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Your favorite Beer of the Month Club is proud to bring back Bent River Brewery! Tim Koster of Koski’s Home Brew Fixins brewed up the original concept for this brewery. A staunch defender of quality brewing, Koster gathered support for his vision and in 1996 Bent River opened its doors without the benefit of having its own brewing equipment. It would be another 2 years before the first keg of Pale Ale flowed from the beautifully polished Bohemian Brah Haus copper kettles.

With the help of determined investors and the dedication of Tim and the Bent River crew, the dream became reality. Today, Bent River produces well over 10,000 barrels of award-winning beer annually. Attention to detail has garnered yearly awards at brew competitions throughout the Midwest and includes a well-deserved second place finish at the world-renowned Great American Brew Fest.

In 2009, local restaurateur and friend of Bent River, Joel Krogman, joined the team, continuing the great brewing traditions while adding new events and great new menu items. The “River Staff” stubbornly remains dedicated to producing quality handcrafted beers that capture the spirit of traditional brewing.

Today, patrons of Bent River Brewery enjoy the history of this century old building, the best brews available, and outstanding food. Their Rock Island Brewery and Tasting Room opened in May of 2012 and houses Bent River’s bottling line and distribution center. You’ll find a full bar, private party room and special events. The Moline Brewpub has been in business since 1997, brewing award-winning craft ales and lagers, and offers both a dining room and a beer garden.

Paddle Wheel Pale Ale is compared to a Pre-Prohibition American style beer — full-bodied with a well-balanced, hoppy finish.

Mississippi Blonde Ale, a popular staple of Bent River’s year round line-up, is a light-bodied, truly golden GABF Bronze winner.

Featured Beer from Bent River Brewery: Paddle Wheel Pale Ale & Mississippi Blonde Ale

PALE ALE — Bent River’s Paddle Wheel Pale Ale: Top-fermented, they are medium-bodied, crisp, complex, and usually dry; rich, bright and cleanly textured. Assertive, American pale ales partner well with all cheeses, veggies and breads. An incredibly smooth, drinkable beer, perfect for “beginners.” Serve at cellar temperature (about 55°F).

BLONDE ALE — Bent River’s Mississippi Blonde Ale: Ahhh. Golden sunshine in liquid form. This beer style is clean, refreshing, and oh-so-smooth. Blonde ales pair well with quiet afternoons and a few special friends. For the ultimate experience, gather along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River . . .

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