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Front Street Brewery

Not Rated.
Front Street BreweryFront Street Brewery
Based on:
9 Beers
100 Hads
Place Score: 82
Reviews: 24
Visits: 40
Avg: 3.48
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

208 E River Dr
Davenport, Iowa, 52801-1609
United States
phone: (563) 322-1569

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Reviews: 24 | Visits: 40
Reviews by Josievan:
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2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Stopped in the Front Street Brewery on a Friday at dinnertime. Had been meaning to try it out for awhile now since it is a local brewpub. Overall, I was unimpressed. I had two beers, one of which was a seasonal cranberry. This was very weak. I detected almost literally no cranberry flavor at all, to the point that I think they may have given me the wrong beer by mistake. I also had their stout. I liked this, but it was somewhat watery. It was more the consistency of a porter with the flavor profile of a stout. I like porters so I enjoyed it well enough. I ordered the slow-roasted beef with mozzerella on French bread. This came with Au Ju sauce (which I'm finding out I like a lot) and was very good. However, the portions were relatively small. I felt like I could have eaten another entire entree. The service was so-so. Three different servers waited on us throughout our stay. I wasn't sure if they were communicating with each other, either. One seemed to be the hostess or maybe even the owner and seemed to be not quite with it. She had us order our beers but then came back a few minutes later and asked everyone how old we were. Kind of odd. All in all, I would not suggest coming back here but would also not be vehemently opposed if someone I was with wanted to come here. I could not help compare it to an establishment I often frequent across the river in Illinois, the Blue Cat Brew Pub. The Front Street Brewery mostly just reminded me how exceptional the Blue Cat is.

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Photo of Ducatiesti
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

We have been frequenting Front Street since 1998, the food has steadily improved but unfortunately I can't say the same for the beer. Raging River Ale used to be a awesomely hopped traditional IPA, the hop profile was the "three Cs",and an excellent crystal malt profile. Demand usually exceeded supply and on a number of occasions and there were times that 'Rage would only have a few days to age before being tapped, even still it was excellent. Unfortunately it seems that profitability (?) has gotten into the picture as Rage, my all time favorite beer is a washed-out resemblance of what it used to be...it's simply weak.

The Bucktown Stout has been pretty decent over the years and the rest of Front Streets beer offerings fade into background noise.

The IPA I believe is 'Rage with the addition of Simcoe hops, pretty much again so much background noise.

The new black and white color scheme is positively hideous: the white vinyl floors and black painted booths/woodwork give the once warm historic building a cold and sterile feel.

The service has been consistently good over the years, at least for us. The waitstaff has generally been on their game and the bartenders friendly and conversant.

I hope the owners get back to what Front Street used to be, until then there is Blue Cat and Bent River.

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3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of rossracing
4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Soulbill
4.56/5  rDev +31%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I love this place. Perfect medium to low lighting with old brick walls and the trim gives off a cool but not overly hip "classic" vibe. The owners hire good staff and keep the quality of menu high. The beers are excellent, and you can only get them at the pub or the tap room (you can pay for a growler to go). Their beers are so good. They make me happy. The vanilla porter and raging river pale ale are regularly on tap and excellent. But usually even better are the brewmasters special pale ale that change about every month.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +20.7%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Packed when we went. They had run out of a few of their usual beers but food was good.

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Schmittymack
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

First impression of this place, coming in from I74 then heading south made it hard (at first) to find parking. Once we figured that out, we found our way into the brewpub. Once entering, you could see that it was a popular place as the place was hopping. We scoped out a couple leaving and jumped into their booth and patiently waited as a server cleared and cleaned the table. If memory serves me correctly, there were 8 or 8 brews on tap to try with my favorites of the sampler being the stout, the english pale ale, and the vanilla porter. The food was excellent; three of us four ordered the reubons and all agreed they were very tasty. I will definitely come back here next time I'm back in the area.

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Photo of ALC82
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

My first visit to Front Street, I was lucky enough to be there as they were in the middle of their Apricot release - For the entirety of my week long visit to the area, this brew and their eatery was a main-stay in my daily routine! The beer was excellent (as were a couple of their other selections) and the food was paired quite nicely with the drink selections they offered! Great experience!

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

who knew davenport iowa was such a booming beer town? but it is apparently. was fortunate enough to stop here en route to denver from syracuse. the place is small, on the riverfront and kind of a cross between modern and old industrial decor, very homey but also historic feeling. comfortable. maybe 5 or 6 brews on tap, all kind of generic stuff to read about, but they were actyally pretty good beers, some even with a clever twist. i liked the stout the best, but all were solid enough for a thirsty traveller after 850 miles. service was a little slow for being not full, but our guy was nice enough and happy to chat to us about the place and the town. beer is now brewed off site just down the road, and he didnt know alcohol content of any of the beers, kind of odd right? food was wonderful, i had them put their puller pork in the mac and cheese for me, with a side of stout bbq sauce. it was flat out awesome. all menu items looked crafted, well done, yummy food. fairly priced, cool place to chill. maybe the best food ive had in the state of iowa, which isnt saying a ton, but its significant to me, made a great impression and i will absolutely be back to front street.

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Photo of Higy
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Good location downtown near the casino. Parking was difficult; supposedly there is parking across the for casino.
Visited around 5:30pm. The bar was half full with regulars and business folks. The restaurant was about a quarter full from what I could see.
Barkeep was friendly and knowledgable about the brews and restaurant (they have been brewing on site for about 20 years).
First beer I tried the cherry ale. It was average. Good head retention. Huge cherry aroma and taste but that could have been from the marrachino cherry that was tossed in it. At the bottom of the glass I picked up some off flavors, skunky.
Second beer was the raging river ale, an "english pale ale". Above average. Nice head retention and belgium lace. A lot of hops up Front.
Above average food menu.
I would visit the place again to try some other items on the menu.

Seems like the brewery and regulars are comfortable with the beers. Or the locals don't expect much. Only one man's humble opinion.

Underachieving brewery with a lot of potential.

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Photo of KAF
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Love the fish tacos!!! That is probably the best thing I can say about Front Street. They're also conveniently located by a gambling boat. Every time a visit here, which is every time I come to the Quad Cities (every three months or so) they have not improved their beer at all. The beer is average at best, but the damn fish tacos keep me coming back! They have a flight of their brews which is reasonably priced, but there is definitely nothing special about any of them. The wait staff and bartender are always polite, but the emphasis never seems to be about the beer. Atmosphere is good and it has never been overly noisy. If you're going gambling at the boat you should stop by and grab a bite to eat, but don't expect much from the beer.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Did a flight of beers here, and all seemed standard fare... nothing too impressive. It also didn't really have that destination feel that many brewpubs have, as the staff was not that well versed in craft beer and many of the patrons were more or less there after work for food or a drink. The layout of the place was nice, but with the reduction of restrictions on beer strength what have you, hopefully they will become more bolder in some choices and have the clientele to support such an establishment. As is, it has that cookie cutter brew pub feel that I associate with breweries in the malls and such.

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