Local breweries will be spotlighted next week as the Quad-Cities serves up QC Craft Beer Week on May 10-15, just in time for the second

Quad-Cities Craft Beer Week is Back to Mark 2nd Anniversary of QC Ale Trail

QC Craft Beer Week is May 10 to 15.

anniversary of the QC Ale Trail.

Over the past two years, hundreds of craft beer lovers from 17 states have blazed the QC Ale Trail, according to Visit Quad Cities. The QC Ale Trail invites beer lovers on a self-guided tour of local craft breweries across the region, from Muscatine, Iowa to Geneseo, Ill.

The Q-C craft beer community continues to grow, with three new breweries opening last year and Nerdspeak Brewery opening soon at 7563 State St., Bettendorf.

“Craft beer, our breweries, and the QC Ale Trail are important to how we activate the regional

Quad-Cities Craft Beer Week is Back to Mark 2nd Anniversary of QC Ale Trail

The Craft Beer Week celebrates the second anniversary of the QC Ale Trail.

destination,” said Dave Herrell, president/CEO of Visit Quad Cities. “It is proven that communities that have a strong local craft industry and scene are more successful in the tourism, economic development, and placemaking space. We need to continue to develop and focus on this strategy as we position the QC for people attraction and retention.”

Each day during QC Craft Beer Week highlights breweries in different parts of the Quad-Cities to visit and support. All locations are still offering to-go options as well.

Monday, May 10 – Rock Island:

  • Bent River Brewery
  • Radicle Effect
  • Wake Brewing

Tuesday, May 11 – East Moline/Geneseo:

  • Midwest Ale Works
  • Geneseo Brewing Co.
  • Great Revivalist Brew Lab
Quad-Cities Craft Beer Week is Back to Mark 2nd Anniversary of QC Ale Trail

A variety of beers served at Five Cities Brewing in Bettendorf.

Wednesday, May 12 – Davenport/Muscatine:

  • Front Street Brewery
  • Stompbox Brewing
  • Contrary Brewing Co.

Thursday, May 13 – Bettendorf/LeClaire:

  • Crawford Brew Works
  • Five Cities Brewing
  • Nerdspeak Brewery – Offering a sneak peek of their new location from 4-7 p.m.
  • Twin Span Brewing
  • Adventurous Brewing
  • Green Tree Brewery

Friday, May 14 – Moline:

  • Bent River Brew Pub
  • Galena Brewing Co. Ale House
  • Rebellion Brew Haus

Saturday, May 15 – QC Tap Takeover at Five Cities Brewing:

Quad-Cities Craft Beer Week is Back to Mark 2nd Anniversary of QC Ale Trail

QC Craft Beer Week showcases all locally made brews in the area.

To close out QC Craft Beer Week, there will be a QC Tap Takeover happening on Saturday, May 15 at Five Cities Brewing, 2255 Falcon Avenue, Bettendorf.

Starting at 11 a.m., it will be all QC craft beer on tap from our local breweries, with $1 from every pint sold to be donated to the River Bend Food Bank. Lopiez Pizza will be there from 12-4 p.m. and Central Standard will have discounted appetizers until 5 p.m.

Quad-Cities Craft Beer Week is Back to Mark 2nd Anniversary of QC Ale Trail

Nerdspeak Brewery, at 7563 State St., Bettendorf, will offer a sneak peek of their soon-to-open location.

For more information about QC Craft Beer Week, visit qcaletrail.com or craftqc.com. You can also follow the Facebook event to get updates about specials, tappings, or events from each brewery on their designated day.

QC Beer Week began in 2011 by the local home brewing club, MUGZ. It was created to highlight the great places in the Q-C that celebrated craft beer, with different tapping events at both bars and breweries.

As the local brewing landscape changed, so has the event itself to focus on Q-C crafted brews. The region has a long history of brewing beer, and the QC Ale Trail invites Quad Citizens and visitors to taste the top-quality pints from our current batch of brewers.

Check in at participating breweries using a QC Ale Trail mobile or paper passport to earn the commemorative QC Ale Trail items. Visit four breweries to earn an engraved bottle opener; visit all the breweries to earn a commemorative QC Ale Trail pint glass.

Go to qcaletrail.com to register and visit the online store for QC Ale Trail merchandise. Join the conversation with fellow Trailblazers in the Facebook group as well.

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Quad-Cities Craft Beer Week is Back to Mark 2nd Anniversary of QC Ale Trail
Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.