Just because Charlie Cole is the headbrewer at Blue Cat Brewing Co in Rock Island, doesn't me he isn't a fan of other breweries or beers in general.

This week he brought in a collaboration beer from Wake Brewing and Reunion Brewing out of Coralville called Tropic Nightmare.  It's a double dry hopped Brett IPA.  The "Brett" is a type of wild yeast which is hard to work with in that it can contaminate the brew house if you're not careful.  That's why you don't see them very often.

It's fruity and effervescent and as it gets a little warmer, the earthy tones hit a lot harder. I've taken road trips with less interesting journeys.

In the meantime, Charlie's pumped about the new system they've got at the Blue Cat.  While they work on installing it, you can see some of his favorite beers have a guest spot on tap at the Blue Cat.

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Upcoming Craft Beer Events You Should Attend:
April, 9 Quad Cities Beer Club Meetup – at Pour Bros. Craft Taproom in 
Downtown Moline, IL
May, 21 Quad Cities Beer Battle on the Belle – on the Celebration Belle Riverboat in Moline, IL
May, 21 Shops with Hops – in Downtown LeClaire, IA
June, 25 MoTown Craft Beer Festival – at Bass Street Landing in Downtown Moline, IL
Coffee Stout Beer Fans – Don't forget to hit up Bent RIver Brewing this Wednesday to try the next version of the 2022 Local Uncommon Tour featuring their tasty stout blended with a local bag of beans from a different QC coffee house
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Museums Within Driving Distance of the Quad Cities

"There isn't a museum I won't go to. The stupider, the better."
Michaels' statement this morning sent us into a good hour of discussion about museums within driving distance of the Quad Cities. Our listening family has clued us in on little hole-in-the-wall museums we never even knew existed, and they're just a hop, skip and a jump away from us. 
Here's our highlights.

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