Bent River Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 272
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.43/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped into Bent River while taking a 'tour' of the Quad Cities brewpubs. I found Bent River to be a nice place to belly up to the bar and try some micro brews. Their craft brews are quality, but fairly standard overall. However, occasionally they do have something unusual such as their sweet potatoe beer and Jerr's honey bear porter. Prices are in line. the bartender was adequate, but not overly freindly or helpful.
Their micro brew selection is very nice. A large selection of brews that are a little off the beaten path.
One word to the wise... Keep an eye on your change.
04-28-2006 22:56:31 | More by Blakaeris
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
I loved the atmosphere at Bent River. It is a pretty small place but very comfortable.Easy place to sit, talk and have a good brew. Beer Selection didn't blow me away but the dry-hopped had a really good flavor to it. I would definitely go back if I am ever in that neck of the woods again.
07-13-2013 18:24:26 | More by BirdmanJohn
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Lively Midwest Micro-brewery with a hippie atmosphere. I rated the atmosphere higher than some may, because I enjoy some Allman Brothers on the jukebox. The quality of the beer was 'meh', so I tried both of the stouts on tap. The "Uncommon Stout" was tastier than the Oatmeal Stout. To mean, the Oatmeal Stout was a little off. The guest tap was Founders Breakfast Stout, and even though I felt bad doing so, I had to order one. We drive from Iowa City to the Ill. boarder to get some Founders, so I'm gonna treat myself to some Founders. They had other bottled beers in the cooler aside from their own Micros on tap. We order some Chipolte wings, and they were tasty, and spice. Good meat on the wings. I'd go back, and bring friends!
02-07-2011 15:07:56 | More by MarcatGSB
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was the second stop on the "try the local brewpubs" visit over the holidays. It's a kind of dingy looking place but had some good beer.
I sat at the bar and had a good view of the fermenters. They had eight beers on tap, I tried the Pale Ale and the Uncommon Stout, the stout was good and probably the most coffee taste I've had in a beer.
I had the smothered fries and tried the habanero ketchup, it was fine and the menu was normal bar fare.
Service was fine though I was here when they weren't busy, a friend of mine who lives in the area said when they are busy they rarely would see a waitress. He also said they are trying to become more of a local music hangout, so there is often a cover charge to enter.
Overall, a pretty good place with pretty good beer.
01-01-2008 23:07:54 | More by Mdog
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5 | $
Visited around 8 PM on a Tuesday night to find it surprising crowded with a mostly younger crowd. Comfortably loud groovy-jam music matched the clientele (playing "Gone Phishin'" on Sirrius XM
later in the night).
Located in a/the downtown historic area. It appears they combined two buildings and with one being the dining room and the other being the bar and brewing area - the brewing operation is impressively displayed behind the bar.
On tap were: blonde, pale, wheat, hefe, stout, IPA, oatmeal stout, raspberry wheat, and jalapeño pepper ale.
I had a hefe and the IPA. The hefe was well undercarbonated. The IPA was one of the best brewpub IPA's I've had in quite some time. In fact, they blew the IPA and I got the second or third beer off the new batch. Fruity with nice and clean hop aroma. I would have had another but I needed to get back to my hotel and get some work done.
I ordered the wings and they were some of the worst I've ever had. After the fact I checked Urban Spoon and their rating is 44% like it which is miserable. Go for the beer not the food.
Pretty busy and the bartenders were working hard and together to keep on top of things.
10-08-2010 00:27:17 | More by Yetiman420
3.79/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Downtown Moline, right up the street from the bierstube. The area is full of rundown houses and trendy, nicely decorated restaurants. Bent River combines the two.
The decor is great. Lightly smoky, rundown feel. It feels geniune, like a forest fire or a water stain. The fermenting tanks are huge and right beind the bar, which is covered in a cool copper plate that looks nice and feels even nicer. The whole place looks copper, come to think of it. Varnished wood and bright, proud age.
A full beer menu hangs huge behind the bar. The music was totally decent (Radiohead, Gnarls Barkley, Primus...not exactly OMG UNDERGROUND type of music, but better than what you'd get just about everywhere else). The crowd was mostly in their 30s and 40s. This is good, because twenty somethings like myself tend to be the absolute worst people on earth.
Excellent beer. The dry hopped IPA was great--actually boldly hoppy, instead of just claiming to be boldly hoppy, like so many other run of the mill brewpub IPAs. The Uncommon Sout was even better, and even the chick beers were solid.
The waiter was a bit of a dick at first, but that might have been because 1)My girlfriend and I were each at ;east ten years younger than everyone else there, and 2)The first thing I ordered was the raspberry and he might have thought I was a sissy. The staffed warmed up, though. But they lose points for refilling my pint glass when I switched from one beer to another. You don't pour an IPA into a glass that still has the dregs of a stout in it!
Selection was great, about a dozen beers including some really off the wall (Sweet Potato!) and X-treme (Dry hopped) selections. There was also a great bottle selection featuring the standard crafts available in Illinois--3 Floyds, Bell's, etc.
No food to try. Pints were a little expensive, but not egregious. Certainly worth checking out if you're in the Quad Cities.
11-26-2006 17:41:03 | More by mynie
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped by while in town to visit my Grandparents. We came in the back way, walked past some fermenting tanks and the display case of bottled beers. The selection of bottle was pretty impressive, with 3F's, Bell's, DFH, etc. represented. The brewery selection was very good too, with a stout, oatmeal stout, pale ale, IPA, blonde, raspberry beer, and a few others. I had the dry-hopped pale ale, which was very nice and super-hoppy, as well as some IPA (good, but rather mild on the hops), and the oatmeal stout which was just ok. Didn't have any food, but the selection and prices looked pretty good. $3.50 for a pint of beer. Service was ok, but the pours could have been better (more head). Overall a good place that I would certainly go to again and a very pleasant surprise.
05-18-2006 19:42:40 | More by AaronHomoya
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Easy enough to find with plenty of parking nearby. The place is kinda dingy and stunk of cooking grease from the kitchen. Very busy for a weeknight. I thought the beer selection was a bit slim. Three stouts and three wheat beer variations. They also had Schell's 1919 Root Beer on tap. The beers I did have were very good. The oatmeal stout being the highlight. Sitting at the bar you get a good look at the brewing equipment and the fermenters. The beer is good but the smells coming from the kitchen turned my stomach and I had enough after 45 minutes.
Edit: Four years later and I return. The various scores would change but my overall impression of the place has not. Service was horrible. The bartenders were on the opposite end of the bar doing shots with their friends instead of tending to their customers. I tried the food this time and thought it was palateable. Interesting mix of beers available but did not get to try much because the service was so uncaring. By far the worst service I ever experienced in the Quad Cities.
03-07-2008 02:20:14 | More by morimech
3.84/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped and did a sampler here... I thought the Dry Hopped beer really stood out. The imperial stout was also good, but not great. They had a reasonable amount of selection, although not special. The staff was helpful, the patrons very personable, and the place also did have an accommodating feel to it. I did not try any food and am unsure if they have any. If you're in the area it would be worth at least a stop, especially after a long drive through Iowa or some of the boring areas of Illinois.
01-16-2012 18:49:05 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.85/5 rDev -1%
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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Bent River Brewing Company in Moline, IL
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