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Don’t Scotch The Scotch Egg! Blue Cat Fans Offer Pitches For Big Swing Menu

August 31st, 2018
Don’t Scotch The Scotch Egg! Blue Cat Fans Offer Pitches For Big Swing Menu

Will the Scotch Egg be scotched? Will the soups survive? And will Arkham Stout be in, or out? Blue Cat Brew Pub will close its doors tonight, after 24 years in business, and soon, a new brew pub, Big Swing, will take its place after a few weeks of renovations. It’s still up in the air as to what Blue Cat menu items will be kept around beyond its demise. Brew master Dan Cleaveland will remain on staff for at least a year with the new venue, bringing his 60-plus beer recipes with him, so the chances of the BC brews still popping up in the new spot are high. But what about the food? As reported... Read More

Have Good Memories Of Blue Cat? Want Your Favorite Menu Items To Stick Around?

August 30th, 2018
Have Good Memories Of Blue Cat? Want Your Favorite Menu Items To Stick Around?

Since opening in 1994, Blue Cat Brew Pub has been one of the favorite hangouts, restaurants and brew pubs for thousands of Quad-Citians, and been the spot for many great memories. As we near the Blue Cat’s closing date of Aug. 31, we’re asking you to share your favorite Blue Cat memories and menu items with us! Please feel free to email your favorite memories to Sean@QuadCities.com. This will be for an upcoming story about the Blue Cat, its customers and people’s favorite memories of the local hot spot. Also, please email your favorite Blue Cat menu items and beers to us as well at Sean@QuadCities.com.... Read More

Blue Cat’s New Owners Identified, New Direction Becoming Clearer

August 24th, 2018
Blue Cat’s New Owners Identified, New Direction Becoming Clearer

EXCLUSIVE – The new owners of Rock Island’s Blue Cat Brew Pub, soon to be the Big Swing Brew Pub, are local real estate developers John Timmer, Shane Scott and Jon McAtee, according to a number of sources who asked not to be identified, and verified through city documents and applications. The sale to the trio was also confirmed Friday by Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms, during recording of an episode of the podcast QCUNCUT. The trio are the creative and financial force behind the new Backyard Bowl and Abides Bar, in the old Milan Lanes building, 2020 1st St. W, Milan, which is having its opening... Read More

Blue Cat Becoming Big Swing, Brew Master Staying On

August 21st, 2018
Blue Cat Becoming Big Swing, Brew Master Staying On

The Blue Cat is becoming the Big Swing. The Rock Island Blue Cat Brew Pub, 113 18th St., will close Aug. 31, remain shut for renovations and open later this fall as The Big Swing Brewing Company, sources close to the situation said. It was reported first here on QuadCities.com that Blue Cat, one of the first brew pubs opened in the Quad-Cities in 1994 by brewer and chef Dan Cleveland and his sister, Martha Cleveland, was sold by the duo to an unnamed local buyer last week for an undisclosed sales price. Dan will stay on as brew master after the purchase, sources said, and the menu will continue... Read More

Blue Cat Sold, Closing For Remodel In Two Weeks

August 17th, 2018
Blue Cat Sold, Closing For Remodel In Two Weeks

EXCLUSIVE – Rock Island’s Blue Cat Brew Pub, one of the first brew pubs opened in the Quad-Cities in 1994, has been sold, sources that asked not to be identified said Friday. The restaurant and brewery, in the heart of the District, at 113 18th St., was sold to an unnamed buyer this week and will be closed down two weeks from now, the source noted. The pub will not be closed for good and will instead be shut for “a significant remodeling,” the source said. “From what I hear, they’re going to put a lot of money into it and it’s going to look really cool,” the source added. A grand... Read More

Looking For A Great Beer After Some Golf At The John Deere?

July 13th, 2018
Looking For A Great Beer After Some Golf At The John Deere?

There’s nothing quite as refreshing and fun on a summer day than hitting the links and having a few beverage afterwards, and for those playing and watching during the John Deere Classic, running through Sunday at Deere Run Golf Course in Moline, there are plenty of great options to check out local brew pubs. Here are a few to grab a couple of beverages at after hitting the greens: Bent River, 1413 5th Ave., Moline, is right in the middle of the vibrant downtown Moline scene, which offers a great array of fine local restaurants, the ambiance of the river walk, and of course plenty of clubs... Read More

A Rebellion Anniversary Is Brewing…

May 1st, 2018
A Rebellion Anniversary Is Brewing...

Calling all beer lovers! Come celebrate Rebellion Brew Haus’ 2nd Anniversary this weekend while enjoying some amazing beverages! Rebellion Brew Haus, located at 1529 3rd Avenue Moline, is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary in style from Wednesday May 2 through Saturday May 5! Come enjoy a HUGE selection of delicious, rare and amazing beers! The beers selected for this one-of-a-kind celebration were done with quite the precision. Some of the kegs were hard to obtain, may no longer be in production and were all chosen just for this occasion! They were loved by lots and anticipated by local beer... Read More

Pints For Preservation Is Drinky Fun For A Good Cause

August 18th, 2016
Pints For Preservation Is Drinky Fun For A Good Cause

Pints for Preservation, a party featuring adult beverages thrown for a great cause (as if getting together with friends to drink adult beverages isn’t?) is taking place 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Niabi Zoo, 13010 Niabi Zoo Rd, Coal Valley. It’s a beer and wine tasting, it’s a food tasting, and it’s a way you can help out the zoo with its costs and helping to maintain the animals’ homes while sampling over 50 beverages from: Southern Italy Imports Bent River Brewing Great River Brewery Kalona Brewing Shock Top Brewing Potosi Brewing Lionstone Brewing Green Tree Brewery Millstream... Read More