Quad Cities (May 2019) – Visit Quad Cities and Quad Cities craft breweries announced a new initiative today.  The brand-new QC Ale Trail introduces Quad Citizens and visitors to the 12 breweries (and counting) in the Quad Cities and invites beer lovers on a self-guided tour of the local craft breweries across the Quad Cities region.

Craft beer enthusiasts can pick up a QC Ale Trail passport from the participating breweries, Visit Quad Cities Visitor Centers, or download the passport at www.qcaletrail.com.  This passport serves as the guide to local breweries.

Get your QC Ale Trail passport stamped at each local brewery you visit and receive QC Ale Trail prizes.  Get four stamps to earn an engraved bottle opener.  Get stamps at all the breweries to earn a commemorative QC Ale Trail pint glass.

For more information about the QC Ale Trail and local breweries, go to www.qcaletrail.com

“Our Craft Beer industry, community, and product is strong, growing and extremely important to our Quad Cities brand and destination,” said Dave Herrell, President and CEO, Visit Quad Cities.  “The QC Ale Trail represents a collaborative team effort to showcase our local craft beer curators, gets our Quad Citizens and Quad Visitors connected to our local brewery experience, and gives them an opportunity to raise a few pints along the way.  We are the best in the business in growing things in Iowa and Illinois and we are thrilled to launch this new program.”

“On behalf of the local craft breweries, we are very excited for the Quad Cities to begin this new initiative,” said Debbie Davis, local craft beer expert.  “The craft brewing community and Visit Quad Cities have been working together to create the QC Ale Trail and look forward to its impact on the area.  Our brewing community is a tight knit group.  Now we have a way to collectively market our product to those who enjoy drinking great beer, whether they are local or visiting from out of town.”

This riverfront region has a long history of brewing beer, and the Quad Cities invites Quad Citizens and Quad Visitors to taste the top-quality pints from our current batch of brewers.

  • Baked Beer & Bread Co. – Bill Sheeder, Owner
  • Bent River Brewing Co. – Glen Cole, Brewer
  • Big Swing Brewing Co. – John McAtee, Shane Scott, John Timmer, Owners
  • Crawford Brew Works – Scot Schaar and Karen Schaar, Brewers
  • Five Cities Brewing – Curt Johnson and Matt Welding, Brewers
  • Front Street Brewery – Tim Baldwin, Owner
  • Galena Brewing Co. – Warren Bell, Owner
  • Great River Brewery – Scott Lehnert and Paul Krutzfeldt, Brewers/Owners
  • Green Tree Brewery – Richard Day, Brewer/Owner
  • Radicle Effect Brewerks – Rich Nunez, Brewer/Owner
  • Rebellion Brew Haus – Allison Van Wert, Brewer
  • Wake Brewing – Jason Parris and Justen Parris, Brewers/Owners

Local Brewing History

The first brewery opened in Rock Island, Ill., in 1847 called Littig and Co., followed quickly by two others.  Those three breweries merged in 1893 to become The Rock Island Brewing Co.  The City Brewery is the first to open in Davenport, Iowa, in 1850.  Four more follow, and then in 1894 a merger creates The Davenport Malting Co.  Prohibition passes in Iowa in 1916 and the State goes dry virtually overnight.  Prohibition passes in Rock Island in 1918.  After Prohibition ends in 1933, several breweries try to start up again.  What follows is a nearly forty-year drought of local craft breweries until Front Street Brewery opens in 1992 and more microbreweries follow.

About Visit Quad Cities

Founded in 1990, Visit Quad Cities is the official Destination Management and Marketing Organization (DMMO) for the region.  Visit Quad Cities is a private 501(c)(6) non-profit engine charged with driving economic opportunity through tourism, building an authentic brand, telling & selling the Quad Cities’ story, and enhancing Quad Citizens’ quality of life.  www.visitquadcities.com

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Media Contact:  Jessica Waytenick, PR & Marketing Manager, Visit Quad Cities

 309-736-6827 (office) jwaytenick@visitquadcities.com