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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: 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: 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
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
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: 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
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
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
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Easy enough to find with plenty of parking nearby. The place is kinda dingy and stunk of cooking grease from the kitchen. Very busy for a weeknight. I thought the beer selection was a bit slim. Three stouts and three wheat beer variations. They also had Schell's 1919 Root Beer on tap. The beers I did have were very good. The oatmeal stout being the highlight. Sitting at the bar you get a good look at the brewing equipment and the fermenters. The beer is good but the smells coming from the kitchen turned my stomach and I had enough after 45 minutes.
Edit: Four years later and I return. The various scores would change but my overall impression of the place has not. Service was horrible. The bartenders were on the opposite end of the bar doing shots with their friends instead of tending to their customers. I tried the food this time and thought it was palateable. Interesting mix of beers available but did not get to try much because the service was so uncaring. By far the worst service I ever experienced in the Quad Cities.
03-07-2008 02:20:14 |
More by morimech
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 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
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