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Bent River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 259
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1413 5th Ave
phone: (309) 797-2722
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife and I visit Bent River at least once a year. For her review from several years ago, scroll down. As always, the bartenders provided excellent service and were knowledgeable about the beers. We also talked for some time with a local guy who is working on his first batch of homebrew. Good luck to him.
In the past, I really enjoyed their dry-hopped APA. We would get a growler each visit, in addition to one or two at the bar. I'm not a huge fan of APAs, specifically one of the plethora of APAs and AIPAs that taste like the brewer dumped a ton of cascade hops in a kettle of Miller Lite wort. The dry-hopped APA was wonderful though, and I was briefly disappointed when they didn't have it during my annual visit last weekend.
I say briefly because my disappointment disappeared after one sip of Bent River's Imperial Stout. I asked for a sample after ordering my second favorite - Oatmeal Stout, and immediately I wished I had gone with the Imperial. As Imperial Stouts are supposed to be, the beer was dark, dark brown (opaque) with a lingering, dark tan head. The first taste was noticeably sweet with a velvety mouthfeel, transitioning to a nice, smoky, but not sharp or too bitter aftertaste. It was heavenly. No one could tell me the ABV, but it did not seem extremely high like some other Imperials, which is a good thing. It lacked the distracting, high-alcohol "burn" some more extreme beers have.
I visit brewpubs all over the midwest and occasionally beyond. This Imperial is hands down the best beer I have ever had at a brewpub and in the top 5 beers I have ever tasted. I would not normally consider buying a growler of an Imperial Stout, but this one was worth it. BTW, kudos to Bent River for sealing their growlers well. The beer was not flat when I opened the growler 48 hours later. Now if they could just find a supplier of brown glass growlers (the beer was not skunked, but clear glass is a risk) or better yet bottle!!!
Finally, all good things must come to an end. The Imperial was apparently on a closeout special ($2.50/pint, I think). That means, of course, that it won't be around much longer. If you are in, or passing through the Quad Cities area, don't miss this beer!
01-24-2008 19:14:35 |
More by curiamagna
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
My husband and I were in Moline this weekend, and we tried out the Bent River Brewing company. We made reservations on Thursday for a Saturday evening dinner, and our table was there, but we didn't really need the reservation, the place was full, but not overfull. It seemed more like a neighborhood/local establishment. They had beer coasters from all over the world and flags for decoration. It's in downtown Moline, and fairly easy to find. It seemed to have been an old building and it had a patina of age on the outside and inside. Behind the bar were the kettles and mash tuns, and brewing equipment, not behind glass or anything, just behind the bartenders. The crowd was very local, and there was a live blues band setting up that started playing right about when we left.
Our waitor was fabulous, he gave us samples of every beer, for free. When we asked him beer questions, he found out the answers for us. The food was standard bar fare that was "bent." They had a build a burger section of the menu, where you could customize to your heart's content, and my burger was excellent.
The price was very reasonable. We had some beers at the bar before we sat down, but for 2 entres, an appetizer, and 2 beers it was $22. Which is a nice price.
We tried many of the beers, excellent choices for diverse beer drinkers. Go to Moline to go to Bent River.
*edit* Original review written in 1/2004, this edit is 2/2009. I was disappointed to learn over the summer they have had a bit of turnover with the brewmasters (apparently the brewers keep leaving to get jobs with benefits... I think it's sad, because they're losing talent because they're not competitive.) This winter, the number of beers on tap have been decreased, the menu seems to have shrunk. Still good burgers.
01-19-2004 05:25:41 |
More by Reneejane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Bent River Handcrafted Lagers & Ales Brewing Company
13 beers on tap.
Mississippi Blonde Light Golden Ale 4%
American Wheat Ale light bodied American style ale easy on the hops4.4%
American Pale Ale 5.5%
Oatmeal Stout 5.5%
Strawberry Ale 4%
Dry-Hopped Pale Ale 5.5%
Jalapeno Pepper Ale 4.45
OShip ESB 4.95
Raspberry Wheat Ale 4.4%
Uncommon Stout 5.5%
Painted Moon Pilsner 4.8%
Whitewater Wit 4.9%
Imperial Sweet Stout 5.5%
1919 Draft Root beer
Outside looking at the building one can tell that the building is very old. Opened 1997, You walk in the door and bam! 3 fermenters greet you with 13 beers and 1 draft Root Beer on tap. The brewing equipment stands behind the 40+ foot bar. Very knowledgeable girl behind the bar. The last one is called Replica Red. They are in a contest with 11 other brewpubs in Illinois to brew the same recipe and meet in a suburb of Chicago to judge each breweries rendition. They brew several ales and an occasional lager. A must stop for any brewpub traveler.
04-29-2007 18:57:49 |
More by Stoutsman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to Bent River a few times and have always had great service. While I have seen their board listing 12 different beers, I have had only 7 different ones but always take home a growler or two (or three) when I am in town. The beers are pretty decent, with some edging on being great. I have yet to have a beer I *didn't* like.
While the food selection is pretty normal for a bar, it has been pretty good both times I ate there.
The atmosphere is pretty laid back but I have always had the bartender asking me what I want within a minute or so of sitting on the stool, even during crowded weekend nights when they have bands playing. The bartenders are always game to tell you about the beers they like, even the pepper beers.
09-09-2009 21:11:57 |
More by nightcrawler
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
The birthplace of my love for craft beer. Gorgeous bar top with fermenters set behind. Seen it go through multiple changes, but still feels like home. This is a great dive with friemdly atmosphere, good bar food, and a solid selection of original brews. Highlights include the dry hopped ale, oatmeal stout, and sweet potato ale. The patio space is nice and they have fun music events. Definitely worth a stop and sample
09-14-2013 06:37:47 |
More by pakman08
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Walking in you'll find the brewing equipment right behind the bar that stretches the length of the establishment. The look of the place was a bit disconjointed but the music playing in the background set an easy locale.
The beer was good. They had a great variety so those who wanted a dark brew order a stout or porter. Those looking for a paler brew could choose from a blonde or pale ale. The also pushed some limits by offering a jalapano beer, and a beer they claim is a brewed with sweet potatoes. Of course a dry-hopped pale ale was available for my taste.
The service was friendly enough to make my group and I feel welcome and the bartender was great at making sure our food and beverage needs were well met.
I had a simple burger, as did most of my fellow patrons. The meal was worth the price and I didn't feel like I was hungry or stuffed as I left.
If you are in the Quad-Cities and have the chance, this is the brewpub to try. Especially if you're looking for a good variety of beers made with care and effort.
02-12-2011 23:10:43 |
More by cdkrenz
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in to Bent River on the way back to my home, coming from the airport in Moline. After spending two weeks in Austria, I was a bit 'bummed' about the quality produced by the mega-breweries of the US (you know the ones...) as compared to those in the Styrian region of Austria.
I had to stop in and 'reaffirm' my faith in the micro and craft brewing revolution going on in the states.
The waitress supplied my wife and I with a sampler selection, eight beers in total. The most curious of those were the raspberry wheat, the jalepeno ale and the java stout.
The burgers were excellent and an excellent deal for the price.
We didn't stay long, as I was severely jet lagged, but next time I am in Moline, this is a definite stop.
Viva la revolution!
02-28-2006 01:10:21 |
More by scoobybrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Fairly typical brewpub setup, occupying two storefronts in downtown Moline. Large fermenters loomed large behind the long bar. Tile floors in the bar room, wood in the dining room. Nice patio in the back, lights strung overhead, and a large outdoor storage vessel. Satellite radio was tuned to a Greatful Dead station. Seemed to be a steady stream of growler-fill traffic in and out on a Saturday afternoon.
Beer selection was pretty good, including a dry hopped pale ale, hefeweizen, jalapeno ale, oatmeal stout, strawberry ale, and others.
Service was pretty much just the bartender, no servers on the patio. Samples were offered when asked. Quality of the 3 beers I tried was good. Nothing mindblowing for beer geeks, but solidly executed beers. Crowd seemed to be older, but an eclectic mix of people, friendly overall.
08-22-2010 04:32:03 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Feels like going home--northwest Iowa in farm country--local bar except brew tanks and fermenters crammed behind the bar--and working at lunch. Coming in the back door, you walk right into the brewery. Overall feel of the place is a bit run down, or not completely refurbished from an older place--but like I said--homey. Good lunch crowd, many seemed to know each other and all seemed very loyal to BR. At Great Taste a week later, I saw a lot of BR t-shirts sported, so a good following.
Bartender was very friendly and helpful--offered to switch sample out for the four at a time I wanted--14 on tap with a full range of styles. Brewer Rick ended giving me several additional samples as well and doing a very good job of selling his product.
All of the beers were good for the most part. I didn't like the Replica Ale, but that's not a regular brew but a part of the state organization group brew, so that doesn't matter much. The Pale Ale is regular and dry hopped version were both good, though I preferred the standard--cleaner and better balanced. The UnCommon Stout was voted best beer in the Quad Cities, and the guy beside me was a very ethusiastic supporter of it and at least two other people came in and got growlers while I had lunch--though I wasn't crazy about it myself. Good, but not great.
Veggie burger was on the menu of general pub fare, but I wasnt' in the mood so got the cheese quesadilla--also good but not mind blowing.
Overall a good place, and I'm curious what the evening atmosphere is like. Seems like a great local place that is working hard to do a good job, and generally is. Seems like a place with good potential that will continue to improve from the good attitude.
08-14-2007 19:32:04 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
I stopped here for lunch while on my way to Chicago. Very neat little place.
Bent River is in two old store fronts in downtown Moline. The entire place is quite cozy. The bar takes up an entire wall on one side of the brewpub. Behind it is all of the brewing equipment. The other side of the pub has a seating area made up of small tables. There are a few video games available and they have live music some nights of the week.
When I was there, they had 11 of their beers on-tap, plus Old Style for the die-hard Cubs fans. I had the Wit and Trappist, which were both pretty nice.
Food here, at lunch anyway, is simple sandwitchs and burgers. I ordered the breaded tenderloin. It was huge, if a bit bland. As I was one of very few people there, I pretty much had the waitress to myself. She was quite friendly and also knowlegeable about the beers.
Prices are very low. I spent less on the food than on beer. If I'm ever in Moline again, I'll be back.
07-16-2009 17:13:40 |
More by Rayek
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