Cheers To Our New Column On Brew Pubs By QC Alegirl!
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!