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