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The List of Events for QCBW 2017 is almost complete! So far, we have:

Monday, May 1st – Home Brew Demo at O’Keefe’s

Tuesday, May 2nd – Dine with the Brewers at Sippi’s

Wednesday, May 3rd – TBA

Thursday, May 4th – The Quad Cities Tap Takeover at Radicle Effect Brewerks

Friday, May 5th – Cinco de Mayo Party at Baked Beer & Bread Co.

Saturday, May 6th – Big Brew Day in downtown Moline

Sunday, May 7th – Stout Wars at RIBCO


The line up for the 5th Year Anniversary for QCBW is already badass. Stay tuned as details develop.


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As the week draws near, we are completing all the details for each evening, updates as follows:


Monday – The Home Brew Demo begins at 3pm. There will be samples of beer handed out and 26 delicious craft beers on tap at O’Keefe’s in downtown Moline.


Wednesday – Chef Brandon Zawada has selected his beers and is now working on the menu for his Beer Class dinner. It starts at 6pm, $30 per ticket, 5 courses and 5 beers. Call the Milan MarketFresh Cafe in Hy-Vee at 309-787-2537 to make a reservation. Spots are limited.


Thursday – Radicle Effect Brewerks will have at least 6 local beers on tap. The breweries involved are Bent River, Great River, Blue Cat, Lionstone, and Geneseo Brewing.


Saturday – The Wrap Up Party with live music and Vault Release will have Half Acre’s Galactic Double Daisy Cutter and Half Acre’s Akari Shogun will be randalled through strawberries and basil. Yum.

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Potosi Tap Takeover at Kavanuagh’s

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The Posters Are In!

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FullSizeRenderAll our 2016 posters have been delivered to participating establishments! Dates are set and beer lists are being put together. Check out an updated event schedule here.

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The 2016 Event Line Up Is Complete!

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Monday, May 16th, 2016, kicks off the 4th annual Quad Cities Beer Week (QCBW), and will run through to Saturday, May 21st.

This year we’re doing things a little bit different. This year, the focus of QCBW is really about the little guy (or gal). It’s about the home brewers who make beer for fun, not commercially. It’s about the nano breweries who are brewing small, boutique batches, just a few kegs at a time. It’s about the local chefs ordering great beer and paring it with bountiful feasts for the Quad Cities. It’s highlighting local business owners and small-scale brewers who work hard every day to create or deliver the craftiest of ales and lagers.

QCBW is celebrated with a fun event each night of the week at different beer-loving establishments and ends with a wrap up party in the District of Rock Island that will feature 3 rare kegs and 3 local bands. Attendance to any of the week’s events will get you a free ticket to the Saturday evening party.

Monday, May 16th – QCBW kicks off with a homebrew demonstration on the pavilion at O-Keefe’s Sports Bar at 4:30. Brian Traughber, owner of UBrew, local bomebrew supply shop, will team up with Curt Johnson, the President of the MUGZ homebrewing club to teach us a little something about making beer at home. O’Keefe’s features 26 craft beers on tap and samples of homebrewed beer will be provided. O’Keefes is at 1331 5th Avenue in Moline.

Tuesday, May 17th – QCBW invites you to have dinner at Sippi’s American Craft Bar & Grill. Their 20 beers on tap are on special, a mug for the price of a pint, and their menu is filled with delicious homemade fare to pair with. Take a growler with you, because they will fill it! Mention Quad Cities Beer Week to your server and get a free ticket to the Saturday wrap-up party. Sippi’s is at 406 W. 2nd Street in Davenport.

Wednesday, May 18th – Local chef Brandon Zawada will host a Beer Class Beer Dinner at the Milan Hy-Vee. Chef Zawada will serve a several course meal while teaching about beer history, the brewing process, and what styles go well with what foods.

Thursday, May 19th – Radicle Effect Brewerks will host at Quad Cities Tap Takeover at 6pm. There will be several local beers on tap and you can meet the brewers from a few of them. So far, those committed are Blue Cat Brew Pub, Bent River Brewing Co., Lionstone Brewery, and Great River Brewery. Brews go on tap at 6pm. Support local, drink local at REB at 1340 31st Street in Rock Island.

Friday, May 20th – Kavanaugh’s Hilltop will welcome Potosi Brewing Co. for a tap takeover starting at 6pm. The craft beer industry is about brewing and selling tasty beverages, but it is also about buying though distributors and supporting other communities in the region. Potosi is just over the Iowa border, a beautiful scenic place that makes some great beer. Try some of what they’re producing at the Hilltop located at 1228 30th Street in Rock Island.

Check out the poster for the event here.


Saturday, May 21st – The Wrap Up Party for Quad Cities Beer Week in the District of Rock Island. RIBCO will host a Summer Vault Release where, at 7pm, they will tap 3 deliciously mean kegs of rare beer for all to enjoy. At 9pm live music will start on the outdoor stage, local acts Subatlantic, Waking Robot, and Satellite Heart will perform. A $5 cover will get you 3 Kegs, 3 Bands, 1 Great Time, rain or shine.

Celebrate all the great beer local Quad Citians are bring to or are making for our area. Details will continue to develop as the weeks draws near, keep in touch by like Quad Cities Beer Week on Facebook and visiting the website at

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QC Beer Week – 2016

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2016 marks the 4th year of the week that recognizes all the great things that Quad Cities Area has to offer in the way of craft beer. From locally brewed products to distributors bringing in new beers to ale houses featuring these treats, our community has a lot to offer and we’re going to celebrate it May 16-21st, 2016.

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Saturday May 2nd @ 9am: Big Brew Day

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Join the MUGZ club at the Blue Cat Brew Pub in Rock Island for their annual Big Brew Day event. Big Brew Day was started in 1988 by the American Homebrewers Association to celebrate National Homebrew Day. We use it as an excuse to get as many club members as possible to brew together outside and encourage non-members and non-brewers to join in on the fun.
9:00 AM All Grain Demo Starts
9:30 AM Extract Demo Starts
12:00 PM Toast to Homebrewing

Blue Cat Brew Pub
113 18th St
Rock Island, IL

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Saturday May 2nd – REFS Big Brew Day

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 24-Hour brew session held at Scot & Karen’s house – 2807 Davenport Ave,

Davenport – Scot is making 6 all-grain batches off the same brew, an Old Ale,

that will be bourbon-barrel aged – Midnight Friday to Midnight Saturday –

people can stop down anytime

 Karen will be doing 3 all-women brewing sessions, also at their house,

between 1-7pm. For more information or to sign-up, visit or find River’s Edge Fermentation Society on


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Karen will put on 2 wine making sessions between 1-4pm at the Front Street

Freight House. For more information or to sign-up, visit or find River’s Edge Fermentation Society on


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