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Blue Cat Brew Pub Open Again In Downtown Rock Island TODAY!

November 5th, 2021
Blue Cat Brew Pub Open Again In Downtown Rock Island TODAY!

The new, revamped Blue Cat Brew Pub has reopened TODAY at its traditional spot, 113 18th St., Rock Island! The revamped brew pub and restaurant will feature a number of old favorites on its beer and food menu as well as some new flavors. A temporary menu (see pictures) will be available initially as the new Cat makes its transition from the previous incarnation as Big Swing Brewing Company. The first eight brews on tap will include Vino #1, Boch Nelson, Back on Track, Baby Behre Scottish Export, Birthday Cake Stout, Blue Cat Blonde, Off the Rail Pale Ale and Wigged Pig Wheat. More information about... Read More

BREAKING: Blue Cat Brew Pub Returning To Downtown Rock Island

October 11th, 2021
BREAKING: Blue Cat Brew Pub Returning To Downtown Rock Island

BREAKING NEWS: After nearly four years, the Blue Cat Brew Pub is making its return to The District in Rock Island. The classic Blue Cat beer recipes will be resurrected under a new brewer. Charlie Cole has joined the current ownership group and will take on the Head Brewer role after having been a previous brewer at five breweries including three in the Quad Cities. Blue Cat Brew Pub was originally opened in 1994 by Dan Cleveland and his sister, Martha Cleveland. During the 1990’s the brewpub earned 11 awards in the World Beer Championships. The siblings chose to retire in 2017 and sold the... Read More

Rock Island’s Big Swing Closing Immediately, Alludes To Plans To Reopen After Covid

October 20th, 2020
Rock Island's Big Swing Closing Immediately, Alludes To Plans To Reopen After Covid

Rock Island’s Big Swing Brewing Company, 113 18th Street, announced today they will be closing immediately. In a video released on social media, the restaurant and brewing company housed in the old Blue Cat Brewing Company spot made the announcement. Over a montage of pictures of the staff and patrons, the message scrolled: “And suddenly you know, it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings… “We will miss each and every one of you, and from our family to yours… “We have shared many laughs over burgers, tears over drinks, dancing... Read More

Rock Island’s Big Swing Teaming With Billy Bob’s For Get Stamp’d Night

July 24th, 2020
Rock Island's Big Swing Teaming With Billy Bob's For Get Stamp'd Night

Are you ready to get stamp’d? Head down to downtown Rock Island’s Big Swing for karaoke night tonight (and every Friday night starting at 8) and you can line yourself up for some prizes, but getting a Get Stamp’d Passport at Big Swing, and then heading down 2nd Street a bit to get another stamp over at Billy Bob’s Q-C dance club. Both stamps win prizes and the more stamps you collect on karaoke nights wins you a bigger prize. For more info, check out Big Swing’s Facebook page.  Read More

Rock Island’s Big Swing Going Big With Re-opening Friday

June 26th, 2020
Rock Island's Big Swing Going Big With Re-opening Friday

The Big Swing is swinging back into business with a big grand re-opening from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday! The Rock Island restaurant and brew pub, located at 113 18th Street, in The District, dropped the following info on their Facebook page Thursday: Since we are some of the last to open, come show your support in Downtown Rock Island! WE WILL BE AWARDING PRIZES FROM OTHER LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES TO HELP SUPPORT LOCAL! ALSO, TEE’S, GROWLERS, GIFT CARDS, VIP POINTS, MARTIAL ART CLASSES, BOWLING, AND MORE ALL DAY!! THEN PIERCED PRODUCTIONS KARAOKE & DJ starts Karaoke at 8pm!!! We have added... Read More

QuadCities.com – Top 30 Stories Of 2019 (#30 – #21)

December 29th, 2019
QuadCities.com - Top 30 Stories Of 2019 (#30 - #21)

It’s almost the end of the year, and it’s time for everyone to flashback on the past 300-plus days, and we at QuadCities.com are right there with you. We’re taking a glance in the rearview at the past 365 to run down the top 30 stories of the year for our site! Of course, since we cover entertainment, sports, and features, that’s all we’ve got going on here. For stories on the flood, politics, crime and such, please feel free to check out our news media partners at KWQC-TV6. For the criteria on how we picked the stories, check out my column on the countdown. As always, it’s interesting... Read More

Big Swing Goes Big To Rock Downtown Rock Island TODAY!

March 15th, 2019
Big Swing Goes Big To Rock Downtown Rock Island TODAY!

The Big Swing is stepping to the tee in downtown Rock Island, opening its doors at noon today at the location of the old Blue Cat Brew Pub, 113 18th St., with a limited menu for Friday and Saturday before closing Sunday and Monday and re-opening with its full menu Tuesday, March 19. QuadCities.com was invited for a sneak preview of the venue to check out the menu and decor prior to the opening, and while it was still a work in progress when we saw it, its look was very much in line with the Blue Cat, albeit with a different color scheme and some refurbished seats, tables and hardware. The walls... Read More

Exclusive Look at the Big Swing Menu!

March 14th, 2019
Exclusive Look at the Big Swing Menu!

We at QuadCities.com are as excited as you are for the big grand opening of the Big Swing. The new restaurant and brew pub, located in the old Blue Cat Brew Pub in downtown Rock Island, opens Friday at noon. However, QuadCities.com was given an exclusive sneak preview of the hot spot. We were stoked to see the new menu and we’re here to share it with you. Check out your site for fun, free, local entertainment later tonight for more pictures of the interior and more news on the Big Swing grand opening. And don’t forget to like and check out our Facebook page for an exclusive video preview of... Read More

Big Swing Swings Into Downtown Rock Island Next Friday!

March 8th, 2019
Big Swing Swings Into Downtown Rock Island Next Friday!

The scotch egg is staying. So is the meatloaf. So is the catfish, and many other menu items, almost all of the décor and a good portion of the staff, when The Big Swing opens next Friday in the former Blue Cat Brew Pub. The spot will have a limited menu opening Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, then will be closed Sunday and Monday, before having its full opening and menu March 19. “We’re excited and we’re looking forward to opening and welcoming the community,” said John Timmer, a co-owner of the Swing, as well as Milan’s Backyard Bowl and Abides Bar and Grill, with Shane Scott and... Read More

Big Swing Swinging Into Rock Island In March

February 21st, 2019
Big Swing Swinging Into Rock Island In March

The Big Swing Brewing Company, located in the spot of the former Blue Cat Brew Pub at 113 8th St., Rock Island, will be opening in March prior to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sources say. The new owners of The Big Swing are local real estate developers John Timmer, Shane Scott and Jon McAtee. 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. Some members of the Blue Cat staff will be moving to the Big Swing, so Cat fans can expect to see some familiar faces. It’s still up in the air as... Read More