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The Quad-City area may not have been a leader in the craft beer movement, but it's rapidly catching up.

There now are five locally owned breweries in the Quad-Cities, plus one in LeClaire, two in Geneseo, Ill., and one in Muscatine.

In addition, two of the established Q-C businesses recently opened tap rooms at secondary locations that offer beer only, no food, although patrons can order-in. And a new Moline brewery called Rebellion Brew Haus is expected to open by the end of this month.

Here's a guide.

Front Street Brewery, opened 1992

Pub and eatery, 208 River Drive, Davenport

Taproom, 421 W. River Drive, in the Freight House, Davenport

Available: About five-year rounds and one to three specials. Raging River is its signature beer, a reference to the Great Flood of 1993 that nearly swept away the business.

In the works: A combination beer/smoked fish/cheese tasting in late January. It'll be a reservation-only event on a Monday when the business normally is closed.

Pub and eatery, 563-322-1569; taproom, 563-324-4014;

Blue Cat Brew Pub, opened 1994

Pub and eatery, 113 18th St., Rock Island

Available: About six-year rounds, including three standards and three rotating specials. Standards include Off the Rail Pale Ale, described by co-owner Dan Cleaveland as a "stepping stone" to other craft beers.


Bent River Brewing Co., opened 1999

Pub and eatery, 1413 5th Ave., Moline

Brewery and tasting room, 512 24th St., Rock Island, serving beer, with food available from The Chef's Road Show food truck from 3:30-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.

Available: About six year-rounds, with five seasonals. Uncommon Stout, a coffee-flavored brew is the leading choice, followed by Undercurrent IPA (India Pale Ale), Nick Bowes, one of the owners, said.

Moline pub and eatery is 309-797-2711; Rock Island brewery is 309-283-4811;

Great River Brewery, opened 2009

Tasting room, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport

Available: About nine year-rounds with numerous seasonals and small batch beers. About 30 varieties are produced annually. Roller Dam Red Ale and 483 Pale Ale are the top-sellers.

No food is served, but it can be brought or ordered in. Patrons also can get a good view of the brewing process, with large windows opening into the production area.

Great River co-owner Scott Lehnert wants people to think of his business as a place where people can drop in to enjoy the taste of different types of beers, not a bar. His latest closing time is 11 p.m.; "bad things happen after midnight," he says.


Radicle Effect Brewerks, 2012

1340 31st St., Rock Island

Always available: Radicle Effect is a nanobrewery, making small batches of four kegs each, so it has only one of its own beers available at any one time. At present, that is Radicle Effect Pilgrim Warrior.

But the business also sells numerous hard-to-find beers and an assortment of high-end single malt scotches and bourbons.

You can bring your own food or order in. Pool and darts also are available. Although in the vicinity of Augustana College, its main clientele consists of "craft beer drinkers looking for a specific beer, a relaxed atmosphere and a place to hang out," employee Broc Nelson said.


Green Tree Brewery, opened 2015

309 N. Cody Road, LeClaire

Available: Seven flagship beers year-round, with three or four specialties. Its leading beer is Mintery Knight, a minty chocolate coffee stout. Food may be ordered in.

Owners Richard and Denise Day regard their business as a gathering place that in addition to beer also serves coffee.


Rebellion Brew Haus

(expected to open by the end of January)

1529 3rd Ave. A, Moline (between Bad Boyz Pizza and Dead Poet's Espresso) 

Available: Five of its own craft beers at any one time plus 19 others on tap. The goal is to have a constantly changing variety. A kitchen will prepare  appetizers plus six varieties of tacos.

Scott Hancock, owner of Bad Boyz Pizza is the owner of Rebellion, and Chris "Monkey" Miller is general manager and brewer.