Front Street Brewery
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
2.95/5 rDev -16.4%
This brewpub really seems to be phoning it in. All the beers had a similar watery homebrew quality to them. The Hefeweizen and Raging River were ok, but were similarly thin and watery. Apricot Ale was promising, but again lacked any distinctive character.
Atmosphere was a little hectic on a Saturday night, families having dinner, couples too, most were eating. Tables were close together and a bit cramped, yet one large table in the back was occupied by employees wrapping silverware. Worn wood floors and exposed brick and wood beams overhead. Some framed historical photos on the walls. Flatscreens above the bar, with baseball on. Bizarrely there were martinis and monster energy drinks pouring at the bar. Had the sampler and decided on a pint of the Apricot Ale, the rotating "brewmaster's selection". Plates going by looked decent, but we didn't try the food.
Sally was our server and she was great, really quick and friendly. We had to swap out one of the sampler glasses that was dirty, and she didn't miss a beat.
We weren't really feeling the vibe here, so we left after one round. Can't really recommend it, Great River, Bent River, and Bierstube are better places for a beer in the area.
08-23-2010 01:42:30 | More by emerge077
2.85/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
09-16-2009 16:14:46 | More by Josievan
3.71/5 rDev +5.1%
In town visiting my lady-tron and heard about Front Street Brewery via Beer Advocate. Went downtown and check the place out. They have a nice patio in the back and average sized rectangular bar with 6 or so taps.
Was greeted promptly by the bartender, Tony, who was a real nice and knowledgable character. He gave us a sample tray which consisted of a IPA, Stout, three wheats, Hefeweizen, and a "special" cranberry wheat.
The Raging River ale is a solid IPA. The Bucktown Stout has a smokey aroma and clean finish. The beers were average at best.
Positives were that the Growlers were only $12 and the environment was lax. Plus, Tony was a Green Bay Packers fan. Go Packers.
09-06-2009 02:50:58 | More by nickiversen
3.15/5 rDev -10.8%
I was in this establishment on a Wednesday afternoon. When I arrived shortly before 5 PM it was mostly a business type of crowd. They had 5 regular beers on tap and a special brew. The special brew while I was there was a brown ale which I tried and will post my review here at some point. A friend and I sat at the bar initially. The bartender was very friendly. The brewpub is in an old style brick building along the river. Very quiet, it was actually nice and peaceful as there were enough people to make noise, but they didn't really. They have growlers available for take out and had a liquour bar for those in your party who might not want the beer. Reasonable prices and good happy hour specials. Our bartender was Ryan and he was terrific. . .knowledgable and friendly. He was very attentive to our needs. They offered samples of what you thought you might want to order before you ordered. I turned down a cherry ale via this method, but not because it was bad, just not my style. In addition to the old brick and exposed wood on the inside there was some newer drywall that gave a more modern feel but not totally new so it "fit" okay. After a couple of beers at the bar some other friends joined us and we got a table and dinner. The food was priced fairly well and was certainly edible. Everyone enjoyed their meal and it all looked good. The same great service continued at the table, so overall the service was a big bonus. It was defintely worth going to, but I wasn't able to hit any other establishments in the area as it had been a long day.
07-25-2008 05:28:31 | More by Ragingbull
3.3/5 rDev -6.5%
Very cute bar with free parking across the street. Old brick building with a real homey feel, and playing some really nice jazz to sit and drink to in the afternoon. Also, the only non-smoking place I hit in the Quad cities. Very comfortable, and the bartender was friendly and a good server, and knew the beers fairly well.
However, my overall of impression of the beer was low. Two locals seemed to have the same opinion, and ordered mixed drinks. The Old Gold was excessively cloudy, and the Raging River amber ale was astringent and tasted like hard water. Other beers, especially the Hefe, lacked body in the beers. The Bucktown Stout had a bit more body and was my favorite of the lot, though that's not a high opinion. Pretzel with nacho cheese was good, and better than at a ballpark.
Near the end of my short visit, a former local, now retired to Arizona, was stopping in with a friend for old times; according to him, the place has changed over the years and has lost some of its character and quality of beer. Overall, it seems like a really nice place with lots of potential that's maybe not being exploited.
08-16-2007 15:24:45 | More by FightingEntropy
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
Laid back atmosphere. Hippie guy tending bar/managing the place kept mentioning that they were gonna have a website up soon, that they might be relocating soon, and that, overall, things were a'changing. As for now, though: Laaaid back.
No smoking. Makes me happy. My friends, not so much. Aside from that, the atmosphere is like a normal bar--TVs with sporting events, bad music, etc. Maybe a bit less dimly lit than a regular bar. The clientele looked to be mostly middle class white people in their 30s and 40s.
Beers were hit or miss. Very basic selection: stout, hefe, blond, cherry, APA, along with a rotating selection. The rotater when I visited with an above par brown.
Food was surprisingly good and inexpensive. Pints and growlers ran about average brewpub price. Each new pint was served in a warm and dry glass and the bartender knew enough about each beer to talk about it. And he even had an issue of BA magazine for us to look at!
Overall, I'd say Bent River's probably a better bet if you're visiting the Quad Cities and must stop at one and only one brewpub. But, still, this place is not to be ignored.
02-20-2007 04:09:58 | More by mynie
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
Stopped by while home for the holidays. This is not a very big place but it is nicely decorated with wood booths and a somewhat small bar.
I had a burger and a Raging River Ale, the ale was a pretty good pale ale, nicely balanced. The burger was fine and the service was acceptable.
They don't really have a large selection of beers. There were five choices on the day I visited, and the Raging River Ale was the only one that seemed interesting.
This is a nice place but there are brewpubs with better beer across the river.
01-01-2007 19:03:44 | More by Mdog
4.04/5 rDev +14.4%
Since this place was located mere blocks from the bus station and I was not planning to pay for yet another motel room, this became my place to hunker down for the evening and wait for my early-morning bus back to Des Moines. It was within sight of the Mississippi River and was accessed by going up a couple of steps, passing through a unique passageway that actually overlooked the brewhouse, transiting up another short set of steps, passing through a doorway, and I was inside.
A cooler full of pre-filled growlers was the immediate left and the U-shaped wooden bar was to the immediate right. The space was pretty narrow, but they made the best of it. There was a bank of booths running down the left wall; a series of high tables and chairs running down the centerline; and the kitchen was off to the right, aft of the bar. The left wall was exposed brick and the ceiling was crosshatched wood and exposed ducting. Further aft, the table area expanded, but the passageway remained narrow. As I continued aft, the washrooms were on the right, with a glass cabinet filled with logo items to the left. All of the way aft, and through a doorway, was the back patio area.
The beers that were available that night were Old Davenport Gold; Raging River Ale; Cherry Ale; and Bucktown Stout. I went through all of them several times over during the course of my visit, but my pick was the Raging River Ale.
It turned out to be a good place to hang out. I met the cook; the head server; many of the regulars; some of the waitstaff, and was generally made to feel right at home. The one regular and I wrote some bad poetry and watched the 1993 remake of The Fugitive on TBS-TV, which helped to fill some of the time. It also inspired me to write a parody of the opening of the original television show, voiced by the late William Conrad. The parody will appear as part of the book that will recap this tour in greater detail.
12-15-2006 00:22:30 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev +13.3%
Stopped into Front Street Brewery. It's a small place with emphasis on food (which I didn't try, but wish I had). They have a new beer, not yet listed: Raging River Ale. It was a quite respectable offering, a nicely hopped and balanced American Pale Ale. The bar seats only about 12, but the staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. There were 4 TVs (sports channels) and a limited but respectable assortment of spirits. Judging from what I saw, I'd recommend this place to any BA in eastern Iowa. It's just what craft brewing is all about - local fresh beer and food. Emphasis on local flavor.
03-08-2006 22:40:49 | More by dickroop
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
Visited during the Christmas season. A bit difficult to fine as its in the middle of Davenport on a busy street next to the river with little parking around. A small, older, brick building, when first enter you can see some of the brewery on the lower basement level. The bar was small and not much on flair or tvs. Nice to note on their menus a listing of the brewing process and their equipment downstairs.
Ordered a sampler. They had four regular brews (American Ale, ESB, Vienna Lager, Stout) and two seasonals (Holiday Pumpkin, Cherry Ale). Most were above average and I thought the ESB was the best.
The food was good. Had a soup and sandwich, was the special and reasonable priced as well. The staff was good. When I asked about beers our waitress was able to give some incite and knowledge of the beers. Its rare that they would have an idea on taste so that was appreciated.
Overall I enjoyed my experience and would recommend a visit to any one stopping by.
01-02-2006 05:49:08 | More by Oxymoron
Front Street Brewery in Davenport, IA
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.