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Radicle Effect

After more than two years in business, Against the Grain Brewery & Alehouse in Rock Island will change its name.

The place opened in 2012 as a craft brewery and neighborhood bar in the former Mi-Pa-Nora Lamp and Shade Co. building at 1340 31st St.

But husband-and-wife co-owners Rich and Stephanie Nunez said they became aware of a Louisville, Ky., brewery that had nearly the same business name and had had it much longer.

But now, both sides have worked out an agreement.

The new name of the Rock Island business is Radicle Effect Brewerks. Stephanie Nunez said signs and awning changes likely will take place next week.

"We just needed to separate and distinguish ourselves from Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse in Louisville," she said.

She said both breweries  "crossed paths several times over the past two years at beer festivals and also on beer menus on the Internet and we agreed it would be in everyone's best interest if we, being the younger corporation, change our dba allowing for a separation/distinguishing ourselves."

 Rich Nunez said he began working for Bent River Brewing Co. in Moline several years ago. Eventually, he learned how to brew beer. After several more years, he decided to start his own brewery, which he called the first nano brewery in the Quad-Cities. He said they produce smaller amounts and are the lone outlet for the beer he makes.

Stephanie Nunez said things worked out so well with the owners of the Louisville brewery that they plan to attend the Rock Island brewery's renaming party on Oct. 24 and distribute of their own craft beer in Rock Island on that day only.

"We are happy we were able to settle this peaceably," she said. "They are nice guys."

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