Front Street Brewery
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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
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
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
Stop #329 on my world brewery tour.
Visited around 6:00 on a Monday night. Interesting location on the main river road but not much else going on around it at night. Old historic building with a much nicer interior than exterior.
Dining with a non beer geek co worker so I wasn't taking notes. We both ordered the beer sampler and they were out of the stout so I doubled down on the pale. All beers were well done for the style; it's just that I didn't care much for the styles other than the hefe...
Hefe, cherry ale, English ale, and an apricot ale.
I found it odd that they would have two fruit beers in December in IA (when it's pretty cold).
The food was very good. I have grilled mahi tacos with asparagus. My co worker had a very hearty mac and cheese with a side of brussel sprouts.
I'd recommend for dinner alone. Well done modest beers that would not offend anyone.
12-09-2011 02:27:31 | More by Yetiman420
3/5 rDev -15%
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.
01-16-2012 18:23:51 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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
3.78/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-31-2012 23:07:08 | More by StonedTrippin
3.08/5 rDev -12.7%
This place has a nice location along the river. Parking is free and convenient at the casino across the street. The atmosphere didn't do it for me. It was too small and cramped. While I was there at least a half a dozen groups of people came in to find no where to sit, and left. Albeit I was there during happy hour, this sort of thing shouldn't happen to that many people at anytime. The service was prompt and friendly. The selection was a big disappointment. They had five staples and one seasonal, but they where out of there APA (which is what I wanted). The three beers that I did have (cherry ale, stout, and hefe) were all clean brews, but rather thin. The food was the brightest part of my experience at Front Street. There were a lot of families with little children in the pub during my visit, so I think it is safe to say that most people stop in for the food.
07-25-2005 21:46:13 | More by KarlHungus
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
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
Front Street Brewery in Davenport, IA
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.