The Quarter Barrel

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

616 2nd Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52401
United States

(319) 200-4140 | map
thequarterbarrel.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
18
Reviews:
1
Ratings:
2
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.28/5
Reviews:
1
Ratings:
2
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 2
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3.79/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped on the way from Clinton, Iowa to Waterloo. My parents live in Clinton and I lived in Waterloo throughout my early to mid-20's, and I would have killed for a place like this back then, to break up the drive.

Anyhow, as always, I'm judging this place based on its total package: location, convenience, beer quality, vibe, and intangibles. And I'm rating as far and craft beer-centric arcades go--lots of these have opened up in the last several years, and they should be treated as their own conceptual category. I am not comparing this to the Sanctuary or John's Grocery or The Map Room. It is its own thing.

THE GOOD:
-The location is less than 2 minutes from highway 380 and there is ample free parking. If you're heading to/from Iowa City, Waterloo, or the QCA, this is very convenient.

-Pints are cheap by 2019 standards, there's a large variety of taps to choose from: about a dozen house taps in a wide variety of styles, along with 10 guest taps focusing mostly on locals and regional favorites.

-Lots of arcade and pinball games, all very reasonably priced.

-Website tap and games lists are updated frequently.

-The pizza is darn good.

THE MIDDLING:
-Arcade selection is not as large or well-curated as top-tier barcades.
-House beers are simply okay. Extract brews. The ones with bigger flavor profiles are fine, but anything requiring subtlety--where flaws can't be papered over--should be avoided.

THE BAD:
-Lots and lots of children. Which I guess is good if you have kids. But I am a gross childless monster so that don't work for me.

So far a barcades go, this is solidly middle of the pack. Nothing worth traveling for, but definitely worth a stop if you're in the area or passing through.

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The Quarter Barrel in Cedar Rapids, IA
Brewery rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 2 ratings