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Great River Brewery

Not Rated.
Great River BreweryGreat River Brewery
Based on:
23 Beers
980 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 12
Visits: 34
Avg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

332 E 2nd St
Davenport, Iowa, 52801-1702
United States
phone: (563) 323-5210

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Place added by: indiapaleale on 06-23-2010

Growlers are available for anything currently on-tap. 4-packs (16 oz cans) are also available for Roller Dam Red Ale, 483 Pale Ale and Redband Stout.

Hours of operation for the Brewer's Lounge at Great River:

Monday-Wednesday 4:00-9:00
Thursday 4:00-11:00
Friday-Saturday 12:00-11:00
Sunday 12:00-6:00
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Reviews: 12 | Visits: 34
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A nice, cozy little tap room right off the river, within walking distance of the Adler theater. Clean, laid-back, and nicely decorated: a lot like their Iowa City taproom used to be, back when they were known as Old Capitol.

We went around 8 PM on a cold week night and the place was filled with about a dozen regulars. The taproom is tiny, and so it was hard to find seating, but the music was soft and the regulars weren't sloppy drunk so the ambiance wasn't stifling or oppressive.

The place goes for a postmodern feel of polished industrialism--it's like you're at a work site that goes out of its way to make itself look like a work site. The affect works. Lots of brewhouses try to play up a workman image, I now realize: Lakefront in Milwaukee plays up its antique, dockerworker feel; New Glarus is like you're visiting a farm; Three Floyds is like you're at an old factory that some stoners turned into a loft and then, while still living there, they decided to turn it back into a factory. Great River does the same. The bricks are exposed, pallets of cans are stacked up everywhere, and the lighting and seating make it feel like you're at a capital-B Brewery, not a restaurant.

As to the beer... it's pretty good. Some are better than others, the everyday offerings are entirely solid but the rotating beers are hit and miss. Really, it's the same as it was at Old Capitol.

All the beers are listed on a detailed chalkboard, and everything but the barrel-aged stuff is available in growlers. The cans and pints are reasonably priced, but the growlers were stupidly expensive.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Small establishment with the majority of its seating outside on wooden benches. It's their brews that are the showcase, but the real treat here is the great location with a beautiful view of the nearby dam and drawbridge.

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Photo of martinfletwood
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of ackeeper
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My favorite local place. Great vibe with a great patio. Very nice BT's. Their Golden Keg events are a blast. They are tapping of new beers and the first keg is free. Great 1/2 price growlers on Sundays and Mondays. Not top tier beer, but they try. Fresh beer because close to home. Dog friendly with lots of bikers. Have a coupon that they print locally in which carry out even cheaper. Redband stout is their best!

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Photo of invalid665
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BaronVonHawkeye
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of ALC82
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of mjwoolley33
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Definitely the best of the Quad City area breweries. Patio is great during the summer -- dog friendly, lots of places to sit, extra tap island for busy days. No food service but several local places will deliver. Friendly staff and patrons.

Good variety of seasonal brews and standards. Big fan of the Golden Ale and the 312 Pale.

Tip: If the Government Bridge swing span is open tap beers are 1/2 off.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

The others have pretty accurately described the place. I think that I visited on a night in the middle of the week, so there was not a lot of people, which is ok with me. It may have been close to closing time. The bartender was friendly and knew what she was talking about. There was also a couple of refrigerators for carry out, which is nice, especially for out-of-towners looking to sample the local brew. I don't recall any music being played. If I am ever back, I am sure that I will stop by.

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Photo of jdh924
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of larhule
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of JeremyAnaya
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of boogs
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of skubas86
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.8%

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Great River Brewery in Davenport, IA
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.