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Brew Pub Details

Production: 1,000 bbl/year
Brewmaster: Tim Koster
Tours: Not Sure
Restaurant: Yes
Smoking: Yes, Cigar Friendly
Games: Shuffleboard & Darts

Bent River Brewing Company

1413 Fifth Avenue
Moline, Illinois  61265
(309) 797-2722

Reviewed by: Blask
Sunday, December 16th, 2001

The Beer

Mississippi Blonde - An American Light Lager with mild hops. Meant to compete for light beer (read: Bud Light) drinkers. It is what it is.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Bohemian Pilsner - Jackpot! If you know a Bud drinker (or Old Style/PBR, for that matter), this is the single best beer we've found to steal them away and introduce them to the world of crafted beer. Clean, refreshing, nice little bite...basically what an "American" beer should be.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

American Pale Ale - It's their biggest seller, so guess what? They were out of it.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Unfiltered Wheat - Pretty clear for an unfiltered. Grassy aroma; grainy taste. The Wheat had a lighter body, like an American/European light ale. The wheat taste really hits the sides of the tongue, but is not overpowering. The finish is mild and does not want for a lemon like most wheats
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Mai-bock - Lots of up-front taste, but the malt is relatively mild. We weren't overly impressed until we tried dry roasted peanuts with this beer. The salt from the peanuts balances the sweetness of the beer to make it very drinkable. If you like bocks, it's fine. If you are averse to sweet beers, order peanuts.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Oatmeal Stout - Second best seller. The Oatmeal featured a grainy, alcohol aroma (malty, not imperial). Very oatmeal, very stout, very roasted, very creamy alcohol taste that warms the viscera. It was likened to an espresso Guinness. After the next beer, disregard that comment.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Uncommon Stout - The smell was so effusive, there was almost no need to drink it to know how it would taste. Try this: take a quality freshly brewed strong cup of coffee and ice it, but have it still retain its freshness. Totally COFFEE describes the Uncommon Stout. And good coffee, too. We can almost smell it brewing behind the bar, that fresh-ground coffee house aroma. This might be a good beer/stimulant for a finals-cramming college student.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Strawberry Blonde - Third popular. The strawberry taste is light enough to drink a pint.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Raspberry Wheat - Less fruity aroma, more fruity in taste than the Strawberry. What can you say about (and don't kill us) "chick beers?"
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Spiced Ale - That's exactly what it is. Pretty much the pumpkin/harvest type of spices one would use in cooking. Open a can of Libby's Pumpkin mix, and that is the aroma one gets. There is a little bit of smoked aftertaste mixed with a bitter herb finish.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Jalepeņo Pepper Beer - Name says it all. Great to try for fun.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Discussion with Tim Koster

Brewmaster Tim Koster was unavailable for comment, but we'll try to get in touch with him.

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The Atmosphere

M.U.G.Z. (Mississippi Unquenchable Grail Zymurgists), the Quad City Home Brew Club just happened to have one of their gatherings while we were at Bent River. The guys were generous enough to let us sample a few beers and wine. I must say, a scotch ale we tried was possibly the best I've had. Please visit their site at www.mugz.org.

Afterthoughts

Okay. The Bohemian Pils is one of the better "light" beers we've ever had. Force your Bud-drinking friends to try it; they won't be sorry. Both Stouts are top-notch. The Oatmeal for regular drinking and the Uncommon for a an infrequent treat (or the Jalepeņo). Maibock with nuts and Wheat for quantity drinking. It's pretty obvious we recommend all the "regular" beers, with the specialty beers basically living up to their billing.

Definitely worth a revisit. Going again, we would definitely have an Uncommon. But we took home (and would drink more regularly) six-packs of the Bohemian Pils and the Oatmeal Stout.

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Subject: Bent River Brewing Company [Moline]
Posted: Monday, June 09, 2003
EmoticonOn a recent excursion to Davenport, IA, my wife took a wrong turn and we ended up in Moline, Il. For thise of you who don't know, those two cities are half of what is collectively known as the Quad Cities. My spider sense, or more aptly hop sense, kicked in. Bent River was just a few blocks from our current location. So I picked up a growler of their Uncommon Stout. This is one of the finest beers I have ever had.
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