The bad news about winter is that we can't enjoy a patio beer without freezing our hops off.  The good news about winter is that the breweries finally have time to put together beer fests for us to enjoy!

There are a couple craft beer sampling events happening this weekend.  One in Rock Island and one a short road trip away and one in a few weeks that's worth a trip up north.

Coralville BrrrFest 2022 is happening on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa from Noon until 4pm.

Celebrate the beers of winter and the brewers who make them!  Sample and purchase craft beers showcased by breweries from across the Midwest. Proceeds benefit Coralville's annual 4thFest celebration and the Iowa Brewer's Guild.

You can see the full list of breweries here but the Quad Cities breweries involved are:

  • 5ive Cities Brewing
  • Bent River Brewing Company
  • Contrary Brewing Co
  • Green Tree Brewery
  • Mississippi River Distilling Company
  • Nerdspeak Brewery
  • Stompbox Brewing
  • Twin Span Brewing

Also on Saturday is Brewed Live at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island where you can sample over 20 national & regional breweries along with these Quad Cities breweries:

  • Front Street Brewery
  • Bent River Brewery

If you're up for a road trip, make plans for the 10th Annual Dubuque On Ice Brewfest which is happening on February 19th, 2022 and will host the following Quad Cities breweries:

  • Bent River Brewing Company
  • Contrary Brewing Co
  • Front Street Brewery
  • Galena Brewing Co.
  • Twin Span Brewing

 

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.