Front Street Brewery

BEER AVG
3.5/5
Front Street BreweryFront Street Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

208 E River Dr
Davenport, Iowa, 52801-1609
United States

(563) 322-1569 | map
frontstreetbrew.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
9
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
116
PLACE STATS
Score:
82
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
44
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 44
Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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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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More User Reviews:
Photo of craigbelly
4.21/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of nater919
3.55/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Mhaugse1962
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Photo of Magehawk3204
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Ducatiesti
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.75

Update: we were back in October, the horrid operating room sterile black and white decor has been changed for the better, the blackened steak salad was really awesome but the beer still non nondescript and mediocre.

Go for the food and hope you can get a good bottle of suds from an established brewery.

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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Photo of pkeating59
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of invalid665
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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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Desimoaj
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of WestHam973
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Burgman08
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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Photo of larhule
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Tmeier5014
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%

Photo of DCdevyl78
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

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