Hello! My name is Deborah Anne Davis, though most people call me ‘Debbie’. I’m also known as “QCAlegirl”, a term created to name my blog where I talk about beer, the Quad Cities, and many other topics, but mostly beer and the QCA, two of my passions in life – and that’s exactly what I’ll be talking about here, in my new column for QuadCities.com!

I was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. I studied at the University of Iowa and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, meaning I painted a lot of pictures and read a lot of books, mostly. A few years after graduation, like so many other locals, I moved back home.

It was about six years ago when I really fell in love with craft beer, when it went from a hobby to how I earn my living. It was a cold, quiet winter at Rock Island Brewing Co. where I studied all their beers, the styles available, and how to taste and discuss them.

I soon took a job at Bent River Brewing Co. where I learned so much about the commercial brew process, the systems used to package it, and practices on marketing and distribution. And while I love the industry and Bent River, I wanted something smaller, more local, and took a job at Radicle Effect Brewerks, where I’ve been for two years now.

I have always had a thirst for knowledge, a desire to know and understand how things work in the world, and my approach to craft beer has been no different. However, I didn’t want all of my research and travels to be aimless and that’s why I started my blog, www.qcalegirl.com.

At first I wrote only about beer, different styles, how it’s made, how to drink it, and my favorite places to buy it. Now I cover just about everything; the renovation of my old home, the adventures I take, and the other art I create. One running theme, though, is my love of the Quad-Cities area and all the things to do in my own backyard.

I look forward to having this additional platform to share my experiences and the knowledge that I gain while walking through them. Hopefully our paths will cross along the way and if that may be the case, feel free to join me for a beer. Cheers!

Deborah Davis, also known as QCAlegirl, is a proud local born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. A self-proclaimed craft beer fanatic, she spends her days either working at a local nano-brewery or researching and writing for her blog, qcalegirl.com. While she’s not out adventuring across the nation in search of new experiences, she also enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.