New bottle offerings! April 06 2014

Bent River's latest bottled beer is our new and improved Steamboat IPA!  With a name taken from an old Bent River recipe, we have come up with a beer that we feel best represents what we enjoy in an IPA. 

Also coming to bottles at the end of May will be our Raspberry Wheat Ale!  It is scheduled to be released around Memorial Day.

Construction Begins January 22 2014

Our Moline location has began work on its 4-week kitchen/dining room remodel.  The bar will still be open 3pm-3am during this time.

Renovations January 11 2014

Our Moline location has seen a huge increase in food sales over the last several years.  With busy weekends and concert events just a few blocks away at Moline's iWireless Center, we have gotten to a point where our kitchen has simply become too small to accommodate the growth in business.  Beginning Monday, January 20th, we will be starting renovations to expand the kitchen and update the look of the dining room. 

The remodel is expected to last 3-4 weeks.  In that time, the bar will remain open, so patrons are encouraged to visit us, have a beer, and check on our progress.  We're very excited to be able to update our facilities in order to better serve our valued customers.

Toys for Tots December 12 2013

Bent River's annual Toys for Tots event was held last week in both our Moline and Rock Island locations.  Along with the US Marines, Bent River hosts the event to raise money and collect toys for local Quad Cities children.  Many local businesses donate raffle items to the event, while local musicians donate their time to provide entertainment.  This year it is estimated that Bent River raised about $6,000 during the benefit.

Happy Holidays! December 12 2013

The holiday season is here, and Bent River is ready for it!  For the first time ever, our Jingle Java Holiday Stout has been made available in 6-Packs!  This holiday coffee stout is flavored with pecan, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, and rum and is one of our most popular brews.  For a limited time, Jingle Java will be available in house in conjunction with our Sweet Potato Ale.  Fans of two pulls should definitely try a "Jingle-Tater."  This beer combination showcases the best flavors of fall and winter!

Autumn has arrived! October 19 2013

Fall is here, and that means it's time for Bent River to start gearing up for the holidays.  We've already released our seasonal Sweet Potato Ale, and it's selling like crazy!  We have it out to distributors, and it can be found on draft in bars and restaurants all over the area.

Sweet Potato Ale also took 1st Place at the Quad Cities' annual Brew Ha Ha Beer Festival!  We don't normally release it early enough to enter the festival, but this year we were able to bring it AND last year's winning brew Uncommon Stout (this year it took 2nd place behind our Sweet Potato Ale!).

Other exciting news...

Jingle Java Holiday Stout is in the fermentor and will be available to drink November 18th!  This is also the first year we will be bottling Jingle Java, so expect to see 6-packs in stores around Thanksgiving.

Jalapeno Pepper Ale in stores this week! August 15 2013

The day has finally arrived!  Jalapeno Pepper Ale bottles have been filled, labeled, and packaged for delivery!  They will be hitting stores this week, and reps from Bent River will be at all the local QC HyVees handing out samples Friday evening from 4-6PM.  Look for the green 6-pack with Captain Pepper on the front.  We're excited to finally be adding this beer to our lineup.

We'd also like to thank our friends at Stern and Vanguard for helping us celebrate the release of this beer.

Christmas in July! July 15 2013

 It's that time of year again!  For a limited time only, we will be celebrating the summer by bringing back our favorite winter ale, the Jingle Java Stout!  Come and get it before it's gone!

Summer Patio Sale June 29 2013

We will be having a clearance sale at our Moline location to clear out some of our older merchandise.  The sale will be held during dinner from 4-8pm on Tuesday, July 2nd.  We will have a variety of items available, from t-shirts to booty shorts to old school Mug Club mugs.  This is your chance to get some Bent River gear for very little money! 

And make sure you keep an eye out in the coming months as we roll out a new line of merchandise once all the old stuff is gone!

*Items pictured are just a small selection of what will be available on Tuesday.

BBQ and Craft Beer June 22 2013

 The downtown Davenport BBQ and Craft Beer fest is happening today in LeClaire Park.  Have some great food, and sample some great beer made by your favorite local breweries.  Tickets are $25 at the door, and proceeds benefit the Children's Therapy Center of the Quad Cities.

QC Craft Beer Week May 06 2013

The Quad Cities first ever Craft Beer Week kicked off on May 4th with release of Bent River's seasonal DeSoto Lager!  Events are planned around the Quad Cities all week long.  On Tuesday, May 7th, Bent River will be debuting a special Rye IPA, a collaboration between our brewing staff and the QC Home Brewers Club!

Summer is on its way! May 04 2013


Though our "patio kickoff party" was met with cold temperatures and freak downpours, the release of our seasonal DeSoto Lager this weekend means that Bent River is finally gearing up for the summer!  The light, crisp lager is a favorite for this time of year.  Patrons of Bent River Moline will notice new landscaping near the patio entrance, and in Rock Island, our brand new hop garden has just started to sprout.  We are currently growing Centennial and Cascade hops.

Fans will also be able to look forward to some other seasonal drafts in the coming summer months.  Our Strawberry Blonde Ale will be making a comeback towards the end of June.

Paddle Wheel Pale Hits the Shelves April 25 2013


Beginning Friday, May 3rd, Bent River's Paddlewheel Pale Ale will be joining Uncommon Stout and Mississippi Blonde on the shelves at local retailers.   HyVees in the Quad City area will be sponsoring beer tastings that day to usher in the debut of the hoppy ale.

Continued expansion! April 24 2013

Last spring, Bent River opened its Rock Island location in order to increase its brewing capacity so that we could meet the demands of our ever-growing fanbase.  In the fall, we opened our bottling line, and our two most popular brews -- Uncommon Stout and Mississippi Blonde -- could be found in stores throughout the Quad Cities.

It is now roughly one year since Rock Island opened, and we are seeing even more growth.  Our beer has recently broken into the Rockford, IL distribution market!  We also have three new full fermentors being installed this week, which will allow us to significantly increase our brewing capacity.  Also starting this week, we will be bottling our Paddlewheel Pale Ale.  Keep an eye out for it on the shelves of your local stores!

6-Packs Now in Stores! April 07 2013

Our bottling line is Rock Island is now up and running!  Mississippi Blonde and Uncommon Stout are available in throughout the Quad Cities, we will soon be adding Paddlewheel Pale Ale to that list.

We are steadily expanding beyond the scope of the Quad Cities, so keep an eye out.  Bent River beer might just be coming to a store near you!

Bent River Sweeps Brew Ha-Ha! September 19 2012

The votes are in! Bent River has swept the competition at WQPT’s annual Brew Ha Ha event in Downtown Davenport.  This past Saturday Bent River competed against thirty-seven other brewing companies, vendors, and distributors at the award-winning beer and cheese tasting event.  Held in LeClaire Park, along the beautiful Mississippi River, hundreds of beer fanatics and connoisseurs satisfied their palates with the unique and delightful flavors each brew had to offer.  Tasters were encouraged to cast their vote for the People’s Choice of Quad Cities best brews and Bent River’s Uncommon (1st), Mississippi Blonde (2nd), and Jalapeno (3rd) beers won the tasters vote.

Bent River has successfully participated in Brew Ha Ha for the past fifteen years with plans to participate next year. Special thanks to everyone who came out to the event and voted for the delicious brews! 


In addition to Brew Ha Ha, Bent River was seen across the river at two other awesome events, Taming of the Slough and the Kiwanis-Pepsi Bags Tournament.  


Taming of the Slough, hosted by Dan McNeil of River Action, is a three part biking and running event including a kayak race from Sylvan to Bass Street landing.  This was Bent River’s fifth year participating - they provided two favorites brews, Pale Ale and Uncommon, as well as coffee from the Uncommon Beverage Station for the racers. Bent River is proud to support Taming of the Slough, which promotes the use of our beautiful water ways! 


The 4th annual Kiwanis-Pepsi Bags Tournament was also held this past weekend at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island.  This was Bent River’s third year sponsoring the charitable event by selling beer to participants and supporters, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Rock Island Kiwanis Club. 122 teams competed in the “Second Chance” tournament and “Long Toss” competition. Proceeds from this event will go towards providing grants for Rock Island youth schooling and organizations such as Bethany for Children and Families. Bent River provided a check for $750 to the Kiwanis Club following the event. 

Big Things to Come for Bent River! April 19 2012

 You might have noticed there are some BIG things happening at Bent River. In the 15 years since our opening, we have experienced unrivaled loyalty and love for our handcrafted beers. The unending support has made possible a second location to serve as a distribution center. Just down the road in Rock Island, the new location...(read more)