passports eventually voting for their favorite brewery.

In the photo below you can see all 16 breweries that attended the beer fest.

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Top 3 Breweries

At 2:30 the voting came to an end. Tallys were counted and a winner claimed the trophy at the end. These 3 Breweries were ranked highest of all as they had a taste that pleased so many guests.

IN THIRD PLACE: Contrary Brewing CO.

Contrary Brewing CO.
Contrary Brewing CO.
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IN SECOND PLACE: Great Revivalist Brewing Company

Great Revivalist Brewing Company
Great Revivalist Brewing Company
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DRUMROLL PLEASE...

IN FIRST PLACE: Midwest Ale Works

Midwest Ale Works
Midwest Ale Works
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Pictures with the winners!

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Here is a close-up of the trophy, made by our friends at Premier Medal Arts.

Beer Battle Trophy
Beer Battle Trophy
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Winner winner, Midwest Ale Works dinner.

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The ride was a great time for all! One of the guests messaged into the Dwyer & Michales morning show to tell us about his fun time:

"Hey dorks, the beer cruise was an awesome event. It’s been a while since I’ve been on the Celebration Belle so I was glad to see it is still operational. Fun time!" 

Pictures From The Boatride

Here is Hairball taking a selfie of Dwyer taking a selfie.

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As you can see, things started to get romantic on the boat.

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Front Street Brewery had the best mascot!

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Nerdspeak Brewery was serving up beer AND merch!

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Townsquare Media would like to thank all the guests and breweries for attending the event! We hope to see everyone again next year and may the best Brewer win!

Future Celebration Belle Activities

Looking for more boat adventures? Here are two upcoming events that you can check out:

  • Father's Day Dinner Cruise Sunday, June 19th. Special times. Boarding at 4:30 cruise 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Dueling Pianos on the Belle June 24th. Boarding at 6. Cruise 6:30-9 p.m. Friday night Fun!
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