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Front Street Brewery

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3.59/5
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129 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

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

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

(563) 322-1569 | map
frontstreetbrew.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
10
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
129
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.63/5
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
48
pDev:
12.67%
 
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Photo of Soulbill
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
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 DCdevyl78
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of larhule
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of rossracing
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.21/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Desimoaj
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Schmittymack
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
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 woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Tmeier5014
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dickroop
4/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of WestHam973
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Burgman08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 LXIXME
3.92/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of ALC82
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of pkeating59
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Magehawk3204
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Yetiman420
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of boogs
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of nickiversen
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mhaugse1962
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Photo of invalid665
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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Front Street Brewery in Davenport, IA
Brewery rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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